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Valley Gives ups prize ante By PETER FRANCIS Staff Writer WESTFIELD – As 350 local nonprofits and programs gear up for Valley Gives, western Massachusetts’ big 24-hour e-philanthropy event, it appears that the pot has been sweetened considerably. An additional $25,000 has flooded in from area donors, bringing the prize pool to a whopping $225,000, which will be distributed among the NPOs with the three largest donation hauls on December 12. These last minute gifts are a repeat of last year when donors stepped forward days before the inaugural event to pledge their additional support. Valley Gives’ original plan was to give out $150,000 in unrestricted cash to participating nonprofits in the form of bonus matches and to those that raised the most money from their donors, old and new. Now only a year later, the project is able to give out an additional $75,000 in 2013. Instead of a small number of large-dollar Golden Tickets like last year’s event, this year will see more smaller tickets given away, which means around 30 percent of all the participating nonprofits will be eligible to win a Golden Ticket. “Each nonprofit will only be able to get one Golden Ticket this year, which means more will benefit,” said Communications Director Michael Kusek. This year’s structure groups NPOs into two budget categories, budgets greater than $300,000, and budgets less than $300,000. NPOs will compete for bonus grants presented to the top three slots for “Most Money Raised” and See Valley Gives, Page 7

Brothers charged in $12K burglary

Ice spreads Craig McLaughlin, a maintenance employee for the Southwick-TollandGranville Regional School District, uses a hand spreader to distribute an ice melting agent to the sidewalks around the Powder Mill Middle School this morning where a two-hour delay was implemented due to icy conditions around the region. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Phelps to fill ConComm vacancy By HOPE E. TREMBLAY Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – The Board of Selectmen appointed Marcus Phelps to the Conservation Commission this week. Phelps, retired town planner, will serve the remainder of a term vacated by Robert Baribeau. The appointment was surrounded by some confusion because the commission originally posted a vacancy due to the resignation of member James Parent. “Originally we had what was thought to be a vacancy with the resignation of James Parent,” explained Chief Administrative Officer Karl Stinehart. “We advertised the position and received no response, so we re-advertised.” During that time, Parent asked to stay on the commission and Baribeau submitted his resignation. In order to appoint Phelps to the proper seat, the board had to rescind the resignation of Parent

MARCUS PHELPS and accept the resignation of Baribeau. Duties include attendance at meetings and administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Phelps will be eligible for reappointment in June 30, 2014. Conservation Coordinator Dennis Clark said the group meets

the first and third Wednesday of every month and conducts a few site visits, as well. The Commission is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a three-year term to oversee the requirements of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, and other activities that potentially impact the environment. Clark said there are no background requirements for the position, just a willingness to serve and learn. “The credentials are not as important as an interest in nature and preservation,” said Clark. Commissioners do need to know the Wetlands Protection Act and other laws pertaining to conservation, but the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissioners conducts regular training sessions available to all commissioners that are paid for by the local commission, not the indi-

vidual. “People can learn about wetland delineations and the laws,” said Clark. The Southwick Conservation Commission’s mission is to serve as the conservation conscience of the town, providing leadership for natural resources planning. The Commission works to protect, and where possible enhance plant and wildlife habitat to maintain Southwick’s natural resources. The Commission, together with the Mass DEP, reviews applications for work to be undertaken in or near a wetland. The Commission is entrusted with the application of the Wetland Protection Act, the Rivers Protection Act, CMR Wetlands Regulations, Storm Water Management Policy and Southwick Local Wetlands Bylaws. There are two application types for work in a wetland area – a request for determination and a notice of intent.

Airport board approves land lease By DAN MORIARTY Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Airport Commission voted Wednesday night to approve a 50-year lease to Whip City Aviation, LLC, which plans to rehabilitate existing structures and develop new facilities over the next 10 years. The lease of 16 acres of land on the airport was the subject of an executive session held by the commission Monday night. Whip City Aviation is also scheduled to appear before the Planning Board at its Dec. 17 session and the City Council on Dec. 19. The City Council is required to approve all leases over 20 year in duration. Most of the airport leases are for terms longer than the 20 year limit. The Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on a special permit, site plan and

stormwater permit originally filed with that board on June 18, 2013. The public hearings were continued while the lease agreement was negotiated, but the Planning Board notified the parties that the continuance granted at the Nov. 19 meeting would be the last and if the public hearing was not conducted, the applicant would have to initiate a new petition process. City Advancement Officer Jeff Daley said the lease both provides additional income to the airport and has a cost avoidance benefit, as well. “The 16 acres of dirt now has T-hangars that are in deplorable condition,” Daley said. “Under the terms of the lease they will be responsible for the maintenance of those hangars and will have to invest in bringing up the present facilities. “There will be additional investment in new

facility construction over the next 10 years,” Daley said. “That could be construction of additional T-hangars or corporate aviation facilities. There will be some serious capital investment.” Daley said that the current T-hangars are now the responsibility of the city. “If this deal does not go through, (Airport Manager) Brian Barnes and I will be going to the City Council in the spring for funding because something has to be done quickly,” Daley said. “Both of the principals are pilots. Both have a passion for aviation. Both are successful business owners who have the capital needed for this kind of investment,” Daley said. “They want to bring a sense of community back to the general aviation population at Barnes.”

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By CARL E. HARTDEGEN Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Two city teens are facing the consequences of bad decisions they appear to have made in 2011 now that they have been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars from a neighbor. Det. Sgt. Stephen K. Dickinson reports, in a document filed in Westfield District Court last week, that a two-year investigation into an Old Park Lane burglary has been completed and two brothers have been arrested for the crime. Michael Joseph Grant, 17, of 141 Bates Road, and Paul Andrew Grant, 19, of the same address, were arrested Monday and charged with larceny of property valued more than $250, breaking and entering a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit those crimes Dickinson reports that in November, 2012, he took up the investigation which recently retired Det. Sgt. Ray Manos had initiated. Dickinson found that the victim had discovered that, on three separate occasions between March and June of 2011, thousands of dollars in $100 bills had been stolen from his home. He told police that a total of $12,000 had been stolen. Manos had discovered that the victim and his wife had hired a neighbor’s daughter to take care of their pets when they went away and they had left a key hidden in their unlocked garage to allow her access. They also, Manos was told, had not activated their alarm when they left in order to accommodate the girl. Manos had discovered that a large number of phone calls had been received at the victims’ house. When the female victim had called the number in an attempt to learn who had been calling repeatedly, she reached a neighbor, the mother of the cat-sitter, who said she had not called. The woman heard her neighbor ask her son, Michael, if he had called and heard him say no. Manos continued to investigate the calls and learned from Michael’s mother that he used the cellular phone associated with the number in question. Michael and his mother came to speak with Manos and during that interview she allowed the detectives to administer a voice stress interview. The results, Det. John Barnachez reports, suggested that Michael lied when he denied both making calls to the victims’ house and stealing money from them. Manos also found reason to believe that both brothers had a history of stealing. Their father owns a business in the city and told Manos that he once brought home the store’s receipts. “By morning cash was missing. He eventually got his sons to admit where they hid the money,” Manos reported. In addition, Manos found that, when Michael was employed at a Pleasant Street business, money was found to be missing there and he later admitted that he stole those funds. In June, 2013, after Dickinson took over the case, he called Michael’s mother to schedule an interview but she demurred and said she would call him again in a week. She didn’t call and instead Dickinson heard from a local lawyer who told him See Brothers, Page 3

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Woman’s Club Wreath Workshop WESTFIELD – The holiday spirit was alive and well at The Woman’s Club Wreath Workshop 2013 where participants created either a wreath or centerpiece lush with greenery and sparkling with decorations and ribbons. Linda Saltus, president of the Club’s Evening Division said participation in the workshop has steadily increased with more than 30 people taking part this year. Showing off their custom creations are: Linda Brown, Janice Zajdel, Missy Taylor, Becky Clinginsmith, Lindsay LaCoille and Kathy Taylor.




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WEATHER DISCUSSION A *WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY* will remain in effect until 6 PM. Throughout the day, you can expect on and off rain/snow/sleet showers. Minor snow and ice accumulations are likely across western Massachusetts. This wintry mix is expected to linger through 3 o’clock this afternoon with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-30s.

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ODDS & ENDS Pa. man, 109, cites unlisted number for longevity JERMYN, Pa. (AP) — What’s the secret to a long life? Having an unlisted number. That’s according to Leo Moskovitz, who just turned 109. The northeastern Pennsylvania resident jokes that God can’t find him because his name has never appeared in the phone book. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports ( ) Moskovitz celebrated his birthday with friends and family at a restaurant on Sunday. People curious about his longevity often ask Moskovitz about his diet. He says he switches between oatmeal and eggs for breakfast — but isn’t sure if that’s why he’s lived so long. He says, “If I knew what the secret was, I’d patent it.” Moskovitz and his 87-year-old wife, Ann, have been married for 45 years. They live in Jermyn.

SOUTHWICK - Everyone loves pancakes! This year enjoy the annual Southwick Lions Club Pancakes with Santa Breakfast at the Southwick Rec Center, in Southwick on Sunday, December 15. The cost for the breakfast, which includes pancakes, eggs, and sausage, is $7.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12 years of age. The breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. and continues until noontime. Always a hit, this event is crowed so come early and take part in the children’s raffle and photos with Santa, which are a feature of this event, at a small additional cost. The proceeds from this fund raiser will go toward the Mass Eye Research fund and school scholarships for our local students. The Lions Club International is best known for fighting issues dealing with blindness and eyesight problems, but the Southwick Lions Club, which was founded in 1947, combats many human life issues and is a strong presence in the community. Whenever a Lions Club gets together, problems get solved and communities get better.


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Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. n Dec. 9, 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response.



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In 1984, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Americans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport.

In 1608, English poet John Milton was born in London. In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England. In 1911, an explosion inside the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tenn., killed 84 workers. (Five were rescued.) In 1912, longtime House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill was born in Cambridge, Mass. In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II. In 1942, the Aram Khachaturian ballet “Gayane,” featuring the surging “Sabre Dance,” was first performed by Russia’s Kirov Ballet. In 1958, the anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis. In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park. In 1971, Nobel Peace laureate Ralph Bunche died in New

In 1982, special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski died at his Wimberley, Texas, ranch at age 77.

In 1992, Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple’s divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.) Ten years ago: The owners of a Rhode Island nightclub and the tour manager for the rock band Great White were indicted on charges related to a fire the previous February that killed 100 people. A suicide bomber killed five victims outside an exclusive Moscow hotel. Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination. Former Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., died in Springfield, Ill., at age 75. Five years ago: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uhvich) was arrested after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps scheming to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration.(Blagojevich was convicted of wide-ranging corruption in 2011 and sentenced to 14 years in prison.) NBC announced that “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno would be moving to prime time.

