THE WESTFIELD NEWS
MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 - PAGE 3
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GOVERNMENT MEETINGS NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS
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
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 GRANVILLE Fire House 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
WINTER WEATHER REMINDER
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.
Psychic Bridges presents
Past Life Regressions with Harry Kroner
Certified Hypnotherapist Founder of "Orion's Gateway" and "Life Achieved".
Tuesday, Dec. 10th 7:00 - 9:00pm
Hampton Ponds Assoc. Community Building Corner of Old Stage Rd. & Rt. 202
Westfield, MA Admission $10.00
Questions: Dave Moquin (413) 568-0523
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com by 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013.