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Westfield NYE petition seeks signatures By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – At Mayor Daniel M. Knapik’s first coffee hour of 2014 this morning at Armbrook Village, sponsored by the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, an announcement was made regarding plans for a Westfield New Year’s celebration to ring in 2015. Steve Dondley, owner of Prometheus Communications in Westfield, announced that he’s sponsoring a petition to get a New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration organized in the city’s downtown next December 31. “Westfield wants to have cultural events and make (Westfield) a happenin’ place,” Dondley said. “New years eve, where can I go in Westfield?” The idea of throwing a countdown-like event right below the clock tower downtown intrigued him so much, that he has started a website, newyearswestfield. com, to see if city residents would really like to make this vision a reality for next New Year’s Eve. “We’re trying to get 300 confirmed signatures by July 31,” Dondley said. “We’ve already got about 125 or so, 96 or so are confirmed.” “Right now, it’s just an idea,” he said. “We’re trying to find out if there’s enough interest to have the event, so if we get 300 pledging to come and half show up, that’s pretty good.” Asked whether he anticipates more than 300 signatures and/or visitors, Dondley is optimistic about the potential turnout. “You’re going to get a lot more people interested than have signed the petition, so if you get 300 people’s signatures, you’ll get about 300 people there,” he said.

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Cop clears North Road larcenies A flat snow-covered section of pavement, foreground, where the former Southwick Department of Public Works was razed last week. The building was was removed by a New Hampshire company. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Former DPW garage razed By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – The Department of Public Works’ former headquarters has been leveled. The dilapidated building has been vacant for more than two years and finally came down last week. Jay-Mor Company of New Hampshire offered the winning bid of $14,400 for the work. Southwick Building and Grounds Director John Westcott said there were “no surprises” with the demolition, which took one day. “It went as expected,” he said. “Prior to them coming in we had to disconnect the power from the building, as well as the water and sewer.”

The building was an eyesore, Wescott said. Located behind the police station and in front of the animal control facility, the garage was falling apart. “Everything there is so beautiful now, and then we had that garage,” Westcott said. “Now once the salt and sand sheds are built at the DPW garage (on College Highway) we will get those down, too.” Exhaust fans and light fixtures were removed from the building before demolition, but there was nothing else left that was salvageable. “There was really nothing to salvage in that building,” said Westcott. The future of the land is still in question. “A lot of people have a lot of ideas, but there is no plan yet,” Westcott said. The former garage was built, Westcott guessed, sometime in the 1940s.

By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A local heroin addict is facing charges both in Westfield District Court and in Connecticut after a city detective cleared a series of air conditioner thefts on North Road. Det. Brian Freeman reports, in a document filed in Westfield District Court, that he investigated a series of crimes in which large central air conditioning units on North Road were ravaged and valuable parts stolen to be sold as scrap. Freeman’s report indicates that, in four incidents, air conditioning systems at the Hampton Ponds Association, Boun Appetit restaurant and Word of Grace church valued at more than $27,000 were destroyed so that electric motors and copper and aluminum tubing could be sold for hundreds of dollars to a Chicopee salvage yard. Freeman reports that the first of the crimes occurred August 9, 2013, at the Hampton Ponds Association building at 829 North Road when an air conditioning unit valued at more than $1,000 was “torn apart” and copper was stolen. A few days later, on Aug. 21, the owner of the Buon Appetit restaurant located at 856 North Road reported that two central air conditioners valued at $12,000 were stolen. During his investigation, Freeman was able to identify a suspect but was unable to gather any evidence against the man nor was he able to pinpoint See North Road, Page 2

Inaugural ceremonies set for today Contractors from Jay-Mor Company of Pelham, New Hampshire, razed the former Southwick Department of Public Works building located in the rear of the Southwick Police Department Monday. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

In the thick of it The tntersection of College Highway and Feeding Hills Road in Southwick this morning. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Mayor Daniel M. Knapik, City Council and School Committee members were sworn into office this morning for the 2014-15 municipal term, a ceremony that marks the start of the third term for Knapik as the city chief executive. That ceremony also ushers in the first term of six City Council members as nearly half of the city’s legislative branch begins to adopt to new responsibilities. The new council members, Daniel Allie, Ralph Figy, Cindy Harris, Brian Hoose, Robert Paul Sr., and Matt VanHeynigen, will quickly be involved in council business. The council typically meets on the first and BRENT BEAN II third Thursday of each month. The Jan. 2 meeting was rescheduled to after the new members were sworn into office and will be held tonight to begin the new two-year term in office. The meeting will be opened by City Clerk Karen Fanion in the absence of a council president. The members will select a president pro tempore, who begins the formal session by taking nominations for the member who will sit as president for the next year. Several councilors, including the most two recent presidents, Brian Sullivan and Christopher Keefe, have indicated they have no desire to hold that office. A number of councilors contacted Sunday indicated that they plan to support the nomination of Brent B. Bean II. “It takes a strong will to do it,” Keefe said. “Brent is a smart guy. He will be a good president because he has experience.” “With six new councilors coming on board it will See Inaugural Ceremonies, Page 2

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

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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: January 18, 10-noon February 15, 10-noon March 22, 10-noon May 17, 10-noon Traditional 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.

848 North Road reported to Freeman that two air conditioning units valued at $4,000 had been stolen from outside the church. On Dec. 28, the same victim reported that a third unit, valued at 10,000, had also been stolen. Freeman reports that his investigation determined that the previously identified suspect, Sean O’Malley, had sold electric motors and copper and aluminum coils to a Chicopee scrap dealer for $194.48 and had made several other transactions which the dealer said matched the description of items stolen. Freeman reports he reasoned that, since all the crime scenes were next to each other on North Road and since that area was the only place in the city were such crimes were occurring, he “focused on finding Sean O’Malley on Pequot Point Road which is in walking distance of the three buildings.” Freeman also found that O’Malley was the subject of an extraditable warrant issued in Connecticut for four charges of larceny of property valued more than $250 and four charges of malicious destruction of property. Freeman’s investigation revealed that O’Malley has a sister who lives at a Pequot Point address and he reports that, when he and Detective Daniel Gustafson sought the man at her address, he was found alone in the house.

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and admitted that he had stolen from the local businesses although he said that he had not known that his most recent theft was from a church. At the station, O’Malley, 34, of 76 Pequot Point Road, was booked for four charges of larceny of property valued more than $250, four charges of vandalizing property and as a fugitive from justice. After he was advised of his Miranda rights, O’Malley agreed to a further interview and explained that in each of the four thefts he went on foot to the business and “took the units apart while he was there and then walked the parts of value across North Road and threw them over the guardrail.” He told Freeman that on the mornings after the thefts he collected the stolen items and used his sister’s vehicle to take them to Chicopee where he sold them to the scrap dealer. Freeman reports “O’Malley claimed that he committed these crimes to supplement his unemployment checks and to support his heroin habit.” O’Malley was arraigned on the Massachusetts charges Thursday in Westfield District Court before Judge Rita Koenigs. Citing O’Malley’s “present drug dependency” and the Connecticut warrant, Koenigs set bail for O’Malley at $2,500. He was held pending a Jan. 30 hearing.

