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Northamptom crash kills Westfield man By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A city man died Friday afternoon in an automotive crash in Northampton. Charles “Carl” Pierce, 84, of Westfield had been operating a vehicle in Northampton on North King Street Friday when it was struck on the driver’s side by a pickup truck, a spokesperson from the Northwestern District

Attorney’s office reported this morning. The operators of both the vehicles were alone at the time of the crash and both were transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where Pierce was pronounced dead. The other operator, who was not identified, was reportedly treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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Westfield nurse accused of stealing nearly $10k Brian Barnes, manager of Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, left, checks one of the runway lights along the new $15.6 million 9,000-foot runway with Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik, center, and City Advancement Officer Jeffrey Daley during a tour this fall. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

Projects improve airport By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A number of significant projects are improving Barnes Regional Airport, making it safer and more desirable for further development in both aviation and industry. A major airport improvement project, at a cost of $16.7 million, was the rehabilitation of the main runway, 2-20, which was completed in the late fall. A dedication ceremony with airport, city and state officials was held on Nov. 25. “To be able to pull off a new runway in this economy is amazing,” Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said. “All of the pieces of the airport puzzle are coming together, and better days

are ahead.” Airport Commission Chairman Joe Mitchell said the runway rehabilitation project was a truly collaborative undertaking involving city, state and federal agencies. “It was made up of a combination of funding from the City of Westfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the National Guard Bureau, and the Federal Aviation Administration,” said Mitchell, before adding that the final price tag was four million less than the $20 million estimate of the project. “This project will maintain the viability of this airport, the economy it supports, and the city, for the next 50 years,” Mitchell said. “I’ll See Airport, Page 3

City scrambles to regulate medical marijuana By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD- The City Council voted to impose a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in the city at its June 6 meeting and must adopt local legislation to regulate that new industry by May 1, 2014 or until a local ordinance is put into place. The citizens of the Commonwealth approved a referendum to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and the law went into effect in January, before the state Department of Health could provide regulations to control

establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries, marijuana growing facilities and other aspects of the new law. The city cannot ban those facilities outright, but it can identify certain zoning districts and establish other requirements, such as 1,000foot buffers from churches, schools and other institutions. The Planning Board has been working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to develop appropriate zoning regulations. Board See Marijuana, Page 3

By BOB DUNN @BDGazette NORTHAMPTON — A former visiting nurse faces charges after police say she stole nearly $9,800 from an 85-year-old woman she was caring for in Easthampton — and may have used some of the money to pay for a funeral and an abortion. Tanya A. Redick, 34, of Westfield, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Tuesday to charges of larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled and larceny over $250 by a single scheme. Police accuse Redick of using an ATM card belonging to the Easthampton woman in her care to make withdrawals totalling about $9,473 and of taking another $350 in cash from the woman, according to court records. Police said Redick admitted she used some of the money to cover funeral expenses for a friend and to pay for an abortion. According to court records, the victim’s son, who has access to his mother’s account and lives in Texas, noticed some unusual withdrawals from the account beginning in August and continuing through early November. Easthampton police investigated the unauthorized withdrawals and interviewed the victim and her son as well as Commonwealth Registry of Nurses, the agency that employed Redick. The registry is represented by attorney Alfred Chamberland of Easthampton who said in over 25 years of serving clients in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties, this is the first time allegations like this have been made against one of its nurses. Chamberland said when the registry learned of the investigation, it provided all documents and information requested by police. As the investigation continued, Redick was suspended Nov. 30 and was not allowed to interact with any of the agency’s clients, including the victim, Chamberland said. Chamberland said when the registry learned the police had enough evidence to bring charges, the decision was made to fire Redick. According to court records, Redick was one of five nurses from the registry who

visited the victim in two-hour shifts, but the only one with access to her ATM card. According to court files, the other nurses told the victim they weren’t allowed to handle finances for their patients, and a representative from the registry confirmed that policy with police. Redick told police she was aware of the policy but agreed to make some withdrawals for the victim at her request because she “felt bad for her,” according to court records. Police said at first Redick told them she made withdrawals but only at the victim’s request and only for the amounts she asked for with receipts for each of them. Redick said the victim asked her to make large withdrawals every month between $1,000 and $1,500, according to court papers. The victim’s son told police that amount went far beyond the cash his mother needs for monthly out-of-pocket expenses. The victim’s son said, based on bank statements before Redick started working with his mother, ATM withdrawals were typically between $100 and $150 and only about once or twice a month. Out of 43 transactions between Aug. 19 and Dec. 1, the victim told police she only authorized Redick to make five of those, totalling $1,450. The remaining 38 withdrawals total $9,473 and were not approved by the victim, police said. Most of the suspicious withdrawals were from ATMs and banks in Easthampton, but several were made in Westfield and one was made in Worcester, according to court records. Also, the victim reported to police that Redick took $350 in cash from a plastic bin where valuables were kept when Redick thought she was sleeping. Redick told police she believed she went to the ATM between 20 and 30 times and estimated the amount of money she took between $800 and $1,000. Redick was released on $250 cash bail and is due back in court Feb. 14 for a pre-trial hearing. ——— Bob Dunn can be reached at

Westfield Police report robberies top year in crime By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – City police have worked diligently in 2013 and, with their many successes during the year, the thin blue line protecting the city is holding. The police face a variety of crime, both overt and hidden, much of it driven by heroin addiction, alcohol abuse or simple human frailties. Much of the crime city police deal with involves larcenies and police report that the vast majority of those crimes are committed by drug addicts who have a never-ending need for cash to supply their habit.

“These B&Es to car, B&Es to houses have underlying issues with drugs,” Capt Hipolito Nunez said. Det. Sgt. Stephen K. Dickinson agrees. He said that many officers can clearly see the progression that addicts take in their efforts to fund their addictions. Both officers agree that usually an addict will exhaust his or her own money and then start stealing from family members. “A lot of them begin with prescription drugs,” he said, “taking them from family members” before they start to buy heroin. When they exhaust their own money, Nunez said, they begin stealing from their relatives

both tangible items which can be sold, like jewelry and electronics, and the intangibles that allow for identity theft. When addicts can no longer steal from their families, they often turn to crimes against others by breaking into cars and houses to take property they can sell to buy drugs. “B&Es seem to be increasing” Nunez said “but our clearance rate is relatively high.” 2013 saw a large number of break-ins to houses but Dickinson and the detectives under his command were able to clear at least 41 cases since the beginning of the year. Dickinson said that the investigators found that three teams of burglars – usually an active

thief who actually enters residences and a driver who drops him of and picks him up – were responsible for the vast majority of the house breaks. The common element among the teams of house breakers is that all three were apparently using the proceeds to buy heroin. Dickinson explained that the vast majority of heroin used in the city is purchased elsewhere, usually in Holyoke, because there are believed to be no large scale heroin dealers in the city. A narcotics detective has said that, if he had See Year in Crime, Page 5

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Tom Rockwal, left, a master barber and owner of County Barber on School Street in Westfield, holds a 13-inch ponytail he removed from his brother-in-law John Pitoniac during a retirement party for Rockwal Saturday. Pitoniac will be donating the hair piece to the Locks of Love organization. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Mark Rockwal relaxes in a barber chair as his father Tom, master barber and owner of County Barber on School Street in Westfield, celebrated his retirement after over 40 years of cutting hair with a family reunion, background, at the shop Saturday. Rockwal closed his doors after 35 years at the same location. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

After 46 years of “cleaning up” the men and boys of Westfield, Tom Rockwal is retiring today! He gave countless haircuts while teasing all who entered, squirting water at any lady who dared to trespass, and dishing out a dose of all around good fun. Tom, affectionately referred to as “the Butcher”, will be sorely missed by all - especially the children who will miss the lollipops and Tooties Rolls. No one can ever take his place in quite the same way. Good luck and congratulations Tom! Above, Tom giving his very first haircut in his own shop to his father-in-law (Francis McEwan) back in 1967. (Photo submitted)

Tom Rockwal, seated, master barber and owner of County Barber on School Street in Westfield, is surrounded by family members after Rockwal announced his retirement Saturday. Rockwal graduated from barber school in Hartford and has been cutting hair for more than 40 years with the last 35 years at the School Street location in Westfield. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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Animals, hermits among odd 2013 New England news BOSTON (AP) — A mysteriously pregnant anteater, a farmer who feeds beer to his turkeys and a man charged with disorderly conduct for whistling loudly as he strolled around town were among the more unusual stories that made headlines in New England in 2013. Here’s a look at some of the odd things that happened in the past year: — As always, there were plenty of tales of animals — and their owners — doing strange things. At the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn., an anteater named Armani gave birth even though her male counterpart had been removed from her pen long before her six-month gestation period would have begun. Also in Connecticut, a debate over whether horses should be classified as a naturally vicious species went all the way to the state Supreme Court after a horse named Scuppy bit a boy in the face. A Henniker, N.H., farmer named Joe

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Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2013. There is one day left in the year.


n Dec. 30, 1813, British troops burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

On this date:

In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase. In 1860, 10 days after South Carolina seceded from the Union, the state militia seized the United States Arsenal in Charleston. In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago. In 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.) In 1940, California’s first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened by Gov. Culbert L. Olson. In 1948, the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate” opened on Broadway. In 1965, Ferdinand Marcos was inaugurated for his first term as president of the Philippines.

In 1972, the United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam. In 1993, Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize each other. Hollywood agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar died in Beverly Hills, Calif. at age 86. In 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees. (John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he died in prison, an apparent suicide.) In 2006, Iraqis awoke to news that Saddam Hussein had been hanged; victims of his three decades of autocratic rule took to the streets to celebrate.

Ten years ago: The Bush administration announced it was banning the sale of ephedra, and urged consumers to immediately stop using the herbal stimulant linked to 155 deaths and dozens of heart attacks and strokes. Author John Gregory Dunne died in New York City at age 71.

Five years ago:

A defiant Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) named former state Attorney General Roland Burris to Barack Obama’s Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor’s opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate’s only black member. (Burris was sworn in as a U.S. senator the following month.) Israeli aircraft kept up a relentless string of attacks on Hamas-ruled Gaza, smashing a government complex, security installations and the home of a top militant commander. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law extending presidential terms from four years to six.

One year ago:

Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders in Connecticut as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama, in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. A bus crashed on an icy Oregon highway, killing nine passengers and injuring almost 40 on Interstate 84 east of Pendleton.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Joseph Bologna is 79. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 79. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 78. Actor Jack Riley is 78. Folk singer Noel Paul Stookey is 76. TV director James Burrows is 73. Actor Fred Ward is 71. Singer-musician Michael Nesmith is 71. Actress Concetta Tomei is 68. Singer Patti Smith is 67. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 66. TV personality Meredith Vieira is 60. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is 58. Actress Patricia Kalember is 57. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 57. “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer is 56. Actresscomedian Tracey Ullman is 54. Rock musician Rob Hotchkiss is 53. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 52. Sprinter Ben Johnson is 52. Actor George Newbern is 50. Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) is 44. Rock musician Byron McMackin (Pennywise) is 44. Actress Meredith Monroe is 44. Actor Daniel Sunjata is 42. Actress Maureen Flannigan is 41. Actor Jason Behr is 40. Golfer Tiger Woods is 38. TV personality-boxer Laila Ali is 36. Actress Lucy Punch is 36. Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is 35. Actress Eliza Dushku is 33. Rock musician Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s) is 33. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 31. Folk-rock singer-musician Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) is 31. NBA player LeBron James is 29. Pop-rock singer Ellie Goulding is 27. Pop-rock musician Jamie Follese (Hot Chelle (shel) Rae) is 22.



Dial-a-Ride available for revelers SPRINGFIELD – The United Way of Pioneer Valley is once again teaming up with Yellow Cab Company of Springfield, Williams Distributing, and Rock 102/ Lazer99.3 to offer the Dial-A-Ride program for Pioneer Valley residents to get a free cab ride home on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2013. The program begins on New Year’s Eve at 8:00 p.m. and continues through 6:00 a.m. on New Years Day. During these hours, Yellow Cab will offer a free ride home to anyone in their service area. The Yellow Cab number is 739-9999. “Our goal each year is to provide an opportunity for Pioneer Valley residents to get home safely on New Year’s Eve,” said Andrea Gauvin, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the United Way of Pioneer Valley. “Operating a vehicle under the influence can change your life and the lives of the people that you love this holiday season. It’s not worth the risk. We want people to know that they have an option.” The Dial-A-Ride program seeks to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents

in the Pioneer Valley during the New Years holiday, encouraging residents to make the right choice and get home responsibly. According to the Yellow Cab Company, the number of rides given fluctuates from year to year. “We do it to give back to the community,” said Kamyar Rahmani-Kia, operations manager at Yellow Cab. “Some years are busier than others, but if we give just one ride home its worth it.” For the past 33 years, the United Way has partnered with Pioneer Valley businesses to coordinate the program. Besides Yellow Cab, Rock 102 helps with publicity and Williams Distributing distributes promotional materials to hundreds of their customers. Hundreds of local restaurants, bars, and package stores will place publicity posters in their establishments. During these hours the Yellow Cab Company of Springfield will give a free ride home to anyone in the Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby area to the home address on their valid Massachusetts ID. The number to call is (413) 739-9999.

