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Younger clerks targets of scam By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Younger workers at stores which offer money transfer services or gift cards seem to be the targets of a recent scam involving callers who ask them to ‘test’ their machines. Det. Todd Edwards of the financial crimes unit of the Detective Bureau reports that at least two local stores have encountered a scam in which a caller purports to be calling from Western Union or a similar company and reports a problem with the equipment which is used for money transfers. Edwards said that the caller will ask the clerk to make a ‘test transaction’ to check the equipment and a helpful clerk will often comply with the apparently legitimate request, little realizing that they are actually effecting a money transfer when they follow the caller’s instructions. “The clerk thinks it’s Western Union (calling) and it doesn’t count but it’s an actual transaction,” Edwards said, and actual money is transferred to the caller. He said that the callers “know how the machine works and they spoof the caller ID,” so the call appears to See Scam, Page 3

City matriarch to be recognized By Hannah Y. Meader WHS intern WESTFIELD – Carmen Nunez, the matriarch of a prominent city family, will be honored tonight at an event sponsored by the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce to celebrate International Women’s History month. The event at Nadim’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Springfield will be recognize local women, including Nunez, who have made a difference in their communities by playing leadership roles in fields such as entrepreneurship, government, education, communications, technology and innovation. “We like to honor women who have set a trend for their peers,” said LCC Business Development Director Wil Rodriguez. “We like to recognize everyone who has given back to the community”. Nunez, originally from Puerto Rico, came to Westfield with her husband, Hipolito, in See Nunez, Page 3

More than 70 residents watch a debate between candidates for State Rep. , John Velis and Dan Allie, at the Lang Auditorium last night. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Candidates for State Rep. Republican Dan Allie, left, and Democrat John Velis, right participated in a debate sponsored by The Westfield News and the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce at the Lang Auditorium where an estimated 70 residents gathered. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Candidates spar as election looms By PETER FRANCIS Staff Writer WESTFIELD — The two candidates seeking to replace State Rep. Don Humason (R-Westfield) sparred last night over taxes and tactics in a final debate ahead of Tuesday’s special election to represent the 4th Hampden District. The debate was sponsored by The Westfield News and the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. Before an audience of about 70 people at the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum, Democrat John Velis and Republican Dan Allie Both candidates used the opportunity to make their cases to the voters before Tuesday’s special election to fill the 4th Hampden District seat vacated when Humason became the new State Senator for the 2nd Hampden District. The event’s format slated both men three minutes with which to give an opening statement, which was followed by a question and answer segment between the two candidates. After their Q & A, Allie and Velis would then be asked several questions by debate moderator Patrick Barry, president of The Westfield News Group, and would be given two minutes apiece to respond. Barry’s questions would then be followed by three minutes apiece during which to give their closing remarks. During the hour-long debate, the two House of Representatives hopefuls stuck to their guns, with Allie hailing his anti-tax platform and a pledge to work in unison with

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Humason, and Velis pledging never to sign any special interest group pledges, and to vote in the best interest of Westfield alone. “I’m disgusted by the political process in this country and that’s why I’m in this race,” Velis said in his opening statement while also speaking of his time as a Captain in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. “This seat is made up entirely of the City of Westfield. I would have a singular focus of what is in the best interest for this city. If a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent comes up with an idea, I don’t care. If it’s good for Westfield, I’ll support it.” Allie began his opening statement with a moment of silence for Boston

firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who passed away in a nine-alarm blaze in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood Wednesday, before stating his own consistent talking points. “I’m a father of three, a grandfather of three, a small business owner, an Army veteran, a homeowner, a concerned taxpayer, and a Westfield City Councilor,” Allie stated, adding that he “is the only candidate in this race to sign pledges to stop automatic gasoline tax hikes and the No New Tax Pledge.” “Massachusetts doesn’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Voters can trust me to protect their wallets,” Allie said.

Town officials discuss community preservation By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – A working session on the town’s Community Preservation Act expenditures was an eyeopener for some in attendance. The meeting was held at Town Hall this week with members of the Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission, Community Preservation Commission,

Planning Board, Finance Committee, Cultural Council, Historic Commission, and more. Conservation Coordinator Dennis Clark gave a presentation on the use of funds. “We were pleased that the selectmen gave us the opportunity to bring the facts and figures of the CPA to See Preservation, Page 3

The two candidates then began a verbal sparring match that lasted for much of the debate, with Allie attacking Velis for not signing the gas tax petition, and for endorsements by organizations such as the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and accusing him of a lack of clarity on his positions. “Up until 11 days ago, there were no issues listed on your website,” Allie said of Velis. “This is a tactic right out of the handbook of liberal groups like MoveOn.org.” Velis then called his Republican opponent out for a series of attack pamphlets and robo-calls that have circulated around the district. “A constant refrain I hear from these robo-calls is that ‘I’ll raise taxes.’ What evidence do you have that I’ll raise taxes?” Velis asked. “I have no record at all. Why are you telling people that that’s not the truth?” Allie then asked whether a small business owner better understands how to help small businesses, Velis replied “no.” “Do I think experience helps? Absolutely.” Velis said. “I’m going to rely heavily on small business owners in Westfield to tell me the issues that affect them. But just the fact that, having been a small business owner, you’re more equipped to help business and create jobs, no, I don’t agree with that.” Allie spoke of his own extensive small business acumen, and bragged that “every pro-jobs group in the state” endorses him. Velis then brought forward a questionnaire from the Mass. Teachers Association in which he showed he disagreed with two questions regarding increased taxation. Allie stated that the MTA’s support of Velis is due to his status as a Democrat. “If Abraham Lincoln was running against Mr. Magoo, and Mr. Magoo was a Democrat, they (the MTA) would support Mr. Magoo.” he said. While Allie spent most of the night See Candidates, Page 3

Worthington withdrawal discussed with DESE rep By Peter Francis Staff Writer HUNTINGTON – Representatives from six of the seven member communities of the Gateway Regional School District convened in the library of Gateway Regional High School Wednesday afternoon to meet with Jeff Wulfson, deputy commissioner of the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The purpose for Wulfson’s visit was to discuss DESE’s take on the ongoing withdrawal effort of the Town of Worthington from the district. Speaking on behalf of the representatives of the six communities, Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell, Dan Jacques of the Montgomery Select Board began the discussion

by asking Wulfson what the district’s options are. “Where this is heading, in terms of the bill being a home rule petition, we understand that it’s almost certain to pass, which means it’ll ultimately end up on the Commissioner’s desk,” Jacques said. “How can we work with the DESE and what kinds of things can we ask of our legislators to ensure a more thorough

review process to make sure this is in the best interest of all the (towns)?” “We have a long history, at DESE and DOE (Department of Education), of being supportive of regional school districts,” said Wulfson. “We have lots of towns in the Commonwealth that are basically too small to run an effective and quality school district. We’ve been using them since the 1950s.”

Wulfson explained to the representatives that during his tenure with DESE, he has seen two other instances in which districts have seen member communities withdraw, in the Plymouth County communities of Plymouth and Carver, and when the Town of Pembroke broke away from the Silver Lake Regional District, located in See Worthington, Page 3


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Students from the Southampton Road Elementary School fourth-grade play a Greek mythology game as part of a fourth-grade reading unit which featured Greek costumes and props.The students were from Lisa Korzenecki’s class. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southampton Road Elementary School fourth-graders, left-right, Sophia Roselli, Cabby Menzel and Ryan Major, portray Greek mythology characters as part of a fourth-grade reading unit. Some 75 parents and students attended the Thursday night event which featured free Greek frozen yogurt from Todd Cleplinski, proprietor of MoFroYo. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southampton Road Elementary School fourth-grade students Joshua Pease and Grace Kuhn read their parts during a Reader’s Theater on Greek mythology in the school cafeteria Thursday night. The Reader’s Theater featured costumed characters and props was part of a fourth-grade reading unit. An estimated 75 parents and students attended the one-hour event. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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McConnell campaign ad mistakes Duke for Kentucky FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell’s latest campaign video hit all the necessary Kentucky high points: horse racing, bluegrass — and Duke basketball? The campaign was scrambling Tuesday morning to remove an online video that features a split-second clip of Duke basketball players celebrating their 2010 national championship. The mistake comes as the basketball-crazy state of Kentucky prepares for the biggest game of the year. Kentucky and Louisville face off in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. “The ad was intended to highlight Kentucky’s basketball dominance and obviously the web ad vendor has become so accustomed to watching national championship celebrations in the bluegrass state that they made a mistake with one of the images,” McConnell spokesman Allison Moore, a Kentucky graduate, said. “Obviously we were horrified by the error and quickly changed it.” Duke’s narrow 1992 win over Kentucky in a regional final of the NCAA Tournament remains a sore spot for many Kentucky fans, and the Blue Devils are still a frequent target for their animosity.

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TODAY IN HISTORY Today is Friday, March 28, the 87th day of 2014. There are 278 days left in the year. n March 28, 1939, the Spanish Civil War neared its end as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco.

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On this date: In 1834, the U.S. Senate voted to censure President Andrew Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States. In 1854, during the Crimean War, Britain and France declared war on Russia. In 1898, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled that a child born in the United States to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. In 1914, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Edmund Muskie was born in Rumford, Maine. In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara. In 1935, the notorious Nazi propaganda film “Triumph des Willens” (Triumph of the Will), directed by Leni Riefenstahl, premiered in Berlin with Adolf Hitler present. In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England. In 1943, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff died in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 1969, the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, died in Washington, D.C. at age 78. In 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens. In 1994, absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco died in Paris at age 84.

Ten years ago: French President Jacques Chirac’s government suffered stinging defeats in regional elections seen as a vote of censure against painful economic reforms. Actor and writer Sir Peter Ustinov died in Genolier, Switzerland, at age 82. Game show host Art James died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 74.

Five years ago:

Fears in Fargo, N.D., of a catastrophic flood eased with word that the surging Red River had crested at lowerthan-expected levels. Nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries switched off nonessential lights for Earth Hour to highlight the threat of climate change. Thousands of people marched through European cities to demand jobs, economic justice and environmental accountability. Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth, ending a 13-day voyage to install a pair of solar wings on

the international space station. Film composer Maurice Jarre, 84, died in Malibu, Calif.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama, flanked by grim-faced mothers who’d lost their children to guns, urged lawmakers not to “get squishy” in the face of powerful forces against gun control legislation. Anxious Cypriots waited in long lines to get at their accounts after banks opened for the first time in nearly two weeks following an international bailout to save the country’s financial system. Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates, including two young women, at a juvenile detention center in a surprising departure from church rules that restricted the Holy Thursday ritual to men. British actor Richard Griffiths, 65, remembered by movie fans for being grumpy Uncle Vernon in the “Harry Potter” movies, died in Coventry, England.