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Continued from Page 1 be crazy,” Keefe said. “He’ll have to appoint support Bean tonight. members to committees based on reputation and After the presidential selection, the business of not personal knowledge of those people. There the council for the year begins with adoption of will be no hiding in corners for the senior mem- council rules and items remaining in committee bers who will have to be leaders.” have to be brought forward to this council. In addition to Keefe and Sullivan, Ward 6 Members will then draw seats by lottery to decide Councilor Christopher Crean, and At-large where they will sit for the rest of 2014 before the Councilor James R. Adams also said they plan to meeting is adjourned.

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PennDOT testing beet juice on icy roads BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is experimenting with beet juice as a way to treat icy roads in especially cold weather. PennDOT officials tell KDKA-TV (http:// cbsloc.al/1euMZnD ) that chemicals in the juice are supposed to help road salt melt ice at lower temperatures. Typically, salt loses much of its effectiveness below 20 degrees, but when mixed with beet juice, the salt reportedly melts ice down to zero or even below-zero temperatures. PennDOT experimented with beet juice a few years ago but officials say a new and improved version is being tested as part of a pilot program in Butler County, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. The new beet juice has more sugar in it, which is supposed to improve its performance.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2014. There are 359 days left in the year.

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n Jan. 6, 1994, in an incident that shook the world of figure skating, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit’s Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. (Harding, who denied knowing about plans for the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.)

On this date: In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.) In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va. In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state. In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear. In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

In 1950, Britain recognized the Communist government of China. In 1963, “Oliver!,” Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” opened on Broadway. “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” premiered on NBC-TV. In 1974, year-round daylight saving time began in the United States on a trial basis as a fuel-saving measure in response to the OPEC oil embargo. In 1987, the U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to establish an eleven-member panel to hold public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair. In 1993, authorities rescued Jennifer Stolpa and her infant son, Clayton, after Jennifer’s husband, James, succeeded in reaching help, ending the family’s eight-day ordeal after becoming lost in the snowcovered Nevada desert. Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, 75, died in Englewood, N.J.; ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in suburban Paris at age 54.

Ten years ago: Thirteen children and two adults were killed in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province by a time-bomb concealed in an apple cart on a street regularly used by U.S. military patrols. A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York. Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in Sept. 2003. Hitting star Paul Molitor and reliever Dennis Eckersley were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Five years ago: Congress opened for business at the dawn of a new Democratic era with vows to fix the crisis-ridden economy; Republicans pledged co-

operation in Congress as well as with President-elect Barack Obama — to a point. Obama vowed to “bring a long-overdue sense of responsibility and accountability to Washington” and called the need for budget reform “an absolute necessity.” Cheryl Holdridge, one of the original Mouseketeers on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 64.

One year ago: President Barack Obama returned to Washington after a winter vacation in Hawaii that was interrupted by the “fiscal cliff” crisis. In his first public speech in six months, a defiant Syrian President Bashar Assad rallied a cheering crowd to fight the uprising against his authoritarian rule, dismissing any chance of dialogue with what he called “murderous criminals.” The NHL and the players’ association agreed on a tentative pact to end a 113-day lockout.

Today’s Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 93. Retired MLB All-Star Ralph Branca is 88. Author E.L. Doctorow is 83. Country musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 65. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 64. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 63. Singer Jett Williams is 61. Rock musician Malcolm Young (ACDC) is 61. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 59. World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 57. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 55. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 54. Movie composer A.R. Rahman is 48. Movie director John Singleton is 46. Actor Norman Reedus (TV: “The Walking Dead”) is 45. TV personality Julie Chen is 44. Actor Danny Pintauro (TV: “Who’s the Boss?”) is 38. Actress Rinko Kikuchi is 33. NBA player Gilbert Arenas is 32. Actress-comedian Kate McKinnon (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 30. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 28.


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In 2014, voters to decide slew of contests STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters who trekked to the voting booth in 2013 won’t get much of a respite in 2014, with a slew of contested races on the ballot. One of the most anticipated, and crowded, races is the open contest for governor. Already five Democrats, two Republicans, and two independent candidates are vying for the seat held by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, who isn’t seeking re-election. On the GOP side, the top candidate is former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO Charlie Baker, a veteran of the administrations of former Republican governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci. Baker, who failed to unseat Patrick four years ago, has promised to run a more upbeat campaign, highlighting what he’s called the “sunny” side of his personality. Shrewsbury business owner Mark Fisher is also seeking the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, two candidates — Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steve Grossman — are considered among the top tier. Coakley has a strong political organization, having run a series of successful campaigns, including twice for attorney general and twice for Middlesex district attorney. She has to convince the state’s Democratic faithful that she’s shaken off her loss to Republican former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in a special 2010 election to fill the seat held for nearly half a century by the late Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy. Although he’s in his first term in elected office, Grossman has deep ties to Democratic activists after having served as the head of both the state and national parties. He’s also already amassed a hefty campaign bank account. Like Coakley, Grossman hasn’t won every race, including an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2002. Three other Democratic challengers are hoping to break out of the pack: Newton pediatrician Don Berwick; former federal Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem; and former Wellesley Selectman Joseph Avellone. Two independents also are gubernatorial hopefuls — Jeffrey McCormick, the founder of the venture capital investment firm Saturn Partners, and Newton resident Evan Falchuk, who’s running under the self-styled United Independent Party label. Candidates are eyeing other open races, including contests for attorney general, treasurer and lieutenant governor, to fill the seats being vacated by Coakley, Grossman and former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray. No Democratic challengers are expected for incumbent state Secretary William Galvin or state auditor Suzanne Bump. On the Democratic side, former state Sen. Warren Tolman, former top Coakley deputy Maura Healey and Clinton state Rep. Harold Naughton are hoping to replace Coakley as attorney general. No Republicans have jumped in the race yet. For state treasurer, the former Democratic head of the Brookline Board of Selectmen, Deborah Goldberg, has announced her candidacy. Fellow Democratic state Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover and Wayland state Rep. Thomas Conroy are also weighing a bid for Grossman’s seat. For lieutenant governor, four Democratic candidates are seeking the party nomination: Steve Kerrigan, a former Lancaster selectman and chief of staff to former Attorney General Thomas Reilly; Mike Lake, president of Leading Cities, a network of businesses, municipal governments and universities; Whately Selectman Jonathan Edwards; and Holliston resident James Arena-DeRosa. On the Republican side, former state Rep. Karyn Polito has teamed with Baker to run as a ticket, though Polito will have to

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

run separately during the primary. Every member of the state’s all-Democratic U.S. House delegation is up for election this year, as is every member of the Massachusetts House and Senate. One of the most closely watched races will be Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney’s re-election campaign. Former Republican state Sen. Richard Tisei, who narrowly lost a 2012 bid to unseat Tierney, is looking at another run, as are two Democrats — immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco and Salem resident Seth Moulton. Democratic U.S. Rep. William Keating is facing a challenge from Republican John Chapman, a former administration official for Gov. Mitt Romney. One of the biggest questions this election year is whether U.S. Sen. Edward Markey will have a challenger when he faces election to a full six-year term. The Democrat won a special election in 2013 to fill out the rest of John Kerry’s term after Kerry resigned to become secretary of state. No Democrats are expected to run against Markey. On the Republican side, Gabriel Gomez, who lost to Markey in the special election, has been mentioned as a possible challenger, though no GOP candidate has officially entered the fray.

