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By REBECCA EVERETT @GazetteRebecca Daily Hampshire Gazette NORTHAMPTON — Roger Dwyer, 32, of Westfield, said he made a mistake Aug. 29, when he was arrested for allegedly smashing wine bottles and spattering his blood in two downtown restaurants. Under the Valor Act that allows veterans to resolve certain first offenses outside of court, he arranged to pay restitution and attend classes to avoid being formally charged. Or at least that was the plan. Dwyer was arraigned by mistake Monday, when the assistant district attorney who had been handling his case was out of state completing a training. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Michael J. Russo III on Thursday filed a motion to revoke the arraignment, stating that Dwyer was arraigned “in error.” The motion was allowed, so Dwyer is now, once again, not charged with crimes. Dwyer said in a telephone interview, “I’m not being charged. I’m paying full restitution to the restaurants and attending classes,” though he declined to specify what kind of classes. “All parties are happy. I’m working with the restaurants. I made a mistake.” Northampton Police arrested Dwyer after he became upset while on a date at Mulino’s Restaurant at 41 Strong Ave. and then allegedly smashed or damaged 23 bottles of wine with a total value of $1,223. He then ran to Mimmo’s Pizza at 71 Pleasant St. and smeared blood — from cuts from broken glass — on items in the kitchen, according to police. Police sought to charge Dwyer with malicious destruction of property over $250, vandalism, defrauding an innkeeper of more than $100, and disorderly conduct, and those are the charges to which he pleaded not guilty Monday during his now-revoked arraignment. Dwyer declined to comment on how he came to be arraigned. The Northwestern district attorney’s office provided the Gazette a copy of the motion to revoke the arraignment, but did not respond to a request Thursday for a more detailed explanation about why Dwyer was arraigned by accident.

By CHRISTINE CHARNOSKY Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A woman had her purse snatched Saturday evening and the suspect is still at large. A witness called police at 7:17 p.m. Saturday night to report she was hearing a woman on Broad Street yelling, “Help! Help! Give me back my purse!” At the time, the witness was unable to see the victim or the suspect. Police received a second call one minute later from a witness stating he saw a woman chasing a man wearing a black hoodie, jeans, and grey sweatpants carrying a red purse running behind St. John’s Lutheran Church, according to police logs and Pastor Chris Hazzard. Police spoke to the pastor at the church who told police the suspect had turned and headed back across Broad Street towards Holland Avenue, according to police logs. Allegedly the victim chased the suspect around the area of Holland Avenue and Broad, Avery and Silver Streets. Hazzard said that he did not see the suspect, but that a woman parked at Governors Center Nursing Home saw someone running through and gave him the description because the man looked suspicious. Hazzard then relayed the information to the police officers at the scene. The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, skinny, about 5’6″, according to police logs. Police brought a canine to the scene, but the suspect could not be located. A short time later, Hazzard said he saw someone possibly matching the suspect’s description on College Highway and informed police. Police questioned a man in that area, but no arrest was made. On Tuesday, a woman phoned police from Forum House, 55 Broad Street, to report that an employee found a purse belonging to this victim. No information was available as to what contents may have been missing from the handbag. Staff Writer Christine Charnosky can be reached at christinec@

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Report: Unique challenges face older gay residents BOSTON (AP) — Aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in Massachusetts face unique challenges, according to a report released Thursday by a special legislative commission. The report offers a number of recommendations to address the needs of LGBT seniors, including the development of inclusive elder housing communities and protections against discrimination for transgender people in nursing homes and other health facilities. The 20-member commission was created in 2013 by lawmakers and then-Gov. Deval Patrick, and has been called the first statewide panel of its kind in the nation. While Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage, the report notes that many of its older LGBT citizens came of age in far less tolerant times. “The lives of today’s older lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people were molded under conditions of intense homophobia, both during their formative years, as well as throughout much of their adult lives,” the commission wrote. The stigma attached to homosexuality caused many LGBT people to become estranged from their families See Residents, Page 3

More than 300 military men and women from the Barnes 104th Fighter Wing enjoy a meal at the Barnes Air National Guard Base last Christmas. (WNG file photo)

Airbase seeks land to increase security By DAN MORIARTY Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Airport Manager Brian Barnes and leaders of the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing appeared before the City Council last night to discuss the need to increase security at the military base located on the city’s airport. Barnes said the officials were giving the council advanced notice that the Massachusetts Air National Guard has approached the Airport Commission about leasing another 25 acres of land and that the City Council will have to approve that lease because it will be longer than 20 years. The Barnes Regional Airport Commission has the authority to enter into lease agreements of up to 20 years. The guard recently signed a 99-year lease and the legal agreement for the 25 acres would have to fall in line with that lease. Barnes said that the 104th Fighter Wing is a major economic generator for the region and Barnes Regional Airport where

1,300 of the 1,900 jobs at the airport are in the ANG Fighter Wing. Barnes said that the federal government has allocated $27 million in recent improvements to the city’s airport because of the Fighter Wing base. Col. Jim Keefe, 104th commander, and Col Pete Green, the wings vice commander, said the US Air Force, (which was established Sept. 18, 1947 and is celebrating its 68th “birthday” today) increased security requirements following the 1996 Khobar Tower terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia which claimed the lives of 19 American servicemen and wounded 372 men and women of the armed forces. Keefe said that the Air Force increased security to prevent a similar bombing incident in which a vehicle was packed with explosive and detonated in front of the eight-story US Air Force dormitory. Keefe said that the current security standards require that security gates have a substantial “standoff distance” from base facilities. See Security, Page 3

Southwick Police Association set to celebrate 20th golf tourney By HOPE E. TREMBLAY Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – For two decades, the Southwick Police Association Golf Tournament has drawn crowds to enjoy a day on the course and raise money for a good cause. The 20th Annual Southwick Police Association Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 12 at the Edgewood Golf Course. Association Member and

tournament organizer Kevin Bishop said foursomes are filling up fast. “I would suggest that if you are golfing you send in your forms early we expect a big turnout for our 20th year,” he said. While golf is the main event, non-golfers can enjoy the event as well by joining the post-

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Velis hopes to defeat sanctuary state bill By HOPE E. TREMBLAY Staff Writer BOSTON – State Rep. John Velis (D-Westfield) is hoping to keep a bill from going before his colleagues. The bill, sponsored by Boston Rep. Evandro Carvalho, would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. “This would prohibit local law enforcement from alerting the federal immigration division – ICE – to criminal activity by illegal immigrants,” said Velis. Velis said being in the country illegally is breaking the law as it is, and not reporting illegal activity by an illegal immigrant is against the law. “We can’t give legal protection to people who commit crimes and are here illegally,” said Velis. “What ICE decides to do with that information is up to them.” Velis said there are already sanctuary cities

across the United States and he noted that a recent murder in San Francisco was committed by an illegal immigrant who was not deported because San Francisco is a sanctuary city. “This bill is to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state,” he said. “This is not anti-immigration on my part. This is anti-criminal.” Velis is a member of the Judiciary Committee and listened to testimony Wednesday at the State House where many people spoke in favor of the bill, and others spoke against it. The next step is for the committee to debate the bill and vote it up or down. “I’m going to do everything I can to defeat this bill,” he said. Velis is the only western Massachusetts official on the Judiciary Committee and he said he hopes his local colleagues never have the opportunity to vote on the bill. He said it will be

“an uphill battle” to get it voted down. “I hope it never sees the light of day,” he said, adding he expects a vote in the next month. Immigration activists are pressing state lawmakers to pass the legislation. They say the bill would help bolster trust between immigrant communities and local police officials, help keep families together and provide basic due process protections.























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Man returns stolen phone 4 days later with note of apology


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who stole a cellphone from a business returned it four days later with a letter of apology, but police are not willing to forgive and forget. Surveillance video captured the man taking the phone from Butch’s Welding in Trenton on Sept. 11. The security system also recorded a man tossing the phone back over the company’s fence Tuesday along with a handwritten note. The note said: “I’m the one who took your phone. I’m in a desperate situation. I’m sorry I hurt you. I’m not that type but a situation can lead some to do dumb things.” In the note, the man wrote he is out of work, his kids are in need and he took the phone while thinking of the money he’d get for exchanging it. Shop owner Butch Mikos and his daughter, Laureen Nichole Culliton, told they weren’t interested in pursuing legal action against the man. Culliton made a Facebook post on

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TODAY IN HISTORY Today is Friday, September 18, the 261st day of 2015. There are 104 days left in the year.


n September 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

ON THIS DATE: In A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus. In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British. In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain with the forming of a national junta. In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations. In 1931, an explosion in the Chinese city of Mukden damaged a section of Japanese-owned railway track; Japan, blaming Chinese nationalists, invaded Manchuria the next day. In 1940, Harper and Brothers published “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe, two years after the author’s death. In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold (dahg HAWM’-ahr-shoold) was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia. In 1965, the situation comedies “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Get Smart” premiered on NBC. In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. In 1984, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger became the first person to complete a solo balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean as he landed in Italy, four days after leaving Maine. In 1990, the city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The organized crime drama “GoodFellas,” directed by Martin Scorsese, had its U.S. premiere in New York.


Tropical Storm Rita formed southeast of the Florida Keys. Millions of Afghans defied a Taliban boycott call and militant attacks to vote for a new parliament. German conservative challenger Angela Merkel’s bloc won the most votes in elections, but fell short of a clear mandate to govern. “Everybody Loves Raymond” won the Emmy for best comedy in its final season; first-year hit “Lost” was named best drama.


Despite Taliban rocket strikes and bombings, Afghans voted for a new parliament in the first election since a fraud-marred ballot cast doubt on the legitimacy of the embattled government. During his visit to Britain, Pope Benedict XVI apologized to five people who’d been molested by priests as children in his latest effort to defuse the sex abuse crisis shaking the Roman Catholic Church.


In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new president of the embattled former Soviet republic, Petro Poroshenko, to the White House. Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military

to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic Group militants. Home Depot said a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada had affected 56 million debit and credit cards. Don Spirit, a convicted felon living in Bell, Florida, fatally shot his six grandchildren and his daughter before killing himself. Voters in Scotland rejected independence, opting to remain part of the United Kingdom in a historic referendum. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, Scotland, ended years of male-only exclusivity as its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of inviting women to join. Will Radcliff, 74, who’d built a multi-billion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, died in Cincinnati.


Voice actress June Foray is 98. Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 82. Actor Robert Blake is 82. Former Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 82. Actor Fred Willard is 82. Actor Eddie Jones is 81. Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 77. Singer Frankie Avalon is 75. Actress Beth Grant is 66. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 66. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 65. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is 63. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 60. Movie director Mark Romanek is 56. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is 56. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 54. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 53. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 48. Actress Aisha Tyler is 45. Former racing cyclist Lance Armstrong is 44. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 44. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 44. Actor James Marsden is 42. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 41. Actor Travis Schuldt is 41. Rapper Xzibit is 41. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis is 40. Actress Sophina Brown is 39. Actor Barrett Foa is 38. TV correspondent Sara Haines is 38. Actress Alison Lohman is 36. Actors Taylor and Brandon Porter are 22. Actor C.J. Sanders is 19.



MONDAY, SEPT. 21 TOLLAND Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Board of Selectmen at 5 pm Planning Board at 7 pm

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 TOLLAND Conservation Comm Hearings-IF NEEDED

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Man, toddler, hit by vehicle in Northampton street NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A man and a 2-year-old child suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing a Northampton street. Police says they were struck just after 6 p.m. Wednesday while crossing Damon Road. Both victims were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and are expected to survive. The adult victim was described as a 30-year-old Northampton man. Police say the driver is a 63-year-old Longmeadow man. The accident is still under investigation and no citations have been issued.

Westfield Senior Citizen Tax Work-Off Applications available WESTFIELD — Applications are currently available for those who are eligible for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program. The program is limited to one $500 work-off per household. Applicants must be the property owner of record or spouse, a resident of Westfield, 60 years of age or older, and willing to work approximately two hours per week from November through June. Volunteer opportunities include working in the public schools as greeters, library assistants, or reading tutors; clerical work within the offices of various City departments; and staff assistance at the Animal Shelter. Placement at a particular site will be determined by matching the skills, talents, and interests of the applicant with the requests of the various City departments. Income guidelines are $35,310 for a single household and $47,790 for a couple, including Social Security income. Completed applications, along with all required documentation, must be submitted in person to Tina Gorman by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. No applications will be accepted after that date. The selection of participants will be by lottery and priority will be given to those who have not yet participated in the program. If you would like an application packet or additional information, please contact the Council On Aging at 562-6435.

Zumba Gold is Zumba for Every-Body HUNTINGTON — Mondays at 12:45pm - WHAT IS ZUMBA GOLD It’s a Latin and world dance inspired fitness class that provides modified, low-impact moves for active older adults, with a special focus on balance and flexibility. It’s also designed for those who are either new to ZUMBA or looking for something a little different than your regular ZUMBA class – no experience necessary. Johnna Paulsen, dance instructor and personal trainer, has been a lifelong student and lover of dance, studying ballet, modern, jazz, tap, African, Latin, and ballroom dancing. Come and join in the fun, learn some dance steps, and get a great workout without even knowing it! Fall classes have begun, call 413-667-3500 for schedule. $6 per class; held in Stanton Hall.