One year ago: U.S. special forces rescued an American doctor captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. A Navy SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque of Monroeville, Pa., was killed during the rescue of Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo. Same-sex couples in Washington state began exchanging vows just after midnight under a new state law allowing gay marriage. Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and six others were killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Kirk Douglas is 97. Actor Dick Van Patten is 85. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 83. Actress Dame Judi Dench is 79. Actor Beau Bridges is 72. Jazz singer-musician Dan Hicks is 72. Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus is 71. Author Joe McGinniss is 71. Actor Michael Nouri is 68. Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., is 66. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 64. Singer Joan Armatrading is 63. Actor Michael Dorn is 61. Actor John Malkovich is 60. Country singer Sylvia is 57. Singer Donny Osmond is 56. Rock musician Nick Seymour (Crowded House) is 55. Comedian Mario Cantone is 54. Actor David Anthony Higgins is 52. Actor Joe Lando is 52. Actress Felicity Huffman is 51. Crown Princess Masako of Japan is 50. Country musician Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) is 48. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is 47. Rock singer-musician Thomas Flowers (Oleander) is 46. Rock musician Brian Bell (Weezer) is 45. Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 44. Country musician Brian Hayes (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 44. Actress Allison Smith is 44. Songwriter and former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi (dee-ohGWAHR’-dee) is 43. Country singer David Kersh is 43. Actress Reiko (RAY’-koh) Aylesworth is 41. Rock musician Tre Cool (Green Day) is 41. Rapper Canibus is 39. Rock musician Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) is 37. Rock singer Imogen Heap is




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MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 GRANVILLE Monday Night Meetings in Town Hall 7pm-8:30pm

CHESTER Selectmen at 6 pm

TOLLAND Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Council on Aging Meeting at 9 am Board of Selectmen at 5 am

WESTFIELD Council on Aging at 1 pm (cancelled) Police Commission at 5:30 pm

SOUTHWICK Council On Aging at 1 pm Board of Selectmen at 6:50 pm Board of Appeals at 7 pm

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


TOLLAND Council on Aging at 9 am Conserv Comm Open Office Hours& Business Meeting at 12 pm Conservation Commission Hours & Meeting at 3 pm

WESTFIELD Housing Authority at 6 pm Conservation Commission at 6:30 pm Cultural Council at 7 pm

SOUTHWICK Board of Water Commissioners - Work Session at 6 pm Library Board of Trustees at 7 pm

BLANDFORD Assessor’s Meeting at 5:30 pm Fire Department Meeting at 6:30 pm Historical Commission Meeting at 7 pm


City on-street Snow Parking Ban WESTFIELD — A reminder to motorists that the city of Westfield has a snowstorm on-street parking ban ordinance during plowable snowstorms. • The ordinance states that it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to park such vehicle on any city street from the beginning of a snow storm until after the storm ceases, and the plowing has been completed on the streets, unless such period is extended by order of the mayor or superintendent of public works or their designee. • To assist motorists with compliance of the city’s snowstorm parking ban ordinance, a parking ban will be ordered. Motorists must obey the order and not park on the streets until it is lifted, or until the storm ceases and the plowing has been completed on the street in question, otherwise they will be subject to towing, and a parking violation. • When a snowstorm is anticipated to begin during the night, motorists who park their vehicles overnight on the street should move their vehicles off the street prior to retiring for the night. • Compliance with the city’s snow parking ban order will permit city streets to be efficiently plowed, and prevent motorists from receiving parking violations. • Motorists may call the following offices for confirmation of an on-street parking ban order: Police Dept. – 413-562-5411 – ext 8 Public Works – 413-572-6267 Parking Clerk – 413-572-6202 – press 2 • Announcement of an on-street parking ban is reported by the following: • Local cable access channel 15 •TV stations WWLP 22, WGGB 40 and CBS 3 • Local radio stations, WMAS, WHYN, WNNZ.

Panel considers casino firms’ Macau dealings BOSTON (AP) — Few Massachusetts residents may be familiar with Macau, but the Chinese administrative region that has become the most lucrative gambling market in the world has caught the eye of state regulators as they complete background checks on two casino companies. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is considering whether MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts are suitable casino businesses for the state. The Gaming Commission has scheduled a hearing for MGM on Monday and for Wynn Resorts on Dec. 16. The two companies have already won approval from their host communities — Wynn in Everett in June and MGM in Springfield in July. Their operations in Macau also have been scrutinized by New Jersey or U.S. regulatory agencies in instances unrelated to Massachusetts. But as American companies have rushed to capitalize in Macau — where total gambling revenues are expected to easily top $40 billion this year, more than six times that of the Las Vegas Strip — regulators in the U.S. have

raised questions about these businesses’ compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. “It says U.S. companies have to act like they are in America when they are dealing in foreign countries,” said Steve Norton, an Indianabased gambling consultant and former casino executive. Norton said the Massachusetts commission will have to decide how any issues it might find in a company’s Macau operations would relate to casino operations in the state, but he doubts the regulators will find either Wynn or MGM unsuitable. “If there is a major problem, then I think the commission would go to them and say, ‘This is an issue. You have to get rid of it,’” Norton said. The two companies were the first resort casino developers in Massachusetts to win approval from their host communities. The background checks, by the commission’s investigative arm, and the panel’s “suitability” decision are among the final hurdles for the few casino applicants that remain viable in Massachusetts. The panel has already spent considerable time debating the

issue: It convened a meeting that focused on Macau in October and discussed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at an informational session last week. In New Jersey, regulators in 2010 found MGM’s partnership with Pansy Ho in Macau unsuitable. Ho is the daughter of a gambling kingpin with alleged ties to Chinese gangs, and MGM was forced to divest its stake in an Atlantic City casino. The company denied doing anything inappropriate and continues its relationship with Ho, though she is now a minority stakeholder in the Macau casino. Meanwhile, New Jersey has agreed to consider allowing MGM to reenter Atlantic City. In Massachusetts, MGM is confident of clearing its background check. “We are looking forward to that suitability hearing on Monday. I have every reason to expect that we will be found suitable,” MGM Chief Executive James Murren said in an emailed statement. Wynn officials told the commission in October that the company’s Macau casino has more than a dozen so-called junket operators, all licensed

and all subject to criminal background checks by the government, along with additional background investigations by the company. Junket operators recruit well-heeled gamblers from the mainland for Baccarat in VIP rooms in Macau casinos, often providing credit to players. In general, they have gotten the attention of regulators because of alleged connections to organized crime. But Steve Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, cautioned the commission against overzealous regulation. He told the panel at the October meeting that he was in compliance with all rules in Macau and that the firm should not be penalized for overseas operations. In July, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it was concluding an investigation into a $135 million donation Wynn Resorts made to a university in Macau, without pursuing enforcement action. A former business partner who had a falling out with Wynn had suggested the donation may have been an attempt to curry favor with government officials.

Brothers Continued from Page 1 that he had advised his client not to speak with police. Dickinson persevered nonetheless and spoke with Michael’s sister who said that she knew where the key to her neighbors’ house was. She also told him that, when she was too busy, she would occasionally call her brother Paul to help her fulfill her duties, so he too knew where the key was. She explained that she called him for help because she has a closer relationship with him because he is nearer to her age. She said she never told Michael where the key was hidden. Dickinson also spoke with Paul who agreed that he would sometimes feed and walk the animals. He said that he knew of the theft but said that he did not believe his brother, who he said he was close to, stole the money. Dickinson also spoke with at least five friends of the two brothers and was told – piece by piece – tales of freespending teens who had a seemingly limitless number of $100 bills. One young man said that Michael “ordered $100 of Dominos pizza, purchased marijuana, cocaine, mushrooms, molly, ecstasy, pills, percosets, clothing and sneakers.” One of the boys told Dickinson that “Michael was the leader of the operation.” The youth said “Michael did most of the purchasing. If Paul wanted something he was to ask his brother to get it or they would purchase it

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

together.” Dickinson explained that one of the problems the flush young men apparently faced was that because of their age – Michael was then 15 and Paul 17 – they could not drive and had to get rides or get others to shop for them. One of the youth’s Dickinson interviewed told him that Michael wanted a vaporizer to smoke marijuana with and asked him to buy it for him. Dickinson wrote “Michael gave five one hundred dollar bills to him and asked him to go in and purchase the vaporizer and to keep the change. The vaporizer was about $400.” At least three of the young men told Dickinson a story about a safe that the brothers bought when Michael lived with a friend on Montgomery Road. All three said that someone – they were reluctant to identify exactly who – had found the safe door open. The three boys agree that somebody took $1,300 in hundred dollar bill and a bong valued at $200 from the safe.

Dickinson said one boy told him “the person who broke into the safe took approximately $1,300 cash all in hundred dollar bills and divided it amongst some friends.” At least three youths interviewed said they had been told by one of the brothers – or deduced from overheard comments and conversations – that the brothers had stolen thousands of dollars from a neighbor. Both of the brothers were taken into custody on Monday, Dec. 2. Paul was arraigned in Westfield District Court before Judge Philip A. Contant on Tuesday who allowed his release on his personal recognizance pending a Feb. 4 hearing. As a minor, Michael was arraigned in Holyoke Juvenile Court. The outcomes of proceedings in juvenile court are not made public. As a by-product of the burglary investigation, Dickinson reports, detectives discovered evidence to suggest the Michael was selling marijuana

and a warrant was sought. When the warrant was executed Nov. 13, Dickinson reports, scales, packaging materials, cash and marijuana were seized as evidence and Michel Grant was arrested for possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute and subsequently arraigned in Holyoke District Court.

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TOWN OF SOUTHWICK REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS The town of Southwick, in conjunction with the town of Granville, is seeking proposals from qualified social service organizations and agencies to include its FY 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. Activities eligible for funding include a range of social services that meet the needs of low and moderateincome residents in the towns of Southwick and/or Granville. Agencies providing the following services are encouraged to submit proposals; adult education/GED preparation, literacy programs, job training, domestic violence prevention, services for seniors, emergency food, family/youth activities and other social service programs. The town of Southwick may choose to fund all, any or none of the proposals submitted. Agencies or organizations identified for inclusion in the town’s grant proposal will be required to submit additional information as part of the full CDBG application to be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Programs funded by DHCD will begin in the fall of 2014. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is assisting the town in the coordination and administration of its community development programs. Please contact PVPC Deputy Director James M. Mazik to receive a request form or with any questions regarding this program at (413) 781-6045 or All proposals must be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street – 1st Floor, Springfield, MA 01104, fax 413-7322593, or by 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013.