Today’s Birthdays: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski is 86. Country musician Charlie McCoy is 73. Movie director Mike Newell is 72. Actress Conchata Ferrell is 71. Actor Ken Howard is 70. Actress Dianne Wiest (weest) is 66. Country singer Reba McEntire is 59. Olympic gold medal gymnast Bart Conner is 56. Rapper Salt (Salt-N-Pepa) is 48. Actress Tracey Needham is 47. Actor Max Perlich is 46. Movie director Brett Ratner is 45. Country singer Rodney Atkins is 45. Actor Vince Vaughn is 44. Rapper Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) is 43. Actor Ken L. is 41. Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson is 41. Rock musician Dave Keuning is 38. Actress Annie Wersching is 37. Actress Julia Stiles is 33. Singer Lady Gaga is 28.


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Preservation Continued from Page 1 light,” said Clark. “There has been a lot of misunderstanding and false information circulating around town. I was even surprised to see how much has been done with CPA funds, and how much the state has contributed to the town’s CPA projects. It is fair to say that none of these projects would have happened if the CPA was not in place.” Selectmen Chairman Russell Fox praised Clark and the Community Preservation Committee for its presentation. “Dennis Clark did an excellent job giving out information about what we have accomplished with the CPA and new legislation that allows using CPA money for parks and recreational activities,” said Fox. In Southwick, residents receive an additional tax to fund the CPA, which Fox said is three-percent of the value of property, minus the first $100,000. “It is a little bit confusing,” Fox said of the funding formula. “But it is something Town Meeting voted on in 2004.” Fox said when the state created the CPA, it gave every city and town the opportunity to take part in the program with the caveat that once a community voted to enter the program, it had to stay in it for five years. Clark said in 2002, in his capacity as a Conservation Commissioner, he was called to the Brzoska Farm on Coes Hill / Hillside Road for a problem with beavers. “When I observed how fantastic the farm was, Regina Grainy – one of the sisters – told me that they would like to preserve the farm and had applied for an Agricultural Preservation Restriction on the property,” said Clark. “When the town was asked to come up with the 10 percent share, $80,000, the town declined to participate with town funds.” It was at that time Clark had

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Southwick Town Clerk Michelle Hill, right, arranges a set of books that were recently returned to the Town of Southwick as part of an achieving and preservation program to save town documents. Hill said some of the documents date back to the early 1800s. (Photo by Frederick Gore) heard about the Community Preservation Act. “I was told that if the town passed the CPA the $80,000 dollars could be used, with the proper vote to match the state money of $720,000 that would total the $800,000 needed to purchase the APR for the farm, keeping it as a farm in perpetuity,” he said. The Brzoska Farm was the first money spent from the newly adopted CPA. Since then, Southwick has been using CPA money for the town’s 10 percent match for seven more farms. None of these farms would have been preserved without it, Clark said. “The Town Hall renovations, and document preservation would not have happened, along with other municipal projects that have been approved at Town Meeting,” Clark added. There has been mention of eliminating the CPA to save money, which is why the board held its second CPA work session in the past year. “We didn’t take any action because it was a work session, but we did feel that the infor-

mation should be presented to the public,” Fox said. If there is a desire to eliminate the program, or decrease the amount taxed for CPA, Fox said Town Meeting would have to vote on an article. “If it passed then it would go to the election as a ballot question,” Fox said. Fox added that it is his understanding that if the town decreased or eliminated the program, there is nothing that prohibits a future increase or entering the program again. Fox did not say he supported a decrease or elimination. “I think we need to, as a community, look at the costs and have an open and frank discussion and if people feel we can’t afford this, they have to say that,” said Fox. Fox had nothing but praise for the program and Southwick’s use of CPA funds. “It is extraordinary what we have accomplished and how much acreage we’ve acquired and the historical things we have preserved,” Fox said. “I think Southwick is ahead of the curve – we’ve done some tremendous things.”

be coming from a legitimate company when their victims helpfully comply. “They (the scammers) try to call when there’s not a manager (on duty) and they try to get a kid,” who is working without direct supervision, Edwards said. He said that what they ask a young clerk to do is almost always against store policy but said “they don’t know, they’re kids so they believe what they’re told.” He said that, since the caller ID shows a familiar company, the caller is familiar with the equipment they are using and walks them through the transaction, the call seems legitimate to inexperienced workers and they follow instructions that seem legitimate. Edwards said that the scammers do not limit themselves to actual cash transfer services but, when a fraudulent caller reaches a compliant worker, they can take advantage of gift cards, too. An employee may be told that there have been reports that gift cards purchased by the store have been improperly transferred and the clerk may be asked to ‘test’ that procedure as well. Once the clerk is led thought the gift card purchase process, he is induced to scratch of the film covering the vital code on the card and tell them the hidden code revealed. Then, the scammer can access the funds assigned to the gift card and leave no trail when the fraud is discovered.

Kingston. “I’m sensitive to implications of towns and their fiscal health,” he said, but warned that his department’s legal authority is limited. “We don’t have the power to mandate regionalization or to prevent towns from withdrawing from regions. We feel, at the end of the day, that’s a decision for local officials and voters to make.” Wulfson stated that his department has spoken with Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) about the matter, but that his department hasn’t taken a public position nor have they been asked to. “We aren’t lobbyists. We’re part of the governor’s staff,” he said. “The legislature

Continued from Page 1 in minimum wage) going to be so detrimental to business is just not accurate. But there’s another side to this. It’s the people that need to earn a living wage to get by on a daily basis.” Following their six questions, the two candidates answered several questions from the moderator on issues ranging from loyalty to their party, heroin addiction, gun rights, and military spending. “I was raised a Democrat and became a Republican in 1989,” Allie said. “I believe in the Republican caucus, but I’m an independent, reform minded person.” “I’m getting a lot of Republican and Independent support,” Velis said. “I have made it abundantly clear that 100 out of 100 times, I will vote for what is in favor of people of Westfield.” Both candidates agreed that criteria for lawful ownership for guns in the state is “strict, complex, and convoluted to the point of being almost incomprehensible”, and that they would both work with law enforcement officials to help combat the rise of heroin addiction in the city, with Velis adding that treatment needs to be more readily available. Regarding Governor Deval L. Patrick’s recent signing of a bill authorizing $177 million for improvements of the state’s military bases, including $9 million for Barnes Air Base in Westfield,

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Nunez Continued from Page 1 the early 1950s and worked in the factories and tobacco farms in the area. They were told to go to the northeastern part of the country because it was safer for people of color, according to Nunez’s daughter, Isabelle Castro. “Then other families came,” she said, “The families really helped each other, everything from sharing living quarters to just supporting one another” as they adjusted to the lifestyle of their new home. “There was a language barrier and she had to acclimate to the winters and not being able to make the same foods,” said Castro. “Basically, it was a shifting of gears and becoming acquainted to a new culture.” In addition to her daughter Castro, Nunez raised nine other children who lead successful careers in fields such as criminal justice, firefighting and nursing. “A key issue she taught was the value of education,” said one of her sons, Westfield Police Department Capt. Hipolito Nunez. “She also taught by example. She would take classes for English to become a part of the community.” He said his mother is an exceptional mother and a courageous pioneer. “She was always very stern. She had the sense of this is what God gave us and life moves forward,” he said. “Overall, I’d say she’s very proud of her children, her ten roses. She has great a sense of accomplishment.”

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Candidates on the offensive, Velis chose to sit back, absorb the hits, and focus on his own platform. “John Velis will never sign a pledge to a special interest group,” he said when confronted about his alleged reference to Westfield taxpayers as a ‘special interest group.’ “My only loyalty is to the people of Westfield. Once you sign a pledge to a special interest group, your loyalties shift.” Velis stated that he has taken the high road regarding campaign mudslinging, and confront Allie as to why his “libelous” materials didn’t even have Allie’s name printed on them. “(These materials) aren’t libelous,” Allie said. “You aren’t required by law to put anything on here. It’s pretty obvious it comes from Dan Allie.” A topic that the two candidates differed sharply on was minimum wage, with Allie coming out against an increase, which Velis supports. “I don’t believe raising the minimum wage creates jobs,” Allie said. “Minimum wage tends to be for entrylevel jobs. We need students to be able to get those jobs, get that experience, get that training.” “Talking to several businesses in Westfield, these businesses are already paying people over the minimum wage,” Velis said. “So the notion that it’s (raise

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Velis said he would’ve “absolutely” supported the bill, while Allie said while he supports the military and veterans, he didn’t know all the details of the bill. In closing remarks, the two candidates gave their final pleas for the votes of the people of Westfield. “I strongly believe with my business experience, serving on the City Council, being a longtime community volunteer, and while serving overseas and being a family man, that I am the person who can represent the interests of the people of Westfield,” Allie said. “This is a critical election because Westfield only has one state representative,” Velis said. “At the end of the day, my message to the people of Westfield is that my only loyalty is to the people of Westfield. I am going to put Westfield first regardless of political party.” Replay dates and times for the State Representative Candidates Forum on the Westfield Community Programming Channel 15 are today at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m.; tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., and 2:00, 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday at 8 and 11 a.m. and 2:30, 4:30, and 8:30 p.m.; Monday at 10 a.m. and 4 and 9 p.m.; and Tuesday, election day, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The debate can also be seen on www. vimeo.com