Southwick Historical Society guided Walk SOUTHWICK — Friends of the Southwick Rail Trail And The Southwick Historical Society are hosting a Historical Guided Trail Walk on the Southwick Rail Trail, Saturday, September 26th at 10 a.m. (1.8 miles long). Learn the past use and history of the rail line, canal, and Congamond Lake. The walk will start at the Miller Road Kiosk heading towards the CT line and end back near Congamond Road. The event is free. Food and beverages can be purchased at Red Riding Hood’s Basket.

A Singalong with Sandy Robinson WESTFIELD — Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:30 pm at Armbrook Village, 551 North Road, Westfield. Sandy Robinson will take requests and lead a singalong. Please join us!

‘Sarah the Fiddler’ Performs at Armbrook Village WESTFIELD — September 23, 2015, 3:30 pm at Armbrook Village, 551 North Road, Westfield. Please join us as we welcome local musician “Sarah the Fiddler”!

Hebrew School Scholarships Available WESTFIELD — Congregation Ahavas Achim of Greater Westfield is offering a limited number ofHebrew School scholarships available for the 2015-2016 school year that begins in October 2015. Funding for this program is provided by the McDonald’s Harold Rosen Children’s Fund of the Jewish Endowment Foundation, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Please direct inquiries to or call 569-1148 and ask for Andrew Blumenthal.



Continued from Page 1 tournament dinner at Roma Restaurant. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Cost for dinner only is $30. Tournament cost is $95 per golfer and includes breakfast buffet, driving range, Green fees, cart, lunch on the course and dinner at Roma. Contests on the course include nearest to the pin, longest drive, and hole in one. Regulars at the tournament will be happy to hear the prize patrol will return this year and there will be a cash raffle after dinner. Bishop asked that anyone unable to golf or attend the event who would like to contribute contact the Association. “If you are not interested in golfing then I would ask you to sponsor a golf hole, donate a raffle prize or make a cash donation to this great association,” he said. “I would ask the non golfers to really help us out this year. Please help us make our 20th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser a huge success.”


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“The gate we have now is very close to our facilities,” Keefe said. The present main gate is located near the end of Falcon Drive and is in close proximity of building. The request to add the 25 acres to the base would allow construction of a new security gate off Southampton Road. Keefe said the $4.4 million gate project would include installation of a traffic light on Southampton Road and construction of a serpentine road from Southampton Road to the gate to allow stacking of vehicles waiting to be cleared for entry onto the base. Green said that when he first joined the 104th, security was just a chain-link fence “with a broken lock. The world has changed. Terrorism has come to our door.” Green, who headed the base security program in the past, said that the Air Force has identified vehicle explosive devices as a major threat and has established new security standards to prevent a repeat of the Khobar attack.

City Man The Valor Act, known officially as an Act Relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources, allows qualifying veterans who are first-time offenders to work out a treatment plan as an alternative resolution to being formally arraigned, and possibly tried, in court. Russo said in a Sept. 1 email to the Gazette that the first step in a case involving the Valor Act is to delay arraignment for two weeks to allow the veteran to report to a Veterans Affairs facility and work out a treatment plan with staff there. If the district attorney’s office determined that the plan sufficiently addressed any concerns, the case would be continued for 90 days to allow

“The unified facilities criterion was put into place following the Khobar Tower attack,” Green said. “The present gate was not designed for the threat we face today, it does not have the standoff distance from critical facilities that is now required.” “Every critical facility at the 104th is right along the main road,” Green said. “The 25 acres of land will be used to improve force protection. Both Keefe and Green said that base security and force protection are critical factors examined by the Base Closure & Realignment Commission (BRAC) and that construction of the new gate will affect that BRAC review. Barnes said that the projected timeline will be for the Airport Commission to send a modification of the lease, with the 25 acres added to that document, to the City Council, which also has to be reviewed and approved by state and federal officials. “We hope to see that before Thanksgiving,” Barnes said.

Continued from Page 1 Champagne said that he is fine with Dwyer’s agreement to pay restitution. At his restaurant, that will total between $700 and $900. Champagne said that he had to throw out food, a cutting board, and other items and spend time and money on the cleanup after Dwyer spread blood around the kitchen. The restitution also includes lost income because Champagne had to close his restaurant to clean up on a Saturday, one of the busiest nights of the week. Attempts were unsuccessful Thursday to contact Volkan Polatol, manager of Mulino’s Restaurant. Rebecca Everett can be reached at

the veteran to complete the plan, Russo said. If the situation was resolved according to the plan, the charges would be dismissed. In his motion to revoke the arraignment, Russo wrote that during that twoweek period, Dwyer “received an assessment and course of treatment from the Department of Veteran Affairs,” and the assessment indicated that his case was eligible to be continued while he completes the treatment. The Northwestern district attorney’s office did not confirm Dwyer’s statements that he will pay restitution and attend classes to resolve his case. Reached at his restaurant Thursday, Mimmo’s Pizza owner Anthony

First Lutheran Church to Hold 23rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Fair


WESTFIELD — Sept. 26, 2015 from 9am - 3pm at 1810 Northampton St. Holyoke. Fair will include craft exhibition area with multiple vendors, food court which includes burgers and hotdogs, chili, giant baked potatoes with all the fixins, ice cream bar and much more! A picnic area and children's game area with bounce houses, face paining, games and prizes and many other activities are an area favorite. Come join the fall fun and festivities!

and have difficulty holding jobs, the report said. As a result, many lived on the margins of society and even now feel reluctant about seeking mainstream services available to other elders. LGBT seniors are also less likely to have children, close family members or partners who can assist with daily living tasks and help them make important health care decisions. The report calls for improved training for elder service staffs on the “unique experiences and needs of LGBT seniors.” Though the state’s record on gay and lesbian issues is largely progressive, it has fallen short in a key area of housing, the commission said. “Boston and other Massachusetts cities are lagging behind Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco, which have all developed vibrant housing initiatives that are friendly and inclusive of LGBT older adults,” the report stated. “Unfortunately, Massachusetts has nothing like this.”

The Greater Westfield Community Band announces rehearsals WESTFIELD — The Greater Westfield Community Band will begin rehearsals for its fall concert and we invite all local musicians over the age of 18 to join us, whether you have played with us previously or are looking to dust off those instruments for the first time in many years. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays at the North Middle School on Southampton Road in Westfield, just north of the Mass Turnpike exit, starting September 21 and continuing September 28, October 5, 19, 26 and November 2, with the concert scheduled for November 4, 2015. All rehearsals and the concert start at 7:30. Previous experience is not necessary but you must be able to read music. The band is under the direction of Eugene Bartley, whom you may contact directly for further information at: 413-224-1501.

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COMMENT Thank you for the excellent article on the play The Draft, coming to Westfield State on Sept. 24th. I wanted to let your readers know that it is also being staged at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Sept. 27 at 4 pm. ($15 General/$10 Seniors and Students). So if you are unable to make the performance at Dever Stage, WSU, get your tickets for the Academy performance at It is truly a powerful play portraying a range of experiences from infantry combat to prison and Canada - the full gamut of what our generation experienced in those turbulent times.

Biden may not decide soon The VP's inner circle thinks he can bide his time a while longer -- even into the spring -- before deciding whether to run for president. By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE DETROIT — Joe Biden may have more time to make up his mind about running for president than most people assume. He and the people planning his potential campaign certainly think so. Running a primary race — particularly against Hillary Clinton — would require raising millions of dollars, hiring campaign staff and getting very quickly into active operational and organizational mode. He can’t do any of that until he gets in. Various deadlines have been floated: End of summer, Oct. 1, the first Democratic debate on Oct. 13, the Iowa JeffersonJackson dinner Oct. 24. But none of these is looking like a hard deadline. Neither are any of the cutoff dates for getting his name on state ballots. People who’ve spoken with the vice president say he doesn’t seem in any rush. Earlier in the process, Biden’s staff had been insisting to some reporters that the “end of summer’’ isn’t technically until Sept. 23. That’s next Wednesday. No one believes at this point that’ll be the cutoff. Most of Biden’s decision-making is driven largely by his own emotional process. But according to people familiar with the discussions going on in his inner circle, two other factors also loom large: whether Hillary Clinton will implode (and if so, when), and how long he can count on public goodwill toward him lasting. It turns out that instead of simply deciding yes or no on a presidential run, Biden may have a third option — make no announcement at all, wait until December (or longer) and hope Clinton gets out of the race or is pushed to the sidelines without him having to get in. The third option would be harder to mount organizationally and emotionally, but it would save him a bitter nomination fight against a former Senate and Obama administration colleague. In effect, it would mean that he could run for president without having to run against Hillary Clinton. The question that worries his inner circle is how much patience people will have in the meantime for his Hamlet routine. “They’re testing it,” said one person who’s spoken with the people laying the plans. “They’re feeling it out.” Drawing the decision out to November has risks, they know: It’s a gamble between whether she’ll implode (perhaps under indictment over her personal email server), whether he could wait so long that she’d rebound (perhaps fueled by strong performances at the debate or in congressional testimony on Oct. 22). And November isn’t really a deadline, either. Close observers say they’re not convinced Clinton could survive losing Iowa and New Hampshire in February, given the fall from front-runner grace either would entail. “Oh, Lord, have mercy, yes,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) when asked recently if the Clinton campaign would collapse if she were not able to carry the first two states. “It’s Katie, bar the door. It’s all over.” But, Clyburn added, Biden would need to be in the race by then if he would hope to do anything about it. Though Biden falls further behind in the money race each week, the small circle advising him has reached the point in donor outreach when it believes it would have the funds to make the campaign happen. Instead of holding secret meetings to solicit support, his office is now announcing some, like a get-together he had Wednesday afternoon at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles with the secretary-treasurer of the Culinary Workers Union, which his supporters say he’d be counting on to be competitive in the Nevada primary. The longer Biden waits, the more his decision looks like a political calculation based on Clinton’s weaknesses or his own strengths, and less like a public clamor for him to jump in, said Democratic presidential campaign veteran Bob Shrum. “For him, this is not an opportunistic question, so I don’t think he can afford to give the impression that it’s all opportunistic,” Shrum said. “If that’s what people perceive, I think it would erode the authenticity and genuineness that people rightfully attribute to him.” Already, Biden’s campaign without calling it a campaign has reached a level of ultrasweet cuteness. He took a nonessential trip to California on Wednesday — which just happened to be the night of the first Republican debate a few miles away — followed by a swing through the working-class swing states of Michigan and Ohio. He delivered a Donald Trump-bashing See Biden Decision, Page 8

Sanders’ rhetoric full of money, not his bank account Railing for decades about unequal income has meant he earned little of it himself By MICHAEL KRUSE In 1981, less than six months after he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Bernie Sanders was asked about money. “Accumulating money and material possessions aren’t my interests,” the self-described socialist told a freelance writer, according to a transcript of the interview filed in Sanders’ papers at the University of Vermont. “Having money is the freedom of not having to worry about paying off debts. I’d like to travel, but I have no great desire to be rich.” He’s not. He wasn’t rich then, and he isn’t rich now, at least not relative to his Senate colleagues or the other 2016 presidential candidates, nearly half of whom are among the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. With a net worth of $419,000, according to a Politico analysis, Sanders and his wife are comfortably members of the richest 30 percent club. Money, though, is the central engine for Sanders’ personal and political histories. Marked by a lower middle-class upbringing in a three-and-a-half-room, rent-controlled walk-up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and more than a decade of early adulthood in Vermont in which he lived hand-to-mouth, the soon-to-be 74-year-old sees everything through the prism of the nexus of money and justice. In his 1997 book, Outsider in the House, which he wrote with his friend Huck Gutman, he called it a simple formula: “wealth = power, lack of money = subservience.” Everybody could have enough money, Sanders believes, if nobody was allowed to have too much. “His commitment to those who are not ruling is deep and abiding,” his old friend Gene Bergman said in an interview with Politico. “It’s really based on who he is.” Sanders makes a salary of $174,000 a year as a member of the Senate. In his recent presidential financial disclosure form, he reported $194,026 to $741,030 in assets — listing all of them in his wife’s name. Two years ago, according to Senate financial disclosures, he had an estimated net worth of $330,000, good for 86th on the wealth chart for the chamber — much less than the average net worth of more than $1 million for Congress, not quite $3 million for the Senate and roughly $32 million for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders owns a house in Burlington that he bought in 2009 for $405,000 and a house in Washington that he bought in 2007 for $489,000, according to property records in both places. He has two Visa credit cards, through the Congressional Federal Credit Union and the U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union, on which he owes somewhere between $25,002 and $65,000, at friendly interest rates of 8.5 percent and 10.25 percent, respectively. For having been Burlington’s mayor for eight years, he gets an annual pension of approximately $5,000. One of Sanders’ enduring childhood memories is of his parents arguing over money. His mother was a homemaker, and his father sold paint. Both were dead by the time Sanders was 22. “I learned what havoc and pain is caused by the constant worry over money,” he once said in a story in the Vermont Vanguard Press. “People who come from money sometimes don’t understand that anxiety.” The first place Sanders lived after he moved from New York to Vermont in 1968 was a dirt-floor sugar shack a quarter-mile into the woods off a winding road outside the small town of Middlesex. He relocated for a brief time to a rural and poor part of the state called the Northeast Kingdom. By the start of the 1970s, he settled in Burlington, where he rented a small, sparse apartment in a red-brick duplex, from which he ran his first four political campaigns as a long shot for a third party called Liberty Union. Sanders’ message back then? Exactly what it is now.