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5 legends: Kennedy Center honorees WASHINGTON — The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” was awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts. Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children - and they have never stopped. Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys. “This is different. It’s our nation’s capital,” he told The Associated Press. “This is coming more from my country than just people who come to see me. It’s a little overwhelming.” The 64-year-old musician born in the Bronx has been playing the piano since he was a boy, growing up on New York’s Long Island. There was always music in the house, he said. His mother sang. His father played the piano. Impressing girls, though, is what hooked Joel into making a career of music, he said. Joel just announced a 2014 concert series at Madison Square Garden in New York “to avoid schlepping around the world,” but he still plans to play concerts nationwide. President Barack Obama saluted the honorees Sunday night, and top entertainers will offer tribute performances for each honoree. The show will be broadcast Dec. 29. “The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven’t just proven themselves to be the best of the best,” Obama said. “Despite all their success, all their fame, they’ve remained true to themselves - and inspired the rest of us to do the same.” On Saturday night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the honorees for a black-tie dinner at the State Department. Country singer Garth Brooks toasted Joel at the dinner, saying his legacy would live on for generations. He said Joel has a special talent for writing songs about everyday people, from steel workers in “Allentown” to soldiers fighting in Vietnam in “Goodnight Saigon.” “Music has a wonderful gift,” Brooks said. “For those that do it right, they can put you in shoes that you would never understand if it wasn’t for that song.” Santana, 66, a Mexican immigrant who began learning English from American television, is one of only a few Latinos who have received the honor so far. Santana first picked up the guitar after hearing blues and rock `n’ roll on the radio. He has said his career is about bridging cultures and fusing sounds to create something new. He grew up with the Woodstock generation after moving to San Francisco — playing at Woodstock in 1969 — but is perhaps best known for his album “Supernatural.” It won nine Grammys. Kerry said Santana brought the beauty of Latin culture and its rhythms and influences to the American mainstream. “We love the music you made, not because it’s Latin, but frankly because it is so very American,” Kerry said. Hancock, 73, got his start at the piano at age 7 while growing up in Chicago. Soon he was playing Mozart and discovered jazz in high school. He joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963 and later set out to create his own sounds, fusing jazz, funk, pop, gospel, soul and the blues. He has won an Oscar and 14 Grammy Awards so far. Arroyo found opera while imitating the singers outside an opera workshop when she was growing up in Harlem. Soon she was signing a contract with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and had a breakthrough with “Aida” in 1965. She went on to star in the great opera houses of London, Paris and Vienna. Opera star Jessye Norman said Arroyo, now 76, has a voice “that makes you happy to be alive, just to be in her audience.” MacLaine, 79, has been acting on stage and screen for six decades ever since she began ballet at age 3. Her film debut came in 1955’s “The Trouble with Harry,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and she won the Oscar for best actress for “Terms of Endearment” in 1983. More recently she’s been playing a role in “Downton Abbey” on PBS. MacLaine’s younger brother Warren Beatty also has won a Kennedy Center Honor, making them the first brother and sister to both receive the honor.

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Members’ Obamacare sign-up headaches By SEUNG MIN KIM and JENNIFER HABERKORN Staring down a deadline to sign up for Obamacare, some lawmakers are getting hit by technical glitches or sticker shock. Others are breezing through the website, elated by lower premiums and better health services. And at least one won’t sign up at all — opting to pay a penalty instead. In short, the Obamacare experience is the same mixed bag on Capitol Hill as it is across the nation. “It’s been less than perfect. It’s taken a while,” said Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.). “It takes a long time, dropped off, get asked to call back.” The Affordable Care Act subjects lawmakers to the same trials and tribulations as their constituents by pushing them off their existing health care plans and onto the Obamacare exchanges. As they race to meet a Monday deadline to sign up for coverage, some lawmakers are coming out as winners and others are clear losers — much like the folks back home. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) is one of the losers. He tweeted in frustration that the Obamacare website crashed three times as he tried to enroll last week. Once he was able to select a plan, he found that he will pay roughly $800 per month in premiums for his wife and three children — up from the roughly $450 that he is now paying under the Federal Employee Health Benefits program. Adding to his irritation, Fleischmann said he still hasn’t received confirmation that he is enrolled. “I am not a fan of Obamacare,” Fleischmann said in an interview. “But I was bound and determined to try to comply with the law. I’ve done everything in my power to try to do that.” Since it went live in October, Obamacare’s implementation has proved to be a disaster, plagued by website problems that prevented people from enrolling. The site has stabilized, however, over the past week after an intense administration effort to address the problems. Some lawmakers aren’t even trying to sign up. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), one of the health care law’s most adamant foes on Capitol Hill, said he’s planning on going uninsured and paying the penalty for violating the individual mandate that kicks in on Jan. 1. “I’ve pledged that I’m not taking the subsidy,” Gohmert said in an interview, referring to the employer contribution for lawmakers’ health care plans. “Too many people in my district have lost their insurance because of Obamacare … and because of Obamacare, the remaining insurance is just too expensive. So I’m not going to have insurance, it looks like.” For Gohmert, that penalty would be 1 percent of his congressional salary, or $1,740. He declined to say how much his own coverage under Obamacare without the employer contribution would cost. While Democratic lawmakers tended to share more positive stories about signing up under Obamacare, they, too, conveyed some frustrations with the enrollment process. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said it took him about an hour to get coverage for him, his wife and two young children. His family decided to switch health care providers this year, but what they’ll pay under Obamacare is “not significantly less or more expensive” than their existing plan, he said. “It wasn’t the most elegant Web experience I’ve ever had, but it functioned,” Schatz said, calling the process “a little clunky” at times. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said as he was browsing plans, he learned he would face a roughly 75 percent increase in his premiums — from about $400 per month to about $680 for him and his wife. Roe, a physician, said he’s tried to sign up at least seven times, including a few trips to the website and a trip to the D.C. exchange experts. But he couldn’t determine which doctors and providers go with which insurance plan. “I’m not signing up if I don’t know who my doctor is going to be,” he said in exasperation. “I’ve got to make sure my doctors in Tennessee take this [plan].” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said he tried for six hours to sign up for Obamacare on Oct. 1 — the first day that the exchanges opened for business — without success. As of Friday, he had not yet enrolled, but a spokeswoman said the options Brady and his wife had found will double their premiums and triple their deductible. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) is also shopping for plans, and said she expected to pay “slightly more” for her monthly premiums. An aide said that’s because there are different

allowances for age in insurance prices in the small-business exchange versus the individual exchange. Despite the well-publicized glitches, some lawmakers are happy with what they’re getting under the ACA. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) said he is paying less for health care than before — although he declined to specify by how much — because his previous Northern California Kaiser plan was a small pool of beneficiaries that skewed toward an older population, making it more expensive. Now, Garamendi said, he will be in a larger pool through the D.C. health care exchange and his health care costs will fall. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) — who said proudly that it took him just 19 minutes to sign up for Obamacare coverage — said while he is paying about $80 more per month in premiums, he gets added benefits such as pediatric dental coverage for his two children — Hope, 12, and Gus, 7. And Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said his monthly premiums dropped by $120 compared with the federal benefits program. Although his deductible is now higher, Clay said the lower premiums were a plus — considering he’s got children in college. “The younger members are coming out better; older members who still have dependent children are paying a lot more,” said Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), who said he had been struggling to sign up for coverage through the website. “That’s what I’m hearing.” Beyond lawmakers, most congressional staff must also obtain health care in an exchange, find other coverage — such as a spouse’s plan — or pay the tax. The Office of Personnel Management said earlier this year that members had to join the D.C. small-business exchange if they want to maintain the federal government’s employer contribution to their health plan — a significant payment upward of 75 percent of their premium costs. Lawmakers and qualifying aides had to sign up by Monday to retain that contribution. Some Republicans, led by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, claim the law doesn’t allow the federal government to continue to pay part of the premiums. The law was silent on the federal payment, which OPM interpreted as allowing the payments to continue. The Federal Employee Health Benefits program will remain in place for most federal workers along with committee and leadership staffers on Capitol Hill whose bosses didn’t force them to join the exchange. For many Americans, insurance coverage won’t change. Scores of lawmakers won’t be affected directly by Obamacare. For example, nearly 30 percent of members of Congress are 65 or older, making them eligible for Medicare. And lawmakers including Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and Ami Bera (D-Calif.) will be covered through their spouses. And some on Capitol Hill procrastinate, just like the public. Most lawmakers surveyed by POLITICO had only recently completed their enrollment process. Others, like Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), said she had not enrolled as of Thursday morning. “We’re trying to work through it,” she said. Her problem: The website wasn’t working. David Nather contributed to this report.


Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 11:38 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Feeding Hills Road, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired, the vehicle was towed; 2:59 p.m.: animal complaint, Westfield Animal Shelter, 178 Apremont Way, the animal control officer reports a person came to the station to surrender a miniature pinscher dog reportedly found in the Kasper Street area; 5:45 p.m.: alarm, Main Street, a panic alarm was received from a Main Street liquor store, the responding officer reports the clerk said that he refused to sell beer to a person who was without proper proof of age, the clerk said that the customer complained that he had not been served because of his medical condition, the man was asked to leave the store and did so; 7:48 p.m.: identity fraud, Marcellus, N.Y., a person reported online that he was advised that his credit card had been used to make an on-line purchase which would be picked up at a Springfield Road department store, the case was referred to the financial crimes unit of the Detective Bureau and the store management was notified to call police if the merchandise is claimed; 8:25 p.m.: identity fraud, Rohnert Park, Calif., a caller reports that he was his credit card was used in Arizona make an online purchase which would be picked up at a Springfield Road department store, the case was referred to the financial crimes unit of the Detective Bureau and the store management was notified to call police if the merchandise is claimed; 9:49 p.m.: breaking and entering, George Street, a caller reports somebody broke into his car, the responding officer reports the caller said that he looked outside and saw a male party in the back seat of his vehicle, the man said the suspect fled on foot when the resident went outside, the man said he gave chase but abandoned the chase when he saw the man was holding something he feared was a knife, a smartphone was found to have been stolen from the car which had been parked in the driveway but apparently was not locked. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:21 a.m.: disturbance, North Elm Street, a caller reports her boyfriend is intoxicated and has struck her, the responding officer reports the male party was found to be asleep and was disoriented when awakened, the woman told the officer that the man had been drinking for nine days and had consumed a liter of liquor most recently, the woman said that while he was getting dressed the man flailed his arms and hit her but she does not believe it was intentional, the man was transported to Noble Hospital for treatment; 7:53 a.m.: larceny, East Main Street, a caller from an East Main Street drug store reports that a review of security video shows that three male parties worked together to shoplift five electric toothbrushes valued at $588, the case was referred to the detective bureau; 9:25 a.m.: larceny, a caller reports that a man with whom he has ongoing issues regarding storage fees came on to his property despite having been told not to and stole a wrench, the officer reports he advised the caller that the storage fee issue will have to be addressed in civil court, the missing wrench remains under investigation; 11:57 a.m.: found property, North Elm Street, a resident came to the station to surrender a wallet found on North Elm Street, the responding officer reports the owner could not immediately be contacted and the wallet was stored for safekeeping; 9:20 p.m.: disturbance, Dwight Street, a caller reports two men are fighting in the street, the responding officer reports he arrived to find a male party sitting on a curb with his feet in the roadway, the officer reports the man began flailing his arms and yelling when he approached, the man made no intelligible response to questions and had difficulty spelling his name, Joshua M. Wilcox, 29, of 42 Arnold St., was arrested for disorderly conduct; 11:11 p.m.: incapacitated person, East Main Street, a caller from an East Main Street gas station reports a person at the pumps appears to be intoxicated, the responding officer reports the man denied drinking and passed a series of field sobriety tests with difficulty, a routine check revealed the man to be the subject of an outstanding warrant, Nicholas J. Distefano, 27, of 2 Maria Drive, was arrested on a warrant, during the booking process the man was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin and a number of controlled medications, narcotics charges are pending.