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Way, and a segment of Old Stage Way. City Advancement Officer Jeff Daley said the current road does not conform to the city’s Visit, zoning requirements for an industrial park road. call Amelia Park Children’s Museum at 413-572-4014 Daley, who also serves as the executive or email director of the Westfield Redevelopment Authority which is overseeing the development of an 80-acre industrial park along Airport Industrial Road. The Airport Industrial Road bisects that 80 acres, with roughly 40 acres to the east and to the west of the reconstructed roadway. Daley said that half of the west parcel, 20 acres, will have direct access to the airport and is being reserved for aviation related business. The City Council recently approved two long-term leases, one for a new restaurant in the Barnes administrative and terminal building, the other, a 50-year lease for five dilapidated hangers which will be rehabilitated by Whip City Aviation LLC which also plans to construct additional general aviation and/or If you would like to run a corporate jet hangers. O TURN H Birthday Announcement in Daley said at the Dec. 19 council session that the repairs and maintenance made by The Westfield News contact Whip City Aviation to the T hangars is subus at: 413-562-4181 stantial cost avoidance for the city which has owned, but not maintained, the deteriorating facilities. Daley said the estimated hangar repair cost, at a minimum, is $313,000. “If we did (the repair) ourselves, the cost would be much higher because the city would have to use prevailing wages for that work,” Continued from Page 1 Daley said. “They are taking assets off our hands that we can’t maintain. members continued a disThe work group has sub“And there will be an investment of $800,000 cussion on the proposed city mitted a number of questions over the next 10 years to build two new hanordinance to regulate medical to the state Attorney General’s gars,” Daley said. “Over $1.1 million will be marijuana dispensaries, culti- office for clarification as it invested to make Barnes a better airport.” vation and process facilities develops a model ordinance. HAPPY BIRTHDAY with City Planner Jay Vinskey. Vinskey said the model JENN PARKER! Vinskey, who is a member ordinance, as amended localof the working group formed ly, will regulate the square through the Pioneer Valley footage of the dispensaries, December 17 meeting which Planning Commission between 2,000 and 4,000 was cancelled because of (PVPC), said the goal of the square feet, of cultivation and snow. Vinskey said that the PVPC group is to produce a process centers, hours of issue will be included on the boilerplate of an ordinance operation, and siting of those January agenda and may which can be amended by facilities. The proposed ordi- require two sessions before local officials to address spe- nance will define the mechan- the Planning Board votes on A Subscription to the cific language requirements ics of zoning, the where and the proposed legislation and concerns. what of those facilities. which will then be referred to provides a daily visit keeping you up-to-date on The work group includes The Planning Board was the City Council for its review, local events, government, sports, and interesting the communities of Amherst, slated to begin its formal and eventually, approval Holland, Holyoke, Westfield review of the medical mari- before May 1 when the morapeople ... Or, send a gift subscription to a and Easthampton. juana ordinance at its torium expires.

be dead and gone when they see the first cracks in this runway.” “About 6,700 feet of the runway is concrete,” Mitchell said. “The rest is asphalt.” The concrete is located at both the north and south ends of the runway where the F-15 fighter jets assigned to the Massachusetts National Guard 104th Fighter Wing, which typically take off with afterburners, rotate upward. The rotation and the afterburner blast had shredded the old asphalt runway, creating foreign object debris (FOB) that could cause damage to the multimillion fighters and corporate jets. The added length of the runway is necessary, Mitchell said, because while several thousand feet are needed for a jet to take off, in the event of a malfunction, additional space is needed to ensure it can safely return to the ground. “If you lose an engine, you need about 5,000 feet to stop,” said Mitchell, who formerly served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. There were several other infrastructure improvements at Barnes including reconstruction of the access road to businesses along the east side of the airport, of which Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation of Savannah, Ga., is the largest. Gulfstream recently completed a $23 million expansion project that more than doubled their maintenance capacity. The new 125,000-square foot hanger facility has the capability of housing larger aircraft undergoing maintenance at the Barnes Regional Airport-based facility. The city was awarded a $2 million state economic development grant to reconstruct, and realign, Airport Industrial Road through the Massworks Infrastructure Program. The former access road between North Road and Elise Street was a hodgepodge of street fragments, including two segments of Apremont


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August 27 Good morning. Driving through downtown Westfield I looked at the Stella Dora flowers. There’s got to be hundreds of them. Each and every flower has four, five, six, seven buds. What did you do to make them so lively, still alive, because all of mine are already budded to a green thing and no flowers? Help me by telling us. What’s your secret? August 23 So does anybody agree with Mayor Snarnoff of Springfield agreement that he doesn’t want any more refugees in his city? Do you think Westfield should start that? August 21 Do you have an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, someone you used to work with, a lonely senior citizen or a family member who has moved away? Drop a note in the mail to say, “I thought of you today. Hope you are doing well.” It doesn’t cost much and it will make their day.

A look at 2013’s more ‘memorable’ PulseLine comments ... December 11 How ya doin? I’m narrating for my boss who reads my newspaper every day, and he wonders why I buy this rag. When you spent a page and a half talking about two brothers from years ago, and then, you flip and you get to the police log, and then it goes to the court log, which is the police log written all over again. So, my boss is wondering why I buy this rag and why you guys do this stuff. Looking forward to your response. Rag? Gee, thanks for the kind words. If you’d care to better understand why close to 50 local people work hard every day to get you this paper, give our owner, Patrick Berry, a call and he will gladly speak with you about it. He can be reached at 562-4181 ext 101. - See more at: December 10 Yes, I was reading my Saturday’s paper tonight and I see that DOMUS, Inc. got more money to open another building for teenagers. What’s it going to be, a big party house? December 4 One of my pet peeves in the city of Westfield is sending fire apparatus, now its ambulances, to people who have locked themselves out of their car. I cannot believe that the Westfield News wouldn’t make a comment about this when I’ve called in before. Do you think it’s economically viable to send a fire truck with two men on it to unlock somebody’s car? How about handing them a AAA application? Unbelievable! Now an ambulance sent to unlock people’s vehicles. Where’s the sense in this? When it comes time for a new vehicle I’m sure we’ll bond for a fire apparatus so we can do lockouts. Unreal! And while I’m at a stuttering rant, I can’t even get a clear conscious thought out of my squash I cannot believe we’re spending $175,000 of Community Investment Act money on a whip building. What are we going to do with that? Make cato-nine-tails? Unbelievable. And I’m sure at that whip building they’ll be lining up outside to get in when it’s a museum just like the old Chinese restaurants Sue’s to eat some pork fried rice. And there’s money for that whip building and Ken Frazer, the poor bastard, he has to feed those stray dogs sawdust! November 30 Good afternoon Westfield! Me and my girlfriend just came from Family Dollar looking for a birthday card for our mother. We observed a birthday card saying “Happy Birthday Mom, you’re so hot you break my thermometer.” And it had a big thermometer going all the way up to 100 degrees and it says “with love.” We just want to say that I think it’s very disgusting and not right for them for selling that card to mothers and sons or sons and mothers. That’s it. Thank you very much.  Um, did you tell the store manager? The PulseLine can’t help. And just so we understand: you and your girlfriend share the same mother? November 18 I’ve never been so disgusted in my life. I received a fine in the mail today of $650 from the dog officer for having a few chickens in my yard. All of my neighbors, except for one, doesn’t care if I keep chickens. My yard is all fenced in. I have no roosters. I’m on more than half an acre of land. I gave my girls to a nice home in Granville today. I cried. They didn’t bother anyone. They didn’t make any noise. I kept their housing clean. I wanted to do my part for sustainable living. Don’t we as citizens of the Commonwealth of Massasachussets have a right to produce our own food? I do believe we do. Some people keep vicious dogs but I guess that’s ok with the city. God forbid my chickens chase you down the road or try to bite you. Watch out citizens of Westfield for the vicious chickens in someones back yard. November 15 I am curious about your lack of coverage regarding the Dobelle debacle for the past several weeks. The republican and the globe had extensive articles which were both timely and newsworthy. I’m writing to the pulseline to let all your readers know that Dobelle has decided to retire. Perhaps you could write an article with all the details. You need to read more than just the PulseLine, sir, or you wouldn’t have missed our front-page reports on this story on August 2, 29, and 30 by Carl E. Hartdegen and September 12, 13, 20, 26 and October 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 31 by Peter Francis. Many of these stories were exclusive to The Westfield News that no other media source had. November 12 Yup, just calling, almost got killed again at the intersection there at Union Street with the way everybody’s got to yield over there not knowing. Got pushed out of my lane by a car coming in. I had to move over almost crushed the guy on the other side. Nobody’s doing what they’re supposed to so it affects everybody’s lane when you gotta move instantly. Someday we’ll smarten up and fix it. Probably not now we got the bully back in. I don’t know what’s wrong with you Westfield, why you voted for that jerk. I don’t like the guy. I know nobody does. Well, enough people do, I guess, but just mentioning that intersection. Thanks. October 15 This is for the mindless idiot that threw glass on the Southwick bike trail. You managed to give a 74 year old senior citizen a blowout. Congratulations you moron, your parents would be proud of you!

September 16 Lol. One thing I like about the PulseLine is, it’s not like the Internet where if you put your own opinion on it, people will comment with stupid negative things. It does kind of bother me on what some of you people wrote and not think about who else reads the paper. But, again, I’m just putting my opinion and the only way I can get a response is through the next paper or who ever reads this haha. Just one more thing, teachers are not selfish for doing this protest, if I was them I’d love to get a raise for teaching the kids who don’t want to learn and just walk around the halls. For the other kids who do, congrats, you’ll go far. Sorry, one last thing. Dress code. Get over it, kids need to learn a limit and just follow the rules, it’s not that hard to dress simple, it’s not like you’re going to a strip club. Seriously. Deuces. September 12 I’m calling about three issues that I have recently read about in your PulseLine and I’ll try to make this brief but I’d like to tell you my opinions on these issues. The first one is the person complaining about the care of the Pine Hill Cemetery. I have family members that are up there. I go up there frequently and these people who work up there work very, very hard to keep those grounds picked up and clean as best as they can for our loved ones who are resting in peace up there. And it bothers me that people have nothing else to do but complain or criticize about it and I just want to say: instead of complaining and criticizing then why don’t you go up there and volunteer and take care of your own family plot. They don’t have control over old stones that are over and they don’t have families that can take care of those grounds. People who have people buried up there, they should step up to the plate instead of complaining and take care of it yourself. The other issue I have is the people complaining about the dress code that the new principal of the high school is putting in force. Hurrah for him because it’s about time that these kids learn how to go to school and dress properly. Just like they did in the good old days where the boys couldn’t even wear blue jeans, the girls had to have their skirts down to their knees. I think it’s about time because if you go to pick up any of your children or grandchildren, whether it’s the high school or the middle school - they all look like sluts, to be honest with you. What’s wrong with the parents? I mean I would never let my child walk out the door with some of the things that I have seen. So, kudos to you! And, again, the parents – are you kidding me? Are you serious? And my last and third item is the person who is the person who is complaining about not getting fresh or hot coffee in restaurants. Do these people have nothing else better to do than to complain about not getting a fresh or hot cup of coffee? Get real! If you want that kind of coffee, then you make yourself a cup of coffee before you go to the restaurants or when you come home. How hard is it for that? I think it’s time that people put their priorities straight and stop complaining about stupid stuff. Life is too short. And it just aggravates me that these people are so low and shallow that they have nothing else to do. The irony is not lost on the PulseLine. So my theory is if you don’t like it, get off your dead butts and fix it yourself. Thank you. September 11 Yeah, hiya doing? A couple of days ago, somebody wrote into the paper or called into the PulseLine, about the traffic down behind Butcher Block and one guy complaining and then the other guy said he’s basically an idiot. It’s simple. Blah, blah. It ain’t simple! There’s a dotted line on an arrow. Who in the world ever sees that? Simple or not, that is confusing. And if some people think they can drive through the dotted lane because you because you don’t always have to go buy a dotted line and then the other guy don’t go by it, you’re gonna crash. It’s stupid. It’s a big mistake and it should be fixed. I’ve almost been sideswiped or sideswiped somebody. It’s stupid. I understand the way I’m supposed to flow but newcomers to this city – they might not get it, you know, you’re first time. It’s a mistake. It needs to be fixed. But that’s what Westfield does when they’re shoving everybody from four lanes into one. Or two. You know, it’s just dumb. We need to wake up and fix it. And I’m sorry to complain it because the roads do look good. Things are a little faster. But that is a sideswipe waiting to happen. Let’s wake up Westfield and fix that because it’s stupid. An angled dotted line. Where in the world do you see that? If I’m wrong somebody tell me where else you see it. Dotted line crossing over another line at an angle. Dumb. September 10 Yes, my I vent please? Why is it so hard for these local restaurants to put out fresh coffee when you go into their establishments? It seems like every time I go into one of these restaurants for a meal, the meal is always, usually, very good. But the coffee always tastes like it’s been sitting for hours and has this burnt taste and it’s just awful. Why do these people feel that adults do not know the difference between a fresh cup of coffee and one that has been sitting for a long time? I’ve seen these people pour coffee from pots that have had less than an inch of coffee in it, into another pot when they make a fresh one. It’s ridiculous. This is why I find it so hard to go into these restaurants for a meal anymore. I like a good cup of coffee with my meal but if I’m not going to be able to drink anything but a glass of ice water, I’ll take my business somewhere else. Just a thought. Thank you. August 28 It’s only August and I have already received seven 2014 calendars from various charities. I will be inundated with many, many more before the end of the year. I’m sure others will receive the same number or more. I hate to recycle these, they are nice calendars, but how many calendars can one house really use? Any ideas on a positive, helpful use for them? Senior center? Soldiers Home? Ship them to soldiers in Afghanistan? If anyone has a positive use for many calendars, please suggest them in the PulseLine. Thanks.