“In America, if we wanted to, we could wipe out economic hardship overnight,” he said in 1971. “There is absolutely no rational reason why, in the United States of America today, we could not have full and total free medical care for all,” he said in 1972. “This nation and this state of Vermont are owned and controlled by a handful of people who are using the wealth and productivity of this nation for their own selfish economic gain, and to hell with everyone else,” he said in 1973. As he struggled to pay his bills in Burlington as an on-again, off-again carpenter and freelance writer — he was on unemployment for a few months in 1971, too — he traveled around the state in his rickety Volkswagen Beetle advocating for a higher minimum wage, unlimited unemployment compensation, heavy taxation on the most well-off people and companies and a radical redistribution of wealth. He described big businesses bouncing from state to state for tax breaks as “corporate economic blackmail.” He proposed a ceiling on what any individual could make and keep. “Nobody should earn more than $1 million,” he told the Burlington Free Press. He even called for the legalization of hitchhiking. “Hitchhiking,” he explained, “is an important means of transportation for people who lack cars.” “He was really concerned about the have-nots … and how their interests might be represented,” said Martha Abbott, who’s known Sanders since the ‘70s. Running for Liberty Union, twice for U.S. Senate, twice for governor, he never got more than 6 percent of the vote. But in late 1980 and early 1981, campaigning as an independent to be mayor, he walked the streets of the city’s poorest wards, cold, wet winter winds gusting up from Lake Champlain, and knocked on door after door of drafty wooden row houses, the Burlington equivalent of where he had grown up in Brooklyn. Alan Abbey watched. “And you could see the connection he made with them,” said Abbey, then a young City Hall reporter for the Free Press. “He came from the working class, and he understood the working class.” In March of ’81, they voted him into office. His salary, $33,800 a year plus a car stipend of $1,200, according to the Boston Globe, was by far the most money he had ever made. “We’re coming in,” he said that month to a reporter from the New York Times, “with a definite class analysis and a belief that the trickle-down theory of economic growth, the ‘what’s good for General Motors is good for America’ theory, doesn’t work.” In 1990, after he won a seat in the House of Representatives, he told the Times, “I know where I came from. I don’t need to get down on my knees and ask rich people for help.” In 2006, before he won his seat in the Senate, he told the Washington Post, “I go out, I knock on doors, and I talk about economic justice and oligarchy and what’s fair …” And now, running for president, gaining on Clinton, he’s suddenly filling basketball arenas by saying what he’s been saying for more than 40 years. Michael Kruse is a senior staff writer for Politico.

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Police Logs WESTFIELD Major crime and incident report Monday, September 14, 2015 10:06 a.m.: weapons violations, Northwest Road, police received information that there were several unsecured firearms at a home, information came from a student at Westfield Technical Academy, owners reluctantly agreed to surrender firearms until they purchase a gun safe; 1:41 p.m.: assault, McDonald’s, 182 N. Elm St., party reported injuries from fight with another man over the weekend; 1:45 p.m.: larceny bicycle, Meadow Street, resident reported his bike was stolen overnight; 2:48 p.m.: accident, Pleasant Street Market, 54 Pleasant St., resident reported he was struck by a vehicle an hour before, couldn’t describe the vehicle but claims he was injured; 3:13 p.m.: larceny, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 S. Broad St., walk-in reports a larceny of funds from Amelia Park; 4 p.m.: identity fraud, victim reported an identity fraud scam; 4:41 p.m.: accident, 6 Sylvan Drive, minor property damage; 4:53 p.m.: accident, Walmart, 141 Springfield Road, minor property damage; 5:44 p.m.: found property, vicinity of 201 Pochassic Road, caller reported seeing a dirt bike and helmet lying along side the roadway and no one was around, police searched area and after not locating a driver, brought dirt bike and helmet to station; 7:52 p.m.: found property, The Great River Bridge observation deck, officer found abandoned property underneath the bridge near Elm Street, brought it to station. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:56 a.m.: vandalism, Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave., the gate at the park was vandalized; 9:33 a.m.: accident, S. Maple Street at Mill Street, officer witnessed a driver hitting the curb and refused to stop for police, officers found him at the Shell station on Southwick Road, he will be criminally complainted for driving under license suspension and refusing to stop for police; 12 p.m.: forgery/counterfeiting, Phipps, 483 E. Main St., employee reported that a customer tried passing a counterfeit $50 bill, employee kept bill and suspect left the store; 12:32 p.m.: vandalism, Camp Shepard, 370 North West Road, caller reported someone had thrown a large amount of paint around the inside of the arts and crafts building causing damage to the majority of floors, walls, ceiling, windows, etc., suspect probably gained access through a window, police were to check for fingerprints around the windows; 12:37 p.m.: accident, Cumberland Farms, 1134 Southampton Road, minor property damage; 1:53 p.m.: found property, Forum House, 55 Broad St., caller reported an employee found a purse belonging to a victim who had had her purse snatched over the weekend; see Westfield News for full story; 2:39 p.m.: accident, vacant, 38 Main St., caller reported someone had hit her vehicle while she was in a meeting, the vehicle was “jammed on the side” and her bumper was “all over the street”; 2:51 p.m.: sex offenses, 128 Elm St., investigated/report taken; 4:33 p.m.: shoplifting, Big Y, 475 E. Main St., investigated; 5:06 p.m.: vandalism, Canterbury Lane, resident reported that someone had driver over his law the day before, he has surveillance footage.

Ex-prison guard gets 7 years in prison for robbing 5 stores SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former Connecticut prison guard is going to jail after admitting he robbed five Massachusetts stores while wearing a mask. The Republican reports 39-year-old Jeffrey Nentwig, of Chicopee, pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing five Chicopee stores in January 2014 and to nine counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for showing a BB gun to store clerks. Hampden Superior Court Judge Richard Carey sentenced Nentwig to seven years in state prison followed by three years' probation. Defense lawyer Daniel Kelly says the former Enfield prison guard "knows that he ruined his life." Kelly says the robberies were "the acts of a man who became opiate addicted" and that a prescribing physician is at fault.

Continued from Page 2 Monday that included the security system’s video of the man swiping the phone, and an anonymous caller to the shop said the footage got back to the man, who was embarrassed, Culliton said. “We’re just glad that maybe this did change him,” Culliton said. “We’re hoping it’s a lesson learned.” The man wrote in the note, “I promise this situation will change me.” Police spokesman Lt. Stephen Varn said detectives are pursuing the investigation even though the phone was returned. “If he really would like to do the right thing, he should turn himself in to police,” Varn said.

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Holyoke man indicted in fatal shooting SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Holyoke man has been indicted in connection with a fatal shooting in Springfield two years ago. The Republican reports that Jean Mercado was indicted on murder and firearms charges stemming from the October 2013 death of 33-year-old Hakeem Powell. Powell was shot in the head in broad daylight in what police described at the time as a drug-related dispute. The city's gunfire detection system recorded seven or eight shots. At the time, Mayor Dominic Sarno decried the violence and the lack of cooperation from witnesses. The weekend Powell was slain was the third consecutive weekend the city experienced a fatal shooting. Mercado pleaded not guilty at his district court arraignment.

Judge reverses ruling, throws out evidence in drug raid SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge is reversing his own decision and throwing out evidence against four drug defendants. Hampden Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder previously denied a motion to suppress evidence filed on behalf of four Holyoke drug defendants. The Republican reports Holyoke Police officer Liam Glasheen, who had not previously testified, now says he never actually saw one of the men pick up a gun at the apartment in January 2014. Sgt. Daniel Reardon previously testified that Glasheen claimed to have seen one man throw a gun up to the second floor to another man who picked it up and ran. Officers found drugs in the apartment but no firearms. The defendants are charged with possessing heroin, cocaine, suboxone and cyclobenzaprine. Prosecutors say they plan to appeal the ruling.

AG reviewing fantasy sports site DraftKings BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she’s reviewing the Boston-based fantasy sports website DraftKings. Healey said Thursday she wants to collect more information about a new industry and the company, which allows fans to play daily fantasy sports for cash prizes. A spokeswoman for the company said executives are happy to work with Healey to answer any of her questions. Traditional sports betting is barred outside a handful of states, including Nevada, but daily fantasy sports are allowed in most of the U.S. Defenders of daily fantasy sports point to a federal 2006 law that carved out an exemption for “fantasy sports” well before the idea of daily games was contemplated. DraftKings boasts daily leagues for fantasy football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, NASCAR, MMA, soccer, college football and college basketball


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Friday, September 11, 2015 William A. Sampsel, 50, of 13 Murphy Circle, had charges of trespass continued without finding to be dismissed upon payment of $100, brought by Westfield police. Stephen C. Pease, 30, of 85 Fairfield Ave., was held in lieu of $50,000 cash pending an October 9 hearing after being arraigned on charges of armed robbery, brought by Westfield police. Melissa A. Melloni, 31, of no known address, had charges of trespass continued without finding to be dismissed upon payment of $150, brought by Westfield police. Monday, September 14, 2015 Jacob A. Lisheness, 32, of unconfirmed address, Southwick, was to be released on $3,000 cash surety pending a September 29 hearing after being arraigned on charges of trafficking cocaine in 36 to 100 grams and conspiracy to violate drug law, but had bail revoked pending a September 29 hearing on previous/separate charges of two counts of threat to commit a crime, brought by Westfield police. Angelina G. Pagano, 22, of 624 West Road, was released in lieu of $2500 personal surety pending an October 28 hearing after being arraigned on charges of trafficking cocaine in 36 to 100 grams and conspiracy to violate drug law, brought by Westfield police. Selina Hine, 21, 1430 Russell Road, was was released in lieu of $2500 personal surety pending an October 28 hearing after being arraigned on charges of trafficking cocaine in 36 to 100 grams and conspiracy to violate drug law, brought by Westfield police. Joshua M. Patten, 26, of 10 Spring St., 1R, was released on $500 personal surety pending a November 20 hearing after being arraigned on charges of larceny over $250, brought by Westfield police. Eric Hopper, 41, of 107 Kensington Ave., Springfield, was released on his personal recognizance pending an October 29 hearing after being arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, brought by Westfield police. Ethan D. Boulanger, 23, of 101 Easton St., Granby, received one year probation, ordered to pay $65 per month while on probation and order to pay $1,750 in restitution after charges of utter false check and larceny over $250 were continued without finding, brought by Westfield police. Matthew Marsters, 19, of 221 Liberty Bell Circle, Weymouth, was released on $100 cash bail pending a November 3 hearing after being arraigned on charges of disturbing the peace and attempting to commit a crime, brought by Westfield State University police. Joshua D. Kratochvil, 30, of 243 Elm St., was released on his personal recognizance pending an October 29 hearing after being arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct, brought by Westfield police. Joseph M. Novelli, 25, of 266 Walnut St., Holyoke, was released on his personal recognizance pending a November 3 hearing after being arraigned on charges of wanton destruction of property over $250, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and not having an inspection sticker, brought by Russell State Police. Ryan Silva-Campos, 19, 11 Warren Road, Framingham, was released on his personal recognizance pending an October 29 hearing after being arraigned on charges of improper operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and uninsured motor vehicle, brought by Westfield State University police. Jeffrey R. Asher, 27, of 535 Converse St., Longmeadow, was released on his personal recognizance pending an October 23 hearing after being arraigned on charges of assault, brought by Russell State Police.

Review: In-Con-Ceivable 2015 By HEATHER SURPRISE Contributor NORTHAMPTON — In-Con-ceivable – In-ConCeivable was held for the second year at the Northampton Clarion August 28-31. In-Con-Ceivable is a multimedia convention with the focus soley on celebrating geeks and nerds and everything we love. With no particular genre or medium in the spotlight, there is really something for everyone. The convention is family-friendly, so it is a great show to bring your little cosplayer along to. This year I had the pleasure of not only enjoying the con as a normal guest but as a panelist, as well. This was my second time paneling at a convention. Thanks to The Doctor Who Club of Western Mass, I participated in panels addressing the topics of Timelord biology and the women of Doctor Who. We had a smaller audience so we were able to have more tailored discussions. It was a fun time and a great experience. Panels were not the only things at this convention. The Angry Geeks had a live recording of their show. The comedic pair had planned special guests and randomly pulled guests from the audience. Throughout the recording they gave out prizes for answering trivia, appearing on camera, or any other reason they could come up with. Another comedy show to see was +2 Comedy, a pair of geeky guys with geeky jokes. They made several appearances at the con with their own shows and collaborating with other performers and events. The Shimmy Ninjas had three shows this year. This skilled group of

dancers is known for their cosplay dance costumes and choice geeky music. The big show of the weekend was their belly dance interpretation of Alice in Wonderland in collaboration will several other local dancers. Alice in Wonderland also included a humorous Muppet Christmas Carol style narration by +2 Comedy. For those that don’t just like to sit and watch, there were some opportunities for more active participation. There was no sitting and watching for the belly dance 101 workshop. Everyone got up to learn how to dance like a Shimmy Ninja, including Thor. If you wanted to test your knowledge, three lucky patrons got to play a very geeky game of Jeopardy hosted by Greggo’s Games. Greggo also hosted a few rounds of Shut the TARDIS, a Doctor Who themed twist on Shut the Box. There was also gaming, karaoke, and a tea party. The cosplay contest this year had some stiff competition. With awards for best craftsmanship, best in category, best in show, best youth awards, and more a lot of skilled cosplayers earned recognition for their work. Audience, and competitor, favorite was a very tall and accurate Baima from Big Hero 6. In-Con-Ceivable was a fun time. They had a few technical difficulties and +2 Comedy was called upon to stall on a couple occasions. Everyone involved handled issues with grace and humor. RJ Wagner is the founder of this delightful event. He and his wife have put a lot into In-Con-Ceivable and made it a very special convention.