Government Meetings NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGs

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Westfield City Council inauguration South Middle School, 9:30 a.m. Westfield City Council meeting, City Council Chambers, Room 207, Municipal Bldg., 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK Southwick Board of Assessors, Assessors’ Office, 3:30 p.m. Southwick Historical Commission, Conference Room 1, 7 p.m. Southwick Conservation Commission, Land Use Hearing Room, 7 p.m. Southwick Sewer Implementation Committee, Conference Room 1, 7 p.m.

GRANVILLE Monday Night Meetings in Town Hall 7pm-8:30pm Planning Board Tolland: Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Board of Selectmen at 5 pm

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Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee at 3:30 pm Planning Board at 7 pm

GRANVILLE Cultural Council at 7 pm Fire at 7 pm EMTs at 7 pm

SOUTHWICK Southwick School Committee meeting at 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 HUNTINGTON Planning Board

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 TOLLAND Ladies Aid at 7 pm

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 WESTFIELD Westfield School Committee on City Hall, 59 Court Street at 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK Southwick Selectmen meeting Selectmen’s Conference Room, at 7 p.m.

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Westfield DPW Notice The Public Works Department will start picking up Christmas trees on Monday, January 6, 2014. It will be picked up on the same day as your regular refuse collection, so please have it by your tree belt on that day.

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The Roots of Obama’s Minimum-Wage Gamble Is a progressive crusade finally going mainstream—or is the president just playing clever politics? By JASON ZENGERLE Politico.com After the birthers, the most resilient—and virulent—conspiracy theorists of the Obama era have been those who fear that the president is some sort of left-wing Manchurian candidate, sent by the ghost of Saul Alinsky, the famed community organizer, to sabotage the capitalist order from inside the White House and drag the United States into socialism. “We know that Barack Hussein Obama is a disciple of none other than Saul Alinsky, one who personally thanked Lucifer,” the Christian rocker and right-wing radio host Bradley Dean recently wrote. Or, as Newt Gingrich put it during his 2012 presidential campaign: “I believe in the Constitution; I believe in the Federalist Papers. Obama believes in Saul Alinsky and secular European socialist bureaucracy.” Their theories, not surprisingly, leave something to be desired when it comes to any actual evidence. But now that the Obama administration plans to make raising the federal minimum wage, from its current $7.25 an hour to $10.10, a centerpiece of Democrats’ 2014 midterm election efforts, the conspiracy theorists are presumably greeting the news with glee. After all, the history of the living wage movement over the last two decades, and its crusade to significantly raise the minimum wage, is populated by a who’s who of rightwing boogeymen—from ACORN, the community-organizing outfit that conservatives successfully hounded out of business four years ago, to the Industrial Areas Foundation, which Alinsky himself founded in 1940, some 30 years before he wrote his famous (or, to conservatives, infamous) book Rules for Radicals. But, conspiracy theorists notwithstanding, Barack Obama’s sudden embrace of a minimum wage boost is very likely a shrewd political move. To start, it has the potential to make life difficult for Republican politicians, who will have to decide whether to oppose a minimum wage hike, angering the 64 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republicans who according to a recent poll support it, or get behind it themselves and anger their backers in the business community who overwhelmingly oppose it. What’s more, a White House-backed push on the issue could help drive to the polls in November a slew of Democratic-leaning minority and youth voters who typically wouldn’t turn out for nonpresidential elections, especially in several states that will hold ballot measures on whether to raise their state minimum wages. What remains unclear, though, is whether Obama’s new alliance with the activists in the living wage movement is simply a political tactic geared toward the 2014 midterms or the sign of a more lasting partnership. Will 2014 mark the moment when their issue went from niche cause celebre célèbre to a pillar of national Democratic politics? The living wage movement began in the early 1990s, when pastors in Baltimore started to notice something curious happening. An increasing number of the people showing up for food or lodging at the city’s church-affiliated soup kitchens and homeless shelters had full-time jobs; they just weren’t making enough money from them to provide for themselves or their families. Working with local unions, the pastors—most of whom were affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a national community organizing group that does much of its work through churches—successfully pressured Baltimore’s city council in 1994 to require any company receiving public money for service contracts to pay its workers at least $6.10 an hour rather than the federal minimum wage of $4.25. The $6.10 figure was called “a living wage”—a term that dates back to the labor unrest of the late 19th century but more recently came to be defined as hourly earnings that would keep a family of three or four above the poverty line—and the Baltimore campaign soon begat similar successful living wage movements in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Although each city’s campaign was run by local groups, many of them relied on the technical support of ACORN, which had been conducting economic justice campaigns since the early ‘70s. It was a young ACORN staffer, Jen Kern, who founded the group’s Living Wage Resource Center, which came to serve as a central clearinghouse for the movement. The assistance ACORN provided was multifaceted— from helping the local groups determine what a living wage was in their particular cities to writing the actual ordinances that were proposed to cultivating community support. “We were able to create a ‘take this out of the box and do it’ set of practices to run a successful campaign,” says Kern. Indeed, since 1994, more than 130 cities and counties have passed living wage ordinances, according to Stephanie Luce, a CUNY professor and the author of Fighting for a Living Wage. And in that time, the living wage movement has become a veritable mainstay of lefty, grassroots politics—not as glitzy and therefore noticeable as the movements supporting, say, immigrant rights or gun control but, in terms of legal victories, far more consequential. “It’s been one of the most successful progressive movements of the last 20 years,” Luce told me. And yet the movement has arguably failed in a big way to See Minimum Wage, Page 8

Administration faces tough fight on contraception cases By Josh Gerstein Politico.com As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception. On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from an order of nuns who say a provision of Obamacare conflicts with their opposition to birth control. Already, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear two cases filed by private companies who say contraception provisions in the law violate their firms’ rights to religious freedom. Together, the cases could recreate a broad left-right coalition on the court that has emerged in the past decade to defend religious rights against alleged government intrusions. “I wouldn’t be betting on the government winning,” said Michael McConnell, a former federal appeals court judge who favors granting broad religious exemptions. “I would say that the government has an uphill battle.” A legal expert who has argued for a broad government right to enforce government policies like anti-discrimination laws agrees: the cases — both the immediate battle involving nonprofit nursing homes operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the pending ones featuring for-profit companies Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties — will be tough fights. “When I look at these cases, I’m not really sure there’s one vote to start with on the side of the government,” said Leslie Griffin, a law professor at the University of Las Vegas. Experts pointed to two religious freedom cases the court has decided in the past decade, both of which wound up as abject defeats for the government. In 2006, the court ruled, 8-0, in favor

of a New Mexico based church which wanted to use a sacramental tea containing a banned hallucinogen. And last year, the court ruled 9-0 in the case of a Lutheran Church employee that the Constitution bars the government from enforcing employment laws on behalf of anyone the church considers a minister. At one time, conservatives on the court tended to side with the government in free-exercise fights. “Some of the conservatives — including, especially Justice Scalia…have not been sympathetic to religious exemptions from general laws,” noted Cornell Law Professor Michael Dorf. Scalia’s 1990 opinion upholding the government’s power to penalize an individual for using peyote — even when used in a religious ritual — triggered a strongly negative political reaction from the right and the left. That led to the passage in 1993 of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a federal law that made it tougher for the government to take actions that intrude on religious practice. The left-right coalition persists to this day and can now be seen from time to time on the high court. “Democrats like minority religions because they’re minorities and Republicans like them because they’re religions,” Dorf said. “The problem is when you’re not asking for a small exception to a law nobody really cares about anyway, like one forbidding peyote use, but one about people paying their taxes.” Since the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Scalia and some of the other conservative justices have seemed more open to religious claims. “He thinks the Constitution doesn’t require a religious exemption of its own force, but all of them seem perfectly happy to find exemptions based on RFRA,” Dorf added. With scant indications of how relative newcomers to the court like Elena Kagan