Court Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 11:38 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Feeding Hills Road, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired, the vehicle was towed; 2:59 p.m.: animal complaint, Westfield Animal Shelter, 178 Apremont Way, the animal control officer reports a person came to the station to surrender a miniature pinscher dog reportedly found in the Kasper Street area; 5:45 p.m.: alarm, Main Street, a panic alarm was received from a Main Street liquor store, the responding officer reports the clerk said that he refused to sell beer to a person who was without proper proof of age, the clerk said that the customer complained that he had not been served because of his medical condition, the man was asked to leave the store and did so; 7:48 p.m.: identity fraud, Marcellus, N.Y., a person reported online that he was advised that his credit card had been used to make an on-line purchase which would be picked up at a Springfield Road department store, the case was referred to the financial crimes unit of the Detective Bureau and the store management was notified to call police if the merchandise is claimed; 8:25 p.m.: identity fraud, Rohnert Park, Calif., a caller reports that he was his credit card was used in Arizona make an online purchase which would be picked up at a Springfield Road department store, the case was referred to the financial crimes unit of the Detective Bureau and the store management was notified to call police if the merchandise is claimed; 9:49 p.m.: breaking and entering, George Street, a caller reports somebody broke into his car, the responding officer reports the caller said that he looked outside and saw a male party in the back seat of his vehicle, the man said the suspect fled on foot when the resident went outside, the man said he gave chase but abandoned the chase when he saw the man was holding something he feared was a knife, a smartphone was found to have been stolen from the car which had been parked in the driveway but apparently was not locked.



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Police: Ludlow woman drunk with child in car LUDLOW, Mass. (AP) — Police are crediting customers of a Ludlow gas station with helping get an allegedly drunken driver off the road. Police say 33-year-old Amy Lagasse had her 2-year-old child in her car when she was arrested Saturday night at a Sunoco station on Center Street. She was charged with second offense drunken driving, reckless endangerment of a child and driving on a suspended license. Police tell The Republican ( ) that several customers saw her either falling asleep or acting disoriented in her car. One couple who tried to help her called police and took away her keys so she could not drive away. A third person asked the clerk to call police. The child was handed over to state child welfare authorities.


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BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The Brockton school system is in mourning following the unexpected death of a beloved retired teacher and soccer coach in a weekend car crash. Police say a car driven by 61-year-old Hernani “Ernie” Branco veered off the side of a Norton road and struck a guardrail at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday. Branco was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the single-vehicle crash.

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BUSINESSFINANCIAL Berkshire Bank Kicks Off ‘Season of Giving’ PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank® is excited to announce its second annual “Season of Giving” holiday campaign. Berkshire Bank employees will complete a variety of community service related projects throughout cities and towns that Berkshire Bank serves. Berkshire Bank employees are also inviting the public to join with them to support local children and families in need this holiday season. More than 200 Berkshire Bank employees are expected to participate in the holiday “Season of Giving” effort with all of the service

projects benefiting non-profit organizations and families across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The projects were organized by local bank employee committees, who select volunteer activities the bank participates in. In addition to these local projects, Berkshire Bank has teamed up with the American Red Cross to participate in their Mail for Hero’s program in which bank employees send holiday cards to servicemen and women currently serving overseas. Pioneer Valley “Season of Giving” projects include:

Department of Children & Families and local Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs – All Berkshire Bank branches in the Pioneer Valley, MA have teamed up with the Department of Children & Families and local Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs to collect gifts for local families in need. Donations are being accepted at any Berkshire Bank location in the Pioneer Valley, MA. The public is invited to stop by their local office to see which items are needed from the “Giving Tree.” Bank employees will also volunteer their time with a variety of local non-profit organizations during the holiday season.

Lori Gazzillo, Director of Berkshire Bank Foundation stated, “We wanted to do something special to give back to our communities this holiday season. Part of what makes us America’s Most Exciting Bank® is our company’s commitment to our community including the work of our employees through our Employee Volunteer Program. We hope that our month-long ‘Season of Giving’ initiative will inspire others to give of their time, treasure, and talents to make our communities a better place to live and work.” In 2012, Berkshire Bank employees completed 95 volunteer projects

in which over 50% of the bank’s employees participated donating over 37,000 hours of service to help their local communities. The Volunteer Program is another way for the bank to give back to communities it does business in, in addition to the nearly $2 million it gives away annually through its charitable foundations and corporate support. Berkshire Bank was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts Most Charitable Companies and honored with the New England Financial Marketing Association’s Community Champion Award.

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A worker on the track gestures to the engineer of a Metro-North Railroad commuter train pulling into the Spuyten-Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2014. The station reopened Wednesday, three days after a nearby derailment killed four people. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

Senators: Put cameras on train tracks, engineers VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A week after four people died in a New York commuter train derailment, two federal lawmakers proposed Sunday that trains nationwide be outfitted with cameras pointed at engineers and at the tracks. “I know you’re going to hear from Metro-North that there are costs, but the costs of these audio and visual recorders is minuscule, in fact negligible, compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars that this tragic incident will cost Metro-North in the end,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut who joined New York Sen. Charles Schumer for a news conference at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. Last Sunday, a Metro-North Railroad train approached a curve on the tracks just north of Manhattan going 82 mph — nearly three times 30 mph speed limit. Rail cars careened off the tracks, with the front car ending up inches from the water where the Hudson River meets the Harlem River. A lawyer and union leader for the derailed train’s engineer, William Rockefeller, have said the train’s hypnotic motion may have caused him to experience a “nod” or a “daze” at the controls. The Democratic lawmakers are urging

“Shame on the operators of this railroad for failing to move forward with a recommendation that is so cost effective. Keep people alive.” — SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL

the Federal Railroad Administration to demand the implementation of a measure they say might prevent the kind of deadly Metro-North derailment that also left dozens of people injured. The National Transportation Safety Board first recommended installation of the audio and video recording cameras in locomotives and operating railway cabs five years ago. The railroad administration issued a statement saying that safety was its “highest priority” and 2012 was the safest year in railroading history.

“We support the use of cameras in cabs to further improve safety,” the agency said, adding that it continues to work with the NTSB on the investigation into the New York accident. The NTSB said it has a “long history of advocating for improvements stemming from fatal accidents.” “In an era where the average citizen has a device in their pocket capable of recording audio and video, installing cameras in locomotives for accident investigation and prevention purposes simply moves the railroad industry into the 21st century,” NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a statement. Schumer said fatigue was suspected in two other collisions — one in Iowa, in 2011 and another in Newton, Mass., in 2008 — and might have been proven if cameras were present. He said such images might have caught behavior patterns that could have been prevented in the future. “Get on board and implement these recommendations now,” Schumer said, directing his comments to the Federal Railroad Administration, which has the power to demand the changes. The railroad administration has yet to take any regulatory action See Cameras, Page 7

Survey: Fed economic stimulus will end in 2014 NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of business economists believe the Federal Reserve will begin to pull back on its massive economic stimulus program in the first three months of 2014, according to a November survey done by the National Association of Business Economists. The survey also showed a majority of economists believe the United States’ economic recovery will accelerate next year. NABE surveyed 51 economists between Nov. 8 and Nov. 19 and found that 62 percent of respondents believe the Fed will pull back on its bond-buying program in the first quarter of 2014. Another 30 percent believe the Fed will begin to reduce its bond buying in the second quarter of 2014. Combined, nine out of 10 economists believe the Fed’s stimulus program will wind down next year, after being place in its current form since December 2012. The Federal Reserve has been buying $85 billion in bonds each

month in an effort to keep interest rates low and stimulate the economy. The central bank was widely expected to taper its bond purchases in September, but decided to wait and see more evidence whether the nation’s economic recovery is sustainable. In its survey, NABE said its forecasters expect the U.S. economy will grow faster next year than in 2013. The organization forecasts that the country’s economy will grow at a 2.8 percent annual rate in 2014 versus the 2.1 percent annual rate it is expected to grow this year. The partial shutdown of the federal government in early October likely had a modest impact on economic growth, NABE said. Of the forecasters polled by NABE, 73 percent said that the October shutdown likely reduced U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter by 0.5 percent or less. Fewer than 25 percent of economists believed the shutdown had no impact on the U.S. economy or even helped the U.S. economy.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly higher Monday as signs of U.S. economic recovery offset concerns that the Federal Reserve may reduce its monetary stimulus this month. In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 was flat at 6,550.08 and Germany’s DAX gained 0.5 percent to 9,316.73. The CAC-40 in France, however, dipped 0.1 percent to 4,124.47. Futures pointed to gains on Wall Street, with Dow and S&P 500 futures both up 0.1 percent. The U.S. on Friday reported a fourth straight month of job gains, with 203,000 new jobs created in November. The unemployment rate fell to 7.0 percent from 7.3 percent. The strengthening job market focused investors on the improving economy instead of concerns about a possible reduction in the Fed’s stimulus at its Dec. 17-18 policy meeting. A run of strong economic data last week had already cemented belief among investors that the Fed would back a so-called tapering of its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases. Earlier this year, fears of the stimulus withdrawal had caused jitters in the markets as the monetary injection has helped to shore up stocks for several years. “The jobs data followed on from several other firm U.S. data releases over the week, highlighting strengthening signs of recovery. Equities reacted well, rising as fears over tapering were outweighed by concrete signs of recovery,” Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong said in a market commentary. Improvement in the U.S. economy, which is the world’s largest, could be a boon for export-reliant Asian nations. Japan’s Nikkei 225 surged 2.3 percent to 15,650.21 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up 0.3 percent at 23,811.17. Benchmarks in mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia also rose. India’s Sensex jumped 1.7 percent to a record high after sweeping victories for India’s probusiness opposition party in state elections suggested it will win national polls in May. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 bucked the trend and dropped 0.8 percent to 5,144.40. Some analysts said the jury is still out on the timing of stimulus reduction. Singapore-based Mizuho Bank Ltd. said markets may be wary that upcoming U.S. budget negotiations could stumble, which will be bad for confidence and that could encourage the Fed to leave the asset purchases in place. DBS Vickers in Hong Kong said U.S. inflation is still low, easing to 1.1 percent in November, and that the jobs data may not be strong enough to convince the Fed that the economy is on a selfsustaining recovery path. “Tapering will come but April still looks a good time frame to us, with risks to the far side rather than the near side,” it said. Benchmark crude for January delivery was up 26 cents at $97.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 27 cents to close at $97.65 on Friday. In currencies, the euro rose to $1.3726 from $1.3704 late Friday. The dollar fell to 103.09 yen from 103.04 yen.