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Watch out for yellowjackets By LEE REICH Associated Press Not all garden pests attack plants. One that's especially irksome to us humans this time of year is the yellowjacket. Worse than irksome, sometimes: They can be deadly to people allergic to their sting. Yellowjackets are among the most ornery of creatures. They are aggressive and, unlike honeybees, don't have to stop after one sting. Burying its stinger in your arm has no effect on a yellowjacket's mortality, so it can do it again if it pleases, or go seek out other victims. As with all of Mother Nature's creatures, yellowjackets aren't all bad. These aggressive insects do help clean up debris, especially high-protein stuff, such as leftover dog food, early in the season, and sweet stuff, such as an unfinished soda, later in the season. Yellowjackets even help us gardeners by eating certain plant pests, such as caterpillars. SIMILAR, BUT QUITE DIFFERENT It's important to distinguish between yellowjackets and their friendlier (and more beneficial to gardeners) kin. Yellowjackets have shiny, yellow-and-black striped bodies and long antennae. Look kindly on honeybees, which are fuzzy. Generally, they are friendly. Always, they are valuable for pollinating wild, agricultural and home-garden plants. Also look kindly on small, darting syrphid flies, also called hover flies, which keep many garden pests in check and don't sting humans. They periodically hover in place and then dart off, like helicopters or hummingbirds. Their

In this Aug. 23, 2011 photo, a yellowjacket is attracted to the sweetness of a golden raspberry in New Paltz, N.Y. (Lee Reich via AP)

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of where you've come from and who you are. Her "What a Difference a Day Makes" prints begin with a simple sheet of burlap — a fabric as textured as the lives her clients seek to commemorate. By printing their names and meaningful dates (births, marriages, etc.) in stark black on the pale brown burlap, she creates a frame-able wall hanging that invites conversation. "With home gallery walls being filled with lots of family photos, the simple display of numbers adds a unique touch," says Hathaway, who sells her work through her business, Emma & the Bean. Beyond celebrating names and dates, there are many ways to combine decorating and personal storytelling. Here are four creative approaches to celebrating your personal story through your home: REPURPOSE CLOTHING Somewhere in the back of a closet there may be an old sweatshirt from college or a T-shirt that you loved for years but never wear anymore. Why not bring that memory-infused old clothing into your living space? A tutorial on offers simple steps for creating a pillow cover out of a treasured old T-shirt. Don't have one that speaks to your history? Hunt at a vintage shop or online for clothing See Story, Page 8




Acura’s least expensive sedan, the ILX, gets a makeover By ANN M. JOB For The Associated Press Acura's least expensive sedan, the ILX, has luxurious upgrades for 2016, including a quieter interior, a handsome LED-accented exterior and improved performance — all at a reasonable price. In fact, pricing is so aggressive that a 2016 ILX with a full suite of the latest safety technologies, such as collision mitigation warning and braking, lane-keeping assist and road departure mitigation, barely breaks the $30,000 mark with destination charge included. Good luck finding all those features in a Mercedes, Audi or BMW sedan for that price. The nicely sized and scaled compact ILX also has revised suspension and an eightspeed dual-clutch transmission for the first time. And it now comes with only one four-cylinder engine — a naturally aspirated 201-horsepower unit with 10 more footpounds of torque than last year's most powerful fourcylinder ILX engine. Other major changes: The ILX gasoline-electric hybrid model is gone, as is the ILX manual transmission. Still, for 2016, the ILX ranks second best in fuel economy among gasolinepowered non-hybrid premium/luxury sedans in the U.S. The federal government rates the new ILX at 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on highways. The test-driven ILX beat the government's average for combined city/ highway driving and averaged a commendable 30 mpg. Premium gas is recommended. Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price for a 2016 ILX, including the destination charge, is $28,820. All ILX models come with six air bags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, a multi-view rear camera, heated front seats, dual climate control, a power moonroof, an eight-way power driver's seat and other safety and convenience equipment. The lowest starting retail price, including destination charge, for a 2016 ILX with the AcuraWatch Plus package

of collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and other electronic safety features is $30,120. The top 2016 ILX, priced at $35,810, adds 18-inch wheels, sport seats, fog lights, a rear decklid spoiler and aluminum sport pedals. Its technology package includes a navigation system with voice recognition, a 10-speaker surround sound system that provides the clarity and richness like that in a music studio, and the newest-generation cloudbased AcuraLink connectivity system with real-time traffic monitoring, among other things. The test-driven car was the top-of-the-line ILX and felt lively compared with the previous ILX. The sole ILX engine for 2016 — a 2.4-liter doubleoverhead cam four-cylinder that's also in Acura's pricier TLX sedan — generated strong power as torque peaks at 180 foot-pounds at 3,600 rpm. There was no turbo lag in the power delivery because the ILX engine is naturally aspirated and direct-injected. The ILX isn't a raging speedster, and its 0-to-60-mph time has been reported at 6.9 seconds. But this ILX time is better than the 7.2 seconds reported by Audi for its base A3 sedan with a turbo four-cylinder engine. The ILX time also ties the 6.9 seconds that Mercedes says its base CLA250 with a turbo fourcylinder takes to get to 60 mph. The tested front-wheel drive ILX performed well even on twisting mountain roads, where the driver put it in "Sport" mode rather than regular "Drive." Sport mode changes the transmission mapping so that

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This photo provided by Honda North America shows the 2016 Acura ILX. The ILX, Acura’s entry sedan, is updated for 2016 with more luxurious appointments, quieter interior, handsome, LED-accented exterior and improved performance — all at a reasonable price. (Honda North America via AP)

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it's more aggressive and tuned for driving in higher engine rev ranges. The ILX attacked the uphill segments in the mountains. The newfangled transmission matched downshift revs automatically, and the engine worked happily in the high revs. The dual-clutch transmission has a torque converter, which isn't always part of dual-clutch transmissions, so standing-start launches of the ILX were quick. The front-wheel drive ILX held tenaciously to its line in the curves and had an agile personality. The car felt more balanced than before, and the ride was firm, yet comfortable for daily commutes. The ILX's electric power steering has also been updated. Its numb on-center feel has been reduced and steering feels heavier and better suited to the car's livelier character. Some road noise on rough pavement intruded into the passenger cabin from the tested car's 18-inch all-season tires. But it was far less than in an earlier-model ILX that didn't have as much insulation and sound deadening as the 2016 version. Wind noise was scarcely noticed. Larger brakes in the 2016 ILX slowed and stopped the car quickly. The 2016 ILX received five-out-of-five stars overall in federal government crash testing. One note: Some ILX models come with two display screens, one stacked atop the other. Critics complain the screens are confusing, but once a driver gets used to them, the confusion often disappears.

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Joseph K. Trant WESTFIELD: Joseph K. Trant, 92, passed away on Saturday (September 12, 2015) at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. Born in Westfield, he was the son of the late Patrick and Katherine (Crean) Trant. He was a life-long resident of Westfield where he was a communicant of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. After graduating from Westfield High School in 1941, Joe worked at Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut until entering the U.S. Army in 1943. He proudly served his country from 1943 – 1945 and volunteered for Company G of the 175th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. He served under Major General Charles J. Gerhardt fighting in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe and met the Russian Army at the Elbe River outside of Berlin. He received the Bronze Star Medal and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm but was most proud of his Combat Infantryman Badge. Joe retired as a Vice President of International Paper’s Old Colony Envelope Division, where he had worked for 45 years. Joe was also Proprietor of Woodside Memorials. He proudly participated on the local and national political scene serving two terms on the Westfield City Council including one term as its President, as a member of the Westfield Housing Authority, Chairman of the Westfield Police Commission, 8 years on the Massachusetts Democratic Committee, and as an original supporter and advanceman for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Joe was a member of American Legion Post 124, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chaplain of the New England Combat Infantry Association and a charter member of The Sons of Erin. Joe was also an avid golfer and scored a hole in one at Southwick Country Club. In recent years, he regularly enjoyed the activities and lunches of the Westfield Senior Center, but above all, enjoyed the camaraderie of the members and staff. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years Dorothy (Strniste), his siblings Thomas, Ann and William and his nephews Michael and Daniel. He is survived by his children Jo-Anne, Thomas and wife Barbara, and John, all of Westfield, Gerald and wife Sharon of Niskayuna, NY and Richard of Agawam. Joe also leaves 11 grandchildren (Scott, Christopher, Jeffrey, Katie, Cory, Shaun, Carrie, Chelsea, Shannon, Patrick, and Tyler) and 5 great grandchildren, his sister-in-law Mary Trant and many nieces and nephews. Joe’s family is very appreciative of the wonderful care provided and kindness extended by the Comfort Care staff at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and at Baystate Medical Center to him and the entire Trant family during his final days.Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 20th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Firtion–Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield. His funeral will begin on Monday, September 21st at 8:30 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Church. The Rite of Committal and burial with military honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, all in Westfield.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the Friends of the Westfield Senior Center, PO Box 2184, Westfield, MA 01086 or the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Biden Decision speech to Latino leaders Wednesday night and an appearance at the Congressional Black Caucus over the weekend. Mike Donilon, the outside Biden adviser most in favor of a presidential run, traveled with him on Air Force Two. “He’s trying to keep the door open as long as he can,” said one former staffer who’s been in touch with his aides. “If you do nothing, then the door just closes on its own.” In the White House, aides to President Barack Obama say they’re still giving Biden the time and space he needs to decide, recognizing the emotional toll of his son’s death in May. But patience is wearing thinner each day. When Biden began actively exploring the run last month, he and his aides assured the West Wing that he was serious about sticking to his endof-summer deadline and they still expect him to, people familiar with the conversations say. Meanwhile, Biden has put his other

In this 2015 photo, a collection of business cards from restaurants around the world adds graphic elements and pops of color to an otherwise bland built-in sideboard in a dining room. The cards also serve as a conversation piece, sparking memories of great meals from past travels. (AP Photo/Ted Anthony)


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that captures a moment from your childhood or a decade of your history. Several Etsy vendors will make quilts from old T-shirts, sports jerseys or baby clothes you've saved. You can also ask around in your community to find a quilter who will create the perfect throw blanket for your family room sofa. PHOTOS WITHOUT FRAMES Framed photos are great. But to share your history in a really compelling way, consider going really big. Choose a black-and-white image from your childhood or a vintage photo of your ancestors and have it printed on a huge scale. You can have it mounted on a canvas with no frame for a modern look, or visit one of many custom wallpaper websites to have it printed as a mural that partially or entirely fills a wall. Eazywallz. com will print a large wall mural from your uploaded photo (they suggest using a photo that's 8 megapixels or larger), which arrives as a peel-and-stick decal. A 5-foot-square mural costs about $150 with shipping costs included. At, you can order custom wallpaper printed from personal

Continued from Page 4 political activities on hold with aides telling the Democratic campaign committees he won’t do any more fundraisers for other campaigns until he’s made up his mind about his own. Meanwhile, his aides and the outside operatives working for the Draft Biden organization have taken the limbo time they’ve had so far to lay more of a foundation for a run than they would have had time to otherwise, getting them closer to being prepared if he does jump in. Taking his time might mean missing deadlines. There are petition and paperwork requirements that will quickly pile up as the end of the year nears. But in the topsy-turvy circumstances that would have to click into place for Biden to have any kind of realistic shot at the nomination anyway, he might have to make the campaign happen without being on the ballot in every state. Few are convinced that would matter much.

photos. They have an in-house designer who can help you plan the project, and they offer samples of your custom order ($9.99 each) so you can be sure you like it. Another option: Search for photo collage ideas on Pinterest, then create a collage that combines vacation pictures and luggage stickers from your last trip. You can make a new collage or add to an existing one each time someone in your family travels to a new location. MARK YOUR WORDS It's popular to decorate with inspiring phrases or well-known quotes. But what about the most meaningful words from your own history? Choose a saying that your parent or grandparent often repeated, or a quote from a relative that is meaningful to you. Then use stencils to paint it onto a wall in your home, or use decals. At the shop Dana Decal, you can have a personal quote printed as a wall decal for prices ranging from $24 to $71, depending on the size. Or create a memory wall: Paint one kitchen wall with chalkboard paint, and then let family members fill it with short

notes about their favorite old and new memories. Don't forget to photograph the wall before erasing a section to make room for new writing. CELEBRATE PLACES If you've lived in several cities or states, or your ancestors migrated, find artistic ways to bring those places into your home. offers a cork globe ($129) that comes with pushpins and string, so you can literally connect the dots between the places you've come from and where you are now. Or mark the locations of loved ones around the world, or the next five destinations on your list of dream vacations. Many crafters make variations on local or global maps, marking special places with hearts or stars. To do it yourself, sketch an outline of your state, for instance, on a piece of heavy paper, then use a hole-punch (craft stores sell ones with holes shaped like stars or hearts) to mark the spot in the state where you live now or have lived previously.

Parish Fall Festival “If he decides to go after all this, it’s not going to matter if he’s missed two filing deadlines,” said Democratic consultant Joe Trippi. Some even argue there’s a greater good to his holding out. “I don’t know that it’s the healthiest thing in the world for us to have this prolonged process, with a preseason, a regular season, a postseason,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). “I think the vice president has a significant amount of time to make his decision.” Biden remains just as up in the air in private as he’s expressed in public, say people who’ve spoken with him. Depending on the moment, depending on the conversation, they walk away sure that he’s running, or sure that he’ll decide not to. “There’s no such thing as a Joe Biden forecast,” said one person who knows him well. “You wouldn’t do that on an hourly basis.”