think about these issues, some are looking for clues earlier in the justices’ lives and careers. When Kagan worked in the Clinton White House, she wrote an internal memo decrying the California Supreme Court’s narrow interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She called “quite outrageous” an opinion denying a landlord’s claim that her religious beliefs were burdened by a state law that forced her to rent apartments to unmarried couples. “Taken seriously, this kind of reasoning could strip RFRA of any real meaning,” she warned. “It does suggest she is not likely to accept the government’s argument that for-profit businesses are categorically unable to raise a free-exercise claim,” McConnell said, while noting that the 1996 memo might not correctly capture her present views on the subject. McConnell also remembers Kagan being receptive to religious freedom arguments in her days as lawyer and domestic policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. “I do recall that those of us interested in enforcement of RFRA had reason to believe she was our friend and advocate within the White House,” said McConnell, now a professor at Stanford Law School. Still, some conservatives expect the liberal justices to rally to the defense of the administration and Obamacare. “My guess is the hard line Kagan took when in the White House Counsel’s Office is not going to hold for the other justices on that side of the bench,” said John Eastman of Chapman Law School. “They’re going to say Hobby Lobby is a corporation and doesn’t have religious freedom rights…I suspect at least four votes on the Supreme Court to take that position.” Another unknown here is how the justices’ own religious views could color See Supreme Court, Page 8

Chuck Schumer: Rand Paul ‘insulting’ on unemployment By Burgess Everett Politico.com Rand Paul’s position on unemployment is “insulting” to American workers, Sen. Chuck Schumer said on Sunday afternoon after appearing with Paul on ABC’s“This Week.” On the Sunday morning show, Paul (R-Ky.) said that while he’s not against unemployment insurance as a concept, he said long-term benefits can eventually provide “some disincentive to work.” “Many of our Republican colleagues say: ‘Oh, unemployment benefits keep people from work.’ That is insulting,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a Senate Democratic conference call ahead of a Monday vote on a proposal to extend now-expired benefits. Paul “said it’s bad for American workers. That is insulting to American workers because they want to work.” Schumer and Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters they are optimistic they will be able to scrounge up five GOP senators to break a filibuster of their bill on Monday, which would offer three more months of unemployment benefits to the estimated 1.3 million Americans who were knocked off the benefit rolls in late December. Thus far, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) has cosponsored Reed’s three-month extension, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has indicated she supports the bill, leaving plenty of work for Democrats in the next 24 hours to convince Republicans from states with high levels of unemployment to back the legislation. That task got a bit more difficult on Sunday afternoon as dealmaking Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) joined a growing group of Republicans from states with high unemployment who appear likely to vote against the bill Monday. “I will not vote to bring this legislation to the floor unless senators have an opportunity to debate and vote on the many

good ideas for helping unemployed Americans find a job,” Alexander said in a statement to POLITICO. As a condition to supporting the bill, most Republicans prefer to find a way to pay for its $6.5 billion price tag, which Senate Democrats are open to doing as part of a larger restructuring of the unemployment program. But Democrats believe an immediate pay-for is unnecessary due to the emergency nature of the extension they are pushing, though Schumer said he’d be open to killing some corporate tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs. If Democrats fail to rally 60 votes Monday to extend benefits, don’t expect them to abandon Reed’s bill any time soon.

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GM to outfit Chevy vehicles with 4G LAS VEGAS (AP) — GM says it will start outfitting most Chevrolet vehicles with 4G cellular capabilities in partnership with AT&T. The technology will let drivers make phone calls and allow passengers to surf the Web without burning through the voice and data limits on their phone plans. General Motors Co. said at the International CES gadget show Sunday that the 2015 model year Chevrolet Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt will be the first to come equipped with the capabilities this year, followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. While the hardware will be standard, pricing plans have yet to be announced. The cellular capability will be integrated with GM’s OnStar roadside assistance service. OnStar currently costs upward of $199 a year and has more than 6 million subscribers.

Corvette will let owners record, share drives LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats. The video can be viewed on the Corvette’s eight-inch color touchscreen when the car is parked or downloaded to a computer. Drivers can record up to 13 hours of driving time. General Motors developed the system with Cosworth, a British company that supplies the Corvette racing team’s electronics system. GM introduced the system Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It didn’t say how much the option will cost. The 2015 Corvette goes on sale next fall.

Oil prices jump on bargain hunting A woman uses her smart phone at the Samsung Electronics Co. showroom of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Global tech spending seen slipping in 2014 RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that global spending on technology will slip 1 percent this year to $1.06 trillion as the lower average selling price of smartphones and tablets offsets unit growth in markets like China. The decline is off the peak of $1.07 trillion estimated this year. Steve Koenig, the association’s director of industry analysis, issued the forecast at the opening of the annual International CES gadget show on Sunday. The retreat doesn’t reflect less consumer appetite for what Koenig called the “dynamic duo” of tech gadgets. Spending on smartphones and tablets is still expected to account for some 43 cents of every dollar spent on technology this year. But the average price of smartphones, for example, will fall from $444 in 2010 to an estimated $297 this year, despite the number of smartphones sold rising to 1.21 billion up from 1.01 billion. “These lower-end devices are what’s

required to penetrate most deeply into these emerging markets,” he said. Smartphones and tablets remain such key drivers of technology spending that they are eating into other categories of devices like point-and-shoot cameras, video cameras, portable GPS devices and handheld gaming devices. However, within other categories of devices there are a few pockets of growth, including wearable devices. Smartwatch sales are expected to be 1.5 million units globally this year, up from 1 million in 2013, said Shawn DuBravac, the association’s chief economist. “This is a very nascent market. We’re still looking for that killer application for that particular device,” he said. Ultra HD televisions, which roughly quadruple the number of pixels of a high-definition set, are also seen taking off. There were 60,000 such sets sold in the U.S. alone last year, a number expected to hit 485,000 this year, the association said. However, that’s still a small number compared to the nearly 40 million TVs sold in the U.S. each year, DuBravac said.