New American Airlines to emerge as deal closes NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines emerges from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminates its long pursuit of a merger partner when the two complete their deal Monday and create the world’s biggest airline. The merger survived a challenge from the government and criticism from consumer groups, who fear it will lead to higher prices. It’s the latest in a series of mergers that will leave four airlines controlling more than 80 percent of the U.S. air-travel market See American Airlines, Page 7




Valley Gives for “Most Donors.” First place in each category will receive $10,000, with $7,500 and $5,000 going to second and third place, respectively. In keeping with the 12.12 theme, nonprofits in 12th place for “Most Money Raised” and in “Most Donors” in each budget category will get a $1,200 bonus grant. Additionally, beginning at 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., a randomly selected donation made by a participating donor will have $1,200 Golden Ticket added to their gift on the hour. Throughout the day there will be five bonus power hours, at 7 and 10 a.m., and 12, 4, and 6 p.m., when a total of 92 Golden Tickets will be added to randomly selected donations. Asked as to which NPOs are looking to receive the largest donations, Kusek said that it’s “anybody’s guess”, and that people are “super energized”. “The donor bases for nonprofits are always looking for ways to give, and this is a new way to do it,” he said. When asked as to whether or not the current state of the economy will have an effect on the December 12 event, Kusek is optimistic that it won’t. “Donors like the ‘all in this together as a region’ idea,” he said. “Whether you donate $10 or $10,000 dollars, you don’t have to be a philanthropist. Anyone can make a difference.” Kusek added that the Valley Gives

Continued from Page 1 website will have a leader board which will be highlighting the NPOs with the most donors and donations received and encourages all to keep up with the festivities online throughout the day. Valley Gives will take place on Thursday from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Gifts can be made at Potential donors are encouraged to follow Valley Gives in real time on Facebook at ValleyGives or on Twitter (@ ValleyGives.) Westfield’s Non Profit Volunteer Network (NPVN) is a group of local organizations that meets throughout the year to promote the interests of local NPOs. They have been collaborating to further promote participation in Valley Gives Day. One plan NPVN has to get the word out in Westfield is for area restaurants including The Good Table, Leo’s Gallery Deli, Two Rivers Burritos, 7B’s, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Elm Street Diner, Clemenza’s, and The Tavern to have table tent cards reminding patrons to give to a Westfield charity on Thursday. There also will be members of the NPVN staffing several of those restaurants Thursday during the breakfast, lunch and dinner hours to encourage people to give and even offer the opportunity to do so right then and there using laptops and smartphones. They will be placing lawn signs around town to highlight the day and a stand out bucket collection has

been scheduled for the Dunkin Donuts on Main Street from 7-11 a.m. Valley Gives is hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, along with other partners which include eight of the leading funding organizations serving western Massachusetts, most notably the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Jewish Endowment Foundation, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, United Way of Hampshire County, United Way of Franklin County, United Way of Pioneer Valley, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, and The Beveridge Family Foundation. Valley Gives is also supported by featured sponsors including Big Y, Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation, Inc.; Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury, Murphy, P.C., UBS Keady Foard Montemangi Wealth Management Group and The Dennis Group, LLC., along with underwriters including Balise; Peter Pan; United Personnel, Andrews Associates, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, and Paragus Strategic I.T. Featured media sponsors include Newspapers of New England (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Greenfield Recorder and Valley Advocate), The Republican and, and WWLP TV-22. Additional media sponsorship comes from: The Reminder Publications, The Westfield News Group, Saga Communications (WRSI-FM, WHMPAM and HITS 94.3) and Lazer 99.3.

Gay partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 firms SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group. The Human Rights Campaign found that more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and 90 percent of all large employers it surveyed are offering health insurance and other spousal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of their employees. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Hormel Foods LLC and Wendy’s International Inc. are among the corporations extending the benefits for the first time next year, the campaign says in a report scheduled to be issued Monday. The group’s 12th annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates private companies on policies affecting gay and transgender workers and consumers, also found a record number of businesses adopting policies prohibiting discrimination against transgender

workers and job applicants. They include 61 percent of the Fortune 500, up from 57 percent a year ago, and 86 percent of the 737 companies evaluated. With same-sex marriages still outlawed in 34 states and without a federal law prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the ratings suggest that big businesses are helping to fill a gap in rights and recognition, said Deena Fidas, who directs the campaign’s Workplace Equality Program. That companies like the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain and discount retailer Dollar General, both headquartered in Tennessee, started sponsoring gay rights events and working to raise their marks on the index this year is as much a bellwether as the 303 employers that received perfect scores, Fidas said. “There is no more succinct way to say we have arrived than the Wal-Mart story,” she said. “The stores and restaurants that you find across strip malls and along highways in every

pocket of the country and that are serving demographics that are more senior in age and more rural, cutting across what conventional wisdom would tell you, are places where you now find LGBT-inclusion.” Arkansas-based Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, announced in August that it would extend its health care benefits to its full-time U.S. workers’ domestic partners, including those of the same sex, starting Jan. 1. The company said it was making the change not as a political or moral decision but because it wanted to have one uniform policy for all 50 states at a time when some states have their own definitions of domestic partnerships and civil unions. Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, the South Carolina-based parent company of the southern supermarket chains BI-LO and Winn-Dixie, started offering same-sex domestic partner benefits and health coverage to its workers in 2012, which first attracted notice when the company voluntarily submitted the

Cook joins Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley FEEDING HILLS — Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley is very pleased to announce that Kris Cook has joined the firm in their Feeding Hills Office as an Associate Partner. Kris has been a Realtor for 7 years. She has been a Top Producer for her previous firm, Park Square Realty. She is a member of the REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley, The Massachusetts and National Association of REALTORS and MLSPIN. Kris, the mother of 3 children resides in Westfield. She volunteers at Westfield Parks & Recreation, St. Mary’s Church in Westfield as well as at the Westfield Public Schools. “We are so happy that Kris decided to return to our firm,”

KRIS COOK said Team Leader Charles Reiter adding that “we want to wish Kris continued success in her career and her in her affiliation with Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley.” Keller Williams Realty Pioneer Valley has three offices in the area, Feeding Hills, Longmeadow and Northampton with over 175 associates. Keller Williams Realty International is the real estate largest franchise(by associate count) in North America with over 89,000 Associates.

PeoplesBank Appoints Leary as Risk Oversight Officer HOLYOKE, MA (December 3, 2013) – PeoplesBank has announced the appointment of Trisha L. Leary as Risk Oversight Officer. Ms. Leary brings seven years of accounting experience to her new position, most recently at ISO New England, Inc., and Wolf & Company P.C. A resident of Westfield, Ms. Leary is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Bank Internal Auditors (MBIA). About

TRISHA L. LEARY PeoplesBank is the largest community bank in Western Massachusetts and a leader in LEED® certified construction, green energy financing, charitable contributions, and employee volunteerism. PeoplesBank – a passion for what is possiblesm.

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German firm testing drones to deliver goods FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany’s express delivery and mail company Deutsche Post DHL is testing a drone that could be used to deliver urgently needed goods to hard-to-reach places. The small pilotless helicopter was to fly a package of medicine Monday from a pharmacy in the town of Bonn to the company’s headquarters on the other side of the Rhine River. The aircraft can carry up to 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds). Company spokesman Thomas Kutsch says the flights all this week are strictly a research project to see if the technology works and there are no plans yet to start actual drone deliveries. The test flights required permission from local aviation authorities. On-line retailer Amazon is also working on a drone to deliver goods to customers despite legal obstacles in the U.S.

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Cameras Continued from Page 6 putting these recommendations in place. “Shame on Metro-North for failing to adopt this system,” Blumenthal said. “Shame on the operators of this railroad for failing to move forward with a recommendation that is so cost effective. Keep people alive.” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs Metro-North, released a statement late Sunday detailing immediate changes to improve safety on curves and bridges. Those improvements include the installation of new signal safety protections at the crash site that — starting Monday — will warn engineers of approaching speed reductions and automatically apply the train’s emergency brakes if speed is not lowered to the 30 mph maximum in the curve. Metro-North engineers are also developing new signal protections to automatically enforce speed restrictions at four other critical curves by March and at five movable bridges by September, the MTA said. By Tuesday morning, Metro-North will require that “conductors stand with engineers at each train’s control cab through the critical curves to verbally confirm that speed limits

are adhered to,” the MTA said. The railroad will also reduce the maximum authorized speed at 26 locations. The NTSB’s recommendation for the camera program followed a train collision in California that killed 25 people, including the engineer, and injured more than 130. The NTSB said the engineer’s texting was the primary cause of the accident. In a letter this week to the NTSB, the two senators noted that “in the wake of a 2008 railway collision in California, the NTSB recommended inward facing cameras, which would monitor train crew performance, as well as outward facing cameras, which would be used to monitor crossing accidents and to recognize any deficiencies on the tracks.” Schumer and Blumenthal said they believe such recording devices “may be used as a deterrent for dangerous behavior, like falling asleep or texting, and may also be used after a rail crash to determine the cause of the crash.” Amtrak locomotives and California’s Metrolink commuter rail have outward facing cameras that record signals and gate crossings.

American Airlines Continued from Page 6 and with more power than ever to limit seats ing the opening bell on the Nasdaq Stock Market, where the new company will debut and boost profits. When American emerges from bankruptcy under the ticker symbol AAL. Parker’s team as American Airlines Group Inc., it will mark will spend the next two years or longer coma monumental victory for CEO Doug Parker bining the two carriers. The American Airlines name will live on, and his executive team at smaller US Airways, who convinced American’s creditors that a while US Airways will join Continental, merger made more sense than letting American Northwest and other airlines that now exist only in the memories of employees and longremain an independent company. Plans call for Parker to mark the day by ring- time travelers.

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Obituaries Jeanne A. Luiz WESTFIELD - Jeanne A. (Kindy) Luiz, 75, of Westfield died Friday, December 6, 2013. She was born in Westfield on June 3, 1938 to Carl W. and Ruth A. (Gorham) Kindy. She was a 1956 graduate of Westfield High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Simmons College in 1961 and also received her Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts. Jeanne was employed as a nurse for the Northampton VA Medical Center in Leeds and was also a public health nurse. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church and enjoyed dancing with her husband of twenty years, Bernardino J. Luiz. Besides her husband she leaves her sister, Janet Galczynski and her husband Tom of Westfield; one nephew, Scott Galczynski and his wife Lora; a niece, Amy Martin and her husband Chris; grand nephews, Brett Martin and Jasper Galczynski and grand nieces, Erin and Katelyn Martin. The funeral will be Tuesday December 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield with burial to follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield. A calling hour will precede the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 264 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Robert L. Slaughter Sr. WESTFIELD - Robert Lee Slaughter Sr., 72, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Baystate Medical Center. He was born in Palmetta, Georgia on September 6, 1941 to Paul and Willie (Henry) Slaughter. He lived in Georgia until the age of 9 and moved to Michigan until 1972. He then moved to Ohio until 1979 and has been a resident of Westfield for the past 34 years. Robert received a bachelor of science in business from Indiana University. He received a master of business administration from Baldwin Wallace College. He enjoyed sports and music, was a member of the Central Baptist Church and sang in the church choir. He leaves his wife, Juanita D. (Brann) Slaughter; his son, Robert Lee Slaughter Jr.; his daughters, Evangiline , Tammy and Angela Slaughter; his grandchildren, Samuel, Lawrence and Ceciel Slaughter and Shaun Okeefe. Robert also leaves his sisters, Lula Jones and Martha Young; his brothers, Ned and Harry Slaughter and was predeceased by a brother, Paul Slaughter. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. in the Central Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be held in the Church Wednesday morning prior to the service from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Robert may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 115 Elm Street, Westfield, MA 01085.