Continued from Page 1 hasn’t asked for an opinion, and we would not be so cheeky as to offer it.” Wulfson did say that opening up communication with Worthington may be the best bet for the remaining six towns to avoid breaking up the district. “There is nothing legally preventing Worthington from opening discussions back up,” he said. “Talk is one thing we owe our stakeholders and constituents.” Pandora Hague, a Russell selectwoman who has been leading the charge to reopen talks with Worthington, asked Wulfson for assistance in future negotiations. “To me, it was very disappointing that the towns were asked to allow Worthington to leave and voted against it. The next thing we know, it was at the state level and we lost local control,” said Hague. “The best people to solve this are the people here, and I’d like to see us have more time to work on it.” “All of us have been getting together to talk about what is best for our students, and we need to come together with Worthington,” she added. “I think it’s something DESE should be facilitating between these towns.” Wulfson was skeptical of the need for DESE involvement in facilitating such talks. “Worthington is your neighbors. I’m not sure you need us to have a conversation with them,” he said. “We’re more than happy to provide support to those discussions.” He also explained the purpose of home rule legislation, saying it meant to make sure the legislature “can’t enact a law that can only affect one town.” “Until legislation is signed, anything can happen. If it doesn’t pass the Senate… the Senate can do what it will, and then the House would have to (re-evaluate),” Wulfson said. “Senator Downing is the point person on this. Representative Kulik has been a key person on this. This legislation puts you on the path to one particular

solution. The legislation’s been up for awhile, and there is nothing that stops the towns from making an overture to Worthington at this point saying ‘is there something we can talk about?’” “It’s a difficult problem, but it was a good discussion,” said Wulfson after the meeting. “We’re here to help if we can resolve it, but these are not easy issues.” Wulfson, who has been with DESE since 1995, added that while the Worthington withdrawal bears a resemblance to other situations that have occurred during his tenure, the resemblance is only skin-deep. “Those (districts in Plymouth County), because they were dealing with a big influx of students, was almost easier to solve,” he said. “Here, you’ve got diminishing numbers of students and you’re trying to spread resources more thinly. We’ve seen the same kind of discussion play out in other regions here in the western part of the state.” He reiterated that most of the potential withdrawal situations he’s seen haven’t resulted in a member community leaving, but there have certainly been a lot of discussions about it in other regions of the state. “I didn’t get any surprises out of what he was saying,” Jacques said of the discussion with Wulfson. “I think it was just important to have the dialogue and let him see the involvement and how important this is to us as an issue.” Jacques added that the Deputy Commissioner’s “feedback, explanation of details, process of what they might do, and how their responsibility lies” was also of great assistance. “It’s going to help us craft our approach moving forward,” he said. “This is a learning experience. Dealing with legislation — what part of our approach is more appropriate to a legislative approach, what part is regulatory, understanding how these different departments work — in the long run, this is all going to help us come to the solution that we want.”


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It is a PulseLine policy that we will not run submissions commenting on any candidate running for office. If you have something to say please submit a signed letter to the editor. Are there any rules in Westfield about where you have to put a cigarette out? You just can’t throw it on the sidewalk. Are there any rules like that? Hi! In regard to this burning being extended: the deputy fire chief says, and I quote “We like to see people burning now because the fire won’t travel if there is snow on the ground.” Well, that’s the whole problem. How do you get your branches and brush and all your junk picked up if there is snow on the ground? Maybe he should rethink that statement. I have reached my limit on cops being allowed to speed whenever on duty or get a “wink wink” when caught by others cops. The usual excuse is they were going on a call, BS so every second they drive they are on a call, please. By the logic that I see because they are cops its a unspoken rule they can speed, so by that if I wear a blue shirt I can go into a store and steal, but every other color shirt can’t. I welcome anyone’s thought’s but I think it’s time to start video and audio recording all cop’s activities and maybe on my time off I shall do that also and send those tapes into local new’s stations to see if any change might come about. Last time I checked no one is above the law. Thank you. Continue the conversation http://thewestfieldnews.com/pulseline-form

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor I want to thank the person that sent out the flyer about candidate Velis I learned a few things I did not know about him. For example I learned he refused to sign the pledge to not raise taxes. I think that is great and shows a lot of character. No one should sign a pledge that says you never will do something. There may be a perfectly good reason to raise taxes. We may want to invade another country at some point or we may want to make the richer even richer and I would much prefer we did it with taxes instead of increasing our deficit. I would question any candidate that has signed that no tax pledge. It is childish and shows a lack of leadership. Bill Keefe

To the Editor When a candidate running for any office feels they have to bad mouth the opposing candidate; that truly is dirty politics. And why is it; this seems to be a routine act in the City of Westfield?? If I had been going to vote for that certain someone, I would definitely NOT. And , isn’t it amazing that this individual is one of our Councilmen. That is pathetic. Marie G. Boccasile

Obama: ‘Not another Cold War’ By Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein Politico.com BRUSSELS, Belgium – President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast the international community’s efforts to support Ukraine amid Russian intervention as just the latest challenge testing the democratic ideals that link the United States and Europe. Delivering the major speech of his weeklong trip across the Atlantic, Obama offered his most extensive justification yet for Western involvement in the Ukraine conflict and used it to stress the importance of the U.S.-European relationship amid continued threats around the world. “Make no mistake, neither the United States nor Europe has any interest in controlling Ukraine,” Obama said. “Understand as well, this is not another Cold War that we’re entering into. After all, unlike the Soviet Union, Russia leads no bloc of nations, no global ideology. Nor does the United States, or NATO, seek any conflict with Russia.” But he warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions showed hints of “the darker forces of the past” and could send the wrong message to leaders all around the world. “Once again, we are confronted with the belief that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way — that recycled maxim that might makes right,” he said. Had Obama been here a month ago, the speech might have been more targeted at reinforcing the U.S. alliance with the continent, after years of disputes over economic policy and trade, National Security Agency surveillance, and his administration’s effort to pivot to Asia on foreign policy. Instead, nearly all of his 40-minute address at the Palais des Beaux-Arts here focused on the trials that Europe faced during the last century and a desire to avoid a similar fate in the decades to

Student loan debt deal comes with tax catch By Kelsey Snell Politico.com Millions of taxpayers struggling with student loan debt are being pitched what may seem like a dream come true this tax season: lower monthly payments and a chance to see a chunk of their debt disappear. But there’s a catch: the potential for a huge tax bill down the road. The new push from the Departments of Treasury and Education uses tax time to promote the opportunity for a borrower to have their entire debt repaid after 20 or 25 years. The agencies are partnering with TurboTax, the tax software used by more than 18 million Americans, to advertise the deal. It’s part of an administration-wide effort to make college affordable, but consumer advocates worry that the tax-time pairing fails to fully disclose that the debt forgiveness counts as income and will likely lead to a bill from the Internal Revenue Service. Some even liken it to the too-good-to-be-true mortgages that played a role in the collapse of the housing market. “It is saving them some short term pain in exchange for a longer-term tax payment,” said Scott Fleming an education expert at the American Action Forum think tank. “It is like a balloon payment on a mortgage.” Officials from the Departments of Education and Treasury said the public information effort gives consumers the tools to make better decisions about their financial future and that even with a big tax bill, on net, they’ll be paying less. “The bottom line would be that a consumer would be better off having debt forgiven,” said Jeff Appel, the Deputy Undersecretary of Education. “Their tax liability is always going to be less than the amount of debt that is going to be forgiven.” It also means helping people who are struggling to keep up with steep monthly payments avoid default. “There’s a lot of research and analysis of what is going on in the minds of tax fliers,” said Melissa Koide, the deputy assistant Treasury Secretary and head of the office of consumer policy. “We are thinking about our money, we are thinking about our finances. For a lot of people that means thinking about making payments on outstanding debt.” Another criticism of the programs is that because there are limits on the amount of repayment, it encourages never-ending tuition hikes. And the tax bill is based on the original loan amount.

One example calculated by the New America Foundation shows a veterinarian graduating with $190,000 in debt, eventually paying off just $131,000 of that and winding up with a whopping $60,000 tax bill at the end of it all. “Renting money has a cost,” said Jason Delisle, an education policy expert at New America. “If you’re renting it from the federal government it still has a cost.” A new element of the program this year involves the marketing effort by TurboTax, sold by Intuit. Turbo Tax users will see information about loan repayment options and a link to the Department of Education website in a section of the program called “My Money Tools.” They are provided with a link to a calculator that uses tax information, including their adjusted gross income, marital status and household size to determine eligibility for incomebased and other income-dependent repayment programs. The options allow qualified borrowers to lock-in monthly payments that are determined by how much they make, not how much they owe. The roll-out is being promoted in conjunction with new income-based repayment levels that will be phased in this year. Anyone with a federal direct loan issued before this year can apply to pay 15 percent of their discretionary income for 25 years. If the loan isn’t paid off, the rest of the debt is forgiven.A new element of the program this year involves the marketing effort by TurboTax, sold by Intuit. Turbo Tax users will see information about loan repayment options and a link to the Department of Education website in a section of the program called “My Money Tools.” They are provided with a link to a calculator that uses tax information, including their adjusted gross income, marital status and household size to determine eligibility for incomebased and other income-dependent repayment programs. The options allow qualified borrowers to lock-in monthly payments that are determined by how much they make, not how much they owe. The roll-out is being promoted in conjunction with new income-based repayment levels that will be phased in this year. Anyone with a federal direct loan issued before this year can apply to pay 15 percent of their discretionary income for 25 years. If the loan isn’t paid off, the rest of the debt is forgiven. Those graduating after 2014 will have the option of applying to an even more generous program Congress passed in 2009 See Student Loan Debt, Page 8

come. While the United States and much of Europe are not directly threatened by Putin, “casual indifference would ignore the lessons that are written in the cemeteries of this continent” and “allow the old way of doing things to gain a foothold in this young century,” Obama said. Speaking to an audience composed primarily of young Europeans, Obama put the threat posed by Putin in context. “We must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced nations around the world because the contest of ideas continues for your generation,” he said. “And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine today. Russia’s leadership is challenging truths that only a few weeks ago seemed self-evident; that in the 21st century, the borders of Europe cannot be redrawn with force; that international law matters; that people and nations can make their own decisions about their future.” Putin and his allies have pointed to NATO’s intervention that led to Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008 and the U.S. invasion of Iraq during George W. Bush’s presidency as precedents for his actions in Crimea, but Obama made clear that neither he nor much of the international community see either intervention as quite the same. “NATO only intervened after the people of Kosovo were systematically brutalized and killed for years. And Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organized — not outside the boundaries of international law — but in careful cooperation with the United Nations, and with Kosovo’s neighbors. None of that happened in Crimea,” he said. The Iraq War has been cited as “an example of Western hypocrisy,” Obama said. But, noting that he opposed U.S. intervention there, he argued that the United States still “sought to work within the international system” ahead of that conflict. Unlike Russia, “we did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory, nor did we grab its resources for our own gain,” the president said. “Instead, we ended our war and left Iraq to its people and a fully sovereign Iraqi state could make decisions about its own future.” The president also spoke more broadly about the values that the United States and Europe share, urging that those listening choose to live by their values and be an example to others. “We know that there will always be intolerance. But instead of fearing the immigrant, we can welcome him,” he said, launching into a vignette that would have been just as at home in a 2012 campaign speech as in the historic hall here. “We can insist on policies that benefit the many, not just the few; that an age of globalization and dizzying change opens doors of opportunity to the marginalized, and not just a privileged few.” He continued: “Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights. Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations we hold in common. That’s what makes us strong. That’s what makes us who we are.” After finishing his speech, Obama headed to Air Force One for the flight to Rome. On Thursday morning, he will meet with Pope Francis I at the Vatican. Budoff Brown reported from Brussels and Epstein reported from Washington.

