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MEMA offers precautions for cold FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — “As we enter the time of year when we can expect extremely low temperatures and wind chills, we all must take precautions to minimize the dangers presented by such severe weather,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “To that end, MEMA presents these cold weather safety tips.” • Continue to be aware of extreme weather conditions by monitoring Media reports. • Make sure you always have a wellstocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water, nonperishable food and a manual can opener. • Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. Also, consider your pets. • Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. • Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately. • Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care. • Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity. • When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors. • If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. • Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat. • Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and friends who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety. • To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your See Cold, Page 3

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Westfield Police report that at 1:50 p.m. multiple callers started to report an armed robbery at the Stop & Go store on Mill Street by male parties who had fled the scene in a green Honda Civic type car. (Photo submitted)

Armed robbers caught By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Visitors to the Whip City who had allegedly robbed a Mill Street convenience store at gunpoint didn’t even get out of town before they were spotted, stopped and arrested. City police report that at 1:50 p.m. multiple callers started to report an armed robbery at the Stop & Go store on Mill Street by male parties who had fled the scene in a green Honda Civic type car. One caller said that she witnessed the robbery and saw two male parties, one of whom was wearing a hooded sweatshirt backwards and had apparently cut eye-holes in the hood, run out of the store to a car waiting on Harrison Street and flee toward Court or East Silver streets. At 1:58 p.m. Officer Joseph Maxton reported seeing a green Honda Civic occupied by four persons traveling eastbound on East Main Street and followed the vehicle. Maxton activated his take down lights and siren when he caught up with the car but it did not stop until it reached a red light at the intersection of Little River Road. Maxton reports that, because a weapon had reportedly been shown, he stayed inside his cruiser and used the public address system to tell the occupants to show their hands. Instead, when the light turned green, the car continued on the bridge until it stopped abruptly and a piece of clothing fell out while the front seat passenger exited. Disregarding Maxton’s order to stop, the man jumped over the guardrail and fled down the embankment. Maxton ordered the remaining occupants to

stay in the vehicle and, within moments, Officers David Racicot and Joseph Stoyak arrived to assist. Three suspects were taken into custody and Officer Christopher Coach and his canine partner, “Falco”, arrived to assist in the search for the fleeing suspect. Det. Sgt Stephen K. Dickinson reports that the suspect was tracked and seen to be wading or swimming across the river. Dickinson reports that officers were dispatched to the other side and Officer Steven Nacewicz reported at 2:12 p.m. that he had spotted the suspect in a corn field and, two minutes later, reported that he was holding the suspect at gunpoint. Meanwhile, back at the bridge, a hooded sweatshirt had been found near the vehicle with holes cut in the hood and a handgun had been seen in plain sight on the floor of the backseat. The pistol was found to be a BB gun. Taken into custody were Scott A. Peabody, 26, of 108 Lawton St., Springfield, Matthew A. Cyr, 29, of 44 River St., Agawam, Timothy J. Lynch, 29, of 88 Harby Road, West Springfield, and Thomas F. Cliche, 19, of 68 Montgomery Street. Dickinson said that all four were charged with armed and masked robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked. Peabody, who was the driver, was also charged with failure to stop for police, failure to signal and a marked lanes violation. Cyr, who fled, was also charged with resisting arrest. Cliche was found to be the subject of an

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – City Engineer Mark Cressotti was notified Friday by a state official to proceed with the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail project. Director of Sustainable Development Kurt Gaertner, of the Executive Office and Energy & Environmental Affairs, contacted Cressotti by email Friday to state that “at long last” the $2 million grant for the next phase of rail trail work has been signed and that “you have notice to proceed.” Cressotti said this morning that he began processing the rail trail construction contract, awarded last spring by the Board of Public Works to ET&L Corporation of Stow, last week in anticipation of the state releasing the grant funds. “It takes a couple of days to get through that process,” Cressotti said. “The contractor will be getting (the contract) for signature this week, so they can order the steel for the new bridge. I anticipate work to remove the existing bridge (over South Meadow Road) and some excavation will begin by mid February.” The City Council voted at its Dec. 5 meeting to accept the $2 million grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. That grant has been held in limbo for nearly two years while the city completed an Article 97 process with the National Park Service regarding the use of a section of the Cross Street playground for the proposed Ashley Street elementary school construction project. Under the Article 97 appeal, brought by residents opposing the school project, the state froze all funding for park projects in the city. The Columbia Greenway is considered a linear park. The federal agency notified the state Nov. 18 that it would accept the city’s proposed relocation and replication of the playground, thawing the funding freeze. “The fact that the state has signed off on the grant is obviously a good thing,” Community Development Director Peter J. Miller Jr., said this morning. “The National Park Service notified the state that it was satisfied with the city’s environmental assessment to replicate the Cross Street playground with the potential purchase of the Wielgus Trust land (off Main Street). “The city hopes to begin negotiation with the Trust,” Miller said. “I anticipate doing so in the New Year.”

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Memorial benches honor loved ones By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – After losing a loved one, people often search for a public way to honor them. In Southwick, people can now remember their loved ones with a memorial bench at the north ramp visitor’s center on Congamond Lakes. Lake Management Chairman Richard Grannells said there is one bench already in place and two others on order. For a cost of just under $1,000, the attractive bench can be engraved to honor the deceased. “They are made of a composite material with a powder coated metal frame,” said Grannells. “We were looking for

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something like this for a while and I found ones like these on the Cape.” Grannells searched to find benches nearly identical to the ones on Cape Cod. “They were really good looking,” he said. “We wanted something that would look good and not require a lot of maintenance or painting.” The engraving is on the back slats of the seat, which are a cedar color. The words and metal frame are black, and the benches fit perfectly on existing concrete pads. There are existing wood benches at the site, and Grannells said as people purchase memorial benches, they will replace the old ones. The benches face the lake in a semicircle along the shore by the boat launch.

There is also a visitor’s center, docks, and gazebo there. Grannells said there is plenty of room to pour additional concrete pads should there be a need for more memorial benches than what exists now. The benches are made by the Kirby Company of Wisconsin and take four-six weeks to arrive once they are ordered. Grannells said orders should be placed through the Lake Management office and full payment must be made at that time. “We are not making a profit on these,” Grannells said. “We are charging what the company charges us and we assemble and install them as a community service.”

A new memorial bench has been placed at the North Boat Ramp in Southwick. Anyone wishing to purchase a custom memorial bench can contact the Lake Management Committee at 569-0515. (Photo submitted)

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WHS Choral Concert WESTFIELD - The Westfield High School Choir, a 65-member choir led by esteemed Music Director, Korey Bruno, will present its annual Holiday concert. The concert will feature star songs of the season, including a White Christmas Medley, as well as other holiday favorites such as Joy To The World and Here Comes Santa Claus. This special concert will put everyone in attendance in the holiday spirit with the choirs’ glorious sounds of the season. The concert will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Westfield High School auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

William R. Rooney Scholarships Available for Special Needs Students

Measles Initiative program On Friday, December 13, the Munger Hill School, as part of a system-wide fundraising project, hosted a hat day to raise funds for the American Red Cross lifesaving Measles Initiative program. Each child who wanted to wear a hat for the day, had to donate a dollar. Each dollar saves the life of a child in impoverished countries in Africa and Southeast Asia by enabling them to receive a measles inoculation.

SPRINGFIELD - The Horace Smith Fund has $10,000 scholarships available to graduating high school seniors with special needs. These scholarships are offered to graduating seniors who have been on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a minimum of two years. Applicants must be Hampden County residents attending public or private secondary schools in Hampden County. Scholarships awards of $10,000 are distributed as $2,500 annually and renewable each year until graduation. Recipients must be full-time students at either a two-year or fouryear college. Recipients are selected on a variety of criteria, including achievements in their special education class, demonstrated financial need and extraordinary contribution to their high school and community. The Horace Smith Fund was established in 1899 by the successful and generous philanthropist named Horace Smith, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, located in Springfield. The William R. Rooney Scholarship is named for the long time educator and former Executive Secretary of The Horace Smith Fund, who advocated for assistance to special needs students. Completed scholarship applications must be received either electronically or be mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, no later than December 20. The student must identify their application as specifically for the William R. Rooney Scholarship. Applications are available at local high school guidance offices, on-line at www. or by phoning (413) 739-4222.

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Pa. police: Driver hid pot as Christmas presents STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana in boxes wrapped as Christmas presents inside a minivan after a traffic stop. The Centre Daily Times reports (http:// ) that 38-year-old Randy Jesus Valdivia, of Surfside, Fla., faces felony drug charges after the stop on Interstate 80 near State College. Police say they became suspicious after Valdivia was stopped Thursday afternoon, and got him to agree to a search. They say they found 20 pounds of weed vacuum-sealed inside large boxes wrapped as Christmas gifts. Online court records say he was taken to the local jail. A defense lawyer wasn’t listed.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2013. There are 15 days left in the year.


n Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.

In 1960, 134 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City.

On this date:

In 1976, the government halted its swine flu vaccination program following reports of paralysis apparently linked to the vaccine.

In 1653, Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.

In 1962, Nepal’s Panchayat Constitution was proclaimed.

In 1809, the French Senate granted a divorce decree to Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Josephine (the dissolution was made final the following month).

In 1982, Environmental Protection Agency head Anne M. Gorsuch became the first Cabinet-level officer to be cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to submit documents requested by a congressional committee.

In 1811, the first of the powerful New Madrid earthquakes struck the central Mississippi Valley with an estimated magnitude of 7.7.

In 1991, the U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25.

In 1863, philosopher and author George Santayana was born in Madrid, Spain.

President George W. Bush signed a number of measures into law, including legislation meant to stem the flood of junk email known as “spam” and a bill to establish a national museum devoted to black history. President Bush told ABC News that Saddam Hussein deserved the “ultimate penalty” for his crimes. Germany and France, two of the most ardent opponents of the American-led war, agreed to relieve Iraq’s debt burden. Actress Madlyn Rhue died in Los Angeles at age 68.

In 1907, 16 U.S. Navy battleships, which came to be known as the “Great White Fleet,” set sail on a 14-month round-theworld voyage to demonstrate American sea power. In 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces in Belgium (the Allies were eventually able to beat the Germans back). In 1951, a Miami Airlines Curtiss C-46 Commando crashed just after takeoff from Newark Airport in New Jersey, killing all 56 people on board.

Ten years ago:

Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama announced his choice of Arne Duncan, the head of the Chicago school system, to be his education secretary. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to authorize nations to conduct land and air attacks on pirate bases on the coast of Somalia. The Cleveland Clinic announced its surgeons had performed the nation’s first near-

total face transplant on a severely disfigured woman. (The woman, Connie Culp, went public with her identity in May 2009.) Police in Hollywood, Fla., closed their investigation into the 1981 abduction-slaying of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, saying a serial killer who’d died more than a decade earlier in prison, Ottis Toole, was responsible.

One year ago: President Barack Obama visited Newtown, Conn., the scene of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre; after meeting privately with victims’ families, the president told an evening vigil he would use “whatever power” he had to prevent future shootings. Two Topeka, Kan., police officers, Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly, were shot to death in a grocery parking lot; the suspected gunman, David Tiscareno, was later killed after an armed standoff. Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory after three years in opposition.

Today’s Birthdays: Civil rights attorney Morris Dees is 77. Actress Joyce Bulifant is 76. Actress Liv Ullmann is 75. CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 72. TV producer Steven Bochco is 70. Former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is 69. Pop musician Tony Hicks (The Hollies) is 68. Pop singer Benny Andersson (ABBA) is 67. Actor Ben Cross is 66. Rock singer-musician Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) is 64. Rock musician Bill Bateman (The Blasters) is 62. Actor Xander Berkeley is 58. Actress Alison LaPlaca is 54. Actor Sam Robards is 52. Actor Jon Tenney is 52. Actor Benjamin Bratt is 50. Country singer-songwriter Jeff Carson is 50. Actor-comedian JB Smoove is 48. Actor Daniel Cosgrove is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Michael McCary is 42. Actor Jonathan Scarfe is 38. Actress Krysten Ritter is 32. Country musician Chris Scruggs is 31. Actress Amanda Setton is 28.