Benefits Continued from Page 7 information to the Human Rights Campaign this year. “Offering same-sex partner coverage directly aligns with the company’s diversity and inclusion practices and is part of our strategy to recruit and retain top talent,” said Brian Wright, vice president of communications for Bi-Lo Holdings. The demise of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from recognizing marriages not between a man and a woman, has both directly and indirectly required large employers who had not already done so to acknowledge their gay employees and their families. After the Supreme Court struck down a critical provision of the act, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Labor Department ruled this fall that widows and widowers who had legally married were entitled to a late same-sex spouse’s pension benefits even if they lived in a state that bans gay marriages. The decision has compelled companies to make sure they are in compliance and develop procedures for verifying eligibility, “The most conservative employer in the world who has no interest in doing this is now legally required to do this,” said Todd Solomon, a Chicago lawyer who specializes in employee benefits. The high court ruling also puts large, multi-state employers with self-funded health plans at risk of being sued for discrimination if they deny coverage to the lawful same-sex spouses of their employees, and many have since decided to offer coverage not only to married gay couples, but those in civil unions or domestic partnerships, Solomon said. “Large employers are very squeamish about limiting benefits to spouses ... because it’s unfair to those who say, live in Georgia and would have to spend several thousand dollars to jump on a plane and fly to New York or New Hampshire to get a marriage license,” he said. “There is no way that company is going to limit benefits just to married couples because until marriage is legal in all 50 states, somebody is not getting compensated equally and companies are really, really anxious about treating employees differently.” The campaign also scores companies on “public commitment” — whether businesses directly appeal to the gay and lesbian community through advertising, philanthropy, recruiting, contracting, and advocacy on issues such as gay marriage. This year, 79 percent of the rated companies received credit in that category. The trend concerns Chris Stone, a North Carolina brand strategist who evaluates companies on their compatibility with Christian biblical values for his website, the Faith Driven Consumer. For the second year in a row, Stone has issued a Christmas buyer’s guide that detracts points from major retailers that support Planned Parenthood or have been outspoken advocates of same-sex marriage and job discrimination protections for gay workers. “The LGBT community is here, and they are going to be here. They have been here since the beginning of time and we are not trying to push them out of the marketplace,” Stone said. “But ... we are trying to establish our own place within the marketplace as well.”

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The American Legion Post 124 conducted a Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony Saturday, marking the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack which claimed the lives of 2,388 men and women serving in the US Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Army Air Corps and Coast Guard. The memorial service was conducted at the stone monument dedicated to COP Frank P. Wojkiewicz in the park on the south bank of the Westfield River at the Great River Bridge. Wojkiewicz, the first Westfield resident to lose his life in WWII, was serving on the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk by Japanese aircraft during the early morning attack. Wojkiewicz is entombed in the Arizona Memorial with 1,000 of his comrades. Robert Greenleaf, a WWII Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, was a special guest at the ceremony which included a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of Taps and the placing of a memorial wreath into the waters of the Westfield River. Post 124 and all of the local veteran organizations were represented at the event with color guards. (Photos by Steve Dondley)





Westfield State’s Adam Baldassarre trails a Plymouth State player during the “Salute the Troops Day” MASCAC game in Plymouth, N.H. (Photo courtesy of Plymouth State)

Plymouth State ices WSU PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Mike Economos (Crystal Lake, Ill.) tallied two goals and an assist and classmate Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, Neb.) collected four assists Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State defeated Westfield State, 6-4, in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) hockey action. The Panthers out-shot the visitors by a 49-28 count, but senior goaltender Eddie Davey (Orangeville, Ont.) made 43 saves to keep Westfield in the game. Through onethird of the MASCAC slate, PSU is 4-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play while Westfield is 4-6 overall and 4-2 in the MASCAC. Plymouth State led 3-2 after one period of play. Westfield senior Adam Baldassarre (Anmore, B.C.) and Plymouth sophomore Colt Smelstor (Fairfax, Vt.) traded goals 17 seconds apart to open the scoring, with each scoring their first of the season. Sophomore Andrew Wigg (Lantz, N.S.) pulled the Panthers ahead with a power play goal with six minutes remaining before Westfield senior Billy Miller (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and Economos exchanged goals late The Panthers had a chance to add to their lead with a minute to go in the first frame but Davey stopped a penalty shot by Panther sophomore Zach Fox (Sandown, N.H.). PSU tacked on two goals in a 54-second span early in the second period to push the margin to 5-2. Freshman Ryan Callahan (Londonderry, N.H.) made a nice move around the defense and snuck a shot inside the left post, and sophomore Josh Woody (Sunderland, Md.) poked the puck away from the Owls to create his own breakaway, and finished the play by snapping a wrist shot over the goalie’s shoulder to the top right corner of the goal. Westfield State got one back at the eightminute mark of the second period when senior Tyler Prendergast (Richmond Hill, Ont.) broke in alone and scored an unassisted marker. Each team added one goal in the final period. Economos added his second of the game and third of the season at the 1:22 mark, and sophomore P.J. McCadden (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) tallied a power play goal at 10:55. Junior goalie Zac Enstrom (South Windsor, Conn.) recorded his first career victory in the Panther net, making 24 saves. PSU wraps up the semester’s action next Saturday, Dec. 14, with a non-conference game at Castleton State College. Westfield State plays a non-conference encounter Wednesday at Stonehill College.

Sterpka cops conference diving crown NORTH DARTMOUTH – Record setting performances by standout diver Katie Sterkpa led Westfield State University to fourth place in the Little East Conference women’s swimming and diving championships on Saturday. Keene State cruised to the team championship with a meet record score of 668 points. Eastern Connecticut placed second in the eight-team meet with 304 points, followed by UMass Dartmouth (151), Westfield State (128), and Bridgewater State (127). Sterpka swept the events in the diving well in record fashion.The junior from Barkhamsted, Conn., shattered the 3-meter diving record with 266.31 points, putting an additional 17.06 points between the previous standard that was set by Westfield’s Kim Schmidt in 2011. Sterpka also eclipsed the oldest record in the Little East Championship with a one-meter score of 249.20 points to outdistance the previous mark of 246.00 (Kelly Kidd, UMD). Teammate Emily Fullerton finished fourth in the one-meter diving (181.75) and eighth (143.90) on the three-meter board. Westfield’s other top performers were senior Kirsten LaMotte, who placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 200 breaststroke. Placing ninth were Haylee McQuay (100 freestyle) and Holly Arel (100 butterfly). The 400 medley relay squad of Kerry Sullivan, LaMotte, Arel, and Anna Boucher finished fourth. KEENE STATE CAPTURES CHAMPIONSHIP IN RECORD FASHION: For the second straight season, Keene State College shattered the Little East Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship record for team points with a score of 668 to capture the program’s eighth consecutive and 11th overall title this afternoon at the Tripp Center Natatorium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Owls won 11 individual races, while sweeping both team relays. Keene State set three individual championship meet records, in addition to the 400 yard freestyle relay to eclipse the previous team standard (630 points) that was established by the 2012 KSC squad. Eastern Connecticut State University surpassed the 300-point bar-

Katie Sterpka set conference records in the one and three meter diving events. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

rier for the second straight season to place second with 304 total points. Junior Caitlyn Shea (Salem, N.H.) paced Keene State with three individual titles, including breaking the 200 and 500-yard freestyle records. She eclipsed a pair of championship meet records that were previously held by former Keene State standout Jackie Foster. Shea completed the 200 freestyle race in one minute, 57.22 seconds, while touching the wall at five minutes, 13.02 seconds in the 500 freestyle event. She also captured the 200 butterfly individual title with a time of two minutes, 13.49 seconds. Keene sophomore Alison Bartlett (Stratham, N.H.) stood atop the awards podium twice this afternoon, winning the 50 and 100yard freestyle races. Bartlett established a new Little East record in the 100 freestyle (52.46), while also sporting the best time in the 50 freestyle (23.99). Classmate Amber Long (Dover, N.H.) was also a double winner for Keene State, placing first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.41) and the 1650 freestyle (18:09.31). Westfield State junior Katie Sterpka (Barkhamsted, Conn.) swept the events in the diving well in record fashion. The junior from Barkhamsted, Conn. shattered the 3-meter diving record with 266.31 points, putting an additional 17.06 points between the previous standard that was set by Kimberly Schmidt in 2011. Sterpka also eclipsed the oldest record in the Little East Championship with a one-meter score of 249.20 points to outdistance the previous mark of 246.00 (Kelly Kidd, UMD). Eastern Connecticut sophomore Katie King (Barkhamsted, Conn.) prevented an Keene sweep by capturing the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of one minute, 7.73 seconds. She was able to edge Keene State junior Diana Pimer (West Haven, Conn.) by 14 one hundreds of a second (1:07.87). Pimer earned a measure of revenge in the 200-yard breaststroke, when she barely beat King to the wall. Fans unable to make the trip to the Tripp Center Natatorium, can watch the archived broadcast of the 2013 Little East Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship on

Dr. Leiker receives Hagan award WESTFIELD – Dr. Karl Leiker, long-time faculty member at Westfield State University, was the recipient of the 2013 James C. Hagan Award for outstanding service and support to WSU athletics. The prestigious award was presented at the 18th Annual Westfield State Athletics Hall of Fame banquet during the 2013 Homecoming weekend. “Doc” Leiker has been a fixture in the stands, on the sidelines, in the press box, and in the forecast center supporting athletics since he arrived at Westfield State in the fall of 1976 to teach in the geography and regional planning department. He first got involved with the nascent Westfield State track and field program as an announcer for the home meets, “and Coach (Jerry) Gravel had a lot of home meets in those days,” said Leiker. Leiker was a faculty advisor to Student Senate when the Senate’s vote to add football passed by one vote – and he recalled Father Dean’s impassioned speech to the Student Senate that encouraged the addition of football to the Westfield State intercollegiate athletics program. Leiker’s own football experience (he played at Fort Hays State in Kansas) was called into service as an assistant coach when Westfield State achieved varsity status in the early 1980s. As Leiker’s path towards tenure as a faculty member required more time, he eventually stepped away from a coaching role and served as a member of the chain gang for football home games for many years. Today, he continues applying his craft as a meteorologist to provide

Dr. Karl Leiker, right, receives the James C. Hagan Award from Dr. Carlton Pickron, vice-president of student affairs. (Photo courtesy of Westfield State Sports)

the most accurate forecast for Westfield State athletic events. During all-day sporting events, he regularly sets up shop in the Woodward Center to track threatening weather. Through it all, Leiker’s classes have proved to be favorites among many students and particularly among student athletes, with whom he’ll take a few minutes of class time to talk about the weekend’s games.