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WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:10 a.m.: liquor law violation, Church Street, a community policing officer reports he observed a male party who appeared to be younger than the legal drinking age drinking from a beer can while walking along Church Street, the officer spoke with the man who was found to be 20 years old and said that he was aware of the prohibition of drinking alcohol in public because he has previously been cited for the same offense, the young man emptied his beer can and disposed of it in a nearby receptacle, a city ordinance violation citation was filed; 12:12 a.m.: disturbance, Mechanic Street, a caller reports a loud party, three officers responded and advised the tenants to disperse their guests as they were unable to keep the peace, officers counted about 150 persons leaving, one officer noted a male party leaving with a can of beer who looked to be 18 or 19-years-old, the young man was queried and found to be 19 years-of-age, a city ordinance violation citation was filed; 2:14 a.m.: breaking and entering, Hampden Street, a caller reports his car was broken into and his backpack and the laptop computer inside were stolen, the responding officer reports the victim said that the unlocked car was entered since 2 p.m. and the backpack was stolen; 11:49 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Southampton Road at Meadow Brook Lane, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired and it was towed to the police impound yard; 1:29 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Franklin Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be revoked for lack of insurance, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 2:57 p.m.: larceny, East Main Street, the manager of an East Main Street video game store came to the station to report that someone came to his store to claim six stolen video games which had sold to the store, the responding officer reports that he was told that the theft of the video games had been reported to Westfield State University police who were investigating the crime; 5:14 p.m.: larceny, Springfield Road, a caller from a Springfield Road department store reports three known shoplifters are stealing in the store, the responding officer reports he was told that employees had recognized the three parties as persons who had previously stolen from the store and had monitored the trio during the three hours they were in the store, the employee said that the suspects’ method is to conceal items on their persons and then go to the bathroom where the product is removed from its packaging, the three suspects were detained and 21 items with a total value of $175.68 were recovered, the three juvenile suspects were each arrested for being delinquent by reason of shoplifting by asportation; 5:54 p.m.: found property, Hampden Street, a resident surrendered a black backpack he found near his home, the item was stored for safekeeping; 7:54 p.m.: assist citizen, East Silver Street, a resident came to the station to report finding heroin packets in his daughter’s bedroom, the responding officer reports the packets were empty, the man said that he believes his daughter was supplied with the heroin by a male party she associates with; 8:31 p.m.: disturbance, Hayre Street, a caller reports his wife has become highly upset upon receiving bad news and tried to access their gun cabinet before she left the house without shoes or appropriate clothing, the officer reports that the woman was found nearby and transported to Noble Hospital to speak with a counselor; Monday, March 24, 2014 9:29 a.m.: found property, King Street, a resident came to the station with a bicycle which was left in her yard in January, the responding officer reports the woman said that she had left the bike in her yard thinking somebody would come to claim it but nobody did, the bike was stored for safekeeping; 10:00 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Cycle Street, a traffic enforcement officer reports he observed a vehicle operating without a valid inspection sticker and stopped it, the operator said that his license was suspended and a check revealed him to be the subject of two outstanding warrants, Gerardo Martinez, 46, of 36 Oak Grove Ave., Springfield, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a subsequent offense, operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker, on a 1997 warrant issued by Boston Municipal Court and a 2014 warrant issued by Chicopee District Court; 12:36 p.m.: vandalism, Bartlett Street, the pastor of a Russian church on Bartlett Street came to the station to report the building has been vandalized with paint, the man asked that the incident be documented, the community policing officer for the area was notified; 3:13 p.m.: assist citizen, Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington Street, the evidence officer reports a person whose license to carry firearms has been suspended came to the station to surrender two firearms pending transfer to a third party; 4:21 p.m.: violation of a protective order, Granville Road, the domestic violence advocate reports the plaintiff of a protective order has reported that the defendant has been following her on a social networking website, the case was referred to the Detective Bureau where it remains under investigation; 6:15 p.m.: larceny, Elm Street, a caller reports his bicycle was stolen, the responding officer reports the man said that the bike had been in his backyard before it was stolen; 7:16 p.m.: larceny, Franklin Street, a resident came to the station to complain that her vehicle was stolen and has reportedly been seen at Colonial Pine Acres, the responding officer reports the vehicle was found parked at the apartment complex, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard and the person in control of it came out and claimed to have purchased it for $150, the man had no paperwork to document his purchase , the vehicle was found to be owned by a third party and the complainant was advised to have the owner contact police; 10:17 p.m.: fire, Elm Street, multiple callers reports a fire, see story in the Wednesday edition of The Westfield News; Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:05 a.m.: Notre Dame Apartments, 27 Collins St., a human services worker reports the defendant of a ‘no trespassing’ order is sleeping in a common hallway near the apartment of her client who is the plaintiff of the order, the responding officer reports the subject was served with a ‘no trespassing’ for the area; 8:25 a.m.: vandalism, Court Street, a resident came to the station to report his truck was vandalized, the responding officer reports the caller said that a tire on his truck is leaking and a person was seen near the truck earlier, the man said that he believes he knows who was near his truck and believes he damaged the tire but he is not able to make a positive identification; 10:31 a.m.: arrest, Powder Mil Village, 126 Union St., a patrol officer reports that routine checks of parked vehicles See Police Logs, Page 8

Left, Susan Mosijchuk, a member of the Westfield Vocational-Technical High School Art Club, applies a protective plastic film to her hand-drawn artwork in the upper campus of the school yesterday in preparation for the Westfield Into the Arts event. Students from the Westfield School District will have their artwork on display throughout the school. Doors will be open tonight from 5:30 - 8:30 and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Above, Barbara Trant, left, and Katherine Zavras-Bentrewicz, right, co-coordinators of the Westfield Into the Arts event, prepare to display artwork that was produced by students across the Westfield School District for the upcoming Westfield Into the Arts exhibit that starts today at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Overdoses prompt health emergency By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts Thursday in response to the state’s growing epidemic of heroin overdoses and opioid addiction. Patrick’s emergency order will allow first responders to carry the overdose drug naloxone — more commonly known by the brand name Narcan — and also make the drug more easily available by prescription to friends and family members of people battling addiction. Patrick said that he’s also moving to immediately ban the prescription and dispensing of the painkiller Zohydro, the first single-ingredient hydrocodone drug approved for U.S. patients. Patrick said he fears the pill, which comes in a crushable form which he said makes it easier to abuse, could add to an epidemic of opioid abuse blamed for about 140 deaths from suspected heroin overdoses in Massachusetts over the past few months. He’s also sent letters to Congress and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking that the drug be banned. “We have right now an opioid epidemic,” Patrick said at

an afternoon news conference. “So we will treat it like the public health crisis that it is.” San Diego-based Zogenix, which makes Zohydro, criticized Patrick’s move, saying it will add to patient suffering in Massachusetts. “The simple fact is that any medication, including opioid pain relievers, presents a danger to the person misusing or abusing it,” the company said, adding that it has taken steps to help safeguard against abuse. Patrick also said he will use the emergency declaration to speed up the phase-in of a 2012 law creating a prescription monitoring program. The program — designed to safeguard against abuse or misuse of prescription drugs — was voluntary before the law. To help slow the frightening rise in overdose deaths, Patrick’s plan will make Narcan available to relatives and loved ones of those with addiction problems through a standing order prescription in pharmacies. The drug had previously been available to parents and relatives who first went through a DPH training program. The governor said his administration will dedicate an additional $20 million for addiction and recovery services to the general public and

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History Speaker WESTFIELD - Please join us at the Westfield Athenaeum on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m., as we welcome local Historian Rich Colton to our Spring Speaker Series. Mr. Colton will highlight the history of the Springfield Armory and the vital role it has played in our national and local histories. Mr. Colton is the Historic Weapons Safety Officer at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

He brings a wealth of knowledge about the Armory and historic firearms; and will present an interesting and informative lecture for our audience. This program is free and all are welcome. Please call the library for more information at (413) 5620638.

Flag Raising WESTFIELD On Wednesday, April 2, Life Choice will have a flag raising ceremony at City Hall at 11 a.m. It will follow to Noble Hospital and the Westfield Fire Department for flag raisings as well. April is Donate Life Month and we are hoping that many of you will join us in these flag raisings. Please join us for this important event in Westfield. Thank you for your support.

through the Department of Correction. DPH’s Cheryl Bartlett blamed the spike in heroin and opioid-related overdoses on the fact that the drugs are cheap and highly potent. She also said many younger users take the drugs alone and some who are coming out of jail or treatment programs don’t realize the effect the drugs’ potency will have on their bodies. Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey joined Patrick to call for an expansion of the state’s drug court program, which helps get people into treatment or diversion programs. There are currently 19 drug courts and Carey said there should be five more.

“Drug courts work,” she said. “We are bursting at the seams.” The increase in overdose deaths has also caught the attention of state lawmakers. Senate President Therese Murray, testifying at a public hearing Tuesday of the newlyformed Special Committee on Drug Abuse and Treatment Options, said the costs of drug addiction are high to families and the economy, and also pose a safety threat to communities. “Addiction is a chronic disease and it should be treated as such,” Murray said. “If this were a flu epidemic, there would be thousands of specialists knocking at our door.”