Greenfield man chronicles his life in new book ANITA FRITZ The Recorder GREENFIELD (AP) — Vincent J. Interlande was living what he thought was a “normal” life more than a decade ago, when the bottom fell out and life’s pressures took their toll. Interlande said his 30-year marriage ended around 2000, the father he’d had a somewhat disconnected relationship with for many years died in 2003 and he found himself facing his demons — alone. “The divorce was friendly, but devastating,” said Interlande. “My father and I had just reconnected in a meaningful way and then he died. We didn’t have the time together that I’d hoped for.” The self-taught entrepreneur and contractor-carpenter, who opened Second Hand Rose on Avenue A in Turners Falls in 1998 and closed it in 2003, said he started writing poetry and thoughts about some of the feelings he was having at a time of so many losses. In his new book, “Emotional Transition: A Journey Of The Human Spirit,” Interlande writes about the demons he faced and how he overcame them. He said his hope, and challenge to those who read it, is for people to take a “good look at themselves in the mirror, find out who they really are and what they really want and then figure out where to go in life from there. “Just like I did,” said Interlande. “No one is going to take the same journey or have the same problems as I have had, but there are ways we can all work through our own issues and come out the other side in a better place.” “I’m not Dr. Phil or some leading psychologist, but I’ve used my experiences to help others understand that there’s always going to be darkness in each life, but so, too, will there be light,” he said. Interlande has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The 64-year-old, who was born and raised in Greenfield and raised his daughter Gena and son Ryan in Turners Falls with his now former wife Maureen, said he spent a few years living with and taking care of his mother until she died earlier this year. “It’s been a tough dozen years or so,” he said. “I felt I had to share some of my thoughts with others.” Interlande did just that in his 351-page book. He writes metaphorically about a wolf and a bull elk’s battle and about finding peace. He writes about his complicated relationship with his father, his divorce, and the joy and heartache of raising two children. He writes from birth through today and talks about how every step he and everyone else takes leads to a new horizon. Interlande writes, “My father passed away at 77. At first reflection, I felt that I had cheated us from having a much longer, fuller life together by not coming forward and stepping beyond our differences sooner.” He said a second reflection offered him a less punishing attitude about himself and his relationship with his father. “We sometimes forget to take that second reflection,” he said. “I just wanted to remind people of that.” Interlande said one of the first things he wrote about after his divorce was “shadows in the night.” “All of a sudden ‘things’ started coming out of me, and at me, and it almost always happened when I was alone at night,” said Interlande. “I felt like I was being haunted, but I was doing it to myself.” Interlande said he started writing everything down in a notebook; his feelings, thoughts, observations, everything. He said he had self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence problems. “Those are difficult things to overcome,” said the former teacher.

“I just got to a point where I thought, ‘enough is enough,’ and I knew I had to move on,” he said. “I don’t want people to let life pass them by like I was doing.” Interlande said that, for him, writing was a way to come to some realizations about his life and relationships. “People should at least try to write about their feelings and experiences,” said Interlande. “Sometimes I write and then put it away for a couple of weeks. When I return to it, I might have a completely different perspective.” He said writing can be very cathartic, and he feels like he’s gotten better at it as the years have passed. Interlande said “Emotional Transition” is a product of his personal quest to understand himself and others. A collection of poetry, prose and story, Interlande said he hopes people will read it and become more self-aware, as well as simply enjoy it. “Each step taken along our paths is filled with meaning, purpose and a little mystery and adventure,” said Interlande. “We need to find a way to conquer our demons, rather than become their puppets.” In his poem, “Finding Peace,” Interlande writes, “I often come to this place, when I need to find peace.” He continues by talking about a hidden place in the woods, where nature is excited and he can look down at the city. “This is the place I come, to ease my state of mind. Here is my place to hide, when escaping the clicks of time.” “Everyone needs to feel some peace,” said Interlande. He said he thinks people will enjoy “Emotional Transition” just because so many people in Franklin County know him. Interlande, who self-published the book, said it can be found at Barnes and Noble and on It can also be purchased for e-readers, and Interlande said he’ll be talking with local bookstores to see if they will carry copies. It’s been a tough dozen years or so,” he said. “I felt I had to share some of my thoughts with others.” Interlande did just that in his 351-page book. He writes metaphorically about a wolf and a bull elk’s battle and about finding peace. He writes about his complicated relationship with his father, his divorce, and the joy and heartache of raising two children. He writes from birth through today and talks about how every step he and everyone else takes leads to a new horizon. Interlnad writes, “My father passed away at 77. At first reflection, I felt that I had cheated us from having a much longer, fuller life together by not coming forward and stepping beyond our differences sooner.” He said a second reflection offered him a less punishing attitude about himself and his relationship with his father. “We sometimes forget to take that second reflection,” he said. “I just wanted to remind people of that.” Interlande said one of the first things he wrote about after his divorce was “shadows in the night.” “All of a sudden ‘things’ started coming out of me, and at me, and it almost always happened when I was alone at night,” said Interlande. “I felt like I was being haunted, but I was doing it to myself.” Interlande said he started writing everything down in a notebook; his feelings, thoughts, observations, everything. He said he had self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence problems. “Those are difficult things to overcome,” said the former teacher. “I just got to a point where I thought, ‘enough is enough,’ and I knew I had to move on,” See Greenfield, Page 8

CORRECTION: Due to a production error, this story did not get published in its entirety. The News regrets the error.

Officer resigns, officer hired By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The roster of fulltime police officers was only very briefly diminished when the Westfield Police Commission accepted the resignation of Officer Thomas Cusack at their recent meeting and immediately appointed reserve officer Jason Williams to full time status. Cusack resigned his position with the city department to start working for the State Police. The commissioners considered three reserve officers – Williams, Elijah Wolfe and Andrew Vega. The commissioners had interviewed the reserve officers in depth in July JASON when they were considered for earlier WILLIAMS openings and the commissioners had determined that all three of the candidates were satisfactory applicants for the force. “You’re all number one as far as we’re concerned” said commission chairman Karl W. Hupfer in July when he assured the reserve officers that they still have a future with the department. The candidates considered have been training since their appointment as reserve officers and Williams and Wolfe had completed the part-time police academy and have been eligible to work on the streets with field training officers as needed. Vega only recently completed the part-time academy and is now eligible to work shifts with training officers. The commissioners declared that any of the three would be acceptable for the position and chose the top candidate on the civil service list, Williams. Williams reminded the commissioners that he is a 2006 Westfield High School graduate and continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He said for the past two years he has worked for a local general contractor. When queried by Hupfer about the apparent incongruity in his education, Williams said “I always had an interest in law enforcement my entire life” but said he always said “get your degree, you can always go into something else.” Williams said that he completed the part-time police academy in the fall of 2012 and started his field training with the Westfield department in March. He said that his goal as a police officer would be to become qualified and work as a detective. The commissioners voted unanimously to hire Williams with an appointment date on the first day of the next class at the Municipal Police Training Academy which is expected to begin Feb. 4. Police Chief John Camerota reiterated that the disappointed candidates can still expect a police career as there will be upcoming openings. “Your day is coming” he told them.

Cold Continued from Page 1 water if a pipe bursts. • If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well. Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables. ——— MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Winter Preparedness, go to www. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter. com/MassEMA; Facebook at MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at MassachusettsEMA. Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and messages from MEMA. Easy instructions are available at mema/mobileapp






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MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 SOUTHWICK Board of Selectmen at 5:30 pm Board of Assessors at 5:30 pm Board of Selectmen Public Hearing Community Development Strategy at 6:15 pm

GRANVILLE Monday Night Meetings in Town Hall 7pm-8:30pm Planning Board

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

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

WESTFIELD Park & Rec at 7 pm School Committee at 7 pm

HUNTINGTON Finance Committee

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 WESTFIELD License Commission at 6 pm Commission for Citizens with Disabilities at 6:30 pm Planning Board at 7 pm Public Works at 7 pm

GRANVILLE Council on Aging at 7 pm Fire House at 7 pm

TOLLAND School Committee at 7 pm

SOUTHWICK Planning Board at 7 pm Planning Board Public Hearing - 662 College Hwy at 7:15 pm

BLANDFORD Assessor’s Meeting at 5:30 pm Fire Department Meeting at 6:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 ZBA at 7 pm EMTs at 7 pm


Board of Health Meeting at 6 pm Finance Committee at 7 pm

HUNTINGTON Conservation Commission at 7 pm

Armed Robbers Continued from Page 1 outstanding warrant issued by Springfield District Court. All four suspects are expected to be arraigned this morning in Westfield District Court. Dickinson said this morning that his investigation to date appears to show that Lynch entered the store first to ascertain if any customers were present and then Peabody and Cyr went in and performed the actual robbery. He said that it appears as if Cliche may have been an innocent bystander. “I think he thought he was going for a ‘blunt’ ride” thinking that his companions were going to Westfield to buy marijuana, Dickinson said.


City on-street Snow Parking Ban WESTFIELD — A reminder to motorists that the city of Westfield has a snowstorm on-street parking ban ordinance during plowable snowstorms. • The ordinance states that it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to park such vehicle on any city street from the beginning of a snow storm until after the storm ceases, and the plowing has been completed on the streets, unless such period is extended by order of the mayor or superintendent of public works or their designee. • To assist motorists with compliance of the city’s snowstorm parking ban ordinance, a parking ban will be ordered. Motorists must obey the order and not park on the streets until it is lifted, or until the storm ceases and the plowing has been completed on the street in question, otherwise they will be subject to towing, and a parking violation. • When a snowstorm is anticipated to begin during the night,

motorists who park their vehicles overnight on the street should move their vehicles off the street prior to retiring for the night. • Compliance with the city’s snow parking ban order will permit city streets to be efficiently plowed, and prevent motorists from receiving parking violations. • Motorists may call the following offices for confirmation of an on-street parking ban order: Police Dept. – 413-562-5411 – ext 8 Public Works – 413-572-6267 Parking Clerk – 413-572-6202 – press 2 • Announcement of an on-street parking ban is reported by the following: • Local cable access channel 15 •TV stations WWLP 22, WGGB 40 and CBS 3 • Local radio stations, WMAS, WHYN, WNNZ.




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With eyes on Hillary Clinton, Democrats fight to maintain digital edge By Kenneth P. Vogel President Barack Obama’s team of 20-somethings data gurus gave him a major edge in 2008 and 2012 – and now they’re among the leading players in a quiet struggle for control of the Democratic data market in 2016. The biggest prize, both symbolically and financially, is a spot on the growing team surrounding Obama’s 2008 rival: Hillary Clinton. The 2016 presidential campaign will be Big Data’s biggest proving ground yet. Expect the savviest campaigns and their techies to surpass Obama’s vaunted 2012 effort, where data and analytics influenced everything from which fundraising emails went where and which ads aired when on different cable stations, to which doors got knocked and what the volunteer said when they opened. That the competition to take it to the next level is playing out a year before Clinton or any other serious candidate might enter the 2016 race underscores the increasing importance of the intersection of Big Data and Big Money in American politics. At stake are political clout, corporate branding opportunities and lucrative contracts from unions, super PACs, candidates and party committees planning ambitious new projects. Some of the biggest names and deepest pockets of the Clinton and Obama eras are involved in various digital efforts, including billionaire financier George Soros, Clinton insider Harold Ickes, Google’s Eric Schmidt and former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. Democrats have maintained a clear advantage over Republicans in political technology over the last few years, as Obama’s operation invested in and controlled the Party’s efforts. But the data operation was a major weakness of Clinton’s campaign in 2008, which creates both uncertainty and opportunity. The network of super PACs functioning as a sort of winkand-nod Clinton campaign-in-waiting are at the center of the data tug-of-war. The hub, Ready for Hillary, is working on data initiatives that are unprecedented for a candidate-specific super PAC – let alone one planning for a presidential campaign that’s still two years off. Sources with knowledge of the initiatives describe them to POLITICO as such: 1 – A 50-state voter file that will merge granular historical data for every registered voter in the country with social media and email information being collected by Ready for Hillary. While the super PAC intends to deploy the new database as early as January to mobilize supporters, its real utility would come in building and executing a model of voter coalitions and messages to win a presidential campaign. 2 – A direct mail program that would use Clinton’s likeness and testimonials from high-profile surrogates to raise cash and collect supporter data. It’s expected to launch sometime in the first quarter of 2014, say sources in Democratic direct mail circles. Clinton hasn’t endorsed Ready for Hillary, but it has at least the patina of a Clinton imprimatur, having won the backing of several high-profile Hillaryland insiders. It’s expected that any data it collects would be rented, swapped or sold to Clinton’s campaign, meaning contracts for the projects — especially the voter file work — are being closely watched as a symbolic foot-in-the-door to the 2016 effort. Ready for Hillary declined to comment on the new projects, but Clinton could use all the data help she can get, said Kevin Thurman, who served as Clinton’s deputy internet director in 2008. “Obama took it to the next level and Hillary Clinton didn’t,” Thurman said, noting the Clinton team resisted using her Senate campaign or leadership PAC to begin building a national voter file before she kicked off her presidential campaign. Then, after officially entering the race, her campaign headquarters failed to utilize data effectively in its decision-making process. “She had the potential advantage, but her advisers didn’t take advantage of it,” Thurman said. “So the question for Hillary See Digital Edge, Page 8