Owls claim second at Springfield College SPRINGFIELD – The Westfield State University men’s track and field team opened the 2013-14 indoor season by finishing second in the Springfield College Quad meet on Saturday, Dec. 7. Springfield placed first with 176 points followed by Westfield (135), WPI (131), and Rhode Island College (94). The Owls finished first in four events and displayed their

depth by placing second in seven events. Senior Zack Madera crossed the finish line first in the 200 meter dash in 23.41. Madera also placed a close second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.17. Hitting the tape first in the 800 meter run (2:05.42) was freshman Tevin Cintron. Madera was a member of the winning 4 x 400 relay team (3:35.11) that included Carmelo Solivan, Kyle Sullivan and Mike Stender. Also finishing first was the 4 x 800 relay squad (8:28.23) of Matt Moussamih, Stephen Parece, Cintron and Colin Morse. Sophomore Travon Godette placed second in high jump with an outstanding early-season effort of 6-5; he also finished fourth in the 60 high hurdles. Also finishing second were Zack Delisle (pole vault), Parece (mile run), Solivan (400), Sullivan (600), and Anthony Lucia (shot put). Moussamih was third in the 1,000 meter run. Finishing fourth were Nate Clement (shot put), Tim Gallagher (400), and Mike Skelly (5000). OWLS’ WOMEN OPEN NEW SEASON: The Westfield State University women’s track and field team opened the 2013-14 indoor season by finishing fourth in the Springfield College Quad meet on Saturday, Dec. 7. Sophomore Meg McNamara soars over the hurdle on her Westfield totaled 99 points, trailing Springfield College (160), way to a first place finish. (Photo by Mickey Curtis) Rhode Island College (134), and WPI (133).

Westfield freshman Tevin Cintron leads the pack on his way to winning the 600 meter run. (Photo by Mickey Curtis) Three Owls earned first places in the season opener – Naloti Palma (shot put, 40-4), Amy Auclair (pole vault, 10-0) and Meg McNamara (60 meter hurdles, 9.61). Palma also placed third in the weight throw and senior Alex Livingston was second in the weight throw (42-8 ¼) and third in the shot put. Other top performers were: Ashley Monahan (2nd, 1000), Cassidy Noonan (3rd, 400), Caitlyn Croke (3rd, high jump), Andrea Hicks (4th, 5000), Jenn Holley (4th, mile run), and Jaime Lyons (4th, 600).

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THURSDAY December 12

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SATURDAY December 14

MONDAY December 16

TUESDAY December 17

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Monument Mt., 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Monument Mt., 7 p.m.

SWIMMING at Easthampton, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Central, 5:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Mt. Hope Invitational, R.I., 9 a.m. HOCKEY vs. Minnechaug, Amelia Park, 6 p.m.

SWIMMING vs. Palmer, 4 p.m.


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


WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS V HOOPS at HCCS, 5:30 p.m. BOYS JV HOOPS at HCCS, Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, 5:30 p.m. BOYS V HOOPS at HCCS, Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, 7 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY vs. Chicopee Comp, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.

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


ICE HOCKEY DAY DATE OPPONENT Wednesday Dec. 11 at Stonehill College Wednesday Jan. 8 at Becker College Saturday Jan. 11 FRAMINGHAM STATE Tuesday Jan. 14 at Southern New Hampshire Thursday Jan. 16 SALEM STATE Thursday Jan. 23 at Fitchburg State Saturday Jan. 25 at UMass Dartmouth Thursday Jan. 30 WORCESTER STATE Saturday Feb. 1 PLYMOUTH STATE

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Southwick’s Jaclyn Maziarz, left, looks for a clear throw as a Sci-Tech defender attempts the block during a Friday night scrimmage in Southwick. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf 18 3 .857 — 8-2 L-1 9-0 9-3 12-1 16 5 .762 2 8-2 W-2 9-2 7-3 12-5 11 10 .524 7 5-5 W-2 7-3 4-7 8-5 10 12 .455 8½ 6-4 W-3 5-5 5-7 8-6 10 11 .476 8 5-5 L-1 5-6 5-5 9-5 9 10 .474 8 7-3 L-1 6-3 3-7 7-7 9 11 .450 8½ 4-6 W-1 5-6 4-5 9-7 8 10 .444 8½ 3-7 L-1 6-2 2-8 7-5 7 12 .368 10 3-7 W-1 3-6 4-6 4-7 7 13 .350 10½ 4-6 W-1 6-3 1-10 4-10 7 14 .333 11 2-8 L-2 6-6 1-8 6-8 6 14 .300 11½ 2-8 L-5 5-5 1-9 4-9 6 14 .300 11½ 3-7 W-1 2-6 4-8 3-7 5 14 .263 12 2-8 L-1 2-8 3-6 5-7 4 16 .200 13½ 2-8 L-1 2-8 2-8 4-13

d-division leader Saturday’s Games Denver 103, Philadelphia 92 Cleveland 88, L.A. Clippers 82 Detroit 92, Chicago 75 Miami 103, Minnesota 82 Golden State 108, Memphis 82 Brooklyn 90, Milwaukee 82

Indiana 111, San Antonio 100 Sacramento 112, Utah 102, OT Dallas 108, Portland 106 Sunday’s Games Boston 114, New York 73 Miami 110, Detroit 95 Houston 98, Orlando 88 Oklahoma City 118, Indiana 94

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Portland 17 4 .810 — 8-2 L-1 9-2 8-2 9-4 d-San Antonio 15 4 .789 1 7-3 L-1 8-2 7-2 8-3 Oklahoma City 15 4 .789 1 9-1 W-2 10-0 5-4 11-4 d-L.A. Clippers 13 8 .619 4 6-4 L-1 8-2 5-6 10-3 Houston 15 7 .682 2½ 7-3 W-2 10-3 5-4 8-6 Dallas 13 8 .619 4 6-4 W-3 9-2 4-6 7-6 Denver 12 8 .600 4½ 8-2 W-1 6-2 6-6 6-6 Golden State 12 9 .571 5 4-6 W-1 6-2 6-7 9-9 Phoenix 11 9 .550 5½ 6-4 W-2 6-3 5-6 8-7 L.A. Lakers 10 10 .500 6½ 6-4 L-1 6-5 4-5 6-8 New Orleans 9 10 .474 7 6-4 L-2 5-5 4-5 3-8 Memphis 9 10 .474 7 5-5 L-2 4-7 5-3 6-7 Minnesota 9 11 .450 7½ 3-7 L-2 6-4 3-7 4-7 Sacramento 5 13 .278 10½ 3-7 W-1 3-9 2-4 4-11 Utah 4 18 .182 13½ 3-7 L-3 3-8 1-10 3-13 Toronto 106, L.A. Lakers 94 Monday’s Games L.A. Clippers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Denver at Washington, 7 p.m. Golden State at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m. Portland at Utah, 9 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Tuesday’s Games Miami at Indiana, 7 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m. Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

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AMERICAN CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away .769 349 287 7-0-0 3-3-0 .538 286 276 3-3-0 4-3-0 .462 226 337 5-2-0 1-5-0 .308 273 334 3-4-0 1-5-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away .615 313 316 4-2-0 4-3-0 .385 292 318 2-4-0 3-4-0 .308 201 372 1-5-0 3-4-0 .154 250 350 1-6-0 1-5-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away .692 334 244 6-0-0 3-4-0 .538 278 261 6-1-0 1-5-0 .385 291 312 3-3-0 2-5-0 .308 257 324 3-4-0 1-5-0 West Pct PF PA Home Away .846 515 345 7-0-0 4-2-0 .769 343 224 5-2-0 5-1-0 .462 316 291 3-3-0 3-4-0 .308 264 337 3-3-0 1-6-0

x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday’s Game Jacksonville 27, Houston 20 Sunday’s Games Green Bay 22, Atlanta 21 Baltimore 29, Minnesota 26 Kansas City 45, Washington 10 Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 6 Miami 34, Pittsburgh 28 Philadelphia 34, Detroit 20

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away .615 334 301 3-4-0 5-1-0 .583 329 303 5-1-0 2-4-0 .385 251 334 3-3-0 2-5-0 .231 279 407 2-5-0 1-5-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away .769 343 243 7-0-0 3-3-0 .692 298 188 5-1-0 4-3-0 .308 244 291 3-4-0 1-5-0 .231 282 362 2-4-0 1-6-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away .538 346 321 4-2-0 3-4-0 .500 323 332 4-2-0 2-4-0 .500 316 326 4-2-1 2-4-0 .269 315 395 3-3-0 0-6-1 West Pct PF PA Home Away .846 357 205 6-0-0 5-2-0 .692 316 214 5-2-0 4-2-0 .615 305 257 6-1-0 2-4-0 .385 289 308 3-3-0 2-5-0

Thursday, Dec. 12 San Diego at Denver, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 Philadelphia at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

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New England at Miami, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Carolina, 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Detroit, 8:40 p.m.



What should I do? Dear Annie: I am a woman in my mid-30s, and think I may have been molested when I was young. I have little memory of my childhood up until age 13. But I do know that when my friends played with their Barbie dolls, they had her driving around, going on dates and dressing up pretty. I pretended she was having sex with Ken. Other kids played house, but I pretended to be the dad and would get on top of my younger sister and rub against her. When I was 14, I made out with my 8-yearold stepcousin until his mother caught me, and for years after, he refused to talk to me. When I was 16, I kissed my best friend’s 10-year-old brother. I don’t remember anything specifically. I only remember having a bad dream once that my dad molested me, and for years afterward, I didn’t want to be near him. Our relationship still feels kind of strained. I don’t know what to think anymore. What should I do? -- Bewildered and Worried Dear Bewildered: We would not presume to tell you what happened to you as a child, if anything actually did, or whether it involved your father. We suggest you seek therapy, although we do not recommend those who claim to specialize in “recovered” memories of abuse. This type of therapy is not reliable. Ask your doctor to refer you. Dear Annie: We have a family member who wishes for us not to contact him anymore. Both of his parents are deceased. What do we do? -- Upset Relatives Dear Upset: You must respect his wishes, even though it seems cruel. (We assume this family member is not under any type of duress from a partner who is trying to isolate him.) We would inform this relative that you will cease contact, as per his wishes. But add that you still care about him, and should he wish to resume contact, it always will be welcome. Dear Annie: “Little Sister in Need” told you about her abusive older brother, and you told her to “stop taking it personally”? She wasn’t talking about disagreements. She cited his being “verbally, psychologically and at times physically abusive.” You should have told her that what’s going on is abuse and, if he gets physical, constitutes domestic violence. She needs to talk to a domestic violence counselor and be alert for signs that he’s also abusing his wife and child. Odds are that he is. Abusers rarely limit themselves to just one victim. -- Judy Dear Judy: Many readers agree with you, but we did not get the impression that the current abuse is physical. Sibling relationships are complicated, and there is often physical fighting and hitting when siblings are younger. While we don’t condone such behavior, we also know that the physical side usually stops when the siblings reach adulthood. It does not necessarily carry over to his wife and child, nor does it seem so from her letter, although she certainly can investigate. The fact that her brother continues to harangue her verbally indicates that he has anger and control issues. He lashes out at his sister because this is the dynamic they have had for 20 years. If speaking to a therapist would be helpful for her, we agree that this is an excellent idea. However, it also would help if she changed her response to her brother, not only because it would force him to change how he speaks to her, but also because it could improve her perception of her own strength in his presence. He is intimidating her, and she needs to stand up to him in a way that empowers her without exacerbating the situation. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.