August 20 I was reading The Westfield News Saturday about the Westfield wants to take over the bowling alley that’s being refurbished, Romani’s. I remember when I was a youngster growing up, after school and I get out and set up many a night for the leagues and made a few dollars back then. We didn’t get much. But it was work. And I set up pins for a lot of the big players there. And I feel bad that they’re going to be tearing it down. But I guess that’s progress. I don’t know if that Mr. Cappa knew this before he started renovating it, that the city was going to take it. If that’s the case, he shouldn’t have put all that money and time into it. But anyway, I have a lot of good memories when I was a kid, breaking my back every night when there were leagues, setting up pins. So, anyway, good luck. I hate to see it go but I’m just walking down memory lane. Thank you. August 8 Thank you Carl Hartdegen for your enjoyable style of writing, and for increasing the vocabulary of the Westfield general public. Or at least those of us who read the paper. You’re welcome and thanks for reading it. CEH August 2 Hi! I live in Hampden Village. I’m a senior citizen and I don’t want my name in the paper, of course. I’m a little bit upset that the mayor says that he wants a fish and chips at the Barnes where Runway Restaurant closed. I wish somebody would suggest to him that at this time The Red Lobster would be the most appropriate thing. So, fish and chip is fatty and everything , whatever. So that he would consider contacting The Red Lobster restaurant because I read in the paper that they were going to open 15 more restaurants. And if that doesn’t work, what about Olive Garden restaurant? That would be fantastic! OK? Thank you. July 30 My sincerest thanks to Angela Derouin for taking pride in Westfield and weeding Horton’s Bridge. These are the actions that make a place a home, not just somewhere to live but somewhere to belong. Thank you. July 27 Yes, I am a parent of a 14-year-old girl. I was wondering, are there any programs like “Scared Straight” out there I could send her to, to get her straightened out? July 24 I have heard stories about people paying it forward but I have never experienced that myself until today. I want to say thank you to the nice man who decided to pay it forward and paid 100 dollars towards my grocery bill today at Price Rite. There really are nice people in the world. Your kindness was greatly appreciated by my family. My kids witnessed a random act of kindness that I can only hope they will repeat sometime in their life. I will be looking for an opportunity to also pay it forward. Thank you so much kind sir. July 17 Congratulations to all who made the Westfield YMCA Y’s Kids Character Value Awards posted in the July 15 edition of the Westfield News. And I stand in awe of everyone who participates in the program. Thank you, Westfield News, for giving these citizens the stand-out they deserve. July 16 Good morning! As I was coming up on the north side, heading from the Westwood Restaurant all the way to Franklin Street, I couldn’t help to see the flowers that are hanging at every pole that has a light on it are awesome! I’m just wondering if the person that maintains this can give us to us if it is just water or a combination of a certain kind of fertilizer.  I wish that person would respond to your newspaper and that you would put it in print.  But I’m going to tell you something: you can’t help look at those flowers!  Awesome, awesome, awesome.  Can’t believe it! Great flowers! Thank you for the enthusiastic words of praise for the hanging baskets! Those baskets are actually a combined effort. Some are brought to you by the City of Westfield (the ones closet to the bridge) and the Westfield Business Improvement District for the ones mostly downtown. When our crew is tending the baskets, they use plain H2O for most of the watering. They do supplement with plant food every few weeks or so. This is required as the heavy rains tend to leach the nutrients from the soil in the small baskets. I have to agree, they are beautiful and we are delighted you are enjoying them! - Maureen Belliveau, Executive Director, Westfield BID

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Year in Crime Continued from Page 1 the time, he could park on North Road and watch known addicts drive past on their way to Holyoke and know that, if he waited to see them drive back, he could make a traffic stop and arrest them for possession of the narcotics they had purchased in Holyoke. Narcotics related crimes are not, of course, confined to Westfield. Southwick has its share of house breaks and in January there was a carefully planned robbery in which two drug addicts apparently conspired to stage a robbery at a gas station where one of the men worked. Marijuana use in the city does not appear to contribute to the larceny problem in the city in the same way “hard” drugs like heroin do but is nonetheless responsible for serious crime unrelated to the simple possession and use of the weed. At least two home invasions in 2013 were staged in order to steal marijuana. A Union Street home was invaded in February by two men (one armed with a gun, the other with a knife) who allegedly stole at least five pounds of marijuana. In December a thief allegedly arranged to buy an ounce of marijuana from a Brookline Avenue resident, but, after he arrived at the dealer’s home, a confederate produced a pistol and the two men apparently stole all the dealer’s inventory, allegedly a quarter pound of pot, as well as more than $1,000 in cash and a few other opportunistic items. Other crimes, including armed robberies, may be fueled by a need to pay for drugs but city police have been effective in clearing those cases promptly. Most of the suspects arrested appear to live outside the city but, in at least one case, the suspects did not even get home with their loot but were arrested before they left the city. Four young men were arrested in December after callers reported an armed robbery at a Mill Street convenience store in which a handgun, later determined to be a BB gun, was used. In that case, the reporting parties described the getaway car and an officer monitoring traffic on East Main Street spotted and stopped it there and the four occupants were arrested before they could even leave the city. But police have not established that those suspects needed money for addictions and detectives report another armed robbery, on Franklin Street, does not appear to be drug-related. In that case, a female clerk at J.J.s Convenience Store on Franklin Street was menaced with a gun by a robber but the suspect was in custody a week later. Detectives reported that apparently the man, an unemployed carpenter, used at least part of his ill-gotten gains to pay his family’s rent. In another case police cleared quickly which may have been linked to a need for cash for heroin, an armed robber hit the Rite Aid drug store on East Silver Street for cash in July but, after he fled to the railroad right-of-way (changing clothes in flight) the suspect was taken into custody by police within minutes. There was also crime on the streets in Westfield during 2013 and at least some of that can also be linked to drug use. The most shocking street crime of 2013 was probably a shooting on Birge Avenue at the end of March. Although the victim initially told police that he and his girlfriend had been out for a walk when they encountered a robber who shot him, Capt. Michael McCabe said at the time, “parts of the story didn’t ring true” and said that investigators found that the participants knew each other prior to the shooting. He said it is more than likely that the victim was shot in a dispute over a narcotics transaction. Other street violence during the year was more mundane with crimes such as a December incident when a person was robbed at knifepoint for a single cigarette on Elm Street. In December, robbers tackled a store manager leaving an East Main Street store. In that case, the robbers apparently knew which pocket to look in for the store’s receipts but somehow did not find the money and took only the manager’s wallet. Earlier in the year, in June, a person was stabbed on Elm Street after what McCabe described as a “perceived slight” but not all the violence was on the street. In April, a man had been charged after he allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend, menaced her with a knife, threatened to kill her and then stabbed himself in the stomach. Numerous arrests and calls for service in residents’ home appear to be fueled by alcohol use and stoked by complications of true love but some crimes in homes are much less savory. If an award for Worst Dad of the Year were offered, Westfield would probably have at least one nominee. In September, an Orange Street man was charged after his month-old girl was found to have multiple broken ribs and the ensuing investigation suggested that the man had injured her in attempts to stop her from crying. The investigators found that in 2002 the man had been charged with assault and battery on a child after his six-weekold baby from a previous relationship was found to have been shaken so badly that the boy was admitted, in critical condition, to a pediatric intensive care unit. And a 14-year-old girl was apparently used and abused by a city couple when she was allowed to spend a school vacation with them in the basement bedroom they shared at a subsidized apartment where the mother of the female half of the couple lived. In that case, the prosecuting Assistant District Attorney told the court that the girl had signed an agreement which the girl had described as a “sex slave contract.” The girl said she had been told to sign the document agreeing “not to tell” what the couple had been doing with her The ADA said that, while the girl was staying with the couple, the man repeatedly raped her orally, digitally and with his penis. She also said that, on at least one occasion, the woman had also penetrated the girl digitally. In addition, the ADA told the court that the man had made still and video images of the girl and his partner engaged in sexual acts. She said that the duo also told the girl to smoke “weed” with them although the girl said she had never before smoked marijuana. Police are also facing crime which, while not new, seems to be more troublesome in recent years. Det. Todd Edwards of the Detective Bureau’s financial crimes unit deals with many varieties of identity theft and many different fraudulent scams, most delivered over the telephone or Internet and most apparently targeting the elderly. The identity fraud cases can be very frustrating since the question of jurisdiction (for example when a resident’s credit card is used in a distant state) often complicates his work. Similarly, offers to share multi-million dollar bequests originating in Nigeria or claims that a victim’s grandson needs bail money in South America can be daunting for Edwards to get to the bottom of. He said recently that the current scam which residents are reporting is an offer to upgrade television service which can fool a subscriber into sending money to the scammer’s address of convenience and leaves them victimized when they later get delinquency notices from their actual television service provider. 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Westfield District Court ground and thieves have been so bold that, in one theft in the city, they have stolen copper piping and other parts from the central air conditioning unit at a business while it was open and employees were working. While the city’s police officers will continue their efforts in 2014 their work may not be particularly obvious but their new vehicles will be very visible. The city’s department will follow a trend across the Commonwealth (and nation) and replace the no longer available Ford Crown Victorias with Ford Explorer SUVs. Lt. Lawrence Valliere, the commander of the department’s Traffic and Safety Bureau, explained that the change is being made because the all-wheel drive Explorer is a safer and more versatile vehicle, particularly in the winter time, and added “there’s not a lot of options out there” to be used as police cruisers. The Westfield police cruiser fleet currently has seven SUVs and Chief John Camerota told the police commission “They’re doing everything we hoped they would. They’re an excellent vehicle.” He told the commission that the department hopes to progressively replace the remaining five police cruisers as funds become available. Nunez said that the officers like the new vehicles and it is more efficient for them because “the vehicle is basically their office.”


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Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 Tanya Redick, 34, of 11 Knollwood Drive, was released on her personal recognizance pending a March 13 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of uttering a false check and larceny of property valued more than $250 from a person 65 years-of-age or older brought by Westfield police. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 Cherie Iennaco, 48, of 217 Lockhouse Road, was released on her personal recognizance pending a Feb. 26 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation brought by Westfield police. Maurice O. Davis Jr., 33, of 108 Miller St., Springfield, saw a charge of malicious destruction of property valued more than $250 brought by Westfield police not prosecuted due to insufficient evidence. Keith G. Trowbridge, 50, of 27 North St., Blandford, was released on his personal recognizance pending a Jan. 9 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of trespass and disorderly conduct brought by State Police. Christina M. Allen, 32, of 625 Montgomery Road, was released on her personal recognizance pending a Feb. 26 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of possession of a Class B drug, operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding brought by State Police. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 William Poirier, 21, of 36 Governor Drive, was enjoined from abusing the alleged victim and ordered to remain alcohol free and be subject to random testing when he was released on his personal recognizance pending a Feb. 26 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of vandalizing property and intimidating a witness brought by Westfield police. Owen R. Fisher, 38, of 133 Dartmouth St., was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim when he was released on his personal recognizance after he was arraigned on a charge of making annoying telephone calls or electronic communications brought by an Agawam resident.