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Washington’s horizontal woes By Todd S. Purdum In the late summer of 1791, a 37-year-old former French art student and veteran of the Revolutionary War presented George Washington with his plan for a new American capital on the banks of the Potomac River. “The city must be beautiful, due advantage being taken of the hilly nature of the spot for grand or lovely prospects,” Pierre Charles L’Enfant wrote. Two and a quarter centuries later, L’Enfant’s enduring vision has made Washington perhaps the most horizontal — and certainly the most Parisian — city in the United States, an interlocking grid of elegant avenues in which the Washington Monument and the Capitol Dome dominate the unimpeded grand and lovely vistas that still abound. Today’s capital is a city in which square corners suddenly give way to sharp angles, and straight triumphal thoroughfares are broken up by sinuous, verdant traffic circles dotted with monuments to immortal and forgotten heroes. The whole of it spreads, rain or shine, beneath the wide-open skies and approaching jets at Reagan National Airport. A hot debate is now under way in Congress and the city over whether that should change — at least a bit. Washington will never resemble the canyons of Wall Street, or even the less jagged skylines of Boston, Cleveland, Dallas or Denver. But proposals are afoot that could make the biggest changes in the District of Columbia’s signature low-rise cityscape in more than 100 years. At issue is a century-old federal law that caps the height of all buildings in the city. D.C.’s mayor, Vincent Gray, wants to scrap it, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the powerful House committee with jurisdiction over District affairs, is more than open to the idea. By contrast, the D.C. City Council and the National Capital Planning Commission, which regulates new construction in the city’s historic core, oppose any change in the height limit without further study. In the middle is Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s nonvoting delegate in Congress, who wants to preserve her hometown’s historic character, but is also concerned about economic development. Above all, Norton does not want to jeopardize the city’s hard-won right to govern its own affairs, after decades as a neglected ward of Congress. For most of the late 20th century, with D.C.’s population steadily shrinking in the wake of the 1968 riots, the height limit was not an issue. But since 2005, Washington has been growing at a rapid rate. Construction cranes dot the skyline and the city’s Office of Planning now estimates that projected growth will exceed available capacity by 2030. It contends that the federal Height of Buildings Act, in place in its current form since 1910, arbitrarily limits the height of buildings to 90 feet in residential areas, 130 feet in commercial areas and 160 feet (or about 12 or 13 stories) along some stretches of Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol’s dominant 289-foot dome. But the only really tall buildings in sight of the center city – at 30-odd stories the local equivalent of skyscrapers – are across the Potomac in Virginia, many of them in Rosslyn, an office enclave that is home to POLITICO and roughly comparable to the redoubts of La Defense in Paris or Canary Wharf in London, albeit on a smaller scale. Now the Gray administration proposes to lift the rigid height limits in the city proper, instead basing allowable heights on a ratio of 1:1.25 of street width to building height, meaning a maximum height of 200 feet for buildings on the widest streets of the city center, including, potentially, Pennsylvania Avenue. Critics contend that would create an unattractive mass of bulky structures that would give new meaning to the extant (and unloved) architectural genre known as “D.C. Box,” and would obscure the now-sweeping views of the city’s landmarks from vantage points like Arlington Cemetery. The city counters that no actual changes in height limits would be made “unless and until” the city revises its comprehensive zoning plan, which is effectively subject to approval by the City Council, the Capital Planning Commission and Congress itself. In essence, the city is saying, “Trust us.” For opponents of changing the law, that is precisely the problem, in a city with an unhappy history of municipal mismanagement and official corruption. “They just don’t trust the city,” said Roger Lewis, a noted urban planner and one of the founders of the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, who has called for no changes in the law without a “very fine-grained study” to identify the specific areas of the city where greater height might indeed be desirable. “They feel that it’s not something that you should believe the city will handle responsibly,” Lewis said. “There are always a few corrupt politicians, and the opponents have just demonized developers.” City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has submitted testimony to Congress asserting that “Residents are afraid that of the Height Act is changed now, the city’s unique skyline and human scale will be lost irretrievably.” It was Issa who got the ball rolling last year, commissioning a study by the city and the Capital Planning Commission, which issued their dueling recommendations last month. 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of his oversight committee on the issue in early December, Issa expressed disbelief that the mayor and City Council could not agree on the issue. “I did not expect, for the first time ever, to have people say, ‘Please don’t give me the authority; I can’t be trusted,’” he said. Issa is better known for his relentless probing of the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” gun tracking operation and the botched rollout of Obamacare than for expertise in esthetics or urban planning, though according to the Center for Responsive Politics, real estate interests constitute the secondlargest donor group to his campaign and political action committee in the current election cycle, accounting for some $50,000 out of nearly $2 million total raised so far. But a spokesman for his committee, Ali Ahmad, said Issa was concerned that the Height Act had enshrined “in federal code essentially a zoning ordinance, to the extent that it has locked in what is now a century-old standard.” Tanya Stern, chief of staff for the city’s Planning Office, said the district was eager to rescind the Height Act now because “the critical issue for us is that Chairman Issa is going to be the chairman only through the next year,” owing to the GOP House’s term limits for committee chairs, “and once he’s gone, we have no guarantee that another chairman would be so interested in revising the law.” Pedro Ribeiro, spokesman for Mayor Gray, insisted that the mayor “is not advocating to raise the heights” right away, but to return future control of the question to city government. “I don’t think anybody wants to see the Empire State Building three blocks from the White House,” Ribeiro said. “That’s never going to happen. What we are talking about is who should decide what buildings look like in Cleveland Park and elsewhere in the District. If local government isn’t capable of determining the height of a building, why trust it to handle a police and fire department?” The city contends that the Height Act is an outmoded relic of 19th century fire and safety codes. But preservationists note that the law had a strong esthetic rationale from the start. It was first passed in 1899 after outrage at the recent building of the Cairo Hotel, a “residential skyscraper” of 164 feet near Dupont Circle. The Capital Planning Commission, the joint federal-local body that oversees development in the city’s historic core, insists that the District still has ample room to grow, in part because existing local zoning laws already limit building heights in many neighborhoods below the levels allowed in the Height Act. It says there is no urgency to revise the Height Act without further detailed study of the city’s overall needs. “We agree with the District that there may be some opportunities outside the historic L’Enfant city, but we think there should be some additional planning work done first, before considering changes to the law,” said Marcel Acosta, the commission’s executive director. Delegate Norton has urged the mayor and council to work to resolve their differences. “Considering the strong views of District residents on home-rule, and, candidly, the risk to home rule posed by internal disagreement, I believe that elected officials have an obligation to avoid home-rule division if at all possible,” she said at Issa’s recent hearing. Issa himself has said he, too, wants the city and the Capital Planning Commission to work to resolve their own differences before proceeding with congressional action. “He recognizes that D.C.’s local elected officials need to reach consensus on moving forward,” said his spokesman Ahmad. The city and the planning commission do agree on one point: The height law should be changed to permit occupancy of existing and newly built rooftop penthouses that are now reserved solely for air-conditioning and other mechanical equipment — an issue of particular interest to Issa, who has said publicly that city’s downtown rooftops are an unattractive hodge-podge. L’Enfant would probably not be surprised at the current debate. After all, before he ever undertook his initial design, he declared that while the fledgling Republic did not have the resources to build a grand capital right away, its design should be “drawn on such a scale as to leave room for the aggrandizement and embellishment which the increase of the wealth of the Nation will permit it to pursue at any period, however remote.” L’Enfant did not live to see his vision come true. He was so temperamental and difficult that he did not even get to finish his initial planning of the city, but was instead forced out of his job by Washington and Thomas Jefferson in 1792. He died embittered, impoverished and almost forgotten in 1825. But at the end of the 19th century, as city fathers prepared to celebrate the centennial of D.C.’s founding, they rediscovered the beauty of L’Enfant’s plan, and the subsequent development of the city’s monumental center has been undertaken largely in conformity with his views. In 1909, the remains of this proud veteran of the Revolution were reburied in Arlington National Cemetery. And, appropriately enough, L’Enfant’s gravesite has a sweeping, unbroken view of the elegant, sprawling city he dreamed of at its dawn.


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WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 9:57 a.m.: animal complaint, East Mountain Road, a patrol officer reports he located two dogs running loose in the area of the golf course but was unable to read their tags, the officer reports he transported the two dogs to the municipal animal shelter; 2:27 p.m.: lost property, Southampton Road, a Chicopee resident reports via the online reporting option that she lost her wedding and engagement rings, the report states that the rings were lost between Oct. 28 – Nov. 25 and she believes they may have fallen from her purse in the city after she picked them up from a jeweler who had cleaned them; 2:41 p.m.: larceny, Broad Street, a caller reports people who he allowed to visit him stole his jewelry, the responding officer reports the caller identified two persons who were visiting before he found that a gold chain and a gold ring were missing; 3:19 p.m.: breaking and entering, Pauline Lane, a caller reports two of his unlocked vehicles were entered overnight and property was stolen, the responding officer reports that caller said that an unlocked vehicle in his driveway and an unlocked vehicle in his open garage were entered and CDs and coin were stolen; 6:06 p.m.: breaking and entering, Little River Road, a call reports that a laptop computer was stolen from his home earlier in the day, the responding detective reports entry was made via an unsecure cellar hatchway and the computer is the only thing found to be missing; 6:09 p.m.: disturbance, a 16-year-old caller said that her father had assaulted her by pulling her hair and pushing her to the ground, the girl said that when her stepmother came home she removed her from the home and they are en route to the police station, the responding officer reports criminal complaints are pending; 7:02 p.m.: larceny, Woodland Avenue, a resident came to the station to complain that property was stolen from his home while he was away, the responding officer reports the man identified a possible suspect but had no evidence about who actually stole a rifle and a gold ring; 8:46 p.m.: vandalism, North West Road, a caller reports a small vehicle with a loud exhaust system paused in front of his house and he heard several pops which sounded as if a pellet gun had been discharged, the man said that he then found that a pellet had damaged his front window, the man said the he believes the miscreants were shooting at the inflatable decorations in his yard, a search of the area did not yield a suspect; 9:26 p.m.: violation of a protective order, Holland Avenue a caller reports that the defendant of a recently served protective order continues to violate the order by sending him text messages, the responding officer reports the suspect was found at her home, Cheryl E. Kozaczek, 29, of 80 Woodmont St., was arrested for violation of an abuse prevention order.


Free yoga for teens WESTFIELD - The Westfield Athenaeum is pleased to sponsor a series of yoga classes for boys and girls in grades 6 thru 12. Thanks to a grant from the Shurtleff Children’s Services, Inc., three yoga classes will be offered on Saturday afternoons in December, free of charge. Yoga is beneficial for young adults on many levels. Specifically, it creates stronger bodies and healthier immune systems, improves attention and concentration, enhances self-esteem and emotional stability, and fosters mutual respect and tolerance. Sally Barber, of the Westfield Yoga Center, will teach these free classes at the Westfield Athenaeum, located at 6 Elm Street, from 2-3 p.m. on December 14 and 21. Students of varying abilities are welcome, with the instructor integrating those new to yoga, or students with disabilities, into classes with students who have prior exposure to yoga. Enrollment is through the Children’s Library at the Westfield Athenaeum, either in person or by telephone – (413) 562-6158.

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Chair Yoga for area seniors SOUTHWICK - A new series of chair yoga for seniors is being held on Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Southwick Senior Center for all area seniors. These classes help with mobility, stress reduction, improved breathing as well as strengthening and toning. Please call SSC at 413-569-5498 to register or contact the instructor at 413-569-0444 or visit for questions or concerns.

Yoga Classes MONTGOMERY - Grace Hall Memorial Library is sponsoring yoga classes at the Town Hall, 161 Main Road in Montgomery Wednesday evenings at 6:30. The mixed-level class is taught by Kathy Niedzielski, CYT, of LifeDance Studios in Westfield, and is appropriate for most ability levels. The fee is $10 per class and students should bring their own mats. For more information contact the Library by phone at (413) 862-3894 or via Email at montgomerylibrary@yahoo. com.

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


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Worthington man returns Civil War papers ANDREW AMELINCKX The Berkshire Eagle WORTHINGTON (AP) — The court document ordered tobacco farmer Robert Ashby Jr. to pay the local mercantile 3 pounds he owed, plus a fine of 79 pounds of tobacco. It was dated 1753. And it was issued in Stafford, Va. So how that document and another one dated some 20 years later ended up in an attic in South Worthington in 2005 was puzzling. Dr. George Bresnick was digging through “the proverbial old trunk in the attic” at a neighbor’s South Worthington home when he stumbled across the documents. “They had absolutely nothing to do with the other papers,” said Bresnick, an ophthalmologist who now resides in St. Paul, Minn. “I was confused for a while.” After some research, Bresnick came up with the only reasonable explanation: They were stolen by Union forces from western Massachusetts during the Civil War. And now he plans to return them to where they belong. It was November 1862 and Union forces, including the 37th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which had been mustered in Pittsfield earlier that year, were occupying the town of Stafford, Va., as part of the Fredericksburg campaign. The area around Stafford was overrun by 130,000 Union troops and the once pristine woods were decimated by the force for housing, defensive fortifications and heating. Farmland was torn up, homes were looted, and fences ripped out. The county courthouse in Stafford received similar maltreatment as the locals’ homes — two thirds of the county’s records, which likely dated back to the 1660s, were “burned, stolen or scattered,” Bresnick said. He believes the documents were taken as souvenirs by Pvt. John D. Smith, a West Chesterfield resident who had

enlisted with the 37th and would later be killed during the Battle of The Wilderness in 1864. Bresnick surmises that Smith sent the papers home and they ended up in the trunk in the attic of an old Methodist Episcopal parsonage that had once belonged to a Smith descendent. Back in 2005, Bresnick and his wife were living in the village of South Worthington, across the road from the old parsonage where an elderly woman resided. He helped go through the neighbor’s home after her death and that’s when he discovered the legal documents. They, along with everything else in the house, ended up with an antiques dealer. Bresnick later bought the documents, along with many others related to Chesterfield and Worthington, for $100. Eventually, he came up with a plan to return the documents from whence they came, in order, he said, to “right a wrong.” According to Bresnick, there are both “practical effects” of the loss of Stafford’s courthouse records — the inability to verify a deed on a property before 1862, for instance — and the psychological effect that comes with the loss of written records that help tell the story of Stafford’s history. Bresnick’s plan is two-fold. He was scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., last month to hand over the papers to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, who in a symbolic gesture planned to give the documents to Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va. “For documents that were clearly removed from their place of origin to be returning after more than a hundred years, it’s certainly symbolic,” Neal said. “History has an interest in seeing these artifacts, and I think it speaks well (of Bresnick), who wants to really respect these documents by returning them to the people of Stafford, Va.” Neal, besides being a congressman, is a professor who lectures in history and journalism at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He told The Eagle he was interested in seeing these