HOLYOKE — Holy Trinity Parish (Westfield) will be holding its Fall Festival on Sunday, September 20th, 2015, 12 noon to 5 pm at Pilsudski Park, 200 Old County Rd., Holyoke, MA. (Old County Rd. is off North Rd,.Westfield, opposite the end of E. Mountain Rd. The Park is on the right hand side 1.3 miles from the light.)The day will begin with Mass celebrated at 10:30 am. The Festival will feature a Polish Kitchen serving the popular Polish Plate with pierogi, golumbki, kielbasa, kapusta and a slice of rye bread. These can also be purchased separately. The American Kitchen will serve hot dogs, hamburgers & kielbasa grinders. TakeOut will be available starting at Noon. Our Bake Sale will have delicious homemade baked goods. Our festival will include Bingo, a Straw Booth, games of chance, a Chinese Raffle and a 50/50 Raffle.. There will be children’s games, activities and a Bounce House. Our Grand Raffle has 10 money prizes worth a total of $2,000 with the first prize being $1,000. Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 tickets for $5. Raffle tickets can be obtained in advance at the parish office during office hours and at the Festival. The drawing will be at the Festival. For your listening and dancing pleasure The Mark VI Band will provide Polish & American music from 1 to 5 pm in the spacious ballroom. The Festival is open to the public with free admission & parking, held rain or shine. Come for good food and a fun time. For more information call the Parish Office, Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 4pm at 568-1506. We hope to see you there!

SCHOOL LUNCH MENUS WESTFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FRI. September 18, 2015 Oven Baked Pizza Tossed Garden Salad with Greens Broccoli Choice of Assorted Fruit

MON. September 21, 2015 Popcorn Chicken Whole Kernel Corn Slice of Whole Wheat Bread Chilled Peaches

TUES. September 22, 2015 Hot Dog on a Bun with Condiments Vegetarian Baked Beans Chilled Mixed Fruit

WED. September 23, 2015 BREAKFAST FOR LUNCH Pancakes with Syrup Oven Browned Sausages Oven Baked Potatoes Chilled Applesauce



September 24, 2015 American Chop Suey Broccoli Cheese Bread Sticks Sorbet

September 25, 2015 Cheezy Bread with Dipping Sauce Tossed Garden Salad with Greens Green Beans Choice of Assorted Fruit

September 24, 2015 Beefy Taco, Salsa-Cheese, Corn-Lettuce, Fruit Choice, Milk

September 25, 2015 Turkey Sub, Chips, Fresh Veggies w/Dip, Fruit Choice, Milk

GATEWAY REGIONAL SCHOOLS September 18, 2015 Hamburger, Lettuce/Tomato, Oven Fries, Fruit Choice, Milk

September 21, 2015 Chicken Pot Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Fruit Choice, Milk

September 22, 2015 Mac n Cheese, Peas, Fruit Choice, Milk

September 23, 2015 Calzone w/Marinara, Garden Salad, Fruit Choice, Milk





The Westfield Bombers take flight as Thursday’s home game against Minnechaug begins. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Murphy, Falcons fly by Bombers By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Mackenzie Murphy scored a pair of second half goals – the gamewinner and one for insurance – as Minnechaug escaped Westfield with a 3-1 win in a high school field hockey game Thursday. Co-captains Leighanne Sullivan and Gabbi Lunardini led the Westfield attack. Sullivan scored off a pass from Lunardini in a first half, which finished in a 1-1 tie. “It was an incredibly offensively charged first half for Westfield,” Bombers coach Linda Rowbotham said. “We dominated.” The electric first half push surprisingly produced just The Westfield High School field hockey team enjoy a raucous pregame moment Thursday. one goal for each team in the (Photo by Chris Putz) sweltering heat. “We’re doing extremely well,” Rowbotham said. “In GOLF the second half, we seemed to run out Hogan, Murphy boost Mello, Kinsman rally of steam.” Westfield goalie Emily Ciccolo made Rams WHS 21 saves, and was assisted by Morgan Westfield 173, South Hadley 181 Southwick 2, Palmer 1 Shia, who made a key defensive save. Jack Hogan and Sean Murphy each Alex Mello knotted the game at 1-1 Minnechaug also knocked off shot a 42 to lead Westfield to a 4-2 mark with nine minutes remaining in the secWestfield in Junior Varsity action. In on the front nine par-37 at Shaker ond half, and Lydia Kinsman scored the that game, Bombers’ Alison Bauer had game-winner with 44 ticks left as Farms. a goal and Maddy Fornier an assist. Southwick rallied late. Rams’ goalie Tori Richburg collected GIRLS’ SOCCER King, Lannon tops five saves. Tigers edge Saints Turners Falls 14, Westfield JV GIRLS’ SOCCER Technical Academy 10 Westfield Technical Academy 1, St. Southwick 5, Palmer 1 Westfield Tech’s Matt King shot a Mary 0 Emily Giancola scored two goals team-low 37. Bailey Lannon earned Sydnie Brock scored the lone goal of (one on a PK), and Shea O’Neill, four points for the Tigers at the number the game to lift Westfield Tech to a Mikaila Davenport, and Mackenzie six slot with a 52. thrilling 1-0 victory Thursday. Diana Sullivan had one apiece for Southwick Solokhina assisted. (2-1-1). Tigers’ goalie Emily White (5 saves) It was the first high school scores for Rams roll earned a shutout. Davenport and O’Neill. Southwick 23.5, St. Mary 0.5 Despite playing with just one sub, St. Maggie Sullivan, Mackenzie Southwick posted a convincing vicMary played a solid game. Saints’ goal- Sullivan, Camryn Hughes, and Zelida tory at Tekoa Country Club. ie Francesca DePerogola was impres- Medera earned assists. The Rams (4-1, 3-0) were led by sive in net with 25 saves, and Jenna Hannah Gerrish and Ashley Marchetti James Longhi (35), Chris Molta (37), Turrini, Chloe Lussier, Sam Manchino, combined for three Southwick saves. Joe Stratton (39), and Bradley Durand and Olivia White delivered all-around (40). outstanding play.

The Bombers prepare to make their next move against Minnechaug. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield goalie Emily Ciccolo makes a save.

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Southwick’s Lydia Kinsman (10) dribbles the ball up the field. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Southwick’s Alex Mello, right, and Palmer’s Jenna Sablak (7) fight for the The Rams throw in the ball from the sideline. (Photo by The Southwick and Palmer High School girls’ soccer Chris Putz) ball. (Photo by Chris Putz) teams get up for Thursday’s game. (Photo by Chris Putz)




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2015 HIGH SCHOOL FALL SPORTS SCHEDULES WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Friday, September 18 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Chicopee Comp, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Chicopee Comp, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Longmeadow, Bullens Field, 4:45 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Longmeadow, Bullens Field, 7 p.m. FOOTBALL at West Springfield, 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19 No Sports Scheduled Monday, September 21 FIELD HOCKEY vs. Amherst, 4 p.m. JV FOOTBALL vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER at Chicopee Comp, 5 p.m. JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Agawam, 5 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY vs. Amherst, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Agawam, 6 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Chicopee Comp, 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 GOLF at Chicopee Comp, Chicopee CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY vs. Amherst, Stanley Park, 3:45 p.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Amherst, 5:15 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Amherst, 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 23 GOLF at Ludlow, 3 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER at East Longmeadow, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at East Longmeadow, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 GOLF vs. Cathedral, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY vs. Palmer, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY vs. Palmer, 5:30 p.m. GYMNASTICS vs. Hampshire at Agawam, 6 p.m. Friday, September 25 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Taconic, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Taconic, 6 p.m. FOOTBALL vs. Putnam, Bullens Field, 7 p.m. Saturday, September 26 GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Pittsfield, 11 a.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Pittsfield, 11 a.m.

JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL at Amherst, 3:30 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL at Amherst, 6 p.m. Monday, September 28 BOYS’ SOCCER at Minnechaug, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER at Minnechaug, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Minnechaug, 4 p.m. JV FOOTBALL at Putnam, Blunt Park, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Minnechaug, 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 GOLF vs. Minnechaug, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY vs. Ludlow, Stanley Park, 3:45 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY at Longmeadow, Russell Field, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. East Longmeadow, 5 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY at Longmeadow, Russell Field, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 GOLF at Belchertown, Cold Spring CC, 3 p.m. Thursday, October 1 FIELD HOCKEY vs. Frontier, 4 p.m.

JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Ludlow, 4 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY vs. Frontier, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Ludlow, 6 p.m. GYMNASTICS vs. Hampshire at Chicopee Comp, 6 p.m. Friday, October 2 FIELD HOCKEY at West Springfield, Clark Field, 4 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY at West Springfield, West Springfield Middle School, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. West Springfield, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. West Springfield, 6 p.m. FOOTBALL vs. Minnechaug, Bullens Field, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 3 No Sports Scheduled Monday, October 5 GOLF at Northampton, Northampton CC, 3 p.m. JV FOOTBALL at Minnechaug, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Ludlow, 5 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER at Northampton, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Ludlow, 6 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Northampton, 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Friday, September 18 FIELD HOCKEY at Turners Falls, 4 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Pioneer Valley Regional School, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL vs. Franklin Tech, 5 p.m. Saturday, September 19 No Sports Scheduled Monday, September 21 GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Hampshire, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Hampshire, 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 GOLF vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Edgewood CC, 3 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY at Central, Berte Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Palmer, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Palmer, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL at West Springfield, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23 GOLF vs. Mohawk, Edgewood CC, 3 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY at Holyoke, Roberts Sports Complex, 4:30 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY at Holyoke, Roberts Sports Complex, 6 p.m. Thursday, September 24 GOLF vs. Hampshire, Edgewood CC, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Chicopee, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Chicopee, 4 p.m. Friday, September 25 GOLF at St. Mary, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY vs. Frontier, 5:15 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Easthampton, Whalley Park, 6:30 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Easthampton, 4 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY vs. Frontier, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26 No Sports Scheduled

Monday, September 28 GOLF vs. Easthampton, Edgewood CC, 3 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY at Athol, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Monson, Dr. Rogers Field, Flynt Park, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ SOCCER at Monson, Dr. Rogers Field, Flynt Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL at Ware, 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 GOLF vs. Palmer, Edgewood CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY at Greenfield, Highland Park, 3:45 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER at Athol, 4 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Athol, O’Brien Field, 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 FIELD HOCKEY vs. Pioneer Valley Regional School, 5:15 p.m. JV GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL at Central, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL at Central, 4 p.m. JV FIELD HOCKEY vs. Pioneer Valley Regional School, 5:30 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Friday, September 18 BOYS’ SOCCER at Smith Academy, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER at Smith Academy, 4 p.m. Saturday, September 19 JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Frontier, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Frontier, 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 GIRLS’ SOCCER at Renaissance, Marshall Roy Field, 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 23 BOYS’ SOCCER at Northampton, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER at Northampton, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 24 JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Easthampton, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Easthampton, 6 p.m. Friday, September 25 BOYS’ SOCCER at Mahar, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ SOCCER at Mahar, 4 p.m. Saturday, September 26 No Sports Scheduled Monday, September 28 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, September 29 BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY vs. Palmer,

Littleville Dam, 3:45 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Greenfield, 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 JV GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Hopkins Academy, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Hopkins Academy, 6 p.m. Thursday, October 1 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Pioneer Valley Regional School, 6 p.m. Friday, October 2 JV GIRLS’ SOCCER at Ware, 5 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. St. Mary, 6 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Ware, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 3 No Sports Scheduled Monday, October 5 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, October 6 BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY at Monson, 3:45 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Smith Academy, 4 p.m. Thursday, October 8 JV BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Mohawk, 4 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Mohawk, 6 p.m.

WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY Friday, September 18 GIRLS’ SOCCER at Renaissance, Marshall Roy Field, 4 p.m. Saturday, September 19 No Sports Scheduled Monday, September 21 GOLF at St. Mary, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. McCann Tech, 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 GOLF at Southwick, Edgewood CC, 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 23 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, September 24 GOLF vs. Monson, East Mountain CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, Bullens Field, Time TBA GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, Bullens Field, Time TBA Friday, September 25 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Pathfinder, 4 p.m. Monday, September 28 GOLF vs. Palmer, East Mountain CC, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Putnam, 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 GOLF vs. Easthampton, East Mountain CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Commerce, 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, October 1 GOLF at Hampshire, Beaver Book Golf Club, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Pathfinder, 4 p.m. Friday, October 2 BOYS’ SOCCER at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 3 No Sports Scheduled Monday, October 5 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Ware, 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 6 GOLF vs. St. Mary, East Mountain CC, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Renaissance, 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 7 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Putnam, 4 p.m. Thursday, October 8 GOLF vs. Southwick, East Mountain CC, 3 p.m. Friday, October 9 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Mount Everett, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Franklin Tech, 4 p.m. Saturday, October 10 No Sports Scheduled Monday, October 12 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, October 13 GOLF at Monson, Quaboag CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. St. Mary, 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Commerce, 4 p.m. Thursday, October 15 BOYS’ SOCCER at Lenox, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Smith Voke, 7 p.m. Friday, October 16 No Sports Scheduled Saturday, October 17 No Sports Scheduled Monday, October 19 BOYS’ SOCCER at Franklin Tech, 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. St. Mary, 4 p.m.