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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013: This year you will feel torn between impulsiveness and careful planning. A mixture of both might deliver the results you seek. If you are single, refuse to toss yourself into a relationship just to have some company. You might not like spending time alone, but don’t compromise yourself. If you stay available, you are likely to meet someone quite interesting this year. If you are attached, the two of you might spend more time together than you typically do. Make sure you choose activities you both enjoy. PISCES can make you uptight. 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) HHH You will handle the back and forth of a situation well, though you would prefer clarity. Schedule some time with a boss or someone you care about. Discussions evolve. Together you might be involved in a new project. Tonight: Vanish with care; try not to leave tracks! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH Look at the many facets involved in a decision. You might feel as if it is more complicated than it is. In some way, this situation reflects one of your inner issues. You would love to be impulsive, but on the other hand you see value in planning. Tonight: Catch up on news. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH You could feel pressured by others’ expectations. Focusing on what is important might be difficult right now. You also might be overly concerned with a partner or loved one. Pull back a bit and prioritize. You will gain a boss’s respect as a result. Tonight: Till the wee hours. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH In order to achieve a longterm goal, you must stop reacting to a difficult situation. Given time, you might understand where others are coming from. Choose the right path for you. Nobody can walk in your shoes. Tonight: Make a couple phone calls before you decide. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Your instincts will guide you in the right direction. Use your creativity to loosen up a partner. You will see this person go from stern to easygoing as a result. Good feelings exist between you, which makes nearly anything possible. Tonight: Pretend it is Friday night. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You might question someone’s authority, but the right thing to do is to follow this person’s instructions. Inside, question whatever you want, yet remain realistic about the chain of command. A family situation could distract you. Tonight: Say “yes” to an offer. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHH You are easygoing, yet know exactly what you want. You will need to be more verbal so that others understand your chosen direction. Screen calls if you have a strict schedule; otherwise, you might find yourself distracted. Tonight: Squeeze in a visit to the gym. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Let go of any mental interference. Go with your gut feeling, especially regarding a creative project. You will know what to do. Expenses could be over the top. You might not immediately react to your financial situation, but later you could. Tonight: Enjoy time with a loved one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You might feel as if you can handle everything. Listen to news more openly from a partner; this information could be nothing less than good news. Honor your feelings, even if they seem a bit extravagant. Do not get irritated with a friend. Tonight: Your inner voice speaks. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Keep communication flowing, and refuse to be closed off. Establish your boundaries. You and others will be more comfortable if you do. Many people clearly like being around you. Know that you don’t have to settle. Tonight: Be careful -- you could overindulge! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Approach a matter differently, with more openness than in the past. You seem to want to move forward. Do not let a difficult friend or stern associate sap your strength. This person appears vested in keeping you on the same level as he or she is. Tonight: Relax.



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Powder Mill Middle School in Southwick announces its first term honor roll Grade 5- Maximum Honors: Kayla Andrade, Ella Ardizoni, John Cammisa IV, Sarah Cerone, Isabella Doyle, Jordan Drzyzga, Kegan Foley, Autumn Frailey, Nathan Goodwin, Morgan Grilli, Maggie Hannah, Mason Iglesias, Taylor MacIntosh, Rylin McGivney, Ramses Morantes, Andrew Pitoniak, Nathaniel Podmore, Chase Roberts, Steven Shaw, Adam Smith & Emma St. Onge.

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New Girl Scout Community Troops Commence HOLYOKE- Regional Community Girl Scout troops are offered monthly in Holyoke. Community troops offer a flexible way for girls to participate in Girl Scouts and are open to all girls looking for a troop experience. Meetings take place once per month from November - May from 10 am to noon at the Girl Scout's service center, 301 Kelly Way, Holyoke. No RSVP is necessary. A girl can join one month or all six. The registration fee is $25 for all. The dates are: December 21, 10-noonJanuary 18, 10-noonFebruary 15, 10-noonMarch 22, 10-noonMay 17, 10-noonTraditional Girl Scout activities are offered including earning badges by exploring the outdoors, creating an artistic masterpiece, running a cookie business, helping in your community and making new friends.


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Legal Notices December 2, 9, 2013 TOWN OF SOUTHWICK PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 662 College Highway Notice is hereby given in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 11, that the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:15p.m. In the Land Use Hearing Room, Town Hall, 454 College Highway on an application by Garrett Homes, LLC for a Special Permit, Site Plan Approval and Stormwater Management Permit for property located at 662 College Highway, zoned as Business (BR). The property is shown on current Assessors Map 51, Parcel 12. The Applicant proposes to demolish the existing building and a construct a retail building on the site in accordance with the Code of Southwick Zoning Bylaws, Chapter 185, Sections 9, 10, 17 and 36.1 A copy of the application and the plans may be inspected at the Planning Board office or the Town Clerk’s office during regular office hours. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the application should appear at the time and place designated. Doug Moglin, Chairperson Southwick Planning Board December 2, 9, 2013 CITY OF WESTFIELD PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Westfield Planning Board will con-

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WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. $875/month includes heat and hot water. No smoking, no pets. First, last, security. (413)519-8271. WESTFIELD 2 Bedroom, 2nd floor, off street parking, new bath, fresh paint, pantry, Laundry hook-up. $750/ month. First, last and security deposit (1 months rent). Call (413)519-7257.

WESTFIELD 3 bedroom apartment for rent. 1st Floor off Court Street, 1.25 Miles from WSU and Stanley Park close to YMCA and all of Downtown. Unit includes stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, laundry hookups, private front porch. Separate entrances. $900/month. No Pets. Electric/gas not included. First and Last required for move in. (413)776-9995 Option 1. WESTFIELD 3 BEDROOM, kitchen, livingroom, bath, 2nd floor. $950/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

WESTFIELD CHARMING 2 bedroom apartment with exposed oak. Built in cabinets, wood floors, large eat in kitchen with newer appliances and separate pantry. Gas heat, off street parking, basement storage and laundry, near St. Mary’s Church. No dogs. $675/month. (413)548-8156.

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WESTFIELD- 2 and 3 bedroom available. Large yard, washer & dryer hookup. No smoking. No pets. Off-street parking, quiet neighborhood. Please call (413)519-7257.

WONDERFUL 1&2 bedroom apartments in beautiful downtown Westfield. Carpeting, AC, parking. Starting at $540/month. Call Debbie at (413)562-1429.



HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197. LARGE FURNISHED ROOM. Parking, bus route, walking distance to all amenities. $120/weekly. Responsible mature male preferred. Non-smoker. (413)348-5070.

ROOM TO RENT in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen and laundry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. $600/month, Westfield. (413)355-2338 or (413)562-7341.

House Rental


FEEDING HILLS, House for rent. 2 bedroom, 1 bath on dead end street. $1,200 plus deposits. Owner/ Broker, 413-374-4461. WESTFIELD, 498 Southampton Road, 2 bedroom ranch with 1 car garage, $960/month plus utilities. First, last & security deposit. (413)568-8614.

Condo For Rent


CONDO FOR RENT, Westfield, 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 baths with full basement. $975/month plus deposits. Owner/ broker, 413-374-4461

Business Property


MONTGOMERY 5 miles from WHS. Beautiful office. $350/month includes utilities and WiFi. 2 adjoining offices. $525/month. Call (413)977-6277.

Vacation Rental


ENGLEWOOD, FLORIDA. Lovely home for vacation rental. Two bedroom, two bath, garage. Close to beaches. Text/call for details, 413543-1976.

Mobile Homes


CHICOPEE BLUEBIRD ACRES, 2 bedroom, 12’x57’, pellet stove, 2 sheds, aluminum roof, enclosed porch. $45,000. DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM (413)593-9961.

Condos For Sale

WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 bedroom condo for sale by owner.. $79,000. Please call (603)726-4595.


TREE REMOVAL. Reasonable rates, senior citizens discount. Fully insured. Call for your free estimates, (413)3889723.




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

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

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.

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) COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. 569-3066. Chimney Sweeps Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Staindoors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. less steel caps and liner systems. In- Gutter Cleaning Fully licensed and insured. Free estispections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED, RE- mates. Call Joe (413)454-8998. Quality work from a business you can PAIRED. Antennas removed, chimneys repaired and chimney caps intrust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. stalled. Roof leaks repaired, vent areas sealed. Sr. citizen discount. Insured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for Computers Services. (413)596-8859 before all your exterior home improvement 9p.m. needs Roofing, siding, windows, decks COMPUTER HELP AVAILABLE. In and gutters. ACCEPTING NEW RESIhome training. Network setup, data re- GUTTER CLEANING. Get then clean DENTIAL PLOWING CUSTOMERS covery and much more. For more infor- ed before the FREEZE!! Clean, flush FOR SOUTHWICK ONLY. Call for free and check for leaks. Call Matt mation call John (413)568-5928. quote. Extensive references, fully li(413)777-8381. censed & insured in MA. & CT. Drywall Call GARY DELCAMP (413)569-3733. T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes-


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. TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years experience. Electrical installations, emergency service work. Generac portable or whole house generator installations. HVAC controls and energy saving green technology upgrades. Fully insured. All calls answered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. (413)214-4149.

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 (413)262-9314.

BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REMODELING.Kitchens, additions, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass Registered #106263, licensed & insured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

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.

Home Maintenance


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

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

House Painting

Plumbing & Heating

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

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

Roofing 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.

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 decorating advice. (413)564-0223, (413)626-8880.

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


PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLPAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & residential only. 15 years experiStaining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & ence. Call Dave (413)568-6440. Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at (413)386-3293. SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. On time, reliable service. Average Landscaping/Lawn Care driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787. cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mowPAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, All your carpentry needs. Remodeling mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask Tree Service specialty. Additions, garages, decks, for Mel (413)579-1407. A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD siding. Finish trim, window replaceTREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land ment. Kitchens designed by Prestige. Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log (413)386-4606. Truck Loads. (413)569-6104. LEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF REMOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for your free Quote today! You rake um' & Leaf the rest to us. Residential and AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. ProfesRICHTER HOME Building & Remodel- Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our sional fertilizing, planting, pruning, caing. Specializing in home improve- website at bling and removals. Free estimates, ment services. Roofs, windows, for all of fully insured. Please call Ken 569doors, decks, finished carpentry, re- our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. 0469. models, additions, basement refinish- (413)569-3472.

ing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an estimate (413)519-9838.


A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN, Debris Removal, landscaping, fall yard cleanup, interior and exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462.

Business & Professional Services •


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

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