documents returned “in the context of their importance to history.” The congressman said that people contact his office on a regular basis “looking to reconnect with things from the past. Sometimes it’s about a memorial, an event or a place. This is something different.” A day after Bresnick’s scheduled meeting with the two congressman he planned to present the documents to Barbara Decatur, the Stafford County clerk of court, at a ceremony at the courthouse in Stafford. The documents will then permanently grace the courthouse walls. “I’m happy (the documents) are going back to their home,” Bresnick said. The two legal documents that were found in an old trunk in South Worthington were believed stolen from the courthouse in Stafford, Va., by Union troops during the Fredricksburg campaign of the Civil War. — The first document, dated 1753, is a court order informing the sheriff of Stafford County to bring a tobacco farmer named Robert Ashby Jr. (c.1720c.1780) to the courthouse for a hearing that May. Ashby owed the mercantile firm of Patrick and William Bogle a little more than 3 pounds, likely from a past due store account. The court ordered Ashby to cough up the 3 pounds along with a hefty court fine of 79 pounds of tobacco. If he didn’t pay, the court could then order Ashby’s personal property sold to pay the debt. — The second document was a promissory note dated Feb. 24, 1776, obligating Joel Reddish (c. 1748-1826), to pay 11 pounds, four shillings, six pence, halfpenny on a loan from James Ritchie & Co. of Glasgow, Scotland. According to Bresnick, Ritchie was one of the “Tobacco Lords” of Glasgow who imported tobacco from the colonies and sold it in Europe. The company was also in the business of loaning money to farmers in order to get their tobacco crop into the ground. Reddish was a Virginia tobacco farmer who had taken a loan out with the company.

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AIG selling aircraft leasing unit in $5.4B deal NEW YORK (AP) — AIG is selling aircraft leasing business International Lease Finance Corp. to AerCap in a cash-andstock deal valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The transaction includes $3 billion in cash and about 97.6 million shares of AerCap Holdings NV. American International Group Inc. said Monday that this is the last major sale of one of its non-core assets. The insurer initially had a deal to sell up to 90 percent of International Lease Finance’s stock to Jumbo Acquisition Ltd., but ended that agreement before striking its deal with AerCap. The transaction is expected to close in 2014’s second quarter. It still needs approval from AerCap shareholders. AIG share rose 42 cents to $50.15 in premarket trading.

Amazon workers in Germany on strike over wages BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of workers at in Germany have walked off the job in an effort to put pressure on the American online retailer in the busy days before Christmas to settle on a new wage agreement. The ver.di union said Monday that several hundred workers were staging one-day warning strikes at Amazon logistics centers in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld and Graben. Ver.di says German workers will also picket with American colleagues outside the Amazon headquarters in Seattle to press their demands. The union says Amazon workers receive lower wages than others in retail and mailorder jobs. Amazon says its distribution warehouses in Germany are logistics centers and employees are already paid on the upper end of what workers in that industry earn. Amazon has about 9,000 fulltime employees in Germany.

In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the new health care law during a White House Youth Summit, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Health law seen as eroding coverage WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year’s congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished website running smoothly is just one of Obama’s challenges, maybe not the biggest. The poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and aren’t looking for any more government help. Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says don’t have to be worried about the president’s historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured. In the survey, nearly half of those with jobbased or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage. Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing. Only 21 percent of those with private coverage said their plan is expanding to cover more types of medical care, though coverage of preventive care at no charge to the patient has been required by the law for the past couple of years. Fourteen percent said coverage for spouses is being restricted or eliminated, and 11 percent said their plan is being discontinued. “Rightly or wrongly, people with private

insurance looking at next year are really worried about what is going to happen,” said Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, who tracks public opinion on health care issues. “The website is not the whole story.” Employers trying to control their health insurance bills have been shifting costs to workers for years, but now those changes are blamed increasingly on “Obamacare” instead of the economy or insurance companies. Political leanings seemed to affect perceptions of eroding coverage, with larger majorities of Republicans and independents saying their coverage will be affected. The White House had hoped that the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment season for the uninsured would become a teaching moment, a showcase of the president’s philosophy that government can help smooth out the rough edges of life in the modern economy for working people. Instead, the dysfunctional website became a parable for Republicans and others skeptical of government. At the same time, a cresting wave of cancellation notices hit millions who buy their policy directly from an insurer. That undercut one of Obama’s central promises — that you can keep the coverage you have if you like it. The White House never clearly communicated the many caveats to that promise. Disapproval of Obama’s handling of health care topped 60 percent in the poll. With the website working better and enrollments picking up, Democrats are hoping negative impressions will quickly fade in the rearview mirror. The poll found that See Health Law Poll, Page 7

Edward Jones ranks no. 1 in National Survey of Financial Advisors Firm takes top spot for 19th time For the 19th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in magazine’s annual survey of the nation’s six largest financial services firms, according to Tim Flynn, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Westfield. The magazine randomly selects financial advisors nationwide and asks them to rank their firms in various categories. Edward Jones’ overall score was 9.5 out of

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The Associated Press The price of oil dipped slightly on Monday as a report on manufacturing in China signaled that a recovery in the world’s No. 2 economy would continue to be uneven. Benchmark U.S. crude for January delivery edged 23 cents lower, or 0.2 percent, to $96.37 a barrel at midday in Asia in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. China’s massive manufacturing sector grew at a slightly slower pace in December, according to a preliminary survey by HSBC. The purchasing managers’ index report found that the growth rate slowed marginally from the month before, though it was still high enough to indicate that China’s economy is continuing to recover since slowing to 7.5 percent growth in the second quarter. Investors were also staying on the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s meeting to decide on whether to maintain its $85 billion in monetary stimulus. Expectations are growing that the Federal Open Market Committee might decide at its meeting, held on Tuesday and Wednesday, to start cutting back on the stimulus following some recent strong U.S. economic data reports and signs of an imminent budget agreement in Congress. Any reduction of stimulus would likely result in a stronger dollar, making commodities priced in the greenback more expensive to foreign buyers, driving down demand. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was up 40 cents to $108.72 a barrel on the ICE exchange in London. In other energy futures trading on the Nymex: — Wholesale gasoline was little changed at $2.6496 a gallon. — Heating oil was little changed at $2.983 gallon — Natural gas dropped 0.1 cents to $4.282 per 1,000 cubic feet.

AP Interview: Cameron sees epic in ‘Avatar’ films NICK PERRY Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — James Cameron says his vision for his three “Avatar” sequels is to create a family epic in the mold of “The Godfather” that will introduce viewers to new cultures and go underwater on his fictional moon Pandora. The director announced Monday he will be filming the sequels in New Zealand, where he shot the triple Academy Awardwinning original. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cameron also talked about life on a New Zealand farm, where he’s growing walnuts and allowing his children to roam. Cameron, 59, said he plans to release the first sequel in 2016, seven years after the release of “Avatar,” which has become the highest-grossing film in history with a box office take of nearly $2.8 billion. He said a core team has been developing new software for the sequels even while he’s been gone on other projects, including 18 months planning a 7-mile descent to the deepest part of the ocean, which he successfully completed last year. “It’s going to be a lot of new imagery and a lot of new environments and creatures across Pandora,” he said. “We’re blowing it out all over the place. At first I thought I was going to take it onto other worlds as well, in the same solar system, but it turned out not to be necessary. I mean the Pandora that we have imagined will be a fantasy land that is going to occupy people for decades to come, the way I see it.” Cameron said the films will explore different Na’vi cultures as well the cultures of other Pandora creatures. “There’s a fair bit of underwater stuff. It’s been inaccurately said that the second film takes place underwater. That’s not true,” he said. “There are underwater scenes and surface-water scenes having to do with indigenous ocean cultures that are distributed across the three films.” He said water is enormously difficult to See Cameron, Page 7





January 2014 Mayor’s Coffee Hour Your Voice – Your City WESTFIELD — Armbrook Village, 551 North Road, will be hosting the upcoming Mayor’s Coffee Hour on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Daniel Knapik would like to invite you to participate in this free meeting. The Mayor would like your participation in the upcoming Coffee Hour by submitting any questions, concerns, or ideas for discussion. He will also provide any updates or news about our great City. Please feel free to submit your questions and to register by calling Pam Bussell at the Chamber office at (413) 568-1618 or email The public is welcome to attend!

Edward Jones Continued from Page 6 between Oct. 7 and Nov. 7, 2013, invitations were emailed to print subscribers and advisors from various firms in the MeridianAIQ database requesting participation in an online survey. By Nov. 7, 2,333 completed responses were received. Financial Advisors rated their current employers on 33 items related to their satisfaction. Ratings are based on a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 representing the highest satisfaction level. Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. Headquartered in St. Louis, Edward Jones ranked No. 8 overall in FORTUNE magazine’s 2013 100 Best Companies to Work For ranking. Visit our website at and our recruiting website at Follow us on Twitter @EdwardJones. Member SIPC. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse Edward Jones products or services.

US lawmakers ask trade czar to stem data threats WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies. Some nations are seeking to tighten the flow of data after reports this fall of the National Security Agency conducting massive information-gathering efforts abroad. Germany has asked European Union officials to consider restrictions that would prevent U.S. companies from processing commercial and personal data from customers in Europe. That could affect the flow of information and hurt U.S. businesses such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Other proposals could affect the development of cloud computing. A bipartisan group of House members — 12 Democrats and six Republicans — has sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, insisting that nations abandon such efforts as a condition of pending trade pacts. “These policies threaten to harm American and international businesses,” the lawmakers said in a letter dated Friday. The letter’s primary

authors were Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Doris Matsui, D-Calif., co-chairs of the Congressional High Tech Caucus. The letter also cited measures ordered by President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil to make the country’s online system more independent from the U.S. and other countries. Asked about the letter, Froman’s office said, “We are confident that we will be able to respect privacy protections on both sides of the Atlantic as we advance our common digital trade agenda.” “The United States and the European Union have one of the most substantial data transfer networks in the world, and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic depend on the ability to transfer data seamlessly across borders to conduct their global business operations,” the trade representative’s office said in a statement. It called the existing U.S.-EU agreement “a vital bridge.” This fall, reports surfaced that the NSA has been monitoring the cell phones of a number of world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Other reports based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor See Data Threats, Page 8

In this undated file film publicity image originally released by 20th Century Fox, the character Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, right, and the character Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington are shown in a scene from, “Avatar.” Director James Cameron says he plans to make three sequels to his 2009 sci-fi blockbuster movie “Avatar” in New Zealand. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, File)

Cameron recreate on a computer, something he’s been talking about with Joe Letteri, the visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital. “I said Joe, you know, there’s a lot of water,” Cameron said. “And he basically said ‘Bring it on. We’re ready.’” He said the first movie focused on the main character, Jake Sully. “It was very Jake-centric. His story seen through his eyes,” Cameron said. “We spread it around quite a bit more as we go forward. It’s really the story of his family, the family that he creates on Pandora. His extended family. So think of it as a family saga like ‘The Godfather.’” Cameron said the theme of sustainability that runs through the

Continued from Page 6 “Avatar” series also extends to his personal life. He and fifth wife Suzy Amis bought a farm about 90 minutes’ drive from Wellington where they spend some of the year with their three children. Cameron said he’s putting in 650 walnut trees. “There’ll also be tree crops, grains, produce, it will be quite a mixed bag,” he said. “But really, I think of it as an experimental station to look at various sustainable agriculture approaches.” A native of Canada, Cameron said the New Zealand farm feels like “closing a loop” after he spent summers on his grandfather’s farm in southern Ontario. “The kids love it here. They love that combination of freedom and

responsibility that you get here because you can run freely,” he said. “There are no predators and snakes and that sort of thing. We just let them go out with a walkie-talkie, and as long as they are back by dinner, we don’t care where they are.” He said he plans to bring his own helicopter from California to help make the commute from the farm to Wellington when he’s working on the movies. Before then, he said, he’ll be throwing a Christmas party for the community around his farm. He said about 95 people turned up last year but he worries that numbers could be down this year because it’s going to be an all-vegan menu, a lifestyle his family recently adopted.