NJ works to curb sex trafficking before Super Bowl EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menaces to come with next month’s Super Bowl: sex trafficking. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on New Jersey for the Feb. 2 football game. Many believe the state’s sprawling highway system, proximity to New York City and diverse population make it an attractive base of operations for traffickers. “New Jersey has a huge trafficking problem,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who is also co-chairman of the House antihuman trafficking caucus. “One Super Bowl after another after another has shown itself to be one of the largest events in the world where the cruelty of human trafficking goes on for sev-

This Dec. 17, 2009, file photo shows U.S. Rep. Chris Smith speaking to members of the media in Rio de Janeiro. “New Jersey has a huge trafficking problem,” said Smith, R-N.J., who is also co-chairman of the House anti-human trafficking caucus. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

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In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 photograph, Kathleen Friess gives a presentation on human trafficking in Hamilton Township, N.J., for hotel and nightclub employees and tries to dispel notions of what human trafficking looks like. Often, Friess said, it’s a local woman forced into sex work by a man she initially thought had romantic intentions. Officials are training legions of law enforcement personnel, hospitality workers, high school students and airport employees to watch for signs of it before the Feb. 2 football game, when hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) eral weeks.” Law enforcement in New Jersey has worked for years to battle forced prostitution. The state strengthened its human trafficking law in early 2013, but it hit a roadblock in August when a federal judge ruled that a portion of the law that pertains to commercial sex ads posted online may conflict with federal legislation. The state is appealing. There are scant statistics and much debate over how much sex trafficking increases during a Super Bowl or large sporting event, but it’s been enough of a concern to prompt New Jersey and prior Super Bowl host cities to pay attention to it. Danielle Douglas, a speaker and advocate who identifies herself as a sex trafficking survivor, said any major sporting event attracts sex traffickers looking to make money. “The Super Bowl is a huge,

huge arena for sex trafficking,” Douglas said. Some visitors “are coming to the Super Bowl not even to watch football — they are coming to the Super Bowl to have sex with women, and/or men or children.” Soon after the announcement that the 2014 Super Bowl would be held at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey officials set up training for legions of law enforcement personnel, hospitality workers, high school students, airport employees and others on signs of sex trafficking. Local houses of worship are handing out fliers notifying congregants of warning signs, and truckers are being trained to look for people — mostly women but also men — who may be held against their will. Sex trafficking, to be prosecuted as such, must involve — unlike prostitution — not only a buyer and seller of sex but also a pimp or trafficker controlling

the transaction, according to the New Jersey attorney general’s office. Officials are also warning the public to watch for people who are forced into labor and individual pimps exerting control over young women and men who are oftentimes underage. “We’ve enlisted, basically, every service provider that people coming to the Super Bowl are going to run into,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “There are a lot of eyes that are going to be on their activities and going to be on spotting potential victims of this crime.” The Super Bowl task force convened by Hoffman’s office is comprised of state, local and federal law enforcement officers, community groups, social workers and others. Bergen County Prosecutor John See Trafficking, Page 7

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Oil prices recovered Monday on bargain hunting after a week-long plunge. Benchmark U.S. oil for February delivery rose 11 cents to $94.07 in electronic trading at mid-afternoon Kuala Lumpur time on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.48 to settle at $93.96 a barrel on Friday. Prices have fallen 6.4 percent over the past week. Brent crude, used to price international crude processed by many U.S. refineries, rose 17 cents to $107.06 in London. Analysts said there are downside risks to oil prices. The U.S. economic recovery was generally boosted by a massive bond-buying program, and oil demand wasn’t rising as fast as expected while supplies were sufficient. On Thursday, protests reportedly ended at one of Libya’s largest oil fields, which could allow the field to restart production and deliver more than 300,000 barrels of daily production to the global market. Also, a rising dollar could dent oil prices. The Fed recently began winding its stimulus program, which is boosting the value of the dollar and leading investors away from oil. A stronger dollar makes commodities such as oil that are priced in dollars more expensive for buyers using other currencies. In other energy futures trading: — Wholesale gasoline rose 0.4 cent to $2.653 a gallon. — Natural gas added 7.2 cents to $4.354 per 1,000 cubic feet. — Heating oil was up 0.9 cent to $2.948 a gallon.

Nvidia promotes new chip with crop circle PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 310-foot “crop circle” in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones. The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip and the number “192” in Braille. On Sunday, the company announced the Tegra K1, a new chip for tablets and smartphones that contains 192 computing “cores,” or mini-computers, for graphics applications. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said at a press conference in Las Vegas, ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show, that he had given his marketing department the mission to promote the chip on a shoestring budget. The crop circle received wide attention. Rumors of Santa Clara, Calif.-based See Nvidia, Page 7

This photo provided by NVIDIA shows a 310-foot “crop circle” in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday Jan. 6, 2014: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones. The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip and the number “192” in Braille. On Sunday, the company announced the Tegra K1, a new chip for tablets and smartphones that contains 192 computing “cores,” or mini-computers, for graphics applications. (AP Photo/NVIDIA)


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Swiss central bank reports 2013 loss on gold

World stocks in the red ahead of US, China data

GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland’s central bank says it will report a loss of 9 billion Swiss francs ($9.9 billion) for 2013, denying shareholders and governments of annual profit sharing. The Swiss National Bank said it lost 15 billion francs in the value of its gold holdings, but that was partly offset by a gain of 3 billion francs in foreign currency and more than 3 billion francs in profit from selling its stabilization fund that bailed out Swiss bank UBS AG. In a statement Monday, the bank said it could not provide dividends to shareholders or profits to the Swiss government and 26 cantons (states). Gold prices fell sharply in 2013 as the U.S. Federal Reserve wound down an inflation policy that had driven up gold prices.

EILEEN NG Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — World markets were mostly in the red Monday, opening the week on a cautious note ahead of the release of data from the U.S. and China that will reflect the pace of growth in the world’s top two economies. In Europe, Britain’s FTSE 100 dipped 0.2 percent to 6,717.22 while Germany’s DAX shed 0.2 percent to 9,415.22. France’s CAC-40 was almost flat at 4,248.29. Investors are waiting to scrutinize the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s December meeting amid expectations it might accelerate the pace of reducing its monetary stimulus on the back of rising economic momentum. Manufacturing, payrolls and trade balance data due this week will reveal if U.S. economic recovery can be sustained. In China, trade, inflation and loans data due later in the week will color regional sentiment. Two surveys last week showed manufacturing activity has weakened in December, which analysts said pointed to a downturn in business cycle. “China will be an interesting read this week. The debate about how China is tracking will define its 2014 — talk will be about whether the ‘hard landing’ talk of the last four years continues, if the central government is moderating growth and whether the small steps it has taken toward a more liberalized, freer trading economy continue in 2014,” said Evan Lucas, market strategist for IG in Melbourne, Australia. Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong said it was increasingly clear that China’s growth has peaked and entering an economic downturn, which will hurt regional exports. “When China sneezes, markets worry that the whole region will catch a cold,” its economist Dariusz Kowalczyk said in a commentary. On Wall Street, futures pointed to a weak start. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index futures fell 0.1 percent while the Dow Jones industrial average eased 0.01 percent. Earlier in Asia, China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 1.9 percent to 2,043.01, extending losses from last week. Tokyo’s Nikkei shed 2.4 percent to 15.908.88 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.6 percent to 22,684.15. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia also declined. However, South Korea’s Kospi bucked the trend to add 0.4 percent to 1,953.28. Benchmark oil for February delivery rose 26 cents a barrel to $94.22 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.48 to close at $93.96 on Friday.

Nvidia Continued from Page 6 Nvidia’s involvement appeared Sunday before the press conference. The circle was plowed under a few days after its discovery. Tablets are becoming a popular platform for gaming, undermining Nvidia’s core business of creating powerful chips that enhance the look of PC games. It’s had some success with its chips for mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets, but has been overshadowed by Qualcomm Inc. In the new Tegra K1, the graphics component based on its “Kepler” design, used in high-end PCs. The chip would makes for a tablet more powerful than an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 game console, while consuming one-twentieth the power. “We’ve bridged the gap — we’ve brought mobile computing to the same level as desktop computing,” Huang said. The 192 cores in the new chip compare to Nvidia’s previous flagship, the Tegra 4, with 72 graphics cores. Huang demonstrated near photo-realistic simulations of environments and human faces, run on the new chip. He said Epic Games will adapt the next version of its Unreal Engine, the basis for many popular games, so that it will work on the chip. He didn’t announce when the chip would be available or any gadget makers that were adopting it.