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Shares extend rally in thin pre-holiday trade ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia but were trading lower early Monday in Europe in thin pre-holiday trading, after Japan’s Nikkei 225 index ended 2013 at its highest level in more than six years. The Japanese benchmark gained 0.7 percent to 16,291.31 on Monday, its highest close since late 2007. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took time out from his winter vacation to celebrate the yearend trading close. “Thanks to our efforts, the economy went from minus to positive,” Abe said. With winter bonuses up by several hundred dollars on average, he said, “You have to use that money, keep it moving.” In early European trading, Germany’s DAX index edged 0.01 percent lower to 9,589.17 while Britain’s FTSE 100 also was 0.03 percent lower, at 6,747.20. France’s CAC gained 0.2 percent to 4,284.32. This was a banner year for many markets, with the DAX up 26 percent, the CAC index up 18.4 percent and the FTSE 100 gaining 14 percent. But none matched the Nikkei 225, which soared 56.7 percent in 2013 on renewed confidence in the economy after years of feeble growth. Easy liquidity from government spending and monetary policies aimed at fueling inflation boosted shares, though the potential for continued strong gains remains uncertain. For now, Abe can point to the share rally as evidence his “Abenomics” policies are yielding results. “The Nikkei still looks to round off what has been an astonishing year ... its best year since 1972,” Chris Weston of IG Markets said in a commentary, noting that the gain in that year was 92 percent and unlikely to ever be beaten. “For those looking for volatility, the Nikkei will remain a major focus for traders in 2014,” he said. Japanese shares will get support in coming months from newly established individual savings accounts, called NISA, that are expected to draw a significant share of household savings into the market. For the rest of Asia, 2013 has turned out to be much less exuberant. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, burdened by rising concern over debt and slowing growth in mainland China, has gained just 2.4 percent this year. On Monday, it edged 0.2 percent lower to 23,209.25 as end-of-year window dressing was offset by thin trading volume. The Shanghai Composite Index fell 7 percent this year and extended that loss Monday, drifting 0.1 percent lower to 2,098.77. Still, a correction in the Hong Kong and China markets earlier in the month has put shares at a stable level, said Kwong Man Bun, an analyst at KGI Securities in Hong Kong. “The market is still quite cautious, but confidence is still there,” he said. “There is a holiday mood, but turnover has not yet recovered.” Elsewhere in Asia, shares rose in Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, mainland China and New Zealand. India share prices fell. In foreign exchange markets, the dollar was trading at 105.376 Japanese yen, while the euro fell a cent to $1.374. Oil prices remained above $100, with benchmark U.S. oil for February delivery up 6 cents to $100.38 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Markets in Thailand and the Philippines were closed for holidays.

About 5,500 customers without power in Maine PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — About 5,500 Maine homes and businesses remain without power. Most of the current outages were caused by a weekend storm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas, but about 1,000 were left over from an ice storm more than a week ago. Central Maine Power Co. was reporting more than 3,900 outages Monday morning, about 2,100 in Lincoln County. Bangor Hydro Electric had about 1,600 customers without power Monday, more than half in Hancock County, the hardest hit by the ice storm. According to unofficial observations reported by the National Weather Service, Wilton and Chesterville in Franklin County and Livermore Falls in Androscoggin County got about a foot. Corinna in Penobscot County was also reporting about a foot.

In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 photo, Leslie Lynch poses for a photograph in her home in Glastonbury, Conn. Lynch, who lost her job last year, is moving out of her home of 21 years because she can no longer afford the mortgage payments. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The world braces for retirement crisis By DAVID MCHUGH, ELAINE KURTENBACH, and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the 2008 financial meltdown, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Living standards will fall and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II. In developing countries, people’s rising expectations will be frustrated if governments can’t afford retirement systems to replace the tradition of children caring for aging parents. The problems are emerging as the generation born after World War II moves into retirement. “The first wave of under-prepared workers is going to try to go into retirement and will find they can’t afford to do so,” says Norman Dreger, a retirement specialist with the consulting firm Mercer in Frankfurt, Germany. The crisis is a convergence of three factors: — Countries are slashing retirement benefits and raising the age to start collecting them. These countries are awash in debt since the recession hit. And they face a demographics disaster as retirees live longer and falling birth rates mean there will be fewer workers to support them. — Companies have eliminated traditional pension plans that guaranteed employees a monthly check in retirement. — Individuals spent freely and failed to save before the recession and saw much of their wealth disappear once it hit. Those factors have been documented individually. What is less appreciated is their combined ferocity and global scope. “Most countries are not ready to meet what is sure to be one of the defining challenges of the 21st century,” the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington concludes. Mikio Fukushima, who is 52 and lives in Tokyo, worries that he might need to move somewhere cheaper, maybe Malaysia, after age 70 to get by comfortably on income from his investments and a public pension of just $10,000 a year. People like Fukushima who are fretting over their retirement prospects stand in contrast to many who are already retired. Many workers were recipients of generous corporate pensions and government benefits that had yet to be cut. Jean-Pierre Bigand, 66, retired Sept. 1, in time to enjoy all the perks of a retirement system in France that’s now in peril. Bigand lives in the countryside outside the city of Rouen in Normandy. He has a second home in Provence. He’s just taken a vacation on Oleron Island off the Atlantic coast and is planning a five-week trip to Guadeloupe. “Travel is our biggest expense,” he says. UNDER SIEGE The notion of extended, leisurely retirements is relatively new. Germany established the world’s first widely available state pension system in 1889. The United States introduced Social Security in 1935. In the prosperous years after World War II, governments

expanded pensions. In addition, companies began to offer pensions that paid employees a guaranteed amount each month in retirement — so-called defined-benefit pensions. The average age at which men could retire with full government pension benefits fell from 64.3 years in 1949 to 62.4 years in 1999 in the relatively wealthy countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. “That was the Golden Age,” Mercer consultant Dreger says. It would not last. As the 2000s dawned, governments — and companies — looked at actuarial tables and birth rates and realized they couldn’t afford the pensions they’d promised. The average man in 30 countries the OECD surveyed will live 19 years after retirement. That’s up from 13 years in 1958, when many countries were devising their generous pension plans. The OECD says the average retirement age would have to reach 66 or 67, from 63 now, to “maintain control of the cost of pensions” from longer lifespans. Compounding the problem is that birth rates are falling just as the bulge of people born in developed countries after World War II retires. Populations are aging rapidly as a result. The higher the percentage of older people, the harder it is for a country to finance its pension system because relatively fewer younger workers are paying taxes. In response, governments are raising retirement ages and slashing benefits. In 30 high- and middle-income OECD countries, the average age at which men can collect full retirement benefits will rise to 64.6 in 2050, from 62.9 in 2010; for women, it will rise from 61.8 to 64.4 In the wealthy countries it studied, the OECD found that the pension reforms of the 2000s will cut retirement benefits by an average 20 percent. Even France, where government pensions have long been generous, has begun modest reforms to reduce costs. “France is a retirees’ paradise now,” says Richard Jackson, senior fellow at the CSIS. “You’re not going to want to retire there in 20 to 25 years.” The fate of government pensions is important because they are the cornerstone of retirement income. Across the 34-country OECD, governments provide 59 percent of retiree income, on average. THE FINANCIAL CRISIS MAKES THINGS WORSE The outlook worsened once the global banking system went into a panic in 2008 and tipped the world into the worst recession since the 1930s. Government budget deficits swelled in Europe and the United States. Tax revenue shrank, and governments pumped money into rescuing their banks and financing unemployment benefits. All that escalated pressure on governments to reduce spending on pensions. The Great Recession threw tens of millions out of work worldwide. For others, pay stagnated, making it harder to save. Because government retirement benefits are based on lifetime earnings, they’ll now be lower. The Urban Institute, a Washington think tank, estimates that lost wages and pay raises will shrink the typical American worker’s income at age 70 by 4 percent — an average of $2,300 a year. Leslie Lynch, 52, of Glastonbury, See Retirement Crisis, Page 8

BOSTON (AP) — The number of singlefamily homes sold in Massachusetts in November dropped by nearly 9 percent when compared to the same month last year, the first year-over-year drop in seven months. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors on Monday attributed the drop to the low number of homes on the market. But that low number of homes on the market also drove up the median price more than 7 percent, from $295,000 in November 2012 to $316,500 last month, the 14th consecutive month of higher median prices. The Warren Group, a Boston-based publisher of business data, reported a more modest 2 percent drop in single-family home sales year-over year, and a 4 percent jump in median prices to $307,000. The organizations use slightly different figures in their calculations.

Dept. of Early Ed and Care moves office SPRINGFIELD – – The Department of Early Education and Care’s Western Massachusetts regional office has relocated to 1441 Main Street, Suite 230 in Springfield. The office is located in the same downtown area as previously, and will continue to serve the towns and cities in the Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire and Hampden counties. The new facility provides an updated environment with additional space for enhanced on-site services. “The Department of Early Education and Care is thrilled to continue its western Massachusetts headquarters’ presence in the City of Springfield,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber. “Expanding access to high-quality early education and care across the Commonwealth — creating opportunity for children and families while strengthening Massachusetts’ economic security — is a top priority of the Patrick administration. Western Massachusetts is home to a strong network of early education and care providers and advocates, and the Department is pleased to be part of this great community.” The new Springfield office location, which has a five-year lease term, includes conference room space for up to 50 persons that will be available to area organizations for community meetings or other services which benefit the early education and care field, local children, and their families. The United Way of Pioneer Valley and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County are located in the same building. The Department of Early Education and Care’s new western Massachusetts office will be open Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is available in a municipal lot on Dwight Street in Springfield. The Department of Early Education and Care has five regional office across the state that offer critical services for Massachusetts children and families, including licensing and monitoring early education and care and out of school time programs, technical assistance for individuals or programs seeking new licensure or approval, complaint investigation, educator professional development, and family and community engagement. The contact information for all Department of Early Education and Care offices is online at: early-education-and-care/eec-offices-andlocations.html

Recycle for enrichment WESTFIELD - Your cans and bottles can help provide enrichment and cultural opportunities for Westfield Public School students. Westfield VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) supports the students and staff of all Westfield Public School by funding projects and supplies outside the traditional school budget. Teacher Mini grants allow students and teachers to expand their horizons through dynamic projects and meaningful interactions with our community. To find out more about the projects your cans and bottles have funded, visit select Volunteer and then WHIPS. Your cans and bottles help fund these unique experiences for our students. If you would like to donate your cans and bottles, they can be picked up. Call Kevin or Dawn Mederios at 572-1324 or you may drop them off at 36 Crown Street in Westfield. We sincerely thank the people who continue to save and donate to us.  Your help is greatly appreciated.




Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in U.S. The Associated Press The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:

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Kenna joins Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley is pleased to welcome experienced real estate agent Claire Kenna. Claire comes to Keller Williams Realty with a wealth of knowledge in real estate as well as related fields. She became a licensed real estate salesperson in 2010 and since then has received the New Comers Award and is also a member of the Million Dollar Club. She is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley and MLSPIN. Prior to real estate, Claire was owner of Good Scents Garden Company, a GREEN landscape construction and gardening company. With an eye for beauty and design, several of her clients started to request her services as a home stager. She has helped many clients get the right curb appeal for a quick sale. In December 2012 Claire decided to retire from the landscape business and focus solely on real estate. “We are so glad that Claire decided to join the Keller Williams Family and we are excited about helping her achieve even more success in her real estate career”, said Charles Reiter, Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley. Claire is a native New Yorker. She grew up in the Bronx where her parents, Irish immigrants arrived during the 1950’s. In the early 90’s, Claire applied for a position with C & S Wholesalers as a floral buyer, she secured the position and that is when she moved to the area. She is now a resident of Southwick where she resides with her husband. Please call Claire Kenna for excellent service if you are buying, selling or investing in real estate. She is “the can do” realtor. Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley is a locally owned franchise with 175 associates in three offices located in Longmeadow, Feeding Hills and Northampton. Keller Williams Realty International is the largest real estate franchise in North America by agent account with over 89,000 associates.

ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA COLORADO, MAINE AND WASHINGTON: Colorado pot stores open Jan. 1 as retailers usher in the nation’s first legal recreational pot industry. Sales in Washington, which also legalized recreational marijuana, are expected to start later in the year. The laws still fly in the face of federal drug rules, but the federal government has said it’s not going to fight to shut down pot shops for now. A law legalizing recreational marijuana went into effect in early December in Portland, Maine, but it’s largely symbolic because the state has said it will continue to enforce its own ban. ILLINOIS: It becomes the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana in a pilot project with some of the strictest standards in the nation. However, it may take more than a year to actually buy marijuana as separate state agencies draft rules that must be approved by a legislative committee. WISCONSIN: Towns and cities may legalize pedal pubs, multiple-person bicycles that ferry riders to and from taverns. A driver steers while multiple riders sit at a bar mounted behind him, each with his or her own pedal-and-chain assembly. TRANSGENDER RIGHTS CALIFORNIA: It becomes the first state to give specific rights to transgender students starting in January unless opponents show they have gathered enough petition signatures to put a referendum before voters seeking to overturn the law. It lets transgender students choose which restroom to use and whether to play on

boys’ or girls’ sports teams. Critics say that violates the privacy of other students. GUNS CONNECTICUT: Guns that are considered assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines that haven’t been registered with Connecticut authorities will be considered illegal contraband as of Jan. 1. The law was passed in April in response to the massacre that left 26 people dead at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. NEW YORK: The state’s new gun law, passed shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting, already banned high-capacity magazines and the purchase or sale of popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. By April 15, it will also require registration of weapons now classified as assault weapons by owners who previously bought them legally. PAPARAZZI CALIFORNIA: Photographers who harass celebrities and their children face tougher penalties under a law backed by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner, who testified in favor of it. Berry told lawmakers her daughter has been intimidated by aggressive photographers who follow them daily. Those who take photos and video of a child without consent and in a harassing manner could face up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000. They also can be sued for damages and attorney’s fees under the new law, which media organizations opposed. Supporters say it also will help protect the children of police officers, judges and others who might be targets because of their parents’ occupations. IMMIGRATION NEVADA: Immigrants living in the See New Laws, Page 8

This Dec. 6, 2013, file photo shows Toby Tackett lighting a marijuana joint at a pot party at the Seattle Center, in Seattle. Colorado pot stores open Jan. 1 as retailers open their doors to the nation’s first legal recreational pot industry. Sales in Washington, which also legalized recreational marijuana, are expected to start later in the year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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Bergeron joins Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley is pleased to announce that top producing agent, Suzanne Bergeron has become an Associate Partner in their Feeding Hills Business Center. Sue received her real estate license in 1991 and has been a full-time REALTOR since 2001. She is a member of the National Association of REALTORS, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley as well as licensed in CT MLS. Sue has also been a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Appraiser since 1993. . Sue is a lifelong resident of Western Massachusetts, past member of the Board of Directors of the Westfield Chapter of the Red Cross and is a member of the City of Westfield Board of Assessors. She currently resides in Westfield. Charles Reiter, Team Leader at Keller Williams is so pleased that Sue decided to join the Keller Williams Family. “Sue is a welcome addition to our team of real estate agents and with Sue’s excellent reputation and sales expertise we are confident she will soar to new heights in her real estate career,” said Reiter. Additionally, Sue has been in mortgage lending, holds the Accredited Buyer Representative designation and has been instrumental in building a successful construction company alongside her husband, developing and selling land, subdivisions and a multi unit condominium project . Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley has 175 associates in three offices located in Longmeadow, Feeding Hills and Northampton. Keller Williams Realty International is the largest franchise in North America by agent count with over 89,000 agents in the system.

Teachers find home visits help in the classroom ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School. The urban public school is one of more than 30 in the St. Louis area that sends teachers on home visits several times a year. Unlike home visit programs that focus on truants and troublemakers, or efforts aimed exclusively at early childhood, the newer wave seeks to narrow the teacher-parent divide while providing glimpses at the factors that shape student learning before and after the school bells ring. “I wish they had this when I had children in school,” said Elmira Warren, a teacher’s aide at Clay who has made home visits to her students and their parents. “I was fearful of what the teachers thought, and of not knowing enough.” The nonprofit HOME WORKS! program is modeled after one in Sacramento, Calif., that over the past decade has since spread to more than 300 schools in 13 states, with active programs in Washington, Denver, Seattle and St. Paul, Minn. Program leaders say participation leads to better attendance, higher test scores, greater parental involvement and fewer suspensions and expulsions, citing preliminary research of the newer program by the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a series of external reviews in Sacramento over the past decade. Participation is voluntary, and teachers are paid for their extra time. “We’ve figured out a way for people to sit down outside the regular school and have the most important conversation that needs to happen,” said Carrie Rose, executive director of the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project in the California capital. The K-12 program began in 1999 as a faith-based community effort but quickly found support not only in the Sacramento school district but also with local teachers unions. The National Education Association has also endorsed teacher home visits, citing a “critical mass of research evidence” connecting high student achievement with involved parents. No longer do parents only hear from teachers when there’s a problem, or during brief school conferences that leave little time to go beyond the surface. “She knows how much the teachers care when she sees them at her home,” said Mark Brown, whose 6-year-old daughter Unafay attends Clay Elementary in north St. Louis. A decade ago, Clay principal Donna Owens could barely attract 25 parents to meet their children’s teachers even once at a school with more than 320 students, with one notable exception: the Halloween candy giveaway. A recent HOME WORKS! event at the 191-student school drew close to double that number of parents. “Our parents feel much more comfortable coming to the

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, Cynthia Williams works with students in her 4th grade class at Clay Elementary Community Education school in St. Louis. Williams is a participant in a pilot program called Home Works that sends public school teachers into their students’ homes several times annually with the hope the home visits will boost both student academic achievement as well as parental involvement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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school, and being a part of it,” Owens said. The Missouri program, which began in St. Louis but now includes several schools 120 miles away in the college town of Columbia, follows a template common to the other efforts. Participating schools must agree to involve at least half of their teachers, and the educators work in pairs to ensure safety. Program costs are often covered by foundation grants or borne by nonprofit supporters such as the Flamboyan Foundation, which paid for the program in the District of Columbia. Rose estimated the program cost at $10,000 annually for elementary schools, and $15,000 to $20,000 for high schools. In Missouri, the first teacher visit comes in late summer, with the second session in the fall. While the follow-up session focuses on academics, the initial meeting is all about building a rapport, said Karen Kalish, a St. Louis philanthropist who founded HOME WORKS! in 2006. “They go in as listeners and learners the first time,” she said. “Just to get (parents) to start talking, to build their relationship.” Each session is followed by an invitation to continue the See Home Visits, Page 8

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Notable 2013 deaths WESTFIELD – 2013 saw the departure of area residents who made an impact on this community. One widely felt death was that of John Reed on May 13. Reded was an important corporate citizen, a local captain of industry, and the owner of Mestek, Inc. on North Elm Street. Reed was known to many around the city, state, and country. “In my early days as a candidate for office and as a newly elected legislator he was supportive to me with contributions of both money and advice,” said State Senator Don Humason. “His common sense wisdom was legendary and he will be missed.” Reed enjoyed a successful career that has spanned 75 years, John Reed many of these years as Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of Mestek which consists of more than 30 operating companies involved in the HVAC, Metal Forming & Fabricating and Coiled Metal Processing Industries. Reed began his career with the H. B. Smith Company after graduating from Williston School in 1933 and Yale in 1937. While working for H.B Smith Co., John earned his law degree in 1942 from Northeastern University’s law school, attending class at night. By 1946, he had advanced to the position of national sales manager for Smith, at which time his entrepreneurial spirit was manifested when he started the Sterling Radiator Company. Sterling Radiator continued to grow during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s both internally and through the careful acquisition of other climate control companies and of the Peterson Roll Feed Co. and the Cooper-Weymouth press feed company In 1975 Reed National was formed to administratively consolidate these companies. More growth and acquisitions followed, and in 1986 Reed National merged with Mestek Inc., a public corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Starting with the merged Cooper-Weymouth, Peterson Co., Mr. Reed expanded his HVAC based company by creating Formtek, Inc., this country’s larges

machine building group for the Forming, Fabrication, Coiled Metal Processing and HVAC industries. Formtek is a group of longestablished companies, each with a wellknown name and a history of providing innovative and reliable equipment. It was John’s business strategy to pursue growth, but not for its own sake – only when it make sense for business. The development of business and of the people in it is what kept Reed coming into the office every day, according to those who knew him best. He felt like the “coach” in the organization, helping groom his staff for greater things in the future. In the pursuit of his business success, Reed freely shared his expertise in order to benefit the industry as a whole. Long active in the Hydronics Institute and the Better Heating/Cooling Council, he had been chairman of HI twice and the first chairman of the BHCC.John Reed supported national mfg associations by membership of his companies, encouraging his employees to participate as active Directors on Association Boards, to participate in association technical councils and committees, association shows and technical conference speaking. A man who rarely sought the limelight, Reed was active in many community activities, doing as he humbly notes, “What one does.” Perhaps his greatest source of satisfaction was helping in the development of tomorrow’s industry leaders. Perhaps just as prominent was the death of Theodore F. Perez, successful business owner, a man dedicated to his family, business and community, who passed away on September 11. Perez founded East Mountain Country Club and East Mountain Banquet Hall, building an “everyman” golf course available to people in all walks of life, creating a venue where people across the comTED PEREZ munity, families, friends and politicians, gathered. Perez began to build the course in 1961, opening the first nine holes in 1963 and the second nine in 1966. The course was always

one of the first to open in the early spring and last to close. Weather permitting, it was open for golfers from throughout the region. Perez also served more than four years on the City Council. He was initially appointed to complete the term of Angela “Angie” Holmes after her death in 1995 and was then elected to the council twice. His campaign signs showed a dripping faucet when he ran for the 1996-97 term, which he won with the highest vote count in the At-large race, and then he won a second time for the 1998-99 term. Perez was a founding member of the Westfield Kiwanis Club. Perez was a member of that service organization for 49 years, was a past president and was awarded both the Legion of Honor and a Lifetime Achievement. During his tenure the club established the Westfield Little League program in the 1950s, a program that now includes hundreds of boys and girls. Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who was the city’s mayor during Perez’s tenure on the City Council said that Perez “was a real business person and brought that perspective to the (City) Council. He was a voice for the business community, especially small business.” Sullivan spoke of the Kiwanis Club’s commitment to the building fund of the Greater Westfield Boys and Girls Club, where Perez served on the Board of Directors. The club used to conduct fundraising events to generate revenue for that commitment. “Teddy used to run a raffle, a $100 per ticket raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club,” Sullivan said. “On the day of the raffle, if there were any unsold tickets, Teddy would buy them. He did that quietly, without fanfare or public recognition, because he was dedicated to the Kiwanis Club and the Boys and Girls Club.” Ted, and his family, is still supporting the Boys and Girls Club. Ted’s obituary asks that “In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ted’s name to the Westfield Boys and Girls Club, 28 Silver St, Westfield.” Perez also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce “Sparkplugs’ and was a member of the Westfield Jaycees, and with his wife. Maria, was the 2007 Greater Westfield Chapter of the American Cross Outstanding Spirit Honorees. Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said that he has “the utmost admiration for what Ted accomplished in his life. His is the classic American

role model of family, service and business. That was Ted. He will be missed.” Knapik said he remembers being urged to pick up the pace of play by Perez who roamed the course. “It was great. He’d be out there in his armored golf cart and if you saw it coming, you’d pick up your ball and move on, because you knew that you were playing too slowly,” Knapik said. City Council President Brian Sullivan served his first term while Perez was on the City Council and remembers a very different political climate because of the character of the council members. The council members had strongly held opinions, but were able to set those aside for the good of the city and its residents. “Ted was old school and knew how to work with other people to find common ground,” Sullivan said, “He took a gentlemanly approach to find compromise, to get a consensus, and he did it respectively. It was a very diverse group of people who could work together. I miss those times.” “Ted focused on things he wanted to fix,” Sullivan said. “He was quite, but he was willing to fight hard for those issues.” “Ted was absolutely a voice for the business community. He was one of the first councilors who worked to get a more business friendly tax shift,” Sullivan said. “He didn’t get all he wanted, but he did move it closer in the direction of business. 2013 also brought the passing of Thomas W. Florek at age 77, who passed away on May 24 following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He was a man of bravery, as exemplified by his years of military service and as an officer with the Westfield Police Department; but Tommy (as he was known) will be best remembered as a loving and selfless man who treasured his family and tom florek friends beyond words.

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Continued from Page 2 Morette said the secret to the flavorful tur- boy called 911 to report his mother because he keys he raises is feeding them beer — specifi- did not want to go to bed. And robbers made cally, lager. And in Providence, a cat fight off with a frozen beverage machine from a broke out over missing feline health certifi- Bridgeport, Conn., convenience store after an cates at the Rhode Island Pet Show when state employee told them he didn’t have the $2,700 environmental police showed up and asked they had demanded. The store owner later told some members of The International Cat police he’d borrowed money from one of the Association to provide health and rabies certi- suspects. fications. Four men were charged in connection with — Lawmakers made plenty of unusual the theft of more than $200,000 in gold coins headlines as well. In Rhode Island, a bid to from the Alburgh, Vt., property of an eccentric make calamari the official state appetizer loner known only as Radkin. In other hermit failed. In Massachusetts, a bill is still pending news, police finally caught up with the man to make the Fluffernutter (peanut butter com- dubbed the North Pond hermit, who had lived bined with marshmallow Fluff, which was for nearly three decades in the Maine woods invented there) the state sandwich. Also in and may have been responsible for as many as Massachusetts, the fight continues over wheth- 1,000 burglaries of food, clothing and camper the state song should be “Dream On” by ing and cooking gear. Aerosmith or “Roadrunner” by the Modern — There were also some stories that defied Lovers. And a candidate for state Senate in categorization. In Rhode Island, the couple Maine found himself on the defensive for that lives in the Burrillville house made appearing in Brazilian-style swim trunks in an famous in the movie “The Conjuring” say online video advertising coconut water. they’re being troubled by people curious about — Police across the region had their share the 1730s-era home showing up in the yard in of odd run-ins. A doctor’s license was sus- the middle of the night. A pile of goat manure pended when police say they found marijuana spontaneously caught fire in Windsor, Vt., in his car after he wandered into a stranger’s spreading stench and wrinkling noses through house in Westerly, R.I., and claimed he was the town. In New Haven, Conn., a man named attempting to check on a friend who wasn’t Noel was arrested after police said he climbed feeling well. A man twice cited for disorderly a tree decorated with Christmas lights on the conduct for whistling loudly in downtown city green. A woman paid $560,000 for two Portland, Maine, reached a deal with the city parking spots near her home in Boston. And that allows him to keep whistling as long as he on a sweltering September day in doesn’t linger in one spot while he does it. Massachusetts, the Amherst Regional School In Manchester, N.H., a man who denied District closed six schools because the floors swallowing a diamond ring worth $3,200 at a were too slippery. The floors had been waxed jewelry store was busted when X-rays showed during the summer and the high temperatures it inside him. A 10-year-old Brockton, Mass., melted the wax.