Health Law Poll Continued from Page 6 Democrats still have an edge over Republicans, by 32 percent to 22 percent, when it comes to whom the public trusts to handle health care. But other potential bumps are just ahead for Obama’s law. It is unclear whether everyone who wants and needs coverage by Jan. 1 will be able to get it through the new online insurance markets. Some people who have to switch plans because their policies were canceled may find that their new insurance covers different drugs, or that they have to look for other doctors. In the poll, taken just after the revamped federal website was unveiled, 11 percent of Americans said they or someone in their household had tried to sign up for health insurance in the new marketplaces. Sixty-two percent of those said they or the person in their household ran into problems. About one-fourth of all who tried managed to enroll. Half said they were not able to buy insurance, and the remaining quarter said they weren’t sure. Phyllis Dessel, 63, of Reading, Pa.,

believes she is finally enrolled after 50 attempts online. The retired social worker, a political independent, currently has her own private insurance. When Dessel described her experience, she jokingly asked, “Do you mind if I cry?” Thanks to tax credits available under the law, she was able to save about $100 a month on the monthly premium for her new coverage. But she had to switch carriers because staying with her current insurer would have cost more than she was willing to pay. She hasn’t gotten an invoice yet from her new insurance company. The premiums she found on the new insurance marketplace were “not at all” what she expected, said Dessel. “They were much, much higher.” A supporter of Obama’s overhaul, she believes changes are needed to make the coverage more affordable. “I think with a lot of amendments or updates, it could be very, very helpful and beneficial,” said Dessel. “I know a lot of people who don’t have insurance. My hairdresser, my plumber don’t have insurance and they’re not going to get

it if it’s not affordable.” The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Dec. 5-9 and involved online interviews with 1,367 adults. The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents. The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, a probability-based Internet panel designed to be representative of the U.S. population. Respondents to the survey were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods, and were later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided with the ability to access the Internet at no cost to them. AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius and Associated Press writer Stacy A. Anderson contributed to this report. Online: AP-GfK Poll:

Men face sentencing in $46M RI scam against dying PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge in Rhode Island will be sentencing two men for a $46 million investment fraud that preyed on terminally ill people. Joseph Caramadre (kahrah-MAH’-dray) and Raymour Radhakrishnan (RAY’-mohr rad-ahKRISH’-nahn) are scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Providence after pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy. Caramadre was a prominent Rhode Island lawyer and philanthropist, and

TOWN OF GRANVILLE PUBLIC MEETING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY The Town of Granville will be holding a public meeting to discuss its FY2014 “Community Development Strategy”. The discussion will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM during the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting at the Town Hall Building, 707 Main Rd. The strategy identifies the town’s community development priorities and is used as a supportive document in seeking funds through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Block Grant program. Current priorities include infrastructure and building improvements, recreation opportunities, economic development, social/community services, and housing. The strategy also establishes target areas for grant assistance and prioritizes specific projects for which funding may be sought. Any persons having questions or comments will have an opportunity to be heard. For more information contact Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Deputy Director James M. Mazik at (413) 781-6045. Persons who require special accommodations should contact the Board of Selectmen’s Office at (413) 357-8585.

Radhakrishnan was his employee. Prosecutors say they illegally got personal information from terminally ill people and used it to purchase bonds and annuities that would pay out when a

person died. The strategy drew prominent investors. Prosecutors have asked that Caramadre be sentenced to 10 years in prison and Radhakrishnan to eight.

Caramadre’s lawyers want two years in prison and two in home confinement, while Radhakrishnan has asked to serve one day behind bars.

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Digital Edge Continued from Page 4 Clinton is not who do they hire to do data analytics, because I think the cream will rise to the top. The question will be how central data will be to their efforts, and I think they are going to make it a central point. The Clintons learn from their mistakes.” Ready for Hillary’s voter file project was awarded a couple months ago to NGP-VAN, the dominant Democratic data firm of the Obama era. It provided a national voter file aggregated from all 50 state Democratic parties, and is in the process of merging it with information the super PAC has been collecting through social media and email campaigns. Those were run by a newer firm called Rising Tide Interactive that cut its teeth the last couple years doing online fundraising and advertising for congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. The super PAC’s direct mail project — which also utilizes voter file data — went to the storied Democratic data outfit Catalist, according to sources with knowledge of the plans. Catalist had also sought the voter file project, sources say, and the fact it lost out to NGP-VAN raised eyebrows in tight-knit Democratic data circles, given Catalist’s deep connections to Hillaryland. Catalist is spearheaded by Ickes and financed by wealthy Democratic donors associated with the liberal Democracy Alliance financing network. When it was formed in 2005, Catalist was seen as an effort to lay the groundwork for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and also to wrest control of Democratic voter data from the national party, which at the time was struggling to build its own voter file. Catalist did, in fact, win contracts during the 2008 campaign to provide data-related services to both the Obama and Clinton campaigns, as well as the Democratic National Committee. But, when Obama won the nomination and then the presidency, his political operation, amidst bad blood with Ickes, mostly pushed Catalist to the sidelines. Obama’s team built-up the DNC’s voter file, and assembled reams of its own data and analytics within the Obama campaign, relying on firms like NGP-VAN and Blue State Digital. Some Democrats worried that Obama would be stingy with his data, but his team cast its work as for the good of Democrats, as a whole. It also has undeniably benefited the firms that had a piece of it. “There is a halo effect that, for example, we or Blue State Digital might have seen from having worked on the Obama campaigns,” acknowledged NGP-VAN CEO Stu Trevelyan. And it’s more than just reputation, he said. “Presidential campaigns have big budgets and so they can be a source of innovation and that innovation ends up trickling down through the entire market.” Trevelyan declined to discuss his company’s work for Ready for Hillary, or any other client. But NGP-VAN, which started as a fundraising compliance software company back in the late 1990s, has greatly expanded its offerings and market share during Obama’s presidency. It struck a deal in December 2011 with all 50 state Democratic parties to aggregate their voter files and enhance them with data from another firm called TargetSmart Communications. The resulting mega-database — which is marketed as SmartVAN to campaigns and the growing crop of super PACs and nonprofits seeking to use data analytics to target their efforts — is the one obtained by Ready for Hillary. Showing the range of groups interested in the data, other recently signed SmartVAN customers include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Obama’s post-campaign non-profit Organizing for Action and the nonprofit Obamacare facilitator Enroll America. After the 2012 election, NGP-VAN also snapped up a firm launched by Obama digital alums called NationalField that offers a dashboard interface allowing campaigns and their volunteers to easily access all manner of voter data on mobile devices. The acquisition allowed NGP-VAN to expand its offerings, but was also seen as an effort to preempt potential competition in the increasingly profitable industry. The candidates, unions and super PACs are all willing to spend big for the latest in digital offerings. NGP-VAN has been paid $31 million by various campaigns and committees – including Ready for Hillary, which paid $34,000 for website development – since the beginning of 2007, according to Federal Election Commission filings. In that same time, Catalist has reaped $3.2 million in payments, though neither tally includes the host of outside groups using political data that don’t regularly disclose their financial details to the FEC, such as labor unions, and 501(c)4 non-profit groups like Organizing for Action or those affiliated with the Democracy Alliance. That’s where Catalist does lots of its work, and it’s developed something of a stranglehold on labor’s data contracts. Even that niche is poised to become more competitive, though, with at least one major union said to be considering issuing a request for proposal for a voter-file related contract. As the field has advanced and become more lucrative, an increasing number of firms have rushed in — including Obama 2012 offshoots like Civis Analytics and BlueLabs and also nonpartisan outfits like NationBuilder — blurring the lines between once distinct niches in political technology. Increasingly, firms offer the data, along with the software, web and mobile interfaces and analytics used to process it for voter contact and targeting, advertising, fundraising and even compliance. As 2016 approaches, Catalist has faced questions about whether it’s kept pace with the rapid evolution. Not long after Ready for Hillary settled on NGP-VAN for the voter file project, Catalist announced a long-planned major fundraising push to boost its game, trumpeting a $2.25-million lead investment from Soros, a founding member of the Democracy Alliance. Soros had invested a similar, though slightly smaller, amount during Catalist’s last major fundraising round, back in 2006, when it raised $11 million, and this fall he also pledged $25,000 to Ready for Hillary. Catalist needs the cash to integrate new technology, including social media, into its systems, said Al Dwoskin, a major Democratic donor, who is the second largest investor in Catalist behind Soros. “Doing that work is not cheap,” Dwoskin said.



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Dwoskin has yet to write a check for the latest round of fundraising, but said Catalist benefits — rather than suffers — from its age. “They’ve been at this a little longer and perhaps have more experience with the architecture and data management,” he said. That’s not the sense of author Sasha Issenberg, whose 2012 book “The Victory Lab” is regarded as the definitive take on political data. “Soros Throws Catalist a Lifeline,” Issenberg tweeted after the New York Times reported Soros’s investment. Catalist CEO Laura Quinn said she was puzzled by that assessment. And, while she wouldn’t comment on Ready for Hillary or any other specific clients, she said that generally the Democratic data marketplace is growing. “It’s becoming bigger, healthier,” she said. “We don’t see opportunities shirking. We see it expanding and we see investment not drying up, but accelerating.” Catalist would compete for 2016 presidential data work, Quinn suggested. “There is a big evolution in hand right now, and that’s very natural and normal and the Party goes through this all the time,” she said. The Democratic rivalry in some ways mirrors that which has been raging for the last few years on the right, where various technologists and firms have competed with another – sometimes bitterly – to come up with an answer to close a technology gap with Democrats. The Republican National Committee’s solution was a privatized voter file called Data Trust that in some ways was meant to mirror Catalist. It was to have opened avenues for campaign and parties to benefit from the data enhancements that could be made by deep-pocketed outside groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads, but Data Trust has struggled to achieve lift-off. Centralized, party-blessed voter files are yesterday’s news, asserted John Phillips, CEO of Aristotle, a company that provides data and support services to campaigns and committees on both sides of the aisle — making it a competitor to some of NGP-VAN’s work for Democrats. “The competition is shifting to the data-mining software and the analytics as opposed to just the data itself, because the data is only so valuable,” Philips said. He attributed the shift partly to the decreasing power of the parties in a super PAC age when candidates can field their own operations, and aren’t necessarily eager to align too closely with the parties. “Handing over your secret data to the party is so 2008. In 2014 and 2016, it’s every man for himself,” said Phillips. “You still have one firm or a handful of firms that are the favored firms of the national party, but there is no more monopoly in Democratic voter data.” Obama’s data trove — which includes detailed information about the issue, voting, volunteering, donating and social media proclivities of just about every voter in America— stands as the closest thing to a Democratic master file, and questions about its ultimate fate have loomed over the Democratic data scramble. The list’s keeper, former campaign manager Messina, has ambitious, but still ambiguous, data plans, as do two firms spawned from the campaign to which he maintains close ties, BlueLabs and Civis Analytics, the latter of which was seeded by Google’s Schmidt. Both have done modeling work for campaigns and outside groups, and the DNC has paid BlueLabs $107,000 over the last few months for data services. Messina and other Obama allies debated creating a new private, Catalist-type entity to house the various Obama databases and tools. That could have united the Democratic datasphere by allowing super PACs and campaigns to benefit from one anothers’ data – which is tricky under campaign finance rules – but it

Data Threats Continued from Page 7 Edward Snowden have portrayed agency spying on foreign They are asking Obama’s trade czar to keep the issue promigovernments, companies and tens of millions of telephone calls nently on the table in ongoing talks on two landmark trade in Europe. agreements: with the European Union and with a group of The backlash over the spying could threaten a sweeping free- countries across the Asia-Pacific region. trade pact with the European Union, which is aimed at adding Lawmakers sent the letter a week after a coalition of busiabout $138 billion a year to both regions’ economies. That deal nesses including Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and is one of President Barack Obama’s top trans-Atlantic goals. Microsoft penned its own, asking Obama to curb the surveilThe fallout also could hurt America’s existing trade agree- lance programs. ment with Europe, which generates tens of billions of dollars in Silicon Valley has been fighting in the courts and in trans-Atlantic business annually. Congress for changes that would allow them to disclose more EU officials have said the trust needed for trade negotiations information about the secret government orders they receive. has been shattered. Chinese and Southeast Asian governments Several companies are introducing more encryption technolohave demanded an explanation from U.S. authorities on the gy to shield their users’ data from government spies and other NSA surveillance. prying eyes. The lawmakers are urging Froman “to remind our trading The tech companies are straining to counter any perception partners around the world that all governments and all seg- that they voluntarily give the government access to users’ ments of the economy benefit from cross-border data flows.” email and other sensitive data.

would have threatened the market share of other data and analytics vendors, and raised questions about which candidates and super PACs could use it. Ultimately, they decided to transfer most of the data — except Obama’s vaunted 20-million-address email list — to the DNC. The president’s still-functioning presidential campaign committee will retain possession of that and continue leasing it to the DNC, Organizing for Action and all manner of other groups. The arrangement will allow 2016 Democratic presidential candidates to access most of the Obama datasets, though they’d likely still bring on multiple consulting firms to develop models and interfaces to utilize the data and even contract for their own voter files on top of the data – as anticipated by Ready for Hillary’s plans. There’s room for plenty of firms to do that work, said the donor Dwoskin. But he asserted Catalist is especially wellpositioned in the Clinton 2016 sweepstakes, since it has “some people who have long-term relationships with not only Hillary, but Ready for Hillary. And they certainly will have an opportunity to have a foot in door, just on that alone.” To be sure, one of NGP-VAN’s founders, Nathaniel Pearlman, also has deep ties, having worked as chief technology officer on Clinton’s 2008 campaign. But succeeding in the 2016 Big Data race will be less about learning from 2008, then looking towards 2020, said Dan Wagner, who spearheaded analytics for Obama’s campaigns, and for the Obama DNC, then went on to found Civis. His firm is currently balancing political work – including building an electoral model that helped Ed Markey win a special election for Senate in Massachusetts – with corporate and nonprofit clients, but Wagner said he would jump at the chance to work in the 2016 presidential race. “But the way we’re going to get there is by building the tools and the technology that look beyond 2016,” he said. ”The people who are going to work on 2016, I hope, are the people who are building for 2018. Such that, when we get to 2016, we’re not reinventing – like I did in 2012, like I had to do in 2010, because it was all just a graveyard of technology.” Maggie Haberman contributed to this report.