Friday, September 18 No Sports Scheduled Saturday, September 19 No Sports Scheduled Monday, September 21 GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Tuesday September 22 GOLF vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY at Franklin Tech, 3:30 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Ware, 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 23 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Pioneer Valley Regional School, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 24 GOLF at Easthampton, Pine Grove Golf Course, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Putnam, Hubbard Park, 4 p.m. Friday, September 25 GOLF vs. Southwick, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. Monday, September 28 GOLF vs. Hampshire, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Smith Voke, 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 GOLF at Monson, Quaboag CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY at Frontier, 3:45 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Putnam, Hubbard Park, 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Smith Voke, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Thursday, October 1 GOLF at Palmer, Quaboag CC, 3 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. McCann Tech, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Friday, October 2 BOYS’ SOCCER at Gateway, 6 p.m. Saturday, October 3

No Sports Scheduled Monday, October 5 BOYS’ SOCCER at Pathfinder, St. Joe’s Field, 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 6 GOLF at Westfield Technical Academy, East Mountain CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY vs. Mahar, Stanley Park, 3:30 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Thursday, October 8 GOLF at Hampshire, Beaver Brook Golf Club, 3 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Friday, October 9 BOYS’ SOCCER at Granby, Brown Ellison Field, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER at Renaissance School, Marshall Roy Field, 4 p.m. Saturday, October 10 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, October 13 GOLF vs. Easthampton, Tekoa CC, 3 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY, Forest Park, 3:45 p.m. BOYS’ SOCCER at Westfield Technical Academy, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ SOCCER vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, October 15 BOYS’ SOCCER vs. Ware, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m. Friday, October 16 GIRLS’ SOCCER at Commerce, 4 p.m. Saturday, October 17 No Sports Scheduled




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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Sept. 18, 2015: This year you often seem to be holding back. You might not even be aware of what you are suppressing. If you want to root out the issue, you will be able to. You will be entering the first year of a new luck and life cycle shortly. The first year is considered one of the luckiest. If you are single, you easily could meet someone who will have a big effect on your life. This person will not be like anyone else you have dated before. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from your lucky year. You might feel ready to move into the next stage of your life together. SAGITTARIUS can be very demanding. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


Mark Buford

DOGS of C-KENNEL Mick and Mason Mastroianni

B.C. Mastroianni and Hart

ONE BIG HAPPY Rick Detorie

ANDY CAPP Mahoney, Goldsmith and Garnett

ZACK HILL John Deering and John Newcombe

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH With the help of a friend, you’ll blaze through your day and start the weekend early. You will have a lot of reasons to be excited about the next few weeks. Plans could change if travel is involved or if someone from a distance is heading your way. Tonight: In the whirlwind of living. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH Allow others to voice their convictions and choices. You might wonder why they are heading in a certain direction. Once you become more acquainted with these people, you will understand. Tonight: Let your hair down and help others do the same. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You will be looking forward to better interactions with an associate, but you might find certain facets of each other’s personalities to be annoying. If you aren’t careful, a conversation suddenly could turn hostile. Tonight: Become more of an observer. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Use your unusual resourcefulness to get to where you want to be. Not everything has to be a long-term goal. In fact, you are better off staying in the present. Be open to an unanticipated gesture from a dear loved one. You’ll be pleased with the results. Tonight: Be spontaneous. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHH Consider slowing the pace as much as you can. Spending quality time with a loved one might be perfect. Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy yourself. You especially feed off times when you spend quality one-on one time with this person. Tonight: In the moment. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Be aware of an innate competitiveness and a desire to be in control. Issues could surround your home that will surprise you. Deal with them quickly, as you might not want any more hassles around you. A discussion with a family member is inevitable. Tonight: Make nice. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You could be over a problem and want to let it go. However, someone close to you still might want to discuss this matter. Money is involved. Be willing to say “no” to this person if it means you can avoid feeing pressured. Tonight: Avoid a combative friend! SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You could be very intense -far more than you realize -- and might be evoking very strong responses, both negative and positive. Is that what you want? You have the power to make a change in this pattern, if you so choose. Tonight: Use care with spending. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You sense a change coming. You have certain matters that you need to deal with, which you might not want to discuss. You know that you must handle them. A heaviness seems to weigh on you at the present moment. Tonight: Nap first, then see if you have any energy left. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Zero in on what you want. Even with all the uproar happening, you’ll get through what you need to. Use care with spending, as you could go overboard. Let go of certain financial patterns you have developed over the years. Tonight: Make it an early bed time, if need be. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Reach out to someone whom you greatly respect. The conversation you have could go from extreme caring to a flash of anger. Encourage the other party to not let negative feelings build. Encourage talking. You’ll need to do the same. Tonight: Out till the wee hours.



PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Be aware of how much you need to stay uninvolved when dealing with a particular loved one. Generally you are active and speak your mind, but not with this person. You might have difficulty holding back your opinions, but you will manage. Tonight: Go for unusual.



MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Toronto 84 62 .575 — — 6-4 W-2 47-25 37-37 New York 80 65 .552 3½ — 4-6 W-1 41-32 39-33 Baltimore 72 74 .493 12 4½ 7-3 W-1 42-29 30-45 Tampa Bay 70 76 .479 14 6½ 3-7 L-2 35-40 35-36 Boston 69 76 .476 14½ 7 6-4 W-1 39-35 30-41 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Kansas City 86 60 .589 — — 4-6 W-1 48-27 38-33 Minnesota 75 71 .514 11 1½ 5-5 L-3 43-29 32-42 Cleveland 72 73 .497 13½ 4 6-4 L-1 33-37 39-36 Chicago 69 76 .476 16½ 7 4-6 L-1 37-38 32-38 Detroit 67 78 .462 18½ 9 5-5 W-2 33-38 34-40 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Texas 79 67 .541 — — 7-3 W-5 38-33 41-34 Houston 77 70 .524 2½ — 2-8 L-4 48-24 29-46 Los Angeles 74 72 .507 5 2½ 5-5 W-1 44-31 30-41 Seattle 71 76 .483 8½ 6 5-5 W-1 34-41 37-35 Oakland 63 84 .429 16½ 14 5-5 W-1 33-42 30-42 NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away New York 83 63 .568 — — 8-2 L-2 46-26 37-37 Washington 75 71 .514 8 10 4-6 L-1 41-30 34-41 Miami 64 83 .435 19½ 21½ 7-3 W-3 36-39 28-44 Atlanta 57 90 .388 26½ 28½ 3-7 L-2 34-38 23-52 Philadelphia 56 91 .381 27½ 29½ 3-7 L-3 33-42 23-49 Central Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away St. Louis 92 54 .630 — — 5-5 W-4 50-24 42-30 Pittsburgh 87 59 .596 5 — 6-4 L-3 50-25 37-34 Chicago 85 61 .582 7 — 6-4 W-3 43-28 42-33 Milwaukee 62 84 .425 30 23 2-8 L-6 33-42 29-42 Cincinnati 61 84 .421 30½ 23½ 5-5 L-1 34-40 27-44 West Division W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away Los Angeles 84 61 .579 — — 7-3 W-1 49-22 35-39 San Francisco 77 69 .527 7½ 8 7-3 W-1 43-28 34-41 Arizona 69 77 .473 15½ 16 4-6 L-1 35-40 34-37 San Diego 69 78 .469 16 16½ 4-6 W-1 35-37 34-41 Colorado 61 85 .418 23½ 24 5-5 L-1 31-40 30-45 AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday’s Games Boston 10, Baltimore 1 Cleveland 5, Kansas City 1 N.Y. Yankees 3, Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 9, Atlanta 1 Texas 14, Houston 3 Detroit 7, Minnesota 4, 12 innings Chicago White Sox 9, Oakland 4 Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 1 Thursday’s Games Oakland 4, Chicago White Sox 2 Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 3 Kansas City 8, Cleveland 4 Toronto 5, Atlanta 0 Texas 8, Houston 2 L.A. Angels 11, Minnesota 8 Friday’s Games Boston (Porcello 8-12) at Toronto (Stroman 1-0), 7:07 p.m. Kansas City (Cueto 2-6) at Detroit (Verlander 3-8), 7:08 p.m. Baltimore (T.Wilson 2-1) at Tampa Bay (Smyly 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Sale 12-9) at Cleveland (Co.Anderson 4-3), 7:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 12-6) at N.Y. Mets (Matz 3-0), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Paxton 3-4) at Texas (Gallardo 12-10), 8:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Heaney 6-3) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 6-9), 8:10 p.m. Oakland (Doubront 3-2) at Houston (Fiers 2-1), 8:10 p.m. Saturday’s Games N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 10-8) at N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard 8-6), 1:05 p.m. Boston (Miley 11-10) at Toronto (Dickey 10-11), 4:07 p.m. Baltimore (W.Chen 9-7) at Tampa Bay (E.Ramirez 10-5), 6:10 p.m. Kansas City (Volquez 13-8) at Detroit (Boyd 1-5), 7:08 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Rodon 7-6) at Cleveland (Carrasco 13-10), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 13-11) at Minnesota (Gibson 10-10), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (S.Gray 13-7) at Houston (Kazmir 7-10), 7:10 p.m. Seattle (Nuno 1-2) at Texas

(Hamels 3-1), 8:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Boston (R.Hill 0-0) at Toronto (Buehrle 14-7), 1:07 p.m. Kansas City (Medlen 4-1) at Detroit (Simon 13-9), 1:08 p.m. Baltimore (Gausman 3-6) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 8-8), 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 7-12) at Cleveland (Tomlin 5-2), 1:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Shoemaker 7-9) at Minnesota (Duffey 3-1), 2:10 p.m. Oakland (Brooks 2-3) at Houston (McHugh 16-7), 2:10 p.m. Seattle (F.Hernandez 17-9) at Texas (D.Holland 3-2), 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 4-9) at N.Y. Mets (Harvey 12-7), 8:05 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday’s Games Chicago Cubs 3, Pittsburgh 2, 12 innings Washington 12, Philadelphia 2 Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 0 Toronto 9, Atlanta 1 St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 4 San Diego 4, Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 2, Colorado 0 San Francisco 5, Cincinnati 3 Thursday’s Games Chicago Cubs 9, Pittsburgh 6 Miami 6, Washington 4 Toronto 5, Atlanta 0 St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 3 Friday’s Games St. Louis (Lynn 11-10) at Chicago Cubs (Haren 9-9), 2:20 p.m. Miami (Fernandez 5-0) at Washington (Scherzer 12-11), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 12-6) at N.Y. Mets (Matz 3-0), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Morgan 5-6) at Atlanta (W.Perez 5-6), 7:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Finnegan 0-0) at Milwaukee (Z.Davies 1-1), 8:10 p.m. San Diego (Kennedy 8-14) at Colorado (Bettis 7-5), 8:40 p.m. Pittsburgh (Locke 8-10) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 17-3), 10:10 p.m.

Patriots acquire receiver Keshawn Martin from Texans FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Keshawn Martin from the Houston Texans on Thursday for an undisclosed draft pick. The 25-year-old Martin was in uniform but didn’t play in the Texans’ season-opening loss to Kansas City on Sunday. In 48 NFL games, all with the Texans after being drafted 121st overall out of Michigan State in 2012, he had 38 receptions for 416 yards and three touchdowns. He returned 68 kicks for 1,707 yards, and returned 86 punts for 766 yards — including an 87-yard touchdown return in 2013. New England also released defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, and signed rookie wide receiver Chris Harper to the practice squad. Thornton was claimed off waivers from Green Bay on Sept. 6 and was inactive for the Patriots’ opening victory over Pittsburgh. Harper, a free agent from the University of California, was released Tuesday after playing against the Steelers.


CLASSIFIED Available online 24/7 at LEGAL NOTICES September 11, 18, 25, 2015 NOTICE OF RECEIVER’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue of an order of the Western Division Housing Court in Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Roland A. B. Larson and Charlotte M. Larson (owners) Docket No. 13 CV 0880, the Court has granted the Receiver, New England Remodeling and Restoration, LLC, authorization to sell the property located at 106 Summer Drive, Southwick, Hampden County, Massachusetts to satisfy its priority lien pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, §127I. The record owners of the premises are Roland A.B. Larson and Charlotte M. Larson. The same will be sold at Public Auction at October 5, 2015 at 1:00 P.M on the premises located at 106 Summer Drive, Southwick, Hampden County, Massachusetts which is described as follows: The premises will be sold and conveyed subject to and with the benefit of all rights, rights of way, restrictions, easements, covenants, liens or claims in the nature of liens improvements, public assessments, any and all unpaid taxes, tax titles, tax liens, water and sewer liens, trash fee liens and any other municipal assessments or liens or existing encumbrances of record which are in force and are applicable, having priority over said receiver’s lien, whether or not reference to such restrictions, easements, improvements, liens or encumbrances is made in the deed.



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15 SM 007194 ORDER OF NOTICE TO: Digna Gonzales and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. App. § 501 et. Seq.: U.S. Bank, National Association, as successor Trustee to Bank of America, N.A. as successor by merger to LaSalle Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the Certificate holders of the MLMI Trust, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-HE1 claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in Westfield , numbered 29 Russell Road, given by Angel M. Gonzales and Digna Gonzales to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as a nominee for AEGIS Lending Corporation, dated October 4, 2006, and recorded at Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 16286, Page 477, and now held by the Plaintiff by assignment, has/have filed with this court a complaint for determination of Defendant’s/Defendants’ Servicemembers status.