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Puppyproofing? Protect your dog and your home By SHIRLEY SALEMY MEYER, Associated Press We bought food bowls, borrowed a crate and dusted off baby gates. But soon after we adopted our 13-week-old puppy, we discovered the house really wasn’t ready. Clove, a Labrador retriever mix, chewed wires we thought were hidden and investigated stairs we thought she’d ignore. She rummaged through deep plastic bins holding smelly shin guards and plucked snow-soaked mittens from our warm radiators. Within a week of her arrival, we had to block off power strips, reorganize our mudroom, devise a new plan for drying winter gear and gate the staircase. “It’s a lot like having an infant in the household,” said Pamela Barlow, animal behavior counselor at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ adoption center in New York City. Barlow says puppies need constant supervision and a safe environment to explore. She cautions against confining them so much that they don’t get outside experiences. It is hard to go back and socialize puppies if owners miss the window of opportunity to do so. Puppies are drawn to things they can chew on and are stimulated by things that move, said Dr. Carlo Siracusa, director of the Penn Vet Behavior Service at the University of Pennsylvania. “Many times we think that we should protect our home from a new puppy,” Siracusa said, because the puppy could potentially cause damage. But more important is the opposite: making sure that puppies are safe in their new home. Most essential is to create a safe haven — a place where the puppy can rest and sleep when there is too much excitement or stimulation, such as when kids have friends visiting, Siracusa says. For the Sullivan family of South Orange, N.J., a crate has proven to be more useful for keeping their puppy, Angus, safe than his exercise pen has. Angus, a Bichon Frise-poodle mix now 5 months old, learned how to get out of the pen the first day, said Elie Sullivan. She keeps the door of his crate, located in her sons’ room, open. “He’ll go in there and have a nap,” she said as Angus, as See New Pup, Page 8

In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo, author Shirley Salemy Meyer’s puppy chews on her daughter’s social-studies homework that she left on a low table. Important papers should be moved out of reach of puppies. (AP Photo/ Shirley Salemy Meyer)

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In this Sept. 24, 2013, file photo, a man steadies himself as he and others work on framing new houses, in Odessa, Texas. America’s energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday, March 27, 2014, showed that six of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and eight of the 10 fastestgrowing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Energy boom spurs growth west of the Mississippi By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s cities are still growing, with the population boom fueled by people picking up and moving to find jobs in energy production across the oiland gas-rich areas west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that cities are the fastestgrowing parts of the United States, and a majority of the metro areas showing that growth are located in or near the oil- and gasrich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West. Neighboring cities Odessa and Midland, Texas, show up as the second and third fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Sara Higgins, the Midland public information officer, has a simple explanation: oil. “They’re coming here to work,” Higgins said. Energy production is one of the fastestgrowing industries in the United States, the Census Bureau said. The boom in the U.S. follows the use of new technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, to tap oil and gas reserves. “Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industries were the most rapidly growing part of our nation’s economy over the last several years,” Census Bureau Director John H Thompson said. According to its data, revenue for mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction grew 34.2 percent to $555.2 billion from 2007 to 2012. It also was among the fastest growers in employment as the number of employees rose 23.3 percent to 903,641. The population boom does come with some challenges, said Andrea Goodson, the public information coordinator in Odessa, including the need for quick improvements to city infrastructure and housing to deal with the

influx of new people. With the population increase “comes a unique set of circumstances to deal with, so it’s been a double-edged sword,” Goodson said. While energy exploration is drawing people to the Great Plains and Mountain West, Florida is still the one of the top destinations in the country, as it shows up again and again in census data for population growth. Fueled by an increasing number of retirees, the fastest-growing metro area in the country was The Villages, boasting a 5.2 percent increase in population between 2012 and 2013. Its surrounding county, Sumter County, also shows up as one of the fastest-growing counties in the country with a 5.2 percent increase during the time period. Gary Lester, vice president for community relations at The Villages, said Friday it draws retirees and people from all 50 states to their communities, which were designed with the influx of people in mind. “It’s all about the active lifestyle we offer,” Lester said. Following The Villages, Odessa and Midland were Fargo, N.D.-Minn. (3.1 percent); Bismarck, N.D. (3.1 percent); Casper, Wyo. (2.9 percent); Myrtle Beach-ConwayNorth Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C. (2.7 percent); Austin-Round Rock, Texas (2.6 percent); Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, Ala. (2.6 percent); and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. (2.5 percent). The fastest-growing counties were Williams County, N.D. (10.7 percent increase from 2013); Duchesne County, Utah (5.5 percent increase); Sumter County, Fla. (5.2 percent); Stark County, N.D. (5.0 percent); Kendall County, Texas (5.0 percent); St. Bernard Parish, La. (4.6 percent); Wasatch County, Utah (4.4 percent); Meade County, S.D. (4.3 See Growth, Page 8

DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making them popular, too. “Herbs can add a lot of flavor to cooked dishes and lead to reductions in fat, salt and cholesterol,” said Gary Gao, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension. These days, he said, “people tend to spend more time at home and less time traveling. Cooking meals at home also saves a lot of money.” Food safety concerns are another reason that many peo- In this May 2, 2013 photo, ple plant herbs, he said. chive blooms in a residen“Gardeners feel much better tial garden near Langley, about their garden-fresh herbs Wash. They are lovely to than what they buy.” look at but the plant’s flavor New varieties have been declines and changes once introduced for use with ethnic it begins to flower. Extend cooking, said George Ball, the harvest by pinching chairman of W. Atlee Burpee & back the plants to keep them Co. Sales have jumped 15 per- from blooming. (AP Photo/ cent per year since Burpee and Dean Fosdick) its Cook’s Garden subsidiary launched their Pinnacle Herbs Collection in 2012, he said. “Home cooks are experimenting with recipes outside the standard or customary menu,” Ball said. “There is an unbelievable number of more subtle variations of taste of single herbs and, particularly, combos of herbs.” The Pinnacle Herbs line is made up of 50-plus varieties planted in the porous “compost pile” soils of mountainous western Pennsylvania. “Free of air pollution, unfiltered light shining down on the See Gourmet Herbs, Page 8

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Obituaries Major Lawrence C. Negri WESTFIELD - Larry was born in Winsted, Connecticut to Lorenzo and Lucia (Redendore) Negri. He was the youngest of six children, predeceased by his four brothers, Mike, John, Vito and Tony and his sister, Mary. At the age of 18 Larry enlisted in the Air Force and served his country as a navigator in the B17, B52 and B66. Larry served in three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Upon retiring from the Air Force he purchased a motel and fishing camp in upstate NY, an endeavor that he shared with his late wife Dottie. Larry grew up skiing, ski jumping, ice skating, and playing hockey with his brothers. He also enjoyed playing golf and the camaraderie of horseshoes and darts. Larry was a lifelong Yankee fan. He was always busy and could figure out most any problem whether it was building, fixing or designing projects. During his lifetime Larry was blessed to have deeply loved two women. Gloria, his first wife, who lived only a very short life and then his beloved Dottie with whom he shared 60 years of love and companionship. He was the proud father of four children, Diana Negri who lives in Mancos, Co with her partner Jerry, Judy Potts who resides in Southwick, MA with her husband Gary, David Negri who lives in Boise, ID with his wife Nancy and Barbara Morelli of Las Vegas, NV and her boyfriend Randy. He also leaves five grandchildren, Laura and Brian Potts, Dustin Morelli, and Jackson and Alex Negri. Larry was blessed to have had an amazing team of caregivers who became friends over the years and they provided both he and Dottie with kind and gentle care. Larry was a hardworking, honest, fair and dedicated family man who loved and cherished his family always. He and Dottie shared a lifetime of travel and had many memorable times with family and dear friends. He will be greatly missed. A calling time will be held at Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA on Tuesday, April 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Mass. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to The Soldiers Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry Street. Holyoke, MA 01040. www.firtionadams.com

Emily M. Hale WESTFIELD - Emily M. (Wall) Hale of Westfield died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northampton. She was born in Westfield, on September 20, 1917 to Louis and Lena (Trasko) Wall. Emily was a lifelong resident of Westfield and was employed as a salesclerk at Antoinette’s in Westfield for thirty years. While there, she made numerous lifelong friends. Emily enjoyed bingo, crossword puzzles, Polish music, and watching the Red Sox. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She was predeceased by her husband, Winston E. Hale who died in 1980. She leaves a son, James R. Hale and his wife Susan of Northampton; a daughter, Sandra Rossetti of Westfield; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Emily was predeceased by a son, Allen J. Hale; two brothers, Edward and Edmund Wall and two sisters, Helen Carboneau and Marie Knapp. The funeral will be Saturday, March 29th, at 11:00 a.m. at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA. Burial will be in the spring in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Donations may be made in Emily’s memory to the Northampton or Westfield Senior Center. www.firtionadams.com

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percent); Fort Bend County, Texas (4.2 percent) and Hays County, Texas (4.1 percent). The Census Bureau also found: — Metro areas grew faster than the United States as a whole (0.9 percent compared with 0.7 percent). — Metro areas with populations of 1 million or more in 2012 grew 1.0 percent, compared with 0.5 percent for those with populations of less than 250,000. —The nation’s fastest-growing city by number of people was Houston, which gained 138,000 people between 2012 and 2013. The surrounding county, Harris Country, also showed the fastest numerical population increase at almost 83,000 people. —New York was the nation’s largest metropolitan area, with 19.9 million residents. —Los Angeles was once again the nation’s most populous county, with a population of more than 10 million. The census estimates are based on local records of births and deaths, Internal Revenue Service records of people moving within the United States and census statistics on immigrants. A PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

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Holy Spirit, You who made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideal. You, who gave me the Divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong done to me and you, who are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with You and my loved ones in your perpetual Glory. Thank you for your love towards me and my loved ones. Persons must pray the prayer three consecutive days without asking your wish. After the third day wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Then promise to publish this dialogue as soon as this favor is granted. I will never stop trusting in God and his power.

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Local storyteller St. Mary fourth-grade student Adriana Tot-Lupien, right, was one of many students who learned how to present original stories to classmates and parents as part of a Massachusetts Cultural and Literacy Grant. Students at St. Mary Elementary School spent the last 12-weeks with local storyteller Mary Jo Maichak who taught the children how to effectively interact with audience members and improve their storytelling skills. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Police Logs Continued from Page 5 revealed that the owner of one of the vehicles was the subject of an outstanding warrant and he sought the man at his registered address, Jason Allan Lafleur, 37, of 126 Union St., was arrested on a 2013 warrant; 11:37 p.m.: harassment, Court Street, a resident came to the station to report she has been harassed, the responding officer reports the woman said that she has discovered that a former boyfriend has posted indiscreet photos of herself on a social networking site, the woman said that when she remonstrated with man via text message he apologized and agreed to remove the pictures, the woman was advised of her protective order options and the case was referred to the Detective Bureau;

12:36 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Holyoke Road, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired and it was towed to the police impound yard; 1:35 p.m.: larceny, Dubois Street, a caller reports her medications were stolen by her boyfriend, the responding officer reports that the woman said that her boyfriend was unsupervised in her bedroom as he packed up his possessions when they broke up March 19 and she subsequently found her medications missing from the safe she keeps in her bedroom, the woman said that the man knows where the key to the safe is kept; 2:52 p.m.: suspicious person, Montgomery Road, a caller reports a couple in a field near the high school is

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engaged in amorous activity, the responding officer reports the participants were identified and advised to find a better place for their activity; 7:35 p.m.: incapacitated person, Gold Street, a caller reports two intoxicated male parties are on the ground in her driveway, the responding officer requests an ambulance to transport one of the men to Noble Hospital for evaluation, the second man was placed in protective custody; 8:17 p.m.: disturbance, Murray Avenue, a caller reports her 15-year-old son struck her arm and pushed her into a closet, the responding officer reports the boy was found and arrested for being delinquent by reason of assault and battery in a domestic relationship.