Greenfield Continued from Page 3 he said. “I don’t want people to let life pass them by like I was doing.” Interlande said that, for him, writing was a way to come to some realizations about his life and relationships. “People should at least try to write about their feelings and experiences,” said Interlande. “Sometimes I write and then put it away for a couple of weeks. When I return to it, I might have a completely different perspective.” He said writing can be very cathartic, and he feels like he’s gotten better at it as the years have passed. Interlande said “Emotional Transition” is a product of his personal quest to understand himself and others. A collection of poetry, prose and story, Interlande said he hopes people will read it and become more self-aware, as well as simply enjoy it. “Each step taken along our paths is filled with meaning, purpose and a little mystery and adventure,” said Interlande. “We need to find a way to conquer our demons, rather than become their puppets.” In his poem, “Finding Peace,” Interlande writes, “I often come to this place, when I need to find peace.” He continues by talking about a hidden place in the woods, where nature is excited and he can look down at the city. “This is the place I come, to ease my state of mind. Here is my place to hide, when escaping the clicks of time.” “Everyone needs to feel some peace,” said Interlande. He said he thinks people will enjoy “Emotional Transition” just because so many people in Franklin County know him. Interlande, who self-published the book, said it can be found at Barnes and Noble and on It can also be purchased for e-readers, and Interlande said he’ll be talking with local bookstores to see if they will carry copies.

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TCNJ tops Owls WESTFIELD – Sophomore forward Bobby Bracket had 20 points and 13 rebounds to rally The College of New Jersey to a 71-66 victory over Westfield State University in non-conference men’s basketball on Saturday, Dec. 14. TCNJ overcame a 38-30 deficit early in the second half to finish the fall semester with a 3-6 record. Westfield, which only shot 24 percent in the second half, is 6-4 at the semester break. The Owls took their first lead, 10-7, on a 3-point basket by junior point guard Robby Jones, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half to stake Westfield to a 36-30 halftime lead. The Owls led by nine points twice in the first half but couldn’t push the lead into double digits. Also playing well for Westfield was junior forward Grant Cooper, who scored nine of his 20 points in the first half. The 6-3 Northampton native grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds. The Owls led by four, 45-41, when TCNJ began to take control. The Lions tied the score at 47-all on a Bracket layup, then took their first lead, 51-49, since the 17:37 mark of the first half on a Brackett lay-in following an offensive rebound with 9:30 remaining. TCNJ scored 10 straight points, capped by Alex Fox’s fourth 3-point basket, to take a 57-49 lead with 7:17 remaining. The Lions led by 11 points, 67-56, with 1:19

Above, Carl Stewart eludes a defender on a drive to the basket. At left, Brian Foley drives the baseline for a reverse layup. (Photos by Mickey Curtis)

when the Owls mounted a late comeback following a seven-minute stretch without making a field goal. Westfield scored six quick points to slice the deficit to five, 67-62, with 47 seconds remaining. After a Fox free throw, Dan Johnson drained a 3-point basket for a 68-65 score with 28 ticks left. But TCNJ made enough free throws in the closing seconds to seal the victory. Westfield only shot 33 percent from the field, 18 percent from 3-point range (4 for 22) and 55 percent from the foul line (16 for 29). Westfield senior center Carl Stewart nearly posted a double-double with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Lions, meanwhile, shot 46 percent from the floor, including 6 for 16 from beyond the arc. Also scoring in double figures was freshman guard Eric Klacik with 10 points.

By Chris Putz Staff Writer The Cathedral Panthers – who have gotten a bit of a facelift on their girls’ ice hockey team with the addition of five Westfield High School players – netted a 1-1 tie their season opener against Algonquin/Hudson Saturday. Cathedral opened the scoring with a first-period goal from Brenna Hoar. Molly Mckeown and Annie D’amario assisted on the play. Algonquin notched the game-tying goal in the second period when Nicolette San Clemente scored on passes from Paige Fournier and Elizabeth Muirhead. Cathedral junior goalie Kaylee Basile (of Westfield) finished with 17 saves. Sasha Barry collected 18 saves in net for Algonquin. Cathedral is in its first year of a co-op with Westfield and Longmeadow high schools. Freshmen Madison and Mackenzie Pelletier, defenseman Brittany Kowalski, also a freshman, and sophomore goalie Lexi Levere, all from Westfield, are expected to play for the Panthers during the 2013-14 season. Cathedral is in the Central-West Hockey League, home to Algonquin and teams from Leominster, Auburn, and Shrewsbury. The Panthers will next take on Leominster at Cyr Arena in Forest Park Saturday at 4 p.m. They also have a home game at Amelia Park Ice Arena in Westfield, Friday, January 3 at 6 p.m. Cathedral hockey’s full schedule can be found online at HS HOCKEY NOTE: The Westfield Bombers hockey team’s season opener against Minnechaug at Amelia was postponed Saturday due to the snowstorm. GIRLS’ HOOPS St. Joe’s 51, St. Mary 18 Llyssa Cramer scored 22 points, and Liz Bean chipped in 12 to lead St. Joe’s. Elizabeth Lincoln and Karissa Foley led St. Mary with five points apiece.

Westfield State downs Plymouth WESTFIELD – Senior Kirsten LaMotte (Amherst, Mass.) won three events to lead the Westfield State University women’s swimming & diving team to a 155-123 victory over Plymouth State University on Saturday, Dec. 14. Westfield concludes the fall semester with a 2-3 record; Plymouth is 1-3.

LaMotte finished first in the 50 breaststroke (32.59), 50 freestyle (26.89) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.34). She also was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team along with Kerry Sullivan, Holly Arel, and Haylee McQuay. Arel was a double winner, placing first in the 100 butterfly (1:05.95) and 50 butterfly (29.74).

Also finishing first were Anna Boucher (50 backstroke, 31.66), Katie Sterpka (one-meter diving, 246.80 points), and McQuay (100 freestyle, 1:00.47). Placing second were: McQuay (50 freestyle, 50 butterfly), Boucher (100 freestyle), and Kerry Sullivan (100 backstroke).

Holly Arel placed first in the 50 butterfly and the 100 butterfly, (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

NFL Roundup: Patriots run out of last-second miracles Complete debacle in the second half.”

The Associated Press The New England Patriots didn’t have one more miracle finish in their repertoire. They came close Sunday, but reserve safety Michael Thomas, playing in his first NFL game, intercepted Tom Brady’s fourthdown pass in the end zone with 2 seconds left and Miami held on to win 24-20, improving its playoff chances. “We came up on the short end of the stick,” said Brady, whose Patriots are 10-4 and two games in front of Miami in the AFC East. “It wasn’t a good day. Just couldn’t make enough plays.” The Patriots have made those plays throughout the season, including in tight victories over Denver, Cleveland, New Orleans, Houston and the New York Jets. This time, it was the Dolphins (8-6) who came through, snapping a seven-game losing streak against New England. Miami is 5-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team in a bullying scandal. “We’ve grown a lot,” Ryan Tannehill said after he threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, including a 14-yarder to Marcus Thigpen with 1:15 left that provided the winning margin. “Each of us has gotten stronger through the adversity we’ve faced off the field and on the field.” Brady went 34 for 55 for 364 yards and two scores. Julian Edelman made 13 catches for 139 yards, and Danny Amendola added 10 receptions for 131 yards. The weekend began with San Diego (7-7) beating Denver (11-3) on Thursday night, 27-20. Monday night’s game has Detroit (7-6) hosting Baltimore (7-6). PACKERS 37, COWBOYS 36 Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge after Tony Romo threw an interception, and Green Bay rallied from 23 points down at halftime. Playing on the same field where they won the 2011 Super Bowl, the visiting Packers (7-6-1) stayed in the NFC North race and matched the 1982 team, which rallied past the Rams after trailing by 23. “Most guys would pack it in: ‘Guys, it’s not our season. Let’s go home and get ready for next year,’” said Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams, who had an interception overturned on review before a clinching pick that was ruled incomplete and reversed on replay. “It’s not that vibe here.” Romo tossed two interceptions in the final three minutes and

VIKINGS 48, EAGLES 30 At Minneapolis, the Eagles (8-6) saw their five-game winning streak snapped, endangering their playoff hopes. Matt Cassel passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the injury-depleted Vikings. With Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart out, Matt Asiata rushed for the first three touchdowns of his career. Greg Jennings caught a career-high 11 passes for 163 yards for the Vikings (4-9-1). Nick Foles threw for 428 yards with three touchdowns and one interception and DeSean Jackson had 10 catches for 195 yards and a score for the Eagles. SEAHAWKS 23, GIANTS 0 Richard Sherman had two interceptions, Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting, triple-effort 2-yard run, and Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals as Seattle (12-2) manhandled the Giants (5-9) for its franchise-record sixth road win. Russell Wilson toyed with New York’s defense, running for 50 yards and throwing for 206 and a touchdown before sitting out the last few minutes. Wilson has 23 wins, the most for a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. The Seahawks, already in the playoffs, are closing in on the NFC West title and their best overall record; they went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Eli Manning was picked off a career-worst five times. The Giants lost top receiver Victor Cruz to a concussion in the fourth quarter. Cruz is 2 yards short of his third straight 1,000yard season. New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) attempts to hold onto the ball as Miami Dolphins’ Michael Thomas (31) defends during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Amendola dropped the ball. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 24-20. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter Carter))

the Cowboys (7-7) blew a chance to pull even with Philadelphia in the NFC East, remaining a game behind with two to play. “We’ve got two weeks to get this thing right,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “Right now, words really have no effect.

49ERS 33, BUCCANEERS 14 At Tampa, the 49ers stayed in range of Seattle in the division as Vernon Davis caught a touchdown pass for the fifth straight game and Michael Crabtree scored his first TD since returning from injury. The victory was the fourth straight for the 49ers (10-4). Phil Dawson kicked four field goals, extending his franchise-record streak of consecutive successful attempts to 24. Mike Glennon was 18 of 34 for 179 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for Tampa Bay (4-10). See NFL Roundup, Page 11

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TUESDAY December 17

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

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY December 18 December 19 WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Chicopee Comp, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ HOOPS at Holyoke, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOOPS at Chicopee Comp, 7 p.m. HOCKEY at South Hadley, Fitzpatrick Arena, 8 p.m.

SWIMMING vs. Palmer, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Amherst, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ HOOPS vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY December 20

SATURDAY December 21

SWIMMING vs. Monson, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Minnechaug, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Minnechaug, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Longmeadow Early Bird Tournament, 9 a.m. HOCKEY vs. Longmeadow, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 6 p.m.


BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Renaissance School, Boland School, 5:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m.

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

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

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 6 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7:30 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Sabis, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Pathfinder Super Quad, 10 a.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Lee, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Lee, 6:30 p.m.


BOYS JV HOOPS at HCCS, Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, 5:30 p.m. BOYS V HOOPS at HCCS, Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, 7 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS V HOOPS vs. PVCS, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. HOCKEY vs. Amherst, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.

HOCKEY at Mt. Everett, Berkshire School, 7 p.m.


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PANTHERS 30, JETS 20 Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown, Captain Munnerlyn had two sacks and returned an interception for a score against the visiting Jets. With New Orleans losing, the Panthers (104) pulled even with the Saints in the NFC South with their rematch set for next Sunday in Charlotte. If Carolina wins its final two games, it will clinch the division and a firstround bye. The Panthers haven’t been to the postseason since 2008. The Jets (6-8) used rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to bulldoze for a 1-yard touchdown run. RAMS 27, SAINTS 16 At St. Louis, Drew Brees threw interceptions that led to touchdowns on New Orleans’ first two possessions. Robert Quinn had two sacks, giving him an NFC-leading 15, and his hit on the Saints’ first snap of the game altered the flight of the ball on T.J. McDonald’s interception. The Saints (10-4) missed their first chance to clinch a playoff berth, trailing 24-3 at the half. The Rams (6-8) recovered an onside kick to set up a field goal, and Michael Brockers blocked a field-goal attempt. CHIEFS 56, RAIDERS 31 At Oakland, Calif., Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game and gained 215 yards from scrimmage as the Chiefs beat the Raiders and clinched at least a wild-card spot. Charles is the first

player in NFL history with at least four touchdown receptions and one touchdown run in a single game. Alex Smith threw five TD passes, going 17 for 20 for 287 yards to make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver, but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series. “Anytime you can be a part of the turnaround, it’s a special feeling,” Smith said. “These guys have worked hard and deserve a ton of credit. It’s special to be a part of this.” Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while sharing time with Terrelle Pryor as Oakland (4-10) allowed the most points in franchise history and lost its fourth straight game. The Raiders had seven turnovers overall. BEARS 38, BROWNS 31 At Cleveland, Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes in his first start since missing four games with a sprained left ankle. His 4-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett with 5:41 left won it for the Bears (8-6), who are alone atop the NFC North pending Monday night’s Baltimore-Detroit game. Michael Bush’s 40-yard TD run with 2:17 left sealed it for the Bears, who completed a four-game sweep of the AFC North. Tashuan Gipson returned an interception 44 yards for a TD and T.J. Ward had a 51-yard TD fumble return for the Browns (4-10).