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OUTREACH WORKER (PT) Flexible part time hours available to provide direct service supports for individuals with wide variety of intellectual/developmental challenges who live independently in the greater Westfield/West Springfield and hill town area. Responsibilities include supporting people within their home / community and providing opportunities to optimize their independence with grocery shopping, meal preparation, banking, doctor's appointments, recreation and other activities. Some hands on may be required. Provide guidance and options for choice making with a personcentered focus. Weekly schedule flexible and negotiable, based on programmatic needs and staff availability.

Arizona (R.De La Rosa 12-8) at The land in Southwick, being deSan Francisco (Bumgarner 18-7), scribed as Lots numbered two If you now are, or recently have hundred and fifty-three (253) been, in the active military ser10:15 p.m. and fifty-four (254); two hundred vice of the United States of Saturday’s Games and fifty-five (255); and two hun- America, then you may be enN.Y. Yankees (Pineda 10-8) at N.Y. dred fifty-six (256) of North Pond titled to the benefits of the SerTerrace according to a plan vicemembers Civil Relief Act. If Mets (Syndergaard 8-6), 1:05 p.m. thereof entitled “North Pond Terobject to a foreclosure of the St. Louis (Wacha 16-5) at Chicago race”, Southwick, Massachu- you above-mentioned property on setts, formerly owned by WilliCubs (Undecided), 1:05 p.m. that basis, then you or your atam P. Marcoulier of Westfield, torney must file a written appearArizona (Corbin 5-4) at San Massachusetts, and recorded in the Hampden County Registry of ance and answer in this court at Francisco (Leake 10-8), 4:05 p.m. Square, Bo18 Sunday. September 20, 2015 in Book of Plans O, Page Three SAVEPemberton WITH THE PENNYSAVER To Deeds Miami (Nicolino 3-3) at Washington 49 ston, MA 02108 on or before recorded on May 28, 1923. Ideal candidate will have deOctober 19, 2015 or you will be (Zimmermann 12-8), 4:05 p.m. sire to do meaningful work Being the same premises con- forever barred from claiming that Cincinnati (Jos.Smith 0-2) at and make a difference 413 in To Advertise veyed to Roland A.B. Larson you are entitled to the benefits of someone's life; strong interMilwaukee (Jungmann 9-6), and Charlotte M. Larson by said Act. personal skills; empathy for Deed of Eric R. Bird and Jean DEADLINE: 2PM 7:10 p.m. others; demonstrated comM. Bird dated May 18, 1983 and Witness, Philadelphia (Eickhoff 1-3) at E-mail: Floram@thew Available Online 24/7 - recorded on May 18, 1983 at JUDITH C. CUTLER mitment to serving those with Hampden County Registry of significant needs; ability to Atlanta (Weber 0-1), 7:10 p.m. Chief Justice of said Court Deeds, Book 5437, Page 439. work well within a team modSan Diego (Erlin 0-0) at Colorado on October 19, 2015 el and independently. Minim(Flande 3-3), 8:10 p.m. TERMS OF SALE: al computer skills necessary. Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Pittsburgh (Liriano 10-7) at L.A. Must have a reliable vehicle Recorder A deposit of $5,000.00 by certifor work use (mileage reimDodgers (Kershaw 14-6), 9:10 p.m. fied bank check will be required 15-019938 / bursed). All candidates must to be paid by the purchaser at Gonzales, Angel/ Sunday’s Games complete and pass backthe time and place of sale. Sub09/18/2015 Miami (B.Hand 4-6) at Washington ject to 5% Buyers Premium. The ground record screening process. balance is to be paid by certified (Strasburg 9-7), 1:35 p.m. or bank check at Law Offices of Philadelphia (Nola 6-2) at Atlanta Dennis P. Powers, P.C. 1391 Salary: $10.50 an hour to (Teheran 10-7), 1:35 p.m. Main Street, Suite 806 Springstart field, Massachusetts 01103 withCincinnati (DeSclafani 9-10) at in 30 days from the date of sale. To apply go to: AUTO FOR SALE Milwaukee (A.Pena 1-0), 2:10 p.m. Deed will be provided to and open chaser for recording upon reSt. Louis (C.Martinez 13-7) at equisition # 15-0379 ceipt in full of the purchase TIMOTHY'S AUTO SALES. Chicago Cubs (Lester 10-10), Outreach Worker, price. Purchaser subject to the Stop by and see us! We might Westfield approval of the Housing court. have exactly what you're look2:20 p.m. (The Outreach Team/CHD) Other terms, if any, to be an- ing for, if not, left us find it for Arizona (Hellickson 9-9) at San nounced at the sale. you! Bartlett Street, Westfield. Francisco (T.Hudson 7-8), 4:05 (413)568-2261. Specializing in England Remodeling and New p.m. vehicles under $4,000. Restoration, LLC, Pittsburgh (G.Cole 16-8) at L.A. Receiver Drivers: Present holder of said mortgage Dodgers (B.Anderson 9-8), LOCAL South Windsor, By its Attorney, CT P&D Openings! HELP WANTED 4:10 p.m. Law Offices of Great Pay, Benefits & Dennis P. Powers, P.C. San Diego (Shields 12-6) at Hometime! CDL-A 1391 Main Street, Colorado (J.Gray 0-1), 4:10 p.m. w/X & T, 1 yr. Exp. Req. Springfield, MA 01103


Wait Staff Part-Time Days Apply in person to: The American Inn One Sawmill Park, Southwick, MA

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• Single Story Ranch Style Home • ±1/4 Acre of Land • • Total of (5) Rooms, w/ (3) Bedrooms & (1) Bath • ±1,100 S/F of Living Area • • Electric Hot Water Heat • Public Water & Sewer • Zoned: R-20 • H New Roof, Siding, Windows, Electrical, Plumbing, Insulation Floors, Walls, Kitchen & Bath H Sale Per Order of Receiver Attorney Dennis P. Powers 1391 Main Street, Suite 806 Springfield, MA Attorney for Receiver Terms of Sale: $5,000.00 Deposit Cash or Certified Funds. 5% Buyer’s Premium Applies. Other Terms to be Announced at Time of Sale.

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Community Health Worker F/T position to work with patients with chronic diseases to develop action plans and overcome barriers to better manage their own health. CHW will be active in health center provider teams, will document patient's progress, will work at health centers and out in the community including home visits. Qualifications include 3 or more years of health/social services experience and/or post high school education in a related field. Must have a verifiable good driving record and reliable transportation. Must be computer literate and knowledge of Hilltown culture and resources required. Residents of Hilltowns of W. MA preferred. Competitive salary and benefits. To apply, send resume and letter of interest to:

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Licensed Realtor/Realtor Assistant needed. Part-time, paid position. Some experience needed. For more information, e-mail:

Drivers: $5,000.00 Sign-On Bonus! Local Agawam DryVan, Flexible Schedule & Experienced Yard Hostler Openings! Great Pay & Benefits! CDL-A, 1yr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics Apply:

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To the Clerk, Collector, Treasurers’ Office The Town of Southwick is seeking an energetic individual for the above position. Full-time 37.5 hours per week @ $19.53 per hour. Union position with one year probationary period. High School diploma or GED required. Prefer two (2) or more years experience as a secretary, clerk or bookkeeper. Special knowledge and abilities for position encompass strong customer service, word processing, organizational and bookkeeping skills. Interested individuals may obtain a copy of the Position Description and Town Employment Application by contacting the Selectmen's Office at 569-5995 or on the Town’s website at Applications must be dropped off or mailed to Board of Selectmen's Office, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077. All applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on October 7, 2015. Southwick is an A/A, EOE, ADA Employer.

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TAG SALES ESTATE SALE: 81 E. Silver St. Friday/Saturday, Sept 18 & 19, 9a-4pm. Large Kenmore refrigerator/Freezer, gas range, marble-top wine cooler, vintage mirror finish dresser with matching armoire, many other household items. No Early Birds Please.

FEEDING HILLS: 139 Poplar St. Fri/Sat; 18th&19th, 8am4pm. Hand & power tools, costume jewelry, 100's of items priced to sell. Do Not Park in Church. WESTFIELD: 117 Tannery Road, Friday 9/18 and Saturday 9/19, 8am-2pm. Furniture, clothing, dishes, many household items, misc. items, something for everyone.

WESTFIELD: 18 Overlook Dr. Fri/Sat, Sept. 18&19. 8:30-3:30. (Rain Date 9/20) YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Total Clean-Out! Furniture, lenens, kitchenware, sporting goods. Something for everyone...REALLY!

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WESTFIELD: 54 Otis St. Sept. WESTFIELD: 824 Western Ave. 18-20th, 8am-3pm. Kitchenware, Sept 18-20th. 9:00am-4:00pm. books, furniture, clothing, kids & (Rain Date 9/25-27). 40 Years of Accumulation. Lots of dolls, baby items and more. new Christmas decorations, vintage, record albums, vintage children's toys, furniture. Many WESTFIELD: 14 High St. Saturday,Sept. 19th. 9am-4pm. Barbies still in box. Way too Sewing notions, movies, books, much to list! fan. Something for everyone! WESTFIELD: 88 Yeoman Ave. Sat/Sun, Sept. 19&20th. 9amWESTFIELD: 210 Loomis St. 3pm. Video Games, CD's FamSept. 18&19, 8am-? Jewelry, ily Tag Sale. Priced to Move. dining set, boots, winter coats, snow-suits, bikes, dishes, Krig, 1 0 ' A l u m i n u m b o a t , t o y s , WESTFIELD: 94 Elizabeth Av. blankets, helmets, KX65 dirt bike Sat. Sept. 19th. 9am-2pm. HUGE TAG SALE! Rain or and more! Shine. All proceeds to benefit WHS Girls Soccer. WESTFIELD: 24 Ward Rd. (off Apple Blossom Lane), Saturday, Sept. 19th, 9am-3pm. Ladies clothes Size - Lg & XLg, (2) Air cleaners, Xmas reindeer, curtains, vintage frames, etc. NO FURNITURE. (Raindate, Sept. 26)

WESTFIELD: Moose Lodge #1255, 56 Washington St. Thurs/Fri/Sat, Sept. 24th-26th. Donation Drop Off Starting 9/1/2015. Anytime after 4:00pm. Please contact the Lodge if you need to make arrangements to have your donation picked up @413-568-2795

WESTFIELD: 44 Woodbridge Lane Fri/Sat, Sept 18&19. 8am2pm. Rain or Shine. Giant Tag Sale! Antiques, household items, artwork, sports memorabilia. Something for everyone.

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APARTMENT EXCEPTIONAL 2 BEDROOM Westfield apartment, just renovated in large house with only one other apartment. Quiet street very close to new bike/walking trail. Off street parking. All appliances including own laundry. Outside yard, patio, and porch. Beautiful renovation. $1150. Available now. 413-568-6050

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A STEP ABOVE THE REST! JMF CHIMNEY SERVICE Repair your chimney before winter wreaks havoc. We do brick repair, crown seals and repairs. We also do stainless steel liner installs, as well as stainless rain caps. We sweep all flues. Free estimates provided. Call: 413-330-2186 HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, (800)793-3706.

DRYWALL T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete professional drywall at amateur prices. Our ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821-8971. Free estimates.

ELECTRICIAN JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC Senior discount. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. POEHLMAN ELECTRIC All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter de-icing cables installed. All calls answered! Best prices, prompt service. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years experience. Insured. Reasonable prices. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)5433100. Lic# A7625. FIREWOOD AFFORDABLE FIREWOOD Seasoned and green. Cut, split, delivered. Any length. Now ready for immediate delivery. Senior and bulk discount. Call (413)530-4820 or 413-626-3888.

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HAULING #1 PHIL'S DUMP RUNS/ DEMOLITION Removal of any items in cellars, attics, etc... Also brush removal and small demolition (sheds, decks, fences, one car garages). Fully insured. Free estimate Phil (413)525-2892 or (413)265-6380


A.R.A. Junk, Furniture & Appliance Removal Full house clean-outs. Basements, attics & garages. Demolition: Patios, sheds and swing-sets. You name it...we take it! Senior discounts. Free estimates on phone. 7 days a week. Emergency, same day service. Call Pete 413-433-0356

HOME MAINTENANCE RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED & REPAIRED Antennas removed, chimneys repaired and chimney caps installed. Roof leaks repaired, vent areas sealed. Senior citizen discount. Insured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson Services (413)596-8859 (before 9pm)

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HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTENNIAL CONSTRUCTION CO. Kitchens, Bathrooms & Additions Specializing in Kitchens & Bathroom Remodeling; Replacement Windows; Aging in Place Renovations. Fully Insured. Adding Comfort, Quality and Value To Your Home Home Improvement Reg # 109369; Construction Supervision #037717 413-733-4519

HOME/OFFICE CLEANING HONEST & RELIABLE I will make your home shine! From kitchens & bathrooms, bedrooms and more. Organize, clean & polish, with an "Asian" touch. Come home, relax! 20+ years experience. Call Berni today. 413-454-3288

HOUSE PAINTING 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 !! JOHNSON'S PAINTING SERVICES 25 years experience. Interior & Exterior, including aluminum siding. Commercial & Residential. Water damage repairs, ceiling, wall and exterior repairs. Power washing. FOR FREE ESTIMATE call: Ken 568-5146

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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)569-1611. (413)374-5377.

LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE ACCURATE LAWNCARE Cleanups, leaf/brush removal, trimming, mulch, gutter cleaning. Call (413)579-1639.