Continued from Page 7 United States without legal permission can DELAWARE: The state will limit patient apply for driver authorization cards starting copays for “specialty tier” prescription drugs Jan. 2. State officials anticipate tens of thou- to $150 a month for up to a 30-day supply. sands of people will apply under the program. MARYLAND: In a program similar to WORKING AND WAGES Nevada’s, immigrants living in the U.S. illeOHIO: The minimum wage for untipped gally will be able to obtain a state driver’s employees rises from $7.85 to $7.95 an hour, license or identification card if they can pro- while tipped employees will go from $3.93 to vide evidence of a filed state income tax return $3.98 an hour, plus tips. or were claimed as a dependent for each of the CALIFORNIA: The minimum wage is being preceding two years. boosted to $9 an hour starting in July, the first of two dollar-an-hour boosts that will push the HEALTH COSTS base minimum wage to $10 by 2016, making it MAINE: Health care providers will have to one of the nation’s highest minimums. Under provide patients who request it a list of prices another bill, domestic workers will have to be of the most common health services and proce- paid time and a half if they work more than dures, a law designed to boost transparency nine hours in a day or more than 45 hours in a around medical costs. week; baby sitters are exempt.

Home Visits Continued from Page 7 “A lot of parents were willing to share with conversation at school over a communal meal. Busy parents who can’t find the time or us,” Warren said. “They saw we were parents energy for such visits are told the school will ourselves. They let down their guard.” Fourth-grade teacher Cynthia Williams said also provide childcare and transportation, if needed. Teachers must spend at least 30 min- her Clay Elementary Students learned to view utes on the first visit and 45 minutes the sec- her as more than just a two-dimensional ond time, though often those minimums are authority figure. “For some students, school and home are exceeded. “We want to do whatever we can to get them two different worlds,” she said. “When you to come to school,” Kalish said. “Something create that bridge, it becomes cohesive.” Kalish said the program also fosters parental happens when parents see their kids’ school accountability rather than a reliance on schools for the first time.” Selling overworked teachers on the benefits to essentially serve as surrogate parents for six isn’t always easy. At Flynn Park Elementary in or seven hours each day. While the Missouri program and affiliated the St. Louis suburb of University City, teacher participation is actually down in the pro- efforts nationwide remain relatively small, she gram’s second year, said kindergarten teacher hopes to build enough momentum to take the effort statewide, and envisions a broader effort Debbie Kuster. Some are simply too busy outside of school that would elevate teacher home visits alongwith their own families, she said. Others work side such programs as Teach for America or second or even third jobs. And some teachers Parents as Teachers, which focuses on increas— Kuster included — prefer to keep their ing child-rearing skills through home visits for newborns and toddlers. professional distance, she said. “We’ve got the secret sauce,” Kalish said. “I’m uncomfortable going to the house,” she said. “For certain people, they’re more “We know what works.” ——— comfortable in their own territory.” Online: HOME WORKS!, Those who do connect with their students’ families away from school describe a more Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, collaborative approach to learning, an ronment of mutual respect and appreciation rather than top-down communication.

Retirement Crisis Continued from Page 6 THE END OF TRADITIONAL Conn., had $30,000 in her 401(k) retirement PENSIONS account when she lost her $65,000-a-year job Corporations, too, are cutting pension costs last year at an insurance company. She’d worked there 28 years. She’s depleted her by eliminating traditional defined-benefit plans. They don’t want to bear the cost of retirement savings trying to stay afloat. “I don’t believe that I will ever retire now,” guaranteeing employees’ pensions. They’ve moved instead to so-called defined-contribushe says. Many of those facing a financial squeeze in tion plans, such as 401(k)s, in the United retirement can look to themselves for part of States. These plans shift responsibility for savthe blame. They spent many years before the ing to employees. But people have proved terrible at taking Great Recession borrowing and spending advantage of these plans. They don’t always instead of saving. The National Institute on Retirement enroll. They don’t contribute enough. They dip Security estimates that Americans are at least into the accounts when they need money. They also make bad investment choices — $6.8 trillion short of what they need to have saved for a comfortable retirement. For those buying stocks when times are good and share 55 to 64, the shortfall comes to $113,000 per prices are high and bailing when prices are low. household. Several countries are trying to coax workers THE ASIA CHALLENGE In Asia, workers are facing a different retire- to save more. Australia passed a law in 1993 that makes ment worry, a byproduct of their astonishing retirement savings mandatory. Employers economic growth. Traditionally, Chinese and Koreans could must contribute the equivalent of 9.25 percent expect their grown children to care for them as of workers’ wages to 401(k)-style retirement they aged. But newly prosperous young peo- accounts. In 2006, the United States encouraged comple increasingly want to live on their own. They also are more likely to move to distant panies to require employees to opt out of a cities to take jobs, leaving parents behind. 401(k) instead of choosing to opt in. That Countries like China and South Korea are at means workers start saving for retirement an “awkward” stage, Jackson says: The old automatically if they make no decision. EASING THE PAIN ways are vanishing, but new systems of caring Rebounding stock prices and a slow rise in for the aged aren’t yet in place. Yoo Tae-we, 47, a South Korean manager at housing prices are helping households recover a trading company that imports semiconductor their net worth. In the United States, retirecomponents, doesn’t expect his son to support ment accounts hit a record $12.5 trillion the first three months of 2013. him as he and his siblings did their parents. But Boston College’s Center for Retirement “We have to prepare for our own futures rather than depending on our children,” he Research says the recovery in housing and stock prices still leaves about 50 percent of says. China pays generous pensions to civil ser- American households at risk of being unable vants and urban workers. They can retire early to maintain their standard of living in retirewith full benefits — at 60 for men and 50 or ment. When they look into the future, retirement 55 for women. Their pensions will prove to be a burden as China ages and each retiree is sup- experts see more changes in government pensions and longer careers than many workers ported by contributions from fewer workers. The elderly are rapidly becoming a bigger had expected. McHugh reported from Frankfurt, share of China’s population because of a policy begun in 1979 and only recently relaxed Germany, Kurtenbach from Tokyo. AP writers Bernard Condon in New York, Fu Ting in that limited couples to one child. Shanghai, Youkyung Lee in Seoul and Sylvie China is considering raising its retirement Corbet in Paris contributed to this report. ages. But the government would likely meet resistance.





Madison Pelletier, of Westfield, protects the puck for Cathedral. (Submitted photo)

Cathedral’s Mackenzie Pelletier, of Westfield, poke checks the puck away from her opponent. (Submitted photo)

Hockey girls return home By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Whip City’s female hockey base will get a boost later this week when the Cathedral Panthers – boosted by Westfield High students Brittany Kowalski, Lexi Levere, Madison Pelletier, Mackenzie Pelletier, and Kaylee Basile – take the ice. On Friday night, Cathedral and its Whip City core will battle East Catholic (Manchester, Conn.) at Amelia Park Ice Arena. Face-off is at 6 p.m. “(Stanley Park Executive Director) Carole Appleton was kind enough to provide us ice to give the Westfield girls a chance to have a true home game,” Cathedral assistant coach

Cathedral’s Brittany Kowalski, of Westfield, races for a loose puck after a save. (Submitted photo)

Dave Pelletier said. Westfield is in the first year of a co-op with the Cathedral High girls’ ice hockey team. In a matchup of boys’ hockey teams, St. Mary-Wahconah will follow at 8 p.m. A handful of area basketball teams will get the high school slate started Monday night. The Gateway boys will travel to Smith Voke for a 5 p.m. tilt. The St. Mary girls tip off at Putnam at 5:30. Also, in boys’ hoops, Westfield Voc-Tech hosts McCann Tech, St. Mary plays Lenox at Westfield Middle School South, and, for the girls, Southwick hosts Pioneer Valley Regional, all at 7. There are no local games scheduled for the New Year’s break (Dec. 31-Jan. 1). Cathedral goalie Lexi Levere, of Westfield stops a break away. (Submitted photo)

Blount lifts Pats to bye with 34-20 win over Bills HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Before trading for LeGarrette Blount, Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke with one of his talent evaluators. Cornerback Aqib Talib. The players were teammates with Tampa Bay the past three years, so Belichick wanted some inside information on the powerful 250pound back who set a franchise record with 334 allpurpose yards on this soggy Sunday in a 34-20 win over the Buffalo Bills that gave New England a first-round playoff bye. “I think definitely an assist on this one has to go to our assistant pro personnel director, Talib,” Belichick joked. “Everything he said about him was absolutely right.” Blount rushed for a careerhigh 189 yards and scored on runs of 36 and 35 yards, his second straight game with two. He also set up a touchdown and a field goal with kickoff returns of 82 and 63 yards. So what was Talib’s message to Belichick? “I just told him he was a great teammate, a great locker room player and you’re going to see a lot of explosive plays from him,” Talib said. “Hey, I

can’t do nothing but smile. That’s my dog.” On a rainy day made for a runner like Blount, the Patriots (12-4) earned the AFC’s second seed. They’ll host Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Kansas City in a night game Jan. 11. Blount finished his 35-yard run for the game’s final touchdown by belly flopping into the end zone. Then he hugged Belichick, who had a white towel around his shoulders. “It was just the excitement of us winning this game and getting that first-round bye,” Blount said. “I feel like we had to man up and play tough football with the conditions.” While the Patriots got their eighth bye in Belichick’s 14 seasons as coach, the Bills (6-10) have gone 14 years without a playoff game, the longest current streak in the NFL. They also missed a chance to end the season with three straight wins. “It would be much different if we were ending on a threegame winning streak,” coach Doug Marrone said. “To say that you’re close or anything like that, until you win we don’t have a leg to stand on.” Five things to know from the Patriots’ fifth win in six games: RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING: The game began

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kicks a 32-yard punt on third down during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 34-20, and will have a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Nancy Lane)

in a drizzle and ended in a steady rain. Through it all, the Patriots relied on the run and Blount kept his footing. New England rushed for a seasonhigh 267 yards. Tom Brady was content to hand the ball off and throw just 24 times. He had 14 completions for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception. “To score 34 points in a downpour is pretty good football,” Brady said. “The water on the field at the end, it was just puddles.” Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller also handled the wet conditions well with 105 yards rushing, his 10th career 100-yard game to tie Cookie Gilchrist for seventh-most in franchise history. HOT AT HOME: The Patriots went 8-0 at home for the third time in five seasons and will play their next playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Since it opened in 2002, their home record of 91-18, including playoffs, is the best in the NFL. They are 31-5 in that span against AFC East opponents. INJURIES PILE UP: The Bills played without quarterback EJ Manuel, who missed his second straight game with a small tear in a left knee ligament. In his place, Thad Lewis completed 16 of 29 passes for 247 yards and a

touchdown. Buffalo lost Pro Bowl free safety Jairus Byrd to an ankle injury in the second quarter. The Bills also played the first half without defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, benched for violating a team rule. Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson didn’t return after hurting his foot in the second quarter. SO CLOSE: Marrone said he thought he had a winning game plan and, without all their mistakes, the Bills had an opportunity to end a 12-game losing streak in Foxborough. But two long kickoff returns, back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and another flag that helped turn a field goal attempt into a touchdown were enough to spoil the Bills’ chance to enter the offseason on a roll. “You just remember in the back of your mind, you were close but you didn’t get over the hump,” Lewis said. “It’s something to use for motivation.” STILL KICKING: New England’s Stephen Gostkowski led the NFL in scoring for the second consecutive season and third in the last six, finishing with 158 points. He made all four of his field goal attempts Sunday, tying his career high. His 38 field goals broke his team record of 36 set in 2008.

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TUESDAY December 31


FRIDAY January 3

JV HOCKEY vs. Longmeadow, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Holyoke, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Holyoke, 7 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. South Hadley, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.

SWIMMING at Agawam, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Central, 5:30 p.m. HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/Long.) vs. East Catholic, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 6 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Central, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY January 4 WRESTLING at 4th annual Bill Coelho PTWH Dual at Milford HS, 10 a.m. JV HOCKEY at East Longmeadow, Cyr Arena, 11 a.m.

———— Sunday, January 5

JV HOCKEY at South Hadley, Cyr Arena, 5 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Regional, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Regional, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Turners Falls, 6 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Turners Falls, 7:30 p.m.

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

WRESTLING vs. Granby, 10 a.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Pioneer Valley Christian School, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Pathfinder, 7 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Pioneer Valley Christian School, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ V HOOPS at Smith Voke, 5 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Smith Voke, 6:30 p.m.