STEELERS 30, BENGALS 20 At Pittsburgh, Antonio Brown caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt for a score in a 64-second span in the first quarter. Shaun Suisham added three field goals for the Steelers (6-8), who built a 24-point lead and hardly looked like a team playing out the string. Ben Roethlisberger completed 20 of 25 passes for 191 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Andy Dalton completed 25 of 44 for 230 yards and two second-half touchdowns, but Cincinnati (9-5) never recovered after getting staggered early at frigid Heinz Field. But the Bengals still control the AFC South. CARDINALS 37, TITANS 34, OT At Nashville, Tenn., Jay Feely’s 41-yard field goal in overtime won it after Arizona (9-5) blew a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals won their sixth in seven games to remain in the NFC wild-card chase. The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation, with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing two of his four TD passes to Michael Preston. They also recovered an onside kick to set up the tying TD with 10 seconds left. COLTS 25, TEXANS 3 At Indianapolis, Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, and Robert Mathis broke the Colts’ single-season and career sacks records by forcing a second-half safety. Mathis, the NFL sacks leader, has 16½ this season and 108 in his career, breaking the

franchise records held by longtime teammate and close friend Dwight Freeney. The Colts (9-5), owners of the AFC South title, had no trouble against Houston (2-12), which has lost 12 straight overall and is 0-12 all-time in Indy. FALCONS 27, REDSKINS 26 At Atlanta, Desmond Trufant deflected Kirk Cousins’ pass on a 2-point conversion with 18 seconds remaining. Cousins’ touchdown pass to Santana Moss gave Washington a chance to force overtime by kicking the extra point. Instead, Cousins’ attempted pass for Pierre Garcon was deflected by Trufant. Steven Jackson ran for two touchdowns for Atlanta (4-10), which scored 20 points off seven Washington turnovers. The Redskins (3-11) tied a team record with five lost fumbles. Cousins passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns, but had three turnovers in his first start of the season after coach Mike Shanahan benched Robert Griffin III. Steven Jackson ran for two touchdowns for Atlanta. BILLS 27, JAGUARS 20 At Jacksonville, rookie EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score. Manuel bounced back from a fourinterception performance at Tampa Bay last week. The Bills (5-9) scored 10 points in the final 2:14 of the first half. The Jaguars (4-10) rallied to even the score on Chad Henne’s 13-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis.

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Denver at Houston, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 4:05 p.m. Oakland at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. New England at Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 Atlanta at San Francisco, 8:40 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Pittsburgh Boston Montreal Washington Tampa Bay Carolina Detroit Toronto N.Y. Rangers Columbus Philadelphia New Jersey Ottawa Florida N.Y. Islanders Buffalo

GP 34 33 35 33 33 34 35 34 34 33 33 34 34 34 34 33

W 23 22 20 18 19 14 15 17 16 14 14 13 13 12 9 7

Saturday’s Games Minnesota 2, Colorado 1, SO Calgary 2, Buffalo 1, OT Los Angeles 5, Ottawa 2 Dallas 6, Winnipeg 4 Toronto 7, Chicago 3 Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 1

L 10 9 12 12 11 13 11 14 17 15 15 15 15 17 19 23

EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 1 47 105 74 14-3-0 9-7-1 11-4-0 2 46 92 70 13-3-2 9-6-0 9-4-0 3 43 88 75 11-7-2 9-5-1 4-3-1 3 39 105 97 12-7-0 6-5-3 7-4-0 3 41 90 80 12-3-1 7-8-2 9-3-0 7 35 79 94 7-6-4 7-7-3 7-4-0 9 39 89 94 5-8-6 10-3-3 5-5-3 3 37 97 99 11-7-0 6-7-3 4-4-1 1 33 76 91 6-9-1 10-8-0 5-5-1 4 32 85 92 8-7-2 6-8-2 5-5-1 4 32 76 91 8-7-0 6-8-4 5-4-2 6 32 78 85 6-5-3 7-10-3 6-6-1 6 32 96 111 6-9-3 7-6-3 8-2-3 5 29 78 109 7-7-3 5-10-2 3-6-1 6 24 83 118 5-6-6 4-13-0 2-8-3 3 17 55 96 4-12-2 3-11-1 4-9-1 New Jersey 3, Tampa Bay 0 Montreal 1, N.Y. Islanders 0, OT St. Louis 4, Columbus 3, OT Nashville 3, San Jose 2 Carolina 3, Phoenix 1 Vancouver 6, Boston 2

Sunday’s Games Washington 5, Philadelphia 4, SO N.Y. Rangers 4, Calgary 3, SO Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 0 Florida 2, Montreal 1 Chicago 3, Los Angeles 1 Anaheim 3, Edmonton 2

WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 36 24 7 5 53 135 101 12-2-4 12-5-1 7-6-1 Chicago Anaheim 35 23 7 5 51 111 89 13-0-2 10-7-3 7-0-2 Los Angeles 22 8 4 48 94 68 10-4-2 12-4-2 6-3-1 34 St. Louis 31 22 6 3 47 110 73 13-2-2 9-4-1 10-0-1 San Jose 33 20 7 6 46 108 82 11-1-3 9-6-3 9-1-2 Colorado 31 21 9 1 43 88 73 10-5-1 11-4-0 8-3-1 Vancouver 35 20 10 5 45 98 83 10-5-3 10-5-2 5-4-3 Minnesota 35 19 11 5 43 81 81 13-3-2 6-8-3 8-4-1 Phoenix 32 18 9 5 41 104 100 10-3-2 8-6-3 6-5-2 Dallas 31 15 11 5 35 90 93 5-4-4 10-7-1 3-6-3 Nashville 33 16 14 3 35 77 92 8-6-2 8-8-1 6-5-0 34 14 15 5 33 90 100 7-8-4 7-7-1 3-11-3 Winnipeg Calgary 33 13 15 5 31 86 106 6-7-3 7-8-2 4-5-2 Edmonton 35 11 21 3 25 93 120 5-10-1 6-11-2 1-6-2 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Columbus, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Calgary at Boston, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Florida at Toronto, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia,

7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Edmonton at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION d-Indiana d-Miami Atlanta d-Boston Detroit Charlotte Toronto Chicago Washington Cleveland Brooklyn New York Orlando Philadelphia Milwaukee

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf 20 3 .870 — 8-2 W-2 11-0 9-3 14-1 17 6 .739 3 7-3 W-1 10-2 7-4 13-6 12 12 .500 8½ 4-6 L-1 8-4 4-8 9-6 11 14 .440 10 6-4 W-1 6-6 5-8 9-7 11 14 .440 10 5-5 L-1 6-8 5-6 10-5 10 14 .417 10½ 3-7 L-3 6-8 4-6 9-9 9 13 .409 10½ 4-6 W-2 4-7 5-6 6-7 9 13 .409 10½ 3-7 L-1 6-4 3-9 8-8 9 13 .409 10½ 5-5 L-4 6-5 3-8 7-8 9 14 .391 11 5-5 L-1 7-3 2-11 6-11 8 15 .348 12 5-5 L-1 4-6 4-9 4-8 7 16 .304 13 4-6 W-1 4-8 3-8 7-9 7 17 .292 13½ 2-8 L-2 5-6 2-11 5-10 7 18 .280 14 1-9 L-6 6-8 1-10 6-9 5 19 .208 15½ 3-7 L-3 2-10 3-9 5-14

d-division leader Saturday’s Games L.A. Clippers 113, Washington 97 L.A. Lakers 88, Charlotte 85 Miami 114, Cleveland 107 New York 111, Atlanta 106

Toronto 99, Chicago 77 Portland 139, Philadelphia 105 Dallas 106, Milwaukee 93 San Antonio 100, Utah 84 Sunday’s Games Sacramento 106, Houston 91

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Portland 21 4 .840 — 8-2 W-4 10-2 11-2 11-4 d-San Antonio 19 4 .826 1 7-3 W-4 9-2 10-2 10-3 Oklahoma City 19 4 .826 1 9-1 W-6 12-0 7-4 13-4 d-L.A. Clippers 16 9 .640 5 6-4 W-1 8-2 8-7 10-3 Houston 16 9 .640 5 6-4 L-1 10-3 6-6 9-8 Phoenix 14 9 .609 6 7-3 W-5 8-3 6-6 11-7 Denver 14 9 .609 6 7-3 W-1 7-3 7-6 7-7 Dallas 14 10 .583 6½ 5-5 W-1 10-2 4-8 7-8 Golden State 13 12 .520 8 4-6 L-2 7-3 6-9 10-11 Minnesota 12 12 .500 8½ 4-6 W-1 7-4 5-8 5-8 New Orleans 11 11 .500 8½ 5-5 L-1 7-5 4-6 4-9 L.A. Lakers 11 12 .478 9 5-5 W-1 6-6 5-6 6-10 Memphis 10 13 .435 10 3-7 L-3 5-9 5-4 6-10 Sacramento 7 15 .318 12½ 3-7 W-1 5-10 2-5 6-13 Utah 6 20 .231 15½ 4-6 L-1 3-10 3-10 5-15

Minnesota 101, Memphis 93 Portland 111, Detroit 109, OT Oklahoma City 101, Orlando 98 Phoenix 106, Golden State 102 Denver 102, New Orleans 93 Monday’s Games Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games Portland at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Charlotte, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Denver, 9 p.m. New Orleans at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Frustrated Son Dear Annie: I am 14 years old and facing a dilemma. My father isn’t particularly religious, but my mother is a strict Catholic, and my older sister and brother have been confirmed. I have another six months before I am expected to go through the process of confirmation. I do not want to do this. But as the time approaches, my mother has become increasingly forceful on the subject. I do not share my mother’s beliefs, although I do believe in God. My father supports my choice, and I’ve tried to explain it to my mother, but she won’t have any of it. She continues to send me to religious classes, which I consider a complete waste of my time, and it results in some very awkward conversations because I find myself hiding my beliefs. When I once refused to attend the classes, my mother threatened to call my school and have me taken off of student council and the soccer team. I know her stubbornness has other causes, including pleasing family members who are deeply religious and have always resented my father’s agnosticism. But time is running out, and Mom has only become more aggressive. If I resist, there will be huge consequences. I don’t feel I can take part in such an important religious event if I am not fully committed to it. I even talked to Mom about postponing it for a few years, which would be allowed in our diocese, but she rejected that idea. How can I convince her that she is being unreasonable? -Frustrated Son Dear Frustrated: You can’t. Your mother is in panic mode, frightened for your religious future and concerned that her family will disapprove of the way she raised you. Your best bet is to talk to your priest and ask him to intervene. While he is unlikely to support your decision not to be confirmed, he may be able to convince Mom that waiting is in everyone’s best interest, and she is more apt to listen to him. Dear Annie: I am a senior citizen with an issue regarding children who use the restroom without being educated or properly trained in etiquette. I have seen kids standing three feet from the toilet (because they are too short to use the urinal) and spraying the seat. This is not a competition to see how far away you can be and still hit the target. Some parents are concerned about germs and tell their kids not to touch the seat, so you can imagine the messes I have witnessed when using a public restroom. Also, please teach the child to flush after himself. I realize this is a particularly difficult issue for single mothers who can’t go into the men’s room with their sons. Please address this. -- T.S. Dear T.S.: We appreciate your concern, and we hope parents are paying attention. However, we’re fairly certain that most parents already teach their sons how to use the toilet, because they don’t want to clean up a mess at home, either. Public restrooms pose difficulties because opposite-sex parents cannot supervise, and the kids can become either anxious or reckless. But not all accidents are caused by young children. Adults do their share, too. Dear Annie: Your response to “Concerned Cutter in N.Y.” to post a sign in his barbershop saying that cellphone use is prohibited while in the chair is good. I have a better one. There’s an old saying that time is money. It certainly takes more time to cut hair if the patron is chatting on a cellphone. How about posting a sign that says: Haircuts: $30; Haircuts While Using Cellphone: $50 The next time a customer chats, instead of being annoyed, the barber can say, “I just made another $20.” I doubt he would lose customers if he is lighthearted about it. -- Benicia, Calif. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

HINTS FROM HELOISE PET PAL Dear Readers: Nickie C. in Lancaster, Calif., sent in a picture of Bundy, a 2-year-old Lab-chow mix, curled up in his favorite patio chair. Nickie says that Bundy was rescued from the shelter and has become a good walking buddy. To see Bundy’s picture, go to and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise VHS-TAPE RECYCLING Dear Heloise: Will you please reprint your suggestion for what to do with old VHS tapes? -- Marilyn S., Palmyra, Pa. I am happy to reprint it for you and my other readers. This is a wonderful organization, worth cleaning out that closet or drawer filled with old tapes for! Plus, this is a two-for-one hint, one for the employees and one for Mother Earth. Send your VHS tapes to Alternative Community Training. ACT aids people with disabilities by providing employment opportunities along with other services. Employees recycle VHS tapes and other electronic products, such as CDs and DVDs. The address is: Alternative Community Training Inc., 2200 Burlington Street, Columbia, MO 65202. If you have questions, call ACT at 800-359-4607 and say that Heloise sent you. -- Heloise