Trafficking Continued from Page 6 Molinelli said ads are starting to pop up on Internet sites and law enforcement officials are gleaning information from them. “When you’re about ready to have 400,000 men come to this area of the country,” Molinelli said, “you’re invariably going to have more people try to take advantage of that by providing prostitutes and prostitution.” Officials in Texas, Louisiana and Indiana strengthened efforts to combat sex trafficking ahead of previous Super Bowls. In Arizona, which will host the 2015 Super Bowl, U.S. Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy, has been speaking out, calling the Super Bowl the “largest human-trafficking venue on the planet.” It is difficult to ascertain the exact number of trafficking cases in a given year or place because so much of it goes unreported. In 2012, the Polaris Project, a nonprofit that works to combat human trafficking, received 20,652 calls reporting trafficking to its hotline, 330 of which were from New Jersey, said CEO Bradley Myles. “The overall size of the phenomenon in the United States is much more significant than statistics show,” Myles said. Polaris plans to add additional staffers to the hotline in February, but the organization has seen only a modest uptick in calls during previous Super Bowls, Myles said. In December, Kathleen Friess led a two-hour presentation in Hamilton Township for hotel and nightclub employees and tried to dispel notions of what human trafficking looks like. Often, Friess said, it’s a local woman forced into sex work by a man she initially thought had romantic intentions. Other times, it’s a woman from another country whose family is threatened. Friess told the employees to look for women who may not be in control, who look frightened and may exhibit signs of physical abuse. Victims are often runaways, the impoverished, abuse victims or those living in the country illegally, she said. “You guys are at that front line, seeing them coming and going,” Friess said. “You’re in a position to prevent human trafficking.” Ronald Moore, the security manager at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit, said he plans to replicate the presentation for his staff. A former police officer, Moore said the hotel has been preparing for the possibility of crime during Super Bowl week. “You’re going to have the potential for everything from stolen goods to assault to check fraud. Everything you can imagine is going to be happening,” he said. “You have to be aware.” Jane Wells, a filmmaker who recently released “Tricked,” a documentary about human trafficking, said she wants law enforcement to focus on the crime all the time, not just around sporting events. “This is a 365-day-a-year problem,” Wells said.

In a Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 file photo, Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren, wearing Google Glass, answers questions from the media during a news conference, in Los Angeles. Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Even with the possibilities these devices offer today, gadget lovers can expect technology companies to stretch the wearable concept further in Las Vegas at the International CES event Jan. 7-10, 2014, the industry’s annual trade show. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Wave of wearable gadgets expected at CES event RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. There are countless smartwatches for tech nerds who’d rather glance at their wrists to check messages than reach for their smartphones. And thousands of people are already seeing the world differently with the help of the Internetconnected eyewear, Google Glass. Even with the possibilities these devices offer today, gadget lovers can expect technology companies to stretch the wearable concept further this week in Las Vegas at the International CES event, the industry’s annual trade show. Several companies are expected to unveil wearable devices that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks and cloud computing. The wearables wave is still in its early phases. Many of the technologies on display will offer a glimpse of the future — not necessarily products that are ready for the mainstream consumer. These new gadgets are “like the first generation of the iPod,” says Gary Shapiro, chief executive of the Consumer Electronics Association, the group that has hosted the trade show since 1967. “It was bulky and it wasn’t that pretty. Look what happened. It got slimmer. It got better.” Industry analysts’ estimates for the growth of wearables are rosy. Research firm IHS says the global wearables market — which also includes health products like hearing aids and heart-rate monitors — could top $30 billion in 2018, up from nearly $10 billion at the end of 2013. While some of the growth will come from an aging population that requires more health-related monitoring at home, devices like the Fitbit Force activity band — which tracks a wearer’s steps, calories burned, sleeping patterns and progress toward fitness goals — are also expected to gain popularity as deskbound workers look for new ways to watch their waistlines. At this week’s show, companies are likely to introduce improvements in wearable screens and battery life, says Shane Walker, an IHS analyst. The two are linked because the more a device tries to do, the more battery power it consumes. This creates demand for innovative low-power screens, but also for ways to interact with devices that don’t rely on the screen, such as using hand gestures and voice. “With wearable technology, it’s all about battery consumption,” Walker says. What’s driving the boom in wearable device innovation is the recent widespread availability of inexpensive sensors known as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). These are tiny components like accelerometers and gyroscopes that, for instance, make it possible for smartphones to respond to shaking and for tablets to double as steering wheels in video games. There are also sensors that respond to pressure, temperature and even blood sugar. Toronto-based Bionym Inc. will show off its Nymi wristband at CES. The gadget verifies a user’s identity by determining his or her unique heartbeat. The technology could one day supplant the need for passwords, car keys and wallets. Waterloo, Ont.-based Thalmic Labs Inc. plans to show off how its MYO armband can be used as a remote control device to operate a quadricopter drone. The band responds to electricity generated in forearm muscles as well as arm motions and finger gestures. Co-founder Stephen Lake says the MYO is more akin to a mouse or keyboard that controls activities than the latest line of smart wristbands that simply track them. “We’ve seen this shift away from traditional computers to mobile devices,”

Lake says. “Our belief is that trend will continue and we’ll merge closer with technology and computers. New computer-human interfaces are what can drive these changes.” Wearables may not gain broad acceptance until sensors advance to a point where they can track more sophisticated bodily functions than heart rate, says Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corp., the company that makes wireless connectivity chips for everything from iPhones to refrigerators. Monitors that measure blood sugar, for instance, still require test strips and pin-pricks. “If you can monitor your blood chemistry with a wearable, now there we’re talking about something pretty compelling,” Samueli says. “Then I think the market will take off in a big way.” Companies are also expected to tweak the business models for wearable gadgetry as the devices become more mainstream. Fitness-focused wearables could one day help lower your health-care premiums if your insurer can verify your exercise regime. Always-on wristbands that know who you’re with —and their preferences— could become vehicles for location-based restaurant advertising. “I think you’re going to see a lot of maturity in 2014 in the way companies think about their business,” says J.P. Gownder, an analyst with Forrester Research. Right now, the market is a swirling cauldron of ideas and products. Eventually, a winner may emerge. Josh Flood, an analyst with ABI Research, says “the killer app” for a wearable product with the right mix of form, function and price “hasn’t been identified yet.” Forrester’s Gownder concurs. “It’s a bit of a hype bubble,” he says. “But so was the Internet in 1999.”