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herbs induces, fairly quickly, higher oil content production,” Ball said in an email. “Even during pre-shipping, the smells are drifting off the plants. Really unique.” The difference between a good cook and a great cook often comes down to the use of culinary herbs — how much to use and how to pick them for optimal flavor, Ball said. “Herb flavor declines and changes once plants begin and continue flowering,” he said. “The best way to extend the harvest is by pinching (back) the plants often to keep them from flowering and, worse yet for flavor, from growing seed stalks.” Culinary herbs make a good alternative cash crop for smallscale growers, Gao said. Their market ranges from home gourmet cooks to restaurant chefs, health food and grocery stores, farmer’s markets and food processing companies. Basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, sage and mint are the most commonly grown herbs for commercial use, Gao said. Herbs are inexpensive, whether sold as seeds or plants. Try a taste test if undecided about which herb to buy, suggests Rose Marie Nichols-McGee, president of Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Ore. “Go to a nursery and taste a little (leaf) sample from one of the plants,” she said. “If it doesn’t have the flavor you like, then it’s obviously not a plant you want to buy.” Many herbs are attractive, too. Plate them up as a garnish or make some into fragrant centerpiece arrangements for the table. Lemon thyme, lavender, mint, some long-blooming oregano and the seed heads from garlic chives are frequently used for decorating. “I think of them as the ‘vegetable flowers’,” Ball said. “They’re very lovely plants to grow as well as to taste.” ‑‑‑ Online: For more about growing and using fresh herbs, see www.culinaryherbguide.com

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Student Loan Debt Continued from Page 4 that would set payments at 10 percent of discretionary income for 20 years. After that, the loan is forgiven. What they won’t see is an estimate of how those payments might change in the future or what happens if they stay in the program long enough for a portion of their debt to be forgiven. It is difficult to predict the future income for any given borrower whose employment and earnings could change drastically over a 20 or 25-year window. But observers of the program say the long-term costs of enrolling in a repayment program that could last more than two decades are poorly disclosed and the tax implications are far from clear. The section of the studentaid.ed.gov website that explains the details of each payment option only mentions that borrowers may be subject to income tax on any forgiven debt. That language is ambiguous, critics say, considering that the forgiven debt is considered taxable income under current law and it would take an act of Congress to change that. President Barack Obama has proposed excluding all forgiven federal student loan debt from income tax in his recent budgets. Administration officials said that they hope that Congress will take up Obama’s recommendations.

Continued from Page 6 soft as a skein of cashmere, cuddled in her lap. home. There should be enough space for a sleeping area and a Sullivan blocked stairs, moved low baskets into closets and potty area when puppies are very young. Also essential are a bought tall hampers to prevent Angus from raiding the laundry. non-spill water bowl and safe, enriching toys. Toys that are not “I like my house,” she said. “I didn’t want it torn up.” safe for this area when you are gone include tennis balls, rope She also ensured that her house plants are safe for dogs. toys, toys that are shorter than about double the length of the Alexis Shield was prepared with puppy gear and house- puppy’s snout, and stuffed toys that have glass or plastic eyes training research before bringing home Teddy, an Australian and noses, Barlow said. Labradoodle, when he was 9 weeks old. Thanks to her plan— Tape loose electrical cords. Use outlet covers. ning and consistency with Teddy, she has been amazed at how — Store cleaning chemicals out of reach. Use baby latches fast he learned. on cabinet doors if needed. What she didn’t expect, says Shield, who lives in a Virginia — Move breakables and valuables out of the puppy’s reach. suburb of Washington, D.C., was how hard it would be to pre- Roll up new or valuable rugs until the puppy is house-trained. pare her three young sons and supervise them with the puppy. In your yard: She has Teddy’s crate in the kitchen, a safe place for him — Do not leave a puppy unsupervised, and be sure to fence amid the household hubbub. Initially, Shield would occasion- in your yard before letting the puppy off leash. ally put Teddy in the crate when she needed to do something — Fence off the garden. and couldn’t watch him; now a bit older, he’s just in the crate — Use pet-safe gardening products, and be sure any lawn when she leaves the house and at night, when he sleeps. service you use does the same. Puppy-behavior experts recommend these steps to protect — Store grill utensils out of the puppy’s reach. your puppy at home: — Make sure a swimming pool is fenced. — Gate off rooms where you don’t want your puppy to — Check the ASPCA’s list of poisonous plants. roam. For instance, one of Barlow’s clients is an artist with a — As soon as puppies are old enough, start training them, studio in her house. The artist gated off the studio so the puppy especially the “drop it” and “leave it” commands. couldn’t run around the easels, paint and chemicals. ——— — Let puppies earn their freedom. Give them one space or Online: room at a time. That way, owners can actively supervise them The ASPCA’s “Springtime Safety Tips,” including and limit any bad behavior. a list of poisonous plants: — Create a safe confinement area — a crate or exercise pen, www.aspca.org/pet-care/springtime-safety-tips for instance — where the puppy can stay when you are not


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THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS Wilfork: Close to ensuring he’ll retire with Pats

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St. Mary’s Alex Lapier participates in a recent team practice at Extra Innings. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Saints preach patience By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The St. Mary High School baseball team may have lost 10 seniors to graduation this past offseason, but Saints’ coach Troy Collins said fans should not count out the haloed ones. “We are going to have a lot different look, but we’re energized,” Collins said, in between several practice sessions at Extra Innings. “We have a lot of young kids, a lot of young talent. It’s exciting to start this young.” While it will be intriguing to see which underclassmen emerge this season, there are still some veteran players expected to carry the load. Junior captain Charlie White (OF/1B) and

senior catcher Brendan Gawron, also a team captain, have taken over the leadership roles. Senior pitcher Bryce Kibbe, who pitched a nohitter against Westfield Voc-Tech last season, also returns. The Saints have acquired West Springfield transfer Alex Lapier, a junior outfielder and pitcher. “We just have to be patient,” Collins said. “We’ll get there.” St. Mary’s schedule will get a new look as well in 2014 as the Saints have moved into the Bi-County League, featuring local rivals Gateway and Southwick, as well as other opponents such as Granby, Sabis, Sci-Tech, Hampshire, and Ware. St. Mary is scheduled to begin its season April 7 against Sci-Tech at Forest Park at 4 p.m.

Sox trophy making an appearance CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The public is invited to take a look at the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy at the New Hampshire Statehouse. The trophy, as well as the World Series Most Valuable Player Trophy, are going to be on display from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Governor and Council Chambers. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals last year to win their third World Series in 10 seasons.

Phil Mickelson shoots 77 in Texas Open SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away. Mickelson shot a 5-over 77 on Thursday in the Texas Open to fall nine strokes back during the suspended first round. The 77 was Lefty’s highest score since a 78 in August in the PGA Championship. “I had been playing real well at home, so to come out and play like this is disappointing,” Mickelson said. “Just didn’t feel quite sharp.” In his previous two starts, Mickelson missed the cut in the Honda Classic and tied for 16th three weeks ago at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He made his only other Texas Open appearance in 1992, so long ago that the event was only his 11th professional start on the PGA Tour. Pat Perez and Danny Lee shot 4-under 68 to share the clubhouse lead and Andrew Loupe was 4 under with seven holes to play when darkness forced the suspension of play. The start was delayed 2 hours, 40 minutes because of fog, and

45 players were unable to finish the round. Area resident Cameron Beckman, Puerto Rico Open winner Chesson Hadley, Will McKenzie and Seung-Yul Noh shot 69, and Miguel Angel Carballo and Justin Hicks also were 3 under. Carballo had four left, and Hicks three. Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar shot 70. Defending champion Martin Laird opened with a 72, matching Valspar winner John Senden and Jeff Maggert, a winner last week in Mississippi in his Champions Tour debut. Ernie Els shot 74, and former Texas star Jordan Spieth had a 75. Area resident Jimmy Walker had a 76. He has a tour-high three victories this season, winning the Frys.com Open, Sony Open and Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson hit half of the greens in regulation on the Greg Norman-designed T&T Oaks Course, bogeyed three of the four par 3s and closed with a double bogey on the par-4 ninth. “I didn’t putt well,” said Mickelson, who had 17 putts on the second nine that he played in