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Plumley Landscape Inc. Call us today for all your landscape needs. Landscape design and planting, irrigation installation and repair, and complete yard renovations. Drainage problems, stump grinding, chipper service, bobcat service, gravel driveways, excavation and demolition, including getting rid of that unwanted pool. 413-862-4749 LAWN CARE Shrub trimming/removal. Yard clean-up. Weekly mowing. Senior discounts. 413-314-8575

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PAINTING & WALLPAPERING A NEW LOOK FOR 2015! 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 decorating advice. (413)564-0223, (413)626-8880.

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

DUMP TRUCK & TRACTOR SERVICE JIM'S TRACTOR SERVICES Grading & leveling of dirt driveways & short roads. Loam spread, loader work, post hole digging. Mowing of fields and lots with large rotary mower. Dump truck delivery available. Equipment transportation. Licensed & Insured (413)530-5430 SMALL JOBS...OUR SPECIALTY

Backhoe for small areas. Dump truck deliveries for compost, mulch, fill, stone. Grading & leveling for driveways, yards, pools. Store pick-ups. Boulders& rocks available. Fully Insured

BEAUTIFUL 2 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE Limited Offer: 1 month free Westfield: Clean, quiet, 1-1/2 baths, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Sorry no pets. From $850. (860)485-1216. Equal Housing Opportunity

WESTFIELD - 2/3 BEDROOM apartments. Hardwood floors, yard, convenient location. Security, no pets. 413-364-3036.

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

WESTFIELD: 1 Bedroom, Hardwood floors, 2nd floor. Hot water and cooking gas included. Located in down-town area. $600/month. First/last/security deposits required. Please call 413-519-7257 to set up appointment for viewing.

WESTFIELD: 2nd floor 3-room apartment. Stove, refrigerator and all utilities included. No pets, non-smoker. Parking on premises. Shown by appointment only. Available September 15th. $700 p/month. 413-568-5905

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

BUSINESS PROPERTY WESTFIELD: Commercial space available in down-town area. Perfect for office, hair salon and massage therapy. 600+ sq. ft. Call 4513-519-7257 to set up a viewing.


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TREE SERVICE A BETTER OPTION GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. (413)569-6104 American Tree & Shrub: Removal, pruning, bucket/crane work. Stump grinding, light excavation and tree planting. Firewood 40 yrs. experience. Fully insured, free estimates. 24-hour emergency services. 413-569-0469

CONRAD TREE SERVICE Expert Tree Removal Prompt estimates. Insured. "After 35 years, we still work hard at being #1. 562-3395

Beautiful 6-Room Executive Ranch Newly Remodeled 2,146 sq. ft on 2.4 acres. .Neighborhood playground, country living; a few minutes from downtown Westfield, Holyoke Mall, the Mass Pike, and Route 91. Summer house in backyard with water & electricity, combination storage shed, gazebo. 3 Bedrooms, 2 full baths, central air, security system, 2 fireplaces, partially finished basement with Vermont Slate floor and large granite chimney and fireplace. Walk-in cedar closet in basement. New septic system. Newer well and pump. Thermopride furnace. $259,500. Call: 413-427-0436 Additional photos on (Classifieds)

UPHOLSTERY MOBILE HOMES 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)562-6639.

WINDOW CLEANING CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOWS Cleaned inside and out. Including storms and screens. Fully insured. Free estimates. Call Paul: 413-237-2053 RESIDENTIAL WINDOW CLEANING In business locally for 25 years. Please call early for scheduling. Our calendar books up quickly! 413-568-2566

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Refugees and migrants get on a bus which transports them to the metro station, after their arrival from the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos to the Athens' port of Piraeus on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. About 2,500 people arrived with the ferry Eleftherios Venizelos as Frontex, the EU border agency, says more than 340,000 asylum seekers have entered the 28-nation bloc this year, the majority fleeing war and human rights abuses in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea. (AP Photo)

approach by the EU is workable and humane when the influx of migrants is modest, but may soon become unfeasible. "Are we seeing the vanishing of the Mediterranean borders of the EU or not? In the next six months we'll find the answer," he said. "Europe has its back against the wall. It can't say, 'We'll take in all of you and treat you well.'" In Germany, which is accepting more migrants than any European nation, Chancellor Angela Merkel has argued that the EU risks betraying its core commitment to human rights. "If Europe fails on the question of refugees, this close connection with universal civil rights will be destroyed and it won't be the Europe we want," she said. In many EU countries, the debate has grown nastier due to the rise of nationalist and right-wing anti-immigration political movements. Such parties have won double-digit support in recent elections in Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Hungary, France, Britain and the Netherlands. In Germany, by contrast, the major parties have taken a unified stance in support of welcoming refugees, and the far-right National Democratic Party won only 1.5 percent of the vote in the latest parliamentary elections. "It's a very sensitive issue, and here in Germany we're trying not to politicize it," said Astrid Ziebarth, a Berlin-based migration specialist with the German Marshall Fund. "There have been different opinions and stances, but a general agreement that we can manage the refugee situation." However, she said even Germany — while expected to accommodate most asylum-seekers from war-torn countries — is likely to rebuff many of the "economic" migrants arriving from non-EU Balkan countries such as Albania and Kosovo Just as the migrant crisis has created rifts among EU nations, immigration has sharply divided jurisdictions in the U.S. There are now about 11.3 million immigrants living in the country illegally, according to the Pew Research Center, down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. Scores of cities have adopted "sanctuary" policies that offer some sort of protection to immigrants who lack legal status. In some states, they can get driver's licenses. In contrast, Arizona, Alabama and a few other states enacted laws in 2010 and 2011 empowering local police officers to question people's immigration status and demand that they show documentation. Federal authorities and immigrant-rights groups took court action that blocked many of the provisions, but the disputes highlighted the deep divisions over immigration enforcement. The Republican Party itself is divided. While Trump leads the polls as he advocates mass deportation, one of his main rivals, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, supports changes that would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Many Democrats also seek such a pathway. Overall, there have been far more deportations under Obama than under his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, with an increased emphasis in recent years on deporting people with criminal records and those who've just crossed the border. According to federal figures, there were 368,644 deportations in the 2013 fiscal year and 315,943 in 2014. During those years, tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied minors from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador surged across the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities sought to place most of the unaccompanied children with relatives in the U.S., but many of the families were detained. The detentions and deportations have angered immigrant-rights advocates, who say many of those Central Americans were fleeing rampant violence and met the standards for obtaining asylum.




By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The United States and the European Union project themselves as models for the world when it comes to democracy and human rights. Yet a common issue — migration — is bitterly dividing each of them, testing whether they can maintain solidarity amid virulent debate over border controls, deportations and national values. In the 28-nation EU, some countries have sought to block the unprecedented flow of migrants fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East and Africa, while Germany — the EU's powerhouse — is bracing to handle 800,000 migrants this year and wants other nations to step up as well. In the U.S., the influx of immigrants entering illegally has eased recently, but the political rhetoric is red-hot. Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, is calling for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission, and some of his rivals have joined in proposing to stop granting citizenship to children born to such immigrants and to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border. In Europe, the future of the EU's passport-free internal borders is now in question, and a rising death toll adds to the sense of urgency. More than 2,800 migrants have died this year trying to reach Europe, mostly at sea, according to the International Organization for Migration; the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants were found Aug. 27 in an abandoned truck near Vienna, apparently after suffocating. On Hungary's border with Serbia, some 300 flag-waving extremists marched to a crossing point a few days ago and shouted at frightened migrants — many of whom had just completed a daylong hike — to go back where they came from. It was reminiscent of the scene in July 2014 in Murietta, California, where screaming anti-immigration protesters, some waving American flags, blocked buses of women and children headed to a Border Patrol processing center after making their way to the U.S. from troubled parts of Central America. "Return to Sender" was among the messages on the protesters' signs. So volatile is the issue that President Barack Obama has drawn fire from both the left and right for his moves on immigration. Supporters of a crackdown were angered by Obama's efforts to ease up on deportation of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. over the long term. Led by Texas, 26 states have sued to block that change in deportation policy. In contrast, immigrant-rights groups note that Obama has overseen a record number of deportations and allowed the detention of many of the Central American mothers who flooded across the border with their children. "Our historical narrative is that the U.S. is welcoming, that we are a nation based on immigrants," said Cecillia Wang, head of American Civil Liberties Union's immigrants' rights project. "It's incredibly sad and disappointing that we have lost sight of those values... and are detaining and deporting asylum seekers as a way of deterring other people." In Europe, where an estimated 364,000 migrants have arrived so far this year, there's been relatively little use of deportations and detentions during the current crisis. New arrivals landing in Greece, Italy and elsewhere have not been turned back; many assume they will be allowed to stay in Europe indefinitely. Demetrios Papademetriou, president emeritus of the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute, said this



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"These are incredibly traumatized women and kids who do not belong in detention," said Karen Lucas, associate director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association. "The international community is watching us, and we will be judged as to how we respond." In recent years, the U.S. has accepted roughly 55,000 to 70,000 refugees annually from scores of countries. But it has been criticized for accepting only a small number of the 4 million Syrians who have fled their war-torn homeland — fewer than 1,500 thus far, according to the International Rescue Committee. "As the German government calmly says that it expects 800,000 refugees and asylum seekers in 2015, it is vital for the U.S. to step up its response," said the IRC's president, David Miliband. Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for tighter immigration controls, says both the EU and the United States face crucial choices. "We can go down the road of accommodation and anarchy, or the path of law and the notion that sovereignty involves maintaining borders," he said. Stein contends that Obama — by easing U.S. deportation policy — has sent an unwise message of welcome to other would-be migrants. "You can see into our future by looking at Europe today," Stein said. "The Obama administration is setting the stage for a sustained, uncontrolled influx from all over the world." Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, hopes the U.S. draws a different message from the EU's crisis and heeds Merkel's advice to honor longstanding values. "It's not like she's saying it's going to be easy," Tumlin said. "She's saying we have to have certain principles."

A large group of asylum-seekers walk across the Danube and out of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Over 150,000 people seeking to enter Europe have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia, and many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)




Should he have a key or not?

Dear Annie: My wife gave her ex (her son’s father) a key to our home without telling me. I found out when I got home and he was sitting in our living room surfing the Web on my laptop. My wife says she gave him the key so he can let himself in on the three nights a month he’s scheduled to pick up their son for dinner as part of the custody agreement. But he has been making a lot of unscheduled stops at our house -- to use the bathroom, have a snack, etc. I told my wife I don’t like this, but she said, “Don’t be selfish. It’s my home, too!” I spoke to this man politely and told him I don’t want him letting himself in, but he replied, “She says I can come over whenever I like.” Am I being unreasonable about this arrangement? I thought married people are supposed to agree on things like this. It’s almost as though I have to share my home with this man, and he’s not even a helpful guest. He’ll eat a generous amount of food out of the fridge and leave dirty dishes in the sink. Last week, he bought his son a videogame console and violent videogames, which my wife and I had previously agreed would not be allowed in our home. Father and son will spend time playing games in his room when the boy is supposed to be doing his homework, sometimes late at night. I know the guy needs time with his kid, but there’s no reason why he can’t take the boy out to eat, to a movie or to a museum. The ex never made much effort to see his son until we married. This is my first marriage, and I’ve never had any kids of my own, so I’m not entirely sure how to handle it. But I teach high school, and I’ve seen one long sad parade of kids whose parents don’t maintain authority. So, Annie, what is the verdict? Should he have a key or not? -- The Husband Dear Husband: Our vote is “not,” especially since he abuses the privilege. It may be her house, but it’s also yours. And while it’s nice to be welcoming to her son’s father, he should not have the run of your home, dropping in unexpectedly and keeping his son up all hours. This is not responsible parenting. It is indulgence. Dad needs to be as diligent a parent as Mom. He cannot be a “fun dad” and do things Mom would not otherwise allow. This does a disservice to the child. Please ask your wife to get into family counseling with you to work on this. Also look into the National Stepfamily Resource Center ( Dear Annie: This is for “Confused Family Member,” whose niece had a large wedding months after a civil ceremony. My daughter also married civilly two weeks prior to big wedding bash for legal reasons. Her husband was being deployed within the month and she needed power of attorney in order to purchase their new home and do other things. We did not announce it, so as not to confuse anyone. And she kept her maiden name. She is also in the service, and it saved a lot of paperwork. -- Tootles Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. You can also find Annie on Facebook at To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

HINTS FROM HELOISE HOW IS THIS ECONOMICAL? Dear Heloise: I purchased a new “ECONOMICAL” TOP-LOAD WASHER (Heloise here: high-efficiency washer). It’s supposed to use less water and electricity, thereby saving resources. I discovered the rinse cycle uses 1/3 of the water. This is entirely inadequate for removing dirt and soap residue. Now I must run each load through another cycle with no soap to get the clothes clean. OK, how is this economical? -- Rabelle K., Pearland, Texas Indeed it does save energy costs and water. High-efficiency machines are way different from the regular ones most of us used. They use less water, detergent and energy. It’s very important to use the right detergent, meaning a “high-efficiency” (HE) detergent, not a regular one. Do follow the recommendations for the correct amount to use. Most of us tend to just “free pour” rather than measure. Too much is not better. If you still have residue on clothing, it’s probably because you are using too much detergent. Make sure you are using only an HE detergent. A little goes a long way! Do your clothes come out clean, without a residue? Since the HE detergent does not make many suds, it doesn’t take as much water to rinse away dirt and suds. So if you’re rinsing clothes a second time just because you feel you need to, you really don’t. Try this: Do one load your way and one the regular way. Same? Probably so. -- Hugs, Heloise SEND A GREAT HINT TO: Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 Fax: 1-210-HELOISE Email: Heloise(at)



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