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Obituaries Mary L. Conley AGAWAM - Mary L. (Bent) Conley, 74, died suddenly Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Deerfield, MA during a hiking trip. Mary, the daughter of the late Joseph John and Catherine Anna (Salisbury) Bent, was born in Boston, MA. She graduated from Walpole High School in Walpole, MA and was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Agawam. Mary was employed as a bookkeeper for a total of thirty-five years. Since retiring in 1999, she was a volunteer at Noble Hospital and Saint Mary’s Church in Westfield, MA and at St. John the Evangelist Church. In 1985 Mary and her husband David fulfilled her dream of visiting Bryce National Park in Utah which she had seen images of in a View Master when she was a small child. They went in the subsequent years to explore most of the western National Parks and in very interesting state parks. In recent years, Mary had been active in the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, especially with the beloved Tuesday Hikers. She was also a member of the Friends of Robinson State Park in Agawam. Many of her favorite moments were when she was cooking and baking for others and tending to her flower gardens. Mary was fortunate to have shared continuous close friendships for over sixty years with several of her Walpole schoolmates. She leaves her beloved husband of sixty years, David Charles Conley; her dear son, David William Conley and his wife Teresa Ann Conley of Columbia, SC; her precious daughter, Elizabeth Anne Parker and her husband Charles Noble Parker of Los Angeles, CA; her revered sister, Joan Ann MacGray of Largo, FL, and her cherished sister, Katherine Linda Beyer and her partner, Peter Mignone of Newport, VT. She also leaves many beloved cousins, nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Joseph John Bent, Jr. who had resided in Nobleboro, ME. Mary’s Funeral Mass will be Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main Street, Agawam. The burial will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Amsterdam, NY. Family and friends may gather at Agawam Funeral Home, 184 Main Street prior to the Mass from 9:00-10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, any memorial donations may be made to The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01262 or to the charity of one’s choice. For more details on the Shrine of Divine Mercy visit www.marian.org/shrine

Tough quest to end family homelessness By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — By now, Massachusetts wasn’t supposed to have any homeless families. In 2008, Gov. Deval Patrick set a goal of virtually eliminating family homelessness in five years. The program was intended in part to better detect when families were on the verge of falling into homelessness — and then move in swiftly with aid and support. Five years later, record numbers of homeless families are straining the state’s shelter system, with about 2,000 families finding temporary housing in dozens of hotels and motels across the state and approximately an equal number staying in family shelters. For homeless advocates, shelter operators, state officials and, most acutely, the homeless themselves, the maddening persistence of the lack of affordable places to live in Massachusetts can seem intractable. Patrick and others point to a number of reasons for the surge in homelessness, from the yearslong economic downturn to a pullback in federal aid to Massachusetts’ status as a “right to shelter” place, meaning the state is obligated to find a place to stay for all those who are homeless. But even Patrick concedes that simply extending the state’s existing anti-homelessness strategies isn’t going to work in the long run. “We’re going to have to think in some fresh ways rather than just try to do better what we’re already doing,” Patrick said. “I’m really worried about this. It’s not just the spike in the number. It’s what the economy has done to vulnerable people.” The state already has an array of programs aimed at keeping families from becoming homeless — and getting them back into homes when they do. One is the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition, or RAFT, program, which offers up to $4,000 a year to help low-income families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In the 2013 fiscal year, the program helped keep more than 3,000 families from becoming homeless, according to Aaron Gornstein, Massachusetts undersecretary for housing and community development. Another is the HomeBASE program, which provides help paying rent, utility bills and other expenses so people can stay in their homes. In 2013, that program helped keep an additional 1,000 families out of shelters, Gornstein said. The state also has the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, a version of the federal Section 8 program, which offers rental subsidies to tenants and developments. Yet another strategy is to develop new low-income housing while preserving the state’s existing affordable housing stock. Since 2007, the state has created more than 4,000 deeply subsidized units, including more than 700 in 2013 alone, according to Gornstein.

The state also has been spending about $100 million each year to modernize its existing public housing units, rehabbing and bringing back into service about 400 vacant public housing apartments in the past two years. Since 2010, the state also has helped preserve 10,000 privately owned, affordable, subsidized units that were at risk of being converted into market-rate units. Still, Gornstein said, daunting challenges remain. He pointed to the 5,400 families for whom the HomeBASE temporary rental assistance is ending this fiscal year even as the state forges ahead with its goal of getting homeless families out of hotels and shelters. “The longer a family stays, the more difficult it is to leave,” he said. Boston resident Altia Taylor knows the challenges firsthand. For the past five years, she has bounced from shelters to hotels. Her current temporary housing situation is ending in January, and she hopes to land an apartment in a public housing development for herself, her 15-year-old daughter and her 8-year-old son. “This long-term instability has me completely out of character that I’m so fed up and overwhelmed,” Taylor, 31, told a Statehouse committee recently. “If I could figure out a way to pay market rate, I would. If I could own my own home, I would. I would have done it a long time ago.” Those on the front lines of the housing fight say they’re trying to stay upbeat. Peter Gagliardi, president of HAPHousing, a nonprofit housing agency in Springfield, blamed the housing crisis on stagnant wages, the offshoring of jobs and a minimum wage that hasn’t kept up with inflation. He said about 200,000 families in the state are spending more than half their income on rent. Each time the state chips away at the number of families in hotels and shelters, he said, the problem gets worse. “We’re actually spiraling up,” he said. “Not only do we have to go up the hill, but the hill gets higher.” Chris Norris, executive director of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, pointed to a 2012 study that found that the vast majority of homeless families in Massachusetts are led by single mothers with an average income of $8,727. He said a study of homeless families in the Boston area also found that just 3 percent originally came from outside Massachusetts. Norris warned that solving the problem of family homelessness “will be time-consuming and it will be expensive.” The problem has already become an issue in next year’s governor’s race, with Republican candidate Charlie Baker vowing to work during his first year in office to eliminate the practice of placing homeless families in hotels and motels. Patrick, a Democrat who isn’t seeking re-election, said he hasn’t read Baker’s plan, but he’s willing to consider any good ideas. “If there’s enough detail to put it in place and I think it’s working, I’ll probably do it before the election,” he said.

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Anthony J. Calabrese DALTON, MA - Anthony J. Calabrese, 82, Retired Chief of the Dalton Police Department, of 194 East Street, Dalton, died Thursday, January 2, 2014, at his home. Born in Pittsfield on January 17, 1931, the son of Paolo A. and Natalina Rosati Calabrese, he was educated in Dalton schools and was a 1949 graduate of Dalton High School. Mr. Calabrese later attended Berkshire Community College where he was enrolled in the Police Science Program. He earned certification in Crime Scene Science and Photography, Narcotics Investigation and Search Warrants, and Firearms. A Korean War veteran, Mr. Calabrese was inducted into the United States Marine Corps on March 24, 1952. As a corporal, he served a year and a half tour of duty overseas, and was honorably discharged on March 23, 1954, having earned the Korean Service Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the National Service Medal. He then transferred to the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served until March 23, 1960. For a few years following his military duty, he worked as a carpenter. On March 10, 1964, Mr. Calabrese was appointed to the Dalton Police Department where he served as a patrolman. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 1969. In April 1978, Mr. Calabrese was appointed Chief of Police and served until his retirement on January 27, 1985. He was a member of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. Mr. Calabrese was a communicant of St. Agnes Church. He was a member of the Benjamin F. Sullivan Post 155 of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9566, both in Dalton, as well as the Marine Corps League. He enjoyed hunting and target shooting. Mr. Calabrese’s wife, the former Mary C. Hogan, whom he married May 31, 1966, in Blessed Sacrament Church in Holyoke, died June 21, 2010. He is survived by four nieces, Kathleen A. Hogan-Friguglietti of Westfield, Anne Bray of Westfield, Marie F. Hogan of Holyoke, and Judy M. Hogan of West Springfield; four grandnieces and four grandnephews and two great grandnieces. Funeral services for Anthony J. Calabrese will be held Wednesday, January 8, at 10:30 a.m. from Dery-Foley Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., at St. Agnes Church celebrated by Rev. Christopher A. Malatesta, Pastor. Burial, with police department and military honors will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elder Services of Berkshire County, earmarked for the “Meals on Wheels” program, in care of DeryFoley Funeral Home, 890 East Main Street, Dalton.