4-over 40. “I had a couple of three-putts that hurt. Iron play wasn’t great. I didn’t drive it bad, until that last hole.” On the 462-yard ninth, his drive sailed so far right he hit a provisional. He didn’t need it, but it took him three to find the green and he ended up three-putting, missing from 10 and 2 feet. “Just blocked it,” he said. He also will play next week in the Houston Open before heading to Augusta National. The fog kept temperatures in the 50s before it burned off and gave way to sun and readings in the 80s. “This morning it was freezing, and I hit balls (on the practice range) in four layers of clothes,” Perez said. “Now, I’m sweating.” One under after a bogey on the 15th, Perez finished with three birdies on putts from more than 10 feet — including a 17-footer on the final hole. Lee, the 2008 U.S. Amateur champion at Pinehurst No. 2, finished with consecutive birdies with putts inside 13 feet on the 17 and 18. He finished second three weeks ago in Puerto Rico.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Scottie “McBuckets” has Florida deep in the NCAA tournament once again. The Dayton Flyers are the latest mid-major upstart still in the bracket. The Gators (35-2), the tournament’s top overall seed, will face No. 11 Dayton (26-10) on Saturday in the Elite Eight after both teams cruised to relatively easy victories in the South Regional on Thursday night. Florida pushed past No. 4 UCLA 79-68 thanks to a stellar performance by Gators’ senior Scottie Wilbekin. The 6-foot-2 point guard hit several big shots in the second half to put away the pesky Bruins, finishing with 13 points. “Scottie McBuckets, if you want to call him that,” Florida center Patric Young said. “He’s been performing as the go-to guy. He’s making the shots when they’re available and we know we can trust him and that he’s going to make it happen.” Wilbekin, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, had plenty of help. Michael Frazier scored 19 points, Casey Prather added 12 and freshman Kasey Hill came off the bench to add six points, six rebounds and 10 assists. Jordan Adams led UCLA (28-9) with 17 points. Kyle Anderson had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Florida’s takes a 29-game winning streak into Saturday’s game. It has lasted nearly four months. Now the Gators are back to where their season has ended the past three years. The Elite Eight is where Florida lost to Butler in 2010, Louisville in 2011 and Michigan in 2012. Florida wasn’t in a celebratory mood after the UCLA win. The elusive Final Four is close. “Personally, I don’t think there’s anything to enjoy,” Frazier said. “We’re trying to keep advancing, and you can’t take a breath because every team now is a good team. We can enjoy what we’ve done after the season.” The Gators promise they won’t take Dayton lightly. “They’ve earned their spot here just as we have,” Young said. “We’re going to respect them, just as much as they respect us. We know they’re a good team. If they’re here, they are going to be one of the eight teams left.” Dayton advanced by blasting past No. 10 Stanford for an 82-72 victory a few hours earlier. The Flyers used 12 players in the first half — sending seemingly endless waves of blue and red onto the court — to slowly grind Stanford down. Jordan Sibert led the Flyers with 18 points, while freshman Kendall Pollard came off the bench to add a career-high 12 on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Dayton’s deep bench outscored Stanford’s 34-2. The Flyers are in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. Stanford (23-13) fought foul trouble all night and was led by Chasson Randle’s 21 points.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork says he’s closer to achieving his goal of finishing his career with New England. The 10-year veteran who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles’ tendon has tweeted that he looks forward to returning to football and helping his team have a chance to win a Super Bowl. Wilfork originally had balked at the Patriots attempt to restructure his contract to lessen the salary cap hit. He tweeted amid reports that he had agreed to restructure his contract. The Patriots usually do not announce contract restructurings. “It’s been hard to remain quiet and let things take its course but it has been the best thing to do,” Wilfork tweeted Thursday. “Negotiations are never easy especially when you have a 10 year history with a team and more importantly relationships. For those who have supported me I thank you, for those who have called me every name in the book I thank you too. “My intentions have never changed,” he wrote. “10 years ago my goal was to retire a patriot and as I sit here typing this I am closer to achieving my goal. I look forward to getting back to football and helping my team compete and have a chance at winning a Super Bowl.” At the bottom of the tweet was a reproduction of the top of a standard NFL Player Contract with his name and that of the New England Patriots.


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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES FRIDAY March 28

SATURDAY March 29

MONDAY March 31

TUESDAY April 1

WEDNESDAY April 2

THURSDAY April 3

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL vs. Northampton, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL vs. Putnam, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Northampton, WHS, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, 9 a.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE at East Longmeadow, 1 p.m.

SOFTBALL vs. Agawam, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Agawam, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE at Amherst, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ V TENNIS at Central, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V TRACK & FIELD at Northampton, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ V TENNIS at Ludlow, 4 p.m. BASEBALL vs. Ludlow, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Ludlow, WHS, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at Minnechaug, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL at Minnechaug, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE at Belchertown, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE at Belchertown, 5:30 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL at Ware, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL at Ware, Grenville Park, 4 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL vs. Easthampton, 4 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ LACROSSE at Chicopee Comp, 5 p.m.

BOYS’ TENNIS at Sci-Tech, Forest Park, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ LACROSSE at Monson, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ LACROSSE vs. Cathedral, Boardman Field, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ TENNIS vs. Sci-Tech, Munipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m.

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Men’s Golf 2014 Spring Schedule Day DATE OPPONENT TIME Tuesday April 15 MASCAC Championships Blackstone National Country Club, Sutton, Mass. 10:00 Thursday April 17 Western New England University Invitational Veterans Memorial Golf Course, Springfield 10:00 Monday April 21 Assumption College Invitational Heritage Country Club, Charlton, Mass. 10:00 Tuesday April 22 Elms College Invitational Westover Country Club, Granby, Mass. 10:00

Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field DAY DATE OPPONENT March 29 Coast Guard Invitational Saturday Saturday April 5 AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational Saturday April 12 WESTFIELD STATE INVITATIONAL April 19 Springfield College Invitational Saturday April 26 MASCAC/Alliance Championships Saturday Fri.-Sat. May 2-3 New England Division 3 Championships May 9-10 ALL NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Fri.-Sat. May 15-16 ECAC Division 3 Championships Thu.-Fri. May 22-24 NCAA Division 3 National Championships Thu.-Sat.

Place New London, CT Springfield, MA Westfield, MA Springfield College UMass Dartmouth Springfield College Westfield State RPI, Troy, NY Ohio Wesleyan

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DATE OPPONEN March 29 at Mass. Maritime (2) April 1 AMHERST (2) April 2 at Western New England (2) April 5 BRIDGEWATER STATE (2) April 8 SMITH (2) April 10 KEENE STATE (2) April 12 at Worcester State (2) April 15 at MCLA (2) April 18 at Framingham State (2) April 21 SALEM STATE (2) April 23 SPRINGFIELD (2) April 26 FITCHBURG STATE (2) May 1 May 2 May 3 May 4

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12 N.C. State 74

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16 Cal Poly 81

11 Iowa 65

16 Mt. St. Mary’s 64

12 Xavier 59

March 18-19 Dayton, Ohio

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Florida 61 Orlando

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Wisconsin Oregon 77

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Wichita St. 76

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NCAA M BRACKET 032814: Bracket for the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship; 5c x 8 inches; 245.5 mm x 203 mm; stand alone; staff; ETA 11:45 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - SPRING TRAINING AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Tampa Bay 16 6 .727 Cleveland 19 8 .704 Los Angeles 18 10 .643 Seattle 17 11 .607 Baltimore 13 9 .591 New York 16 12 .571 Detroit 14 12 .538 Oakland 14 13 .519 Toronto 14 13 .519 Kansas City 11 15 .423 Houston 10 15 .400 Texas 10 15 .400 Chicago 9 14 .391 Boston 10 16 .385 Minnesota 8 15 .348

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Miami 18 11 .621 San Francisco 17 11 .607 Pittsburgh 14 10 .583 Washington 15 13 .536 Arizona 12 11 .522 Colorado 14 13 .519 New York 14 14 .500 St. Louis 11 13 .458 San Diego 10 12 .455 Cincinnati 14 17 .452 Chicago 13 18 .419 Milwaukee 12 17 .414 Atlanta 12 18 .400 Los Angeles 6 11 .353 Philadelphia 9 17 .346

NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not.

Thursday’s Games Washington 4, N.Y. Mets 0 Miami 6, St. Louis 4 Detroit 9, Atlanta 3 Toronto 3, Philadelphia 0 N.Y. Yankees 4, Pittsburgh 2 Chicago Cubs 4, Chicago White Sox 3 Cincinnati (ss) 9, Arizona (ss) 1 Cincinnati (ss) 8, Milwaukee 2 Cleveland 3, Arizona (ss) 2 Boston 4, Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 3

English Premier League GP Chelsea 31 Liverpool 31 Man. City 29 Arsenal 31 Everton 30 Tottenham 31 Man. United 31 Newcastle 31 Southampton 31 Stoke 31 West Ham 31 Aston Villa 30 Hull City 31 Norwich 31 Swansea 31 West Brom 30 Crystal Palace 30 Sunderland 29 Cardiff City 31 Fulham 31

English Premier League W D L GF 21 6 4 62 21 5 5 84 21 3 5 79 19 6 6 55 16 9 5 46 17 5 9 40 15 6 10 48 14 4 13 38 12 9 10 45 9 10 12 36 9 7 15 34 9 7 14 33 9 6 16 33 8 8 15 26 7 9 15 42 5 13 12 33 8 4 18 19 6 7 16 27 6 7 18 26 7 3 21 30

Tuesday, March 25 Arsenal 2, Swansea 2 Manchester United 0, Manchester City 3 Newcastle 0, Everton 3

GA Pts 23 39 27 36 30 40 37 43 40 45 41 42 39 48 48 45 39 46 58 70

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Wednesday, March 26 West Ham 2, Hull City 1 Liverpool 2, Sunderland 1 Saturday, March 29 Manchester United vs. Aston Villa, 1245 GMT Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, 1500 GMT Southampton vs. Newcastle, 1500 GMT Stoke vs. Hull City, 1500 GMT Swansea vs. Norwich, 1500 GMT West Brom vs. Cardiff City, 1500 GMT Arsenal vs. Manchester City, 1730 GMT Sunday, March 30 Fulham vs. Everton, 1230 GMT Liverpool vs. Tottenham, 1500 GMT Monday, March 31 Sunderland vs. West Ham, 1900 GMT Saturday, April 5 Manchester City vs. Southampton, 1145 GMT Aston Villa vs. Fulham, 1400 GMT Cardiff City vs. Crystal Palace, 1400 GMT Hull City vs. Swansea, 1400 GMT Newcastle vs. Manchester United, 1400 GMT Norwich vs. West Brom, 1400 GMT Chelsea vs. Stoke, 1630 GMT Sunday, April 6 Everton vs. Arsenal, 1230 GMT West Ham vs. Liverpool, 1500 GMT Monday, April 7 Tottenham vs. Sunderland, 1900 GMT

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Will Middlebrooks had two extra-base hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Thursday night. Lackey, the team’s No. 2 starter, gave up four hits with a walk and six strikeouts over 6 1-3 innings in his final tuneup for the regular season. “He had his sharpest outing of the spring,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He goes into the start of the season in very good shape. He had good power and good action to his breaking ball. He also had his cutter and curveball working. It was a very productive spring from John.” Kevin Correia, the Twins’ No. 2 starter, allowed one run and six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one. “Correia threw the ball very well,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Changed speeds, used his splitter. We’re throwing the ball just fine. We’re not swinging, not getting too much offensively. Got to keep swinging. Got a few guys struggling right now, and we’ve got to get them swinging. Like to see a few hits before we start.” Middlebrooks went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple. He drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh and is batting .362 this spring (17 for 47). Aaron Hicks had two hits for the Twins, driving in their only run with a seventh-inning double. He is hitting .340 this spring (16 for 47). Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .054 (2 for 37) with 13 strikeouts. STARTING TIME Twins: Correia was satisfied with his final outing before facing the Chicago White Sox in his first regular-season start. In four games and 17 innings this spring, he gave up nine earned runs on 19 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. “I was able to get six innings in my start before this, so I wasn’t really pressed to go deep into the game,” Correia said. “I just wanted to get a decent amount of pitches. We’ve got an extra day (Tuesday) after the start of the season. I just wanted to get through that last start healthy and happy.”