BOYS JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, Chicopee Academy, 6 p.m. BOYS V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Putnam, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Lenox, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at McCann Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at McCann Tech, 7 p.m. HOCKEY vs. Wahconah, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Smith Voke, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m.


Ice Hockey DAY Wednesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Thursday Saturday Thursday Saturday

DATE OPPONENT Jan. 8 at Becker College Jan. 11 FRAMINGHAM STATE Jan. 14 at Southern New Hampshire Jan. 16 SALEM STATE Jan. 23 at Fitchburg State Jan. 25 at UMass Dartmouth Jan. 30 WORCESTER STATE Feb. 1 PLYMOUTH STATE

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NICHOLS at Newbury FRAMINGHAM STATE at Bridgewater State at Salem State WORCESTER STATE MCLA at Fitchburg State at Framingham State BRIDGEWATER STATE at Western Connecticut SALEM STATE at Worcester State at MCLA FITCHBURG STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAC Semi-finals MASCAC Championship

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at Framingham State at Salem State FITCBHURG STATE UMASS DARTMOUTH at Worcester State PLYMOUTH STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship

2013-14 High School Winter Standings

Women’s Swimming & Diving DAY

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BRIDGEWATER STATE at University of Saint Joseph (CT) WESTERN CONNECTICUT New England Championships New England Championships New England Championships University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

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GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 2-1 Southwick 3-0 St. Mary 0-4 Gateway 0-0 BOYS’ HOOPS Westfield 1-4 Southwick 0-3 Westfield Voc-Tech 0-0* St. Mary 0-2 Gateway 2-1 HOCKEY Westfield 2-1 St. Mary 2-1 BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 4-0 GIRLS’ SWIMMING Westfield 3-0-1 BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0 GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0

BOYS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0 GIRLS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0 *No Report Friday’s Results BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 94, Belchertown 61 GIRLS’ SWIMMING Westfield 85, Belchertown 85 BOYS’ HOOPS Ware 44, Southwick-Tolland 35 Agawam 58, Westfield 54 (OT) GIRLS’ HOOPS Pathfinder 61, St. Mary 21 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY Cathedral** 3, Arlington 1 **Five WHS players

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American Profile

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field DAY DATE OPPONENT Jan. 18 Coast Guard Invitational Saturday Jan. 25 Springfield College Invitational Saturday Feb. 1 Dartmouth College Invitational Saturday Feb. 8 MIT/Boston University Invitationals Saturday Saturday Feb. 15 MASCAC/Alliance Championships Feb. 21-22 New England Division III Finals Fri.-Sat.

Place New London, CT Springfield Hanover, N.H. Boston Southern Maine MIT (M); Springfield (W)

Fri.-Sat Feb. 28 All New England Championships March 1 March 7-8 ECAC Division III Championships Fri.-Sat March 14-15 NCAA Division III Championships Fri.-Sat.

Boston University Reggie Lewis Center @Devaney Center Lincoln, NE

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2:00 5:30 5:30 5:30 1:00 6:00 1:00 5:30 1:00 5:30 1:00 5:30 5:30 1:00 5:30 1:00 TBA TBA TBA

Westfield vs. Mount Holyoke SAINT JOSEPH (CT) SUFFOLK FRAMINGHAM STATE at Bridgewater State at Castleton State at Salem State WORCESTER STATE MCLA at Fitchburg State at Framingham State BRIDGEWATER STATE SALEM STATE at Worcester State at MCLA FITCHBURG STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship

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Pack, Eagles and Bolts in; Ravens and Dolphins out BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The Eagles and Packers went on the road Sunday and headed home with playoff berths. Philadelphia completed a terrific turnaround under new coach Chip Kelly by beating Dallas 24-22 to win the NFC East. Hours before, Aaron Rodgers played the role of returning hero, along with Randall Cobb, in Green Bay’s 33-28 victory at Chicago to capture the NFC North title. The Eagles (10-6) will host New Orleans (11-5) on Saturday night. Green Bay (8-7-1) is home against San Francisco (12-4) on Sunday. The wild-card round begins Saturday with Kansas City (11-5) at Indianapolis (11-5). The early game Sunday is San Diego (9-7) at Cincinnati (11-5). Brandon Boykin’s interception in the final 2 minutes clinched Philadelphia’s win. One year after the Eagles finished 4-12, they won seven of their final eight games to win the division. “A huge win for Philly, a huge win for us, just a great moment,” Boykin said. Dallas (8-8) has lost three straight showdown finales for the NFC East title. At Chicago, in his first game back from a broken left collarbone, Rodgers threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Cobb on fourthand-8 with 38 seconds left for the go-ahead score. Rodgers had been out since getting injured

in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 4, and Cobb missed the previous 10 games with a knee problem. Still, the Packers edged the archrival Bears (8-8) for the division crown by winning three of their last four games. “It’s big. Obviously, he is the best quarterback in the league,” said Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who caught 10 passes for 161 yards. “To be gone for that many weeks and to play as well as he did — it was great to have him back.” San Diego also finished off a rally to get into the postseason, beating short-handed Kansas City 27-24 in overtime for its fourth consecutive victory. After Miami and Baltimore lost earlier in the day, the Chargers rode Nick Novak’s 36-yard field goal with 5:30 left in OT to the sixth seed. “We didn’t play our best game, but teams that are playoff teams find a way to win when you don’t play your best and that’s what we did today,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said. Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop was wide right on a 41-yard field goal to win it with 4 seconds left in regulation. Pittsburgh would have gotten the playoff spot over San Diego had Succop connected. The Colts, winners of the AFC South, beat Jacksonville 30-10 on Sunday and will face a familiar opponent in the playoffs. They won 23-7 in Kansas City last weekend.

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

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GP Anaheim 41 Chicago 41 St. Louis 38 39 San Jose Los Angeles 39 38 Colorado Vancouver 40 Phoenix 38 38 Dallas Minnesota 41 41 Winnipeg Nashville 39 39 Calgary Edmonton 41

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this kind of time on my hands.” Miami (8-8) lost to the New York Jets 20-7, putting the Steelers — who began the season 0-4 — in position to advance if San Diego slipped up at home against a team that rested See Playoffs, Page 14

NFL PLAYOFF GLANCE Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4

Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

Kansas City at Indianapolis, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)

Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19

New Orleans at Philadelphia, 8:10 p.m. (NBC) Sunday, Jan. 5

AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. (CBS) San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. (FOX) Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Green Bay, San Francisco or New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Cincinnati, Indianpolis or Kansas City at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12

NFL, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)


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EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 1 59 130 94 17-3-0 2 54 114 81 16-3-2 4 50 110 93 14-4-2 5 45 121 116 13-8-1 3 49 99 89 12-7-2 4 40 97 107 11-7-0 9 45 103 111 6-10-6 5 45 115 118 14-8-1 2 40 94 108 8-10-2 8 40 95 102 7-5-5 7 39 115 134 9-10-4 4 38 106 112 9-9-2 9 37 91 114 7-8-5 5 35 95 128 8-9-3 7 31 102 135 5-8-7 4 26 71 110 8-12-2

Away 12-8-1 10-8-0 9-8-2 7-6-4 11-7-1 7-9-4 12-3-3 6-8-4 11-9-0 9-11-3 7-8-3 8-9-2 7-8-4 7-11-2 7-13-0 3-12-2

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WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 5 61 131 103 14-0-2 7 61 157 115 14-2-5 5 57 137 92 15-3-2 6 56 128 98 14-1-3 4 54 108 79 13-5-2 4 50 109 97 12-5-2 6 52 108 93 11-5-3 9 47 116 117 10-3-3 7 45 112 111 8-4-5 5 45 96 107 14-4-2 5 41 111 121 9-8-4 4 38 89 115 9-8-3 6 34 95 122 7-9-3 4 30 106 139 6-11-2

Away 14-8-3 13-5-2 11-4-3 11-7-3 12-5-2 11-6-2 12-6-3 9-7-6 11-8-2 6-12-3 9-10-1 8-10-1 7-10-3 7-13-2

Div 8-1-2 9-6-2 12-0-1 11-2-2 8-3-1 9-5-2 6-4-3 6-5-4 5-7-4 8-5-1 5-11-3 6-7-0 4-7-2 2-7-2

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1, SO St. Louis 6, Chicago 5, SO Philadelphia 4, Edmonton 3, SO Ottawa 4, Boston 3 Detroit 4, Florida 3 New Jersey 2, N.Y. Islanders 1 Nashville 3, Los Angeles 2 Anaheim 3, Phoenix 2, OT Sunday’s Games Buffalo 2, Washington 1, SO Florida 4, Montreal 1 Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 3 St. Louis 3, Dallas 2, OT Toronto 5, Carolina 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Tampa Bay 3 Vancouver 2, Calgary 0 N.Y. Islanders 5, Minnesota 4 Winnipeg 2, Colorado 1, OT

The defending NFL champion Ravens will stay home. The Bengals beat Baltimore 34-17, ensuring the Ravens (8-8) were eliminated once Pittsburgh (8-8) defeated Cleveland 20-7. “Not going to the playoffs hurts,” running back Ray Rice said. “I’m not used to having

San Jose 3, Anaheim 1 Monday’s Games Washington at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Chicago, 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 1 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Florida, 5 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. Montreal at Carolina, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Dallas, 8 p.m. Columbus at Colorado, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Calgary, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

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x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Sunday’s Games Tennessee 16, Houston 10 Minnesota 14, Detroit 13 Carolina 21, Atlanta 20 Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 7 N.Y. Giants 20, Washington 6 Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 17

Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 10 N.Y. Jets 20, Miami 7 Denver 34, Oakland 14 San Diego 27, Kansas City 24, OT Seattle 27, St. Louis 9 San Francisco 23, Arizona 20 Green Bay 33, Chicago 28 New Orleans 42, Tampa Bay 17 New England 34, Buffalo 20 Philadelphia 24, Dallas 22

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

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf 24 5 .828 — 7-3 W-4 14-1 10-4 17-3 23 7 .767 1½ 8-2 W-1 14-2 9-5 15-6 17 14 .548 8 6-4 L-1 12-4 5-10 11-8 13 15 .464 10½ 7-3 W-2 5-8 8-7 8-8 13 14 .481 10 5-5 W-1 7-5 6-9 11-8 14 17 .452 11 4-6 L-2 8-10 6-7 12-10 14 18 .438 11½ 4-6 L-2 6-10 8-8 13-8 13 17 .433 11½ 5-5 W-1 8-8 5-9 10-10 11 17 .393 12½ 3-7 L-1 7-6 4-11 10-9 10 20 .333 14½ 3-7 L-5 8-7 2-13 7-15 10 20 .333 14½ 4-6 W-2 7-9 3-11 8-11 10 20 .333 14½ 4-6 L-1 6-9 4-11 6-13 9 21 .300 15½ 2-8 W-1 7-8 2-13 7-11 9 21 .300 15½ 4-6 L-3 4-12 5-9 9-12 6 24 .200 18½ 2-8 L-3 3-12 3-12 6-18

d-division leader Saturday’s Games Boston 103, Cleveland 100 Indiana 105, Brooklyn 91 Washington 106, Detroit 82 Toronto 115, New York 100 Atlanta 118, Charlotte 116, OT Dallas 105, Chicago 83 Houston 107, New Orleans 98

Memphis 120, Denver 99 Minnesota 117, Milwaukee 95 Phoenix 115, Philadelphia 101 Miami 108, Portland 107 L.A. Clippers 98, Utah 90 Sunday’s Games Orlando 109, Atlanta 102 Golden State 108, Cleveland 104, OT Oklahoma City 117, Houston 86 San Antonio 112, Sacramento 104