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013: This year you experience a lot of interpersonal communication. Prioritizing becomes even more important than it has been in the past. You will need to screen your calls often if you are to complete a task or project. If you are single, you have many opportunities to go out. Suitors seem to be everywhere. You are unlikely to commit, but if you do, it will be no sooner than summer. If you are attached, make sure your multifaceted social life does not interfere with your relationship with your significant other. Respect your differences, and everything will be good in your romantic world. GEMINI likes to play devil’s advocate. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


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Springfield family build boomerang business KATHRYN ROY The Springfield Republican SPRINGFIELD (AP) — He hasn’t quit his day job yet, but a Springfield engineer is hoping to grow his grass roots boomerang business. Jeffrey LeBeau, an engineer who started Big Daddy Boomerangs about a year ago, has involved his whole family in his business, with his three sons testing out his new designs and his wife, Kari LeBeau, painting designs on them. Jeffrey LeBeau said he first discovered boomerangs, the curved-shaped lightweight devices that return to the thrower if thrown just right, when he was a teenager. He was in a science museum in Canada when he discovered a book on making boomerangs in the gift shop. “I started dabbling in it, making some cross stick-type boomerangs,” he said. “I got them to work, and shared them with my friends at that time.” He then didn’t pick up a boomerang for years, until he was married with three boys, and wanted to share his love for boomerangs with his children. “My kids (ages 11, 12 and 14) called me ‘Big Daddy’ growing up, so that’s how I got the name for the business,” LeBeau said. “They are my product testers. They’ll help me design different shapes and colors. It’s a family business.” The boys and their mother paint the wooden boomerangs after LeBeau carves them and tests them. “The kids help out with some new ideas for shapes,” he said. Kari LeBeau helps with painting. Big Daddy will create custom paint designs by request for customers. Kari, whose passion is throwing pottery, said she doesn’t love boomerangs quite as much as her husband does, but she enjoys contributing to the artistic aspect of the boomerangs he produces. “I love painting and being a part of that process,” she said. “And he is a great role model for our boys. With every fair, with every order, with every minute he spends in his ‘boom shop,’ he shows our children it’s never too late to chase your passions.” LeBeau’s sport wooden boomerang is made out of Baltic birch plywood. He said it’s a good material for beginner boomerangs, rather than competition level boomerangs, which he hasn’t attempted yet. “I really want to introduce people to the sport,” he said. “Teaching them that they really work — that’s part of the excitement.” LeBeau said a boomerang can be made out of almost any shape. “The key is to have proper ratios of width to length for the wing, he said. “(There’s also) the thickness of the wing and the air foil shape. There is a lot of science to it. ” He said there’s a lot of trial and error. “I’ve had a bunch that don’t work,” he said. “I either abandon it or I re-tool it. But for the models that do work, which give me results I’m happy with, I make a template of. I use power tools, but they’re all hand shaped, unique and different.” In addition to Big Daddy’s wooden boomerangs, LeBeau created a boomerang that folds up and fits in a pocket. “I came up with the idea because I wanted portability,” he

said. “I had a different product line with plastic and I can’t put it in my pocket. I wanted some to carry with me while I’m out hiking, at the beach or at the park.” He envisions the three-wing Pocket Boom as a popular, new, backyard game. “Instead of playing Frisbee or lawn darts, let’s play Pocket Boom,” he said. “You have an instant game ready 16, to go, and you December 2013 don’t have to worry about this thing breaking.” COMMONWEALTH LeBeau has a patent pending on the Pocket Boom. He buys the OF MASSACHUSETTS plastic from Delaware and a company from laser cuts it THE Agawam TRIAL COURT for him. LeBeau and his wife do PROBATE the post-processing of the AND FAMILY wings. He said he tries to use only materials COURT from the U.S.A. Throwing a boomerang takes practice and skill, but LeBeau said he can teach anyone to throwHampden one. He Probate said kids as young as and Family Court 5 or 6 can successfully throw the50Pocket Boom, and kids 10 or State Street 11 can handle the wooden boomerangs. Springfield, MA 01103 “You do need a little athletic (413)748-7758 ability,” he said. “If you can throw a baseball or softball, you can do it. Boomerang is more of Docket No. HD13P2275EA a finesse sport than a muscle sport. It takes practice.” How a thrower holds the boomerang, the way ON theyPETITION throw it and CITATION FORare FORMAL ADJUDICATION the direction and speed of the wind all factors in a boomerang’s performance. of: bdbooms. For now, LeBeau is marketing through hisEstate website, ROGER J. GOGUEN com, on Facebook and Twitter, andDate word of mouth. He’s also of Death: 10/31/2013 attending craft and market fairs. He said he has attended nine all interested persons: such fairs in the past year. PeopleToseem to love the pocket boomerangs. Petition has been filed by: “I’ve sold close to 240 Pocket A Booms, so I know there’s tracGreg J. Heath of Westfield, MA tion there, which prompted me too/w pursue my passion,” Gregory J. Heath he andsaid. KimEventually, he hopes to see his products in independently berly D. Heath of Westfield, MA requesting that the Court owned toy shops, and hopefully, sporting goods stores.


enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition.

In this Nov. 27, 2013 photo, Kari LeBeau paints on a wood surface that will be used to make boomerangs in the shop at Big Daddy Boomerangs in Springfield, Mass. The entire LeBeau family is involved in producing boomerangs for their grassroots business. Boomerangs are curved-shaped lightweight devices that return to the thrower if thrown just right. (AP Photo/Springfield Republican, Mark M. Murray)


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You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this ing. ToE-mail: do so, you or your attorDocket No. HD13P2275EA ney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court CITATION ON PETITION before: 10:00 a.m. on FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION 12/26/2013. This is NOT a hearDecember 16, 2013 0001 Legal Notices ing date, but a deadline by which Estate of: you must file a written appearCOMMONWEALTH OF ROGER J. GOGUEN ance and objection if you object MASSACHUSETTS December 16, 2013 Date of Death: 10/31/2013 to this proceeding. If you fail to THE TRIAL COURT file a timely written appearance PROBATE AND FAMILY TOWN OF MONTGOMERY To all interested persons: and objection followed by an AfCOURT PUBLIC HEARING FOR fidavit of Objections within thirty A Petition has been filed by: (30) days of the return date, ac- Hampden Division PROPERTY TAX Greg J. Heath of Westfield, MA tion may be taken without fur- 50 State Street CLASSIFICATION o/w Gregory J. Heath and Kim- ther notice to you. Springfield, MA 01103 berly D. Heath of Westfield, (413)748-8600 On Thursday, December 19, MA requesting that the Court The estate is being admin2013 at 7:39 p.m. the Board of enter a formal Decree and Or- istered under formal procedure Docket No. HD13P-2365-EA Selectmen will hold a public der of testacy and for such oth- by the Personal Representative hearing to address the issue of er relief as requested in the Peti- under the Massachusetts UniINFORMAL PROBATE tion. allocating the local property form Probate Code without suPUBLICATION NOTICE tax levy among the different pervision by the Court. InventAnd also requesting that: ory and accounts are not reproperty classes for Fiscal Estate of: quired to be filed with the Court, Year 2014. The property RALPH A. MONGEAU Greg J. Heath of Westfield, MA but recipients are entitled to noDate of Death: October 21, classes are residential, como/w Gregory J. Heath and tice regarding the administration 2013 mercial and industrial. Kimbery D. Heath of Westfield, from the Personal RepresentatMA be appointed as Personal ive and can petition the Court in To all persons interested in the Representative(s) of said estate any matter relating to the estate, above captioned estate, by Petito serve Without Surety on the including distribution of assets tion of Gerald A. Mongeau of and expenses of administration. Westfield, MA; Kenneth M. In this Nov. 27, 2013 photo, Jeff and Kari LeBeau holds some bond. of the boomerangs they make for their grassroots business, You have the right to obtain a WITNESS, Hon. Anne M Geoffri- Curran of West Springfield, 0110 Lost & Found MA a Will has been admitted to Big Daddy Boomerangs in Springfield, Mass. The whole fam- copy of the Petition from the Pe- on, First Justice of this Court. informal probate. $500. REWARD. Lost cat. "Nowily is involved in producing the boomerangs, which are titioner or at the Court. You have elle" black with white striped a right to object to this proceedDate: December 02, 2013 curved-shaped lightweight devices that return to the thrower Gerald A. Mongeau of West- nose, white paws and white bib. ing. To do so, you or your attorfield, MA; Kenneth M. Curran Needs daily insulin. Call, text, if thrown just right. (AP Photo/Springfield Republican, Mark M. ney must file a written appearSuzanne T. Seguin of West Springfield, MA have email Karen, (413) 478-3040. Murray) ance and objection at this Court Register of Probate been informally appointed as the anybefore: 10:00 a.m. on Personal Representatives of the time. 12/26/2013. This is NOT a hearestate to serve without surety on ing date, but a deadline by which the bond. you must file a written appear0115 Announcements ance and objection if you object The estate is being adminto this proceeding. If you fail to istered under informal procedfile a timely written appearance ure by the Personal RepresentCompliments stir mushrooms, and objection followed by an AfCLASSIFIED ative under the Massachusetts of Barb Steuer green pepper in butter for fidavit of Objections within thirty ADVERTISING Uniform Probate Code without 1 can ( 6 oz.) sliced mush- about 5 minutes. (30) days of the return date, acsupervision by the Court. 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ROOMMATE WANTED to HUNTINGTON 1 room with share mobile home. Please 0410 Mobile Homes heat, hot water, cable TV, air call for more information conditioning included. Refrigera- (413)562-2380. DASAP Mobile Home Sales tor and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197. (413)593-9961. We Sell, fin0360 Condo For Rent ance, and appraise all homes. LARGE FURNISHED ROOM. Private sales and brokers welParking, bus route, walking dis- CONDO FOR RENT, Westfield, come. Rates from 8.25%-20 t a n c e t o a l l a m e n i t i e s . 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 baths with full year terms. $120/weekly. Responsible ma- basement. $975/month plus deture male preferred. Non- posits. Owner/ broker, smoker. (413)348-5070. 413-374-4461

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

LAMPS REPAIRED AND REBUILT. Free pickup and delivery for seniors. Call (413)568-2339.

Business & Professional Services •




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

MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years experience. Insured, reasonable prices. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625.

WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. Flooring/Floor Sanding (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in busi- A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDness. ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) 569-3066. Chimney Sweeps HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706.


Gutter Cleaning RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED, REPAIRED. Antennas removed, chimneys repaired and chimney caps installed. Roof leaks repaired, vent areas sealed. Sr. citizen discount. Insured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson Services. (413)596-8859 before 9p.m.

COMPUTER HELP AVAILABLE. In home training. Network setup, data re- GUTTER CLEANING. Get then clean covery and much more. For more infor- ed before the FREEZE!! Clean, flush and check for leaks. Call Matt mation call John (413)568-5928. (413)777-8381.


T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesHauling sional drywall at amateur prices. Our ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, 8971. Free estimates. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. KINGER PAINT & DRYWALL. Interior, exterior, ceiling repair, drywall A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. damage, cabinet refinishing, specialFurniture, trash, appliances. Full house izing in textured ceilings. Fully incleanouts, basements, attics, yards. sured. Call (413)579-4396. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Electrician Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior dis- count. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Home Improvement 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 DEICING CABLES INSTALLED. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Licensed and fully insured. Call Stuart Richter (413)297-5858.

C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years (413)262-9314. experience. Electrical installations, emergency service work. Generac portable or whole house generator installations. HVAC controls and en- BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REadditions, ergy saving green technology up- MODELING.Kitchens, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, regrades. Fully insured. All calls an- liable service, free estimates. Mass swered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. Registered #106263, licensed & in(413)214-4149. sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

Home Improvement DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973.

Home Maintenance


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

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

House Painting COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ doors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Joe (413)454-8998.

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 568-9731. No job too small !! At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We’re your color specialists! Fall season is in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including painting and staining log homes. Call (413)230-8141.

DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. ACCEPTING NEW RESIDENTIAL PLOWING CUSTOMERS FOR SOUTHWICK ONLY. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. A NEW LOOK FOR FALL. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallCall GARY DELCAMP (413)569-3733. papering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and decorating advice. (413)564-0223, (413)626-8880. TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLadditions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, PAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, siding, windows, decks, porches, sun- low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & rooms, garages. License #069144. MA Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call (413)386-3293. Tom (413)568-7036.

Landscaping/Lawn Care

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

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

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

ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mow- Tree Service PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, All your carpentry needs. Remodeling mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land specialty. Additions, garages, decks, for Mel (413)579-1407. Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log siding. Finish trim, window replaceTruck Loads. (413)569-6104. ment. Kitchens designed by Prestige. (413)386-4606. AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. ProfesLEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF REMOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for your free Quote today! You rake um' & Leaf the rest to us. Residential and Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our website at for all of our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. (413)569-3472.

RICHTER HOME Building & Remodeling. Specializing in home improvement services. Roofs, windows, doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an es- removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate timate (413)519-9838. Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

sional fertilizing, planting, pruning, cabling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 5690469. CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert tree removal. Prompt estimates. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.

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

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