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L.A. Angels 7, L.A. Dodgers 5 Oakland 4, San Francisco 0 Friday’s Games Tampa Bay vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Toronto at Montreal, 7:05 p.m. Miami vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Houston vs. Texas at San Antonio, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland vs. San Diego at San Diego (Fowler Park), 9:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Colorado vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Oakland at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. Saturday’s Games Minnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Toronto at Montreal, 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. Texas at San Antonio, 2:05 p.m. Detroit at Washington, 2:05 p.m. Kansas City at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m. Seattle vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. San Francisco vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. San Diego at San Diego (Fowler Park), 4:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 4:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.


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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Am I wrong here? Dear Annie: I’m in my early 50s and have been married to “Ralph” for two years. At first, he was attentive and romantic, sending flowers and writing cards. We went on frequent weekend trips where we would focus only on each other. In the past year, Ralph’s job responsibilities tripled, and so did his stress levels. His mother has had numerous hospitalizations, and his teenage son began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. As a result, our marriage and sex life have suffered. We still have a date night, but we cannot get away for a weekend because there is no one to leave his son with. Most of our “dates” involve Ralph cracking his knuckles while I try to carry on a lighthearted conversation. Last night, Ralph said that even though we are terribly busy, we should take what few moments we can find to have sex. I told him that, like most women, I respond better if there is some romance attached, and that I need us to really connect emotionally. I desperately want him to look into my eyes in a way that lets me know he is still crazy about me. But Ralph says he is unable to turn off his stress and that married people should be able to have a few minutes of sex without worrying about my “soap opera view of marriage.” He thinks it’s immature of me to expect wining and dining before sex. I offered to meet him halfway. I still need the occasional connection. He calls that “high maintenance” and says my ideas are unrealistic. He is very different from the loving and funny man I married. He absolutely refuses counseling. Am I wrong here? -- High Maintenance in Ponte Vedra Beach Dear Ponte: This is not about right and wrong. It’s about expectations, adjustments and effort. The flowers and notes are lovely, but it’s unrealistic to expect Ralph to continue these thoughtful gestures when his brain is overloaded with worries about his son, his mother and his job. Ralph also wants a connection, but like many men, to him that means physical closeness. He doesn’t need romantic gestures, so he thinks you are being frivolous. Here’s your compromise: Tell him that once a week, you need him to look into your eyes and say how much you mean to him. With sincerity. In return, you will stop nursing a sense of neglect that he no longer focuses on your romantic desires as much as he did before. If he cannot manage even this much, we fear that the romantic personality was only a facade. Dear Annie: When attending a celebration (wedding, bar mitzvah, etc.), I look forward to conversing with friends and family. That desire is repeatedly sabotaged by the band playing at ear-damaging levels. I’m only 50, yet find myself bringing earplugs so I don’t get a headache or start to go deaf. Does the music have to be so loud just for dancing? Don’t the hosts know that this level of volume diminishes the enjoyment of their celebration? -- Please Turn It Down Dear Please: We’ve mentioned this before. With studies showing that excessively loud music can cause early and severe hearing loss, we are surprised people still find this a good idea. If you are screaming to be heard over the music, it’s too loud. Use earplugs or walk out. The band will pipe down only if the hosts request it. Dear Annie: This is about “N.Y.,” the 35-year-old man who thinks his mother is controlling because she puts her arm across him in the front seat if she comes to a sudden stop. I confess that I put my right arm across ANYONE who is in the front seat if I stop short. This guy needs more than counseling. He needs a swift kick in the butt for being such an absolutely insufferable jerk. -- M., The Villages, Fla. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

HINTS FROM HELOISE DRYING SPONGES Dear Heloise: We purchased a metal wire napkin holder, which we keep near the kitchen sink. Wet sponges stored in the napkin holder dry thoroughly. Of course, we live on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Relative humidity of single digits is not uncommon. Having the sponges off the counter with airflow on all sides should help in any climate. -- Marcus R., Colorado Springs, Colo. BUGPROOF Dear Heloise: Most instant rice and potatoes come in boxes with a pull-out spout. After opening, I cover the entire end of the box with a sheet of clear plastic wrap and secure it with a tight rubber band around the box. No spills, and it keeps bugs from getting in. -- Mike in Kansas (c)2014 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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WESTFIELD - Come and support the Boy Scouts from St. Mary’s Troop 109 by donating your returnable recyclable cans and bottles at Super Phipps Liquor store at 485 E. Main Street on Saturday, March 29 at any time from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will be used for troop camping gear, flags and to provide “camperships” for scouts in need. Pick-ups can be arranged for commercial donors or others with a large volume of cans. Please email sm@troop-109.org or call Dan at 297-4151. Thank you!

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0265 Firewood A SEASONED LOG TRUCK LOAD of hardwood; (when processed at least 7 cords), for only $650-$700 (depends on delivery distance). Call Chris @ (413)454-5782.

AFFORDABLE FIREWOOD. Seasoned and green. Cut, split, delivered. Any length. Now ready for immediate delivery. Senior and bulk discount. Call (413)848-2059, (413)530-4820.

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity.

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WESTFIELD SPACIOUS 1 bedroom efficiency apartment. Basement with washer/dryer, off BLANDFORD 2 bedroom, 1 bath street parking. $700/month plus small apartment. All appliances utilities. Close to WSU. Sorry no a n d u t i l i t i e s i n c l u d e d . pets. First, last, security. Greg or $800/month. Available April 1st. Paula (413)572-2652. Call (413)537-3630.

SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood. Stacking available. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts. Call for pri- W E S T F I E L D 1 & 2 b e d r o o m c i n g . H o l l i s t e r ' s F i r e w o o d apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size (860)653-4950. and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884.

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HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator and microwave included. Call (413)531-2197.

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.

SOUTHAMPTON FOR LEASE 1,500 SQ.FT.

ROOM TO RENT in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen and laundry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. WESTFIELD, 1st floor, 1 bed- $ 6 0 0 / m o n t h , W e s t f i e l d . room, kitchen and bath. No pets. (413)355-2338 or (413)562$595/month plus electric. First, 7341. last, security. Call (413)2504811.

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Professional office space. Prime location next to plaza.

John Kontekakis OPAL RE Group (413)204-4877

0440 Services 0390 Homes For Sale RUSSELL, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Updated plumbing, electric. Town utilities. 155 Main Street. $104,000. (508) 2591856.

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

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

0315 Tag Sales Concerned Citizens for Animals, Inc. Giant Tag Sale

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Friday, March 28th 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29th 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. St. Luke's Church 961 St. James Ave. Springfield, MA Donations of Dog and Cat food appreciated

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 3rd floor efficiency apartment. Recently remodeled, kitchen with lots of cabinet space, appliances included. Dining room, living room, laundry hookups in basement, quiet neighborhood, off street parking. No pets. Non smoker. $525/month plus utilities. (413)374-8803.

HUNTINGTON CENTER 2 bedroom, second floor unit. 650sq. ft.. Stove, fridge, W/D hookups in kitchen. Deck with stairs, off street parking. $625/mo plus all utilities. Hilltown CDC (413)296-4536 x117. Income guidelines apply.

PARK SQUARE TOWNHOUSES WESTFIELD

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Electrician

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

JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior discount. No job too small! Insured, DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & free estimates. 40 years experience. KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682.

Home Improvement

Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years ex- Since 1984. (413)569-9973. perience. Insured, reasonable prices. www.davedavidsonremodeling.com WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 No job too small. Call Tom Daly, MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625. (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in business. www.wagnerrug.com Flooring/Floor Sanding

DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs. Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. Call for free quote. A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDExtensive references, fully licensed & Chimney Sweeps ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats insured in MA. & CT. www.delreoHENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) homeimprovement.com Call Gary Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stain- 569-3066. Delcamp (413)569-3733. less steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter Hauling TOM DISANTO Home Improvements cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. The best choice for all interior and exteQuality work from a business you can A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, rior building and remodeling. Specializing trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Fire- in the design and building of residential wood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Drywall A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes- cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call sional drywall at amateur prices. Our Furnace and hot water heater removal. Tom (413)568-7036. ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. 8971. Free estimates. Free estimate on phone. Senior disAll your carpentry needs. (413)386count. Call Pete (413)433-0356. 4606. Did your windows fail with the www.arajunkremoval.com. cold weather? Don't wait another year! Electrician Call Paul for replacement windows. Home & Office Cleaning Many new features available. Windows POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of are built in CT. All windows installed by wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECLEANING SERVICE. VERY REAPaul, owner of Paul Maynard ConCIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND SONABLE - 8 years experience. We struction. My name is on my work. WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERA- can help you keep your house in perfect TORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, condition. Satisfaction guaranteed. SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deic- Free estimates. Excellent references. Home Maintenance Call (413)455-9633. ing cables installed. I answer all HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home calls! Prompt service, best prices. repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom reLic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816. Home Improvement modeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, winterization. No job too small. 35 years BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING RE- profressional experience. (413)519additions, 3251. TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years MODELING.Kitchens, experience. Electrical installations, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reemergency service work. Generac liable service, free estimates. Mass JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Registered #106263, licensed & in- Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, portable or whole house generator sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. basements, drywall, tile, floors, susinstallations. HVAC controls and enpended ceilings, restoration services, ergy saving green technology updoors, windows, decks, stairs, grades. Fully insured. All calls an- C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceil- interior/exterior painting, plumbing. swered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. ings, home improvements and remod- Small jobs ok. All types of professional eling. Licensed and insured. Call work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)214-4149. (413)262-9314. (413)364-7038.

House Painting

Plumbing & Heating

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

NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768 Nick7419@comcast.net

At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're your color specialists! Brighten up your home for Spring! Get all your interior painting needs done now. We paint and stain log homes. Call (413)230-8141.

Roofing ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your ROOFING needs! POWER WASHING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof, removing ugly black stains, mold and moss, we’ll make it look like new plus prolong the life of your roof. We do emergency repairs, new construction, complete tear off, ice and water protection barrier systems, skylight repairs. Snow & ice removal. FREE gutter cleaning with any roof repair or roof job. 10% senior discount. Free estimates. MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701

A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and Tree Service decorating advice. (413)564-0223, A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD (413)626-8880.

Landscaping/Lawn Care YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

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.

T&S LANDSCAPING. Highest quality, lowest prices. Lawn mowing. Residen- CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert tial\commercial. No lawns to small. tree removal. Prompt estimates. Weekly, biweekly. (413)330-3917. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.

Masonry

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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