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Oklahoma City 25 5 .833 — 9-1 W-3 14-1 11-4 16-4 Portland 24 6 .800 1 7-3 L-1 12-3 12-3 13-5 d-San Antonio 24 7 .774 1½ 7-3 W-2 11-4 13-3 14-6 d-L.A. Clippers 21 11 .656 5 7-3 W-1 13-2 8-9 15-5 Houston 21 12 .636 5½ 5-5 L-1 13-4 8-8 12-10 Phoenix 18 11 .621 6½ 8-2 W-1 11-4 7-7 14-9 Golden State 19 13 .594 7 7-3 W-5 11-4 8-9 15-12 Dallas 17 13 .567 8 5-5 W-1 11-4 6-9 9-10 Minnesota 15 15 .500 10 6-4 W-2 9-4 6-11 6-10 Denver 14 15 .483 10½ 3-7 L-6 7-6 7-9 7-13 New Orleans 13 15 .464 11 4-6 L-1 8-5 5-10 6-13 Memphis 13 16 .448 11½ 4-6 W-1 7-10 6-6 8-13 L.A. Lakers 13 18 .419 12½ 3-7 L-5 7-8 6-10 8-13 Sacramento 9 20 .310 15½ 3-7 L-1 6-11 3-9 6-15 Utah 9 24 .273 17½ 5-5 L-1 4-10 5-14 6-17 Philadelphia 111, L.A. Lakers 104 Monday’s Games Washington at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m. Portland at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Miami at Denver, 9 p.m. Charlotte at Utah, 9 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games Atlanta at Boston, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Indiana, 3 p.m. Golden State at Orlando, 5 p.m. Sacramento at Houston, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Toronto at Chicago, 8 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Nonsense Dear Annie: I have two grown daughters. I don’t know what I expected as we all grew older, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. Here’s the problem with my older daughter, “Bethany.” The three of us had lunch together, and afterward, Bethany said she was bored and had taken on part-time work as a phone sex worker. I was stunned and thought she was making it up. She is notorious for lying. But she swore she was telling the truth. Annie, she and her husband both have good jobs, and she certainly doesn’t need the money. It made me furious, but we have not mentioned it since. Now, my younger daughter is treating me terribly. After high school, I discovered that “Miranda” was a bully to her classmates. She made fun of them and tormented them for years. I had many conversations with both of my daughters about being kind to people, but obviously it never meant a thing to Miranda. I now believe she is transferring that attitude to me. She never misses an opportunity to correct me in front of my grandchildren. She once hurt my feelings so badly, I broke down in tears. After Thanksgiving, she invited me to go shopping. I was at the designated place, but she wasn’t there. When I phoned, she said she was tied up at the checkout line in another store -- one where she knows I love to shop. I said I couldn’t wait and was going home. She didn’t object. I invited her for Christmas dinner, and she refused to let me know whether she could make it until the day before. Annie, I have had many surgeries and illnesses over the years, but in spite of that, I have lived a pretty good life. My husband and I have been generous with our children. If you see a problem with my attitude, tell me. I am willing to change. Right now, however, I am considering cutting my losses by limiting my contact with both of them. I am too old to put up with this nonsense. -- North Carolina Dear N.C.: We think your daughters enjoy yanking your chain in whatever direction it will go. We know this can be aggravating, but it does seem that they are close to you, having lunch together and offering to go shopping. If you enjoy that aspect of the relationship, we’d urge you to take the rest with a grain of salt, knowing that this is how they are. But if it is too stressful for you to be in their company, it makes perfect sense to limit contact to what you can tolerate. Dear Annie: I consider myself a generous person. I never forget the birthdays of my children, grandchildren or friends. I bring casserole dishes to those who are sick or have lost a loved one. Is it asking too much to get a simple thank you? I wouldn’t care whether it was by text message or email. Have we become so entitled that we can’t take a few minutes out of our busy lives to show gratitude? I’d like to tell my family and friends that if they don’t get a check, gift or card from me in the future, it’s because they don’t seem appreciative. -- Less Generous Dear Less: Don’t tell us and hope they will see it. Tell them directly. Explain that without an acknowledgement of your gifts, you aren’t sure they are welcome or even that mailed items were received. If there is no word of thanks, you will assume in the future that they prefer not to get your cards, checks and casseroles. Dear Annie: I just wanted to add my suggestion for “No Hallmark.” My 93-year-old mother recycles greeting cards into beautiful bookmarks. Many go to our local library. She loves to do this, and it keeps her busy. -- Santa Cruz, Calif. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to

HINTS FROM HELOISE Is This Dog in Service? Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about animals in stores: “Recently at a store, I noticed a woman with a small dog being carried in her arms. I asked to speak to a manager about the health issues of an animal being allowed in a store, and he said if a person says he or she needs one for medical reasons, store personnel cannot question the person about it. I can understand a Seeing Eye dog or a dog for which there is some kind of identification that it is trained for medical reasons. I have metal in my knees, and I have to carry a card. -- A Reader, Little Rock, Ark.” You never know what the situation may be. Just because you don’t see a physical reason for someone to have a service animal doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t need one. There are dogs that are specifically trained to detect seizures or help with posttraumatic stress disorder and many other issues. According to the Americans With Disabilities Act, if it is not obvious what a service animal is trained to do, store staff may ask only two questions of the person: Is the service dog required because of a disability? And what work or task is the animal trained to do (such as guide someone who is blind or help in another way)? A medical card or letter is not required. Some people might take advantage of the situation. Also, the service animal should be on a leash or tether, or be harnessed. So the lady carrying her dog around might not have been in compliance. That said, it’s not a good idea to tote your pet dog, cat or bird around just because you want to. -- Heloise



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Dec. 30, 2013: This year you often find yourself disagreeing with the status quo. The irony is that you need the status quo in order to remain effective and content. Re-evaluate what is not working, and attempt to process it. If you are single, check out anyone you meet with care; someone might not be everything you think he or she is. Still, you could meet someone who is quite engaging. If you are attached, the two of you need more downtime together. You will see your relationship flourish with more nurturing. SAGITTARIUS knows your vulnerabilities better than you do. 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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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Keep reaching out to those you have not made contact with yet. You will be liberating yourself from a difficult situation. You could jolt an older friend or loved one with this decision. Be sensitive to others’ feelings. Tonight: Go for offbeat; try something totally new. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH A partnership is far from boring. You could be shocked by what you hear. You might want to ask this person to repeat what he or she said. Resist becoming combative, even if the implications are far-reaching. Know that people do change their minds. Tonight: Chat over dinner. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Check out what has been said carefully. What feels too good to be true most likely is. You could sense someone’s discomfort with a matter involving finances. If you can, start up a conversation with this person. Tonight: Make a decision with care. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH You are into accomplishing what you must. If you look around and observe, there is a lot happening. A boss or superior of some sort could change his or her mind so quickly that you might be in shock. Make necessary adjustments. Tonight: Stay focused. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH The unexpected occurs, which affects your understanding of a certain situation. You might feel weighed down by the choices you have to make. Your instincts will help you follow through on a potential change. Tonight: Add some spice to your life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH Tension builds on the homefront, but it is debatable which way you should head. Allow your creativity to find the right solution as well as an appropriate way to relieve pressure. A partner could act in a most erratic manner. Tonight: Make it your treat. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might be taken aback by the person who gets your message; on the other hand, you could be disappointed that someone else did not get the meaning behind your words. Curb your anger, or at least direct it appropriately. Tonight: Have a long-overdue conversation. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Use care with your finances. What you believe to be a sound decision might not be. Prepare for unexpected developments pertaining to your work, routine, diet and health matters. Schedule a doctor’s appointment, if need be. Tonight: Use your good sense. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You might want to pitch in and help a loved one with what he or she deems an overwhelming project. A friend might be irate, and could start pushing you to make a decision. You need to establish your boundaries. Tonight: Where the gang is. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You need structure in your life. The unexpected might be shaking you up more than you realize. You might have to deal with someone, perhaps a higher-up, who is angry. Discomfort invades a situation. You can’t always deal with the predictable. Tonight: Process your feelings. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Friendships will always star in your life. Someone from a distance could be unusually hostile. You see a lot more than many other people, as you can read between the lines. You might need some thinking time to digest everything that is happening. Tonight: Out late.



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W. Mass. man shares photographic talent in book By LOU FEORINO The Springfield Republican EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Muhammad Ali. Al Pacino. Yasser Arafat. Billy Graham. George W. Bush. Joni Mitchell. Tiger Woods. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The names are famous. So are the faces that have appeared on the covers and pages of such magazines as “Time,” ‘’Life,” ‘’Fortune” and “Sports Illustrated.” The photographer who captured the images is Gregory Heisler, who was raised in Chicago and worked decades in New York before moving to Easthampton. Heisler, who shot 70 “Time” covers now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, has been the artist in residence at Hallmark School of Photography in Montague since 2009. His first book on his craft, “Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques From a Photographer’s Photographer,” not only displays the breadth of his work but explains the creative and technical tradecraft that made it possible. At a recent book signing at White Square Books on Cottage Street in Easthampton, Heisler gave a glimpse of what’s in his book. He has photographed a wide range of figures including politicians, artists and athletes while working in New York as an editorial photographer. “Most of what I’ve done for 35 years is for magazines,” he said. Planning, persistence, creativity and flexibility all play a part in getting the picture. In one case he described, luck had a role. The cover shot of the book could be considered Exhibit A for his work. Heisler was shooting his first black and white essay to accompany a “Sports Illustrated” story about the people who had comprised Muhammad Ali’s inner circle. On a hot day in Miami, he approached the home of Luis Sarria, Ali’s “masseur, physical trainer, and cornerman for his entire professional boxing career,” according to the book. However Sarria’s wife came out of the house and said her husband was unwell, had a swollen lip and didn’t want his picture taken. With coaching, Sarria came onto the porch, then the stoop. A battery-powered flash was taped onto a diffuser to offer a caressing light. Polaroid tests shown to Sarria of the portrait in progress got him to relax. The resulting picture shows a reflecting face cradled in enormous hands. “You can have the best laid plans but you have to be able to hang a left if the opportunity provides it,” Heisler said. “Once you go out on location anything can happen. My goal was to bring the control of the studio outside into the world.” The control of the studio was brought to an old farmhouse in Berrien Springs, Mich., where Heisler was shooting a picture of Muhammad Ali for “Sports Illustrated.” Heisler said Ali had joked with them and shown them card tricks, but while they were setting up their lights, he retreated into a silent, peaceful state Heisler attributed to his Parkinson’s disease. Heisler described it in the book as a “powerful aloneness.” “I want to get across his sense of isolation,” Heisler said. He posed Ali standing alone in a snowy farm field. Light falls on Ali’s face but the farm building are dim in the background. “This looks like moonlight but it was actually shot at 4 in the afternoon,” said Heisler, who went on to describe how strobe lights helped create the effect. Luck came into play when Heisler was shooting Olympian Greg Louganis in Florida for a “Life” photo essay on 1984 gold medal

In this photo taken on Dec. 8, 2013, photographer Gregory Heisler, right, chats with Paul Murphy as he signs a copy of his first book on his craft, “Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques From a Photographer’s Photographer,” in Easthampton, Mass. Originally from Chicago, Heisler worked for decades in New York before moving to Easthampton. His photos were on 70 covers of Time Magazine, now in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. (AP Photo/The Beswick)




winners who were headed for the 1988 Olympics. Heisler said he wanted to convey the time distortion athletes describe when they are performing. The camera he was using didn’t have a motor drive for shooting rapid sequences. “The first thing he said to me is I can only give you five dives.” Heisler said Louganis had done something like 100 dives the week before for a swimwear ad. Louganis explained the 10-meter dives are dangerous. He could hit his head on the platform. He could hit the water at the wrong angle and break his neck. (Louganis got a concussion after hitting his head during the 1988 competition in Seoul, South Korea.) Louganis dived five times so fast, “I never saw him,” Heisler said. The shoot was over until a boy who had been in the pool asked to have his picture taken with Louganis. “This is your lucky day,” Heisler said Louganis said to him. Louganis dived one more time while the boy jumped. It was the one picture Heisler got. The portrait has a dreamy quality, showing a descending Louganis, head down, arms outstretched, toes pointed, with the little boy following, feet first. “It’s a miracle,” Heisler said of capturing the shot. Heisler said the only time he didn’t get the picture was when he was temporarily banned from the White House after President George H.W. Bush took offense at a multiple exposure portrait he had taken for the “Time” 1991 “Man of the Year” issue. The portrait showed Bush with two faces to reflect the duality of the president, viewed as strong on foreign policy while ineffective on domestic matters. “I think both faces are really nice,” said Heisler, but the editorial context cast a negative pall. He went back to the White House three months later for an assignment and learned his clearance was revoked. Years later he photographer George W. Bush as president. Heisler said he transitioned from New York after being contacted by Hallmark to teach there. Instead of commuting, he decided to move to Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Easthampton. “By teaching there, I had time to work on this book,” Heisler said.


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CARPET, LINOLEUM, CERAMIC TILE, HARDWOOD FLOORS. Sales, MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years exService. Installation & Repairs. Cus- perience. Insured, reasonable prices. tomer guaranteed quality, clean, ef- No job too small. Call Tom Daly, ficient, workmanship. Call Rich (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625. (413)530-7922. 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.

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

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

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.

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

TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Tom (413)568-7036.

PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. All your carpentry needs. Remodeling specialty. Additions, garages, decks, siding. Finish trim, window replacement. Kitchens designed by Prestige. (413)386-4606.

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

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

A NEW LOOK FOR FALL. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and Snowplowing decorating advice. (413)564-0223, A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield (413)626-8880. residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLPAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & On time, reliable service. Average Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787. (413)386-3293. SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn Landscaping/Lawn Care Services, (413)579-1639. ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mow- Tree Service ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land for Mel (413)579-1407. Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log

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AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, caLEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF RE- bling and removals. Free estimates, MOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for fully insured. Please call Ken 569your free Quote today! You rake um' & 0469. Leaf the rest to us. Residential and Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert website at tree removal. Prompt estimates. for all of Crane work. Insured. “After 34 our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. years, we still work hard at being (413)569-3472. #1.” (413)562-3395.

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. Upholstery 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, KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS. mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate 30+ years experience for home or busitimate (413)519-9838. Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

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