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accomplish its main goal: After all, the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is, in inflation-adjusted dollars, about $3.30 less than it was in 1968. “I think the main question in the 20-year history of this movement,” Kern laments, “is why, given the incredibly resilient abiding popularity of raising the minimum wage, is our minimum wage policy in the United States so anemic?” Much of the time, the movement’s main opposition has come from business associations and Republican officials, who have made the argument (increasingly disputed by economists) that raising the minimum wage is a job killer. But living wage advocates have also frequently clashed with Democrats, who’ve had a complicated relationship with the issue for years. In 1996, when Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced his intention to veto a living wage ordinance in his city, activists embarrassed Daley by picketing him at the Democratic National Convention there and offering “tours of shame” to delegates, showing them local businesses that paid below the local living wage standard. Some advocates still maintain that Democratic nominee John Kerry would have won the presidential election in 2004 if, as they were urging him at the time, he’d supported a ballot measure in Florida that raised the state’s minimum wage. The measure won by 3.1 million votes, while Kerry lost Florida to George W. Bush by 381,000 votes. And in the most recent national election, the issue again failed to gain traction with Democratic candidates. “We polled on the minimum wage back in early 2012 and got numbers off the chart, and we tried to convince Democrats that it was a good issue to embrace and to run on,” says one liberal strategist. “They were just very skeptical of the data. I think Democrats were really scared by the ‘job-killer’ term.” At times, though, Democrats have managed to overcome the fear that boosting the minimum wage was bad politics. As president, Bill Clinton pushed a minimum wage increase through Congress in 1996; and in 2007, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate passed another minimum wage

Continued from Page 4 hike that, in part because it was attached to an emergency spending bill for the Iraq War, President Bush signed. But those national measures have been so few over so many years that the net effect has been a national minimum wage that year after year results in a lower standard of living. “We’re saddled with that now,” says Kern. “We’ve dipped further back than we have hope of regaining.” As a candidate for president in 2008, Barack Obama—who as a young man worked as an Alinsky-inspired community organizer in Chicago—ran on the issue, pledging to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.50 and index it to inflation by the end of 2011. But in his first term, citing the precarious state of the economy, he never made it a priority. For some advocates in the living wage movement, the fact that Obama was trying to dig the country out of the Great Recession doesn’t cut it as an excuse for inaction. And some continued to harbor ill will even after he recommitted himself to raising the minimum wage in the first State of the Union address of his second term last February. The problem for the proponents of the minimum wage hike was that Obama proposed raising it to $9 an hour—which was not only lower than the $9.50 he’d promised in 2008 but also lower than the $10.10 figure that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) was planning to call for in new legislation. “We were worried that the White House was already negotiating down the Democrats’ proposal,” Kern says of last year’s proposal. Unions and groups like the National Employment Law Project made their displeasure known and, after a series of meetings with White House officials led by National Economic Council director Gene Sperling, the administration came around. In November, Obama announced his support for the $10.10 proposal. Since then, the White House and Congressional Democrats have been plotting with the labor groups—in meetings and conference calls—on how to make the minimum wage a central issue in this year’s midterms, not only by pushing for a higher federal minimum wage in Congress but also by placing

ballot measures for a higher state minimum wage in states with close Senate or gubernatorial races, including Arkansas, Michigan and South Dakota. Meanwhile, activists in the living wage movement hope Obama’s attention represents more than mere political opportunism. Raising the minimum wage has long been a popular policy stance—enjoying public support far broader than the slightly less than 5 percent of Americans who actually earn it. But that aside, living wage activists say the political zeitgeist has changed in their favor. They point to Occupy Wall Street, the recent one-day strikes by fastfood workers, the Black Friday protests outside Wal-Mart, and even Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election in New York City as signs that issues like worker rights are moving toward the center of the larger public debate, because they tap into the broader unease about the rapidly growing income gap in America that has inequality at record highs not seen since the 1920s. “I think the resonance is deeper this time,” says Paul Sonn, a lawyer with the National Employment Law Project who, over the last 20 years, has authored many of the successful living wage ordinances. “Once we moved out of the recession, the economy started to grow but most of the jobs are in low-paying fields. There’s really a sense this time that we have to care more about low-wage jobs, they’re more at the core of our economy than they were before, and therefore more at the core of national politics.” Regardless of how successful this year’s campaign is or whether Barack Obama will forge a long-term alliance with the old lefties who’ve long rallied round this banner, it’s clear that the living wage fight plays into timely fears about the unequal opportunities available in post-recession America. “‘Inequality’ is on people’s lips in a way that it hasn’t been before,” Kern says. “The minimum wage gives them a way to talk about that that’s popular. It’s not radical for an elected official to support a minimum wage increase. It would be radical for them to support some of the other things we want.”

Supreme Court their assessment of the legal issues the cases present. Some analysts said the outcry liberal Catholic columnists like E.J. Dionne and Mark Shields raised last year over the administration’s attempt to force coverage requirements on Catholic-affiliated institutions could influence the way Catholics on the court see the issue — even though the Obama administration has retreated from its initial stand. “If, with those six Catholic justices on the court, they start with the mindset that of course this is about religious freedom and it would let a Catholic have to provide contraception, that I think will show its way into the opinions,” Griffin said. Some liberal justices could be receptive to arguments that granting broad religious exemptions, particularly to for-profit employers,

Continued from Page 4 could disrupt not only the contraception open up discrimination against other classes of requirement in Obamacare but vaccinations people justices like Justice Kennedy have and other medical procedures. Some employ- shown they think deserve protection,” said ers might seek to use a broad decision to refuse Gretchen Borchelt of the National Women’s to observe federal-anti discrimination laws or Law Center. even laws protecting employees from having Most analysts say the issues in the cases now their pensions raided. before or headed to the court are different than Some who side with the government in the those in the earlier Obamacare cases, where cases hope that Justice Anthony Kennedy Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the might be receptive to the notion that if the court’s liberals to uphold the law’s requirement court goes too far in embracing religious free- that individuals buy insurance or pay a penalty. dom rights, that could come at the expense of However, there’s a chance that Roberts and gays and lesbians — whose rights he defended other members of the court who are seen as in the recent same-sex marriage cases — to pro-business, like Justice Samuel Alito, might discrimination in the workplace. see arguments against allowing a subset of “Opening the door to bosses ending birth companies out of regulations that apply widecontrol coverage could also open the door to ly. … ending other employee protections and In the view of many lawyers, religious

groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor — the group of nuns who argued this week that certain requirements could lead to their insurer paying for contraception for employees of the order’s nursing homes — have far stronger arguments for being exempt from provisions of the law than do for-profit business with religious owners. However, the Obama administration contends that the non-profit groups already have a broad carve-out. The Justice Department presented a variant on the parade-of-horribles argument in its filing with the court Friday opposing an injunction that would relieve the Little Sisters from having to file a form that the group contends could trigger provision of contraceptives to its employees.


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THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS Are you ready for some frostbite? JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist OK, so they’re not who we thought they were. Every time you see that big snowflake in the middle of this year’s Super Bowl logo, it suggests the easiest way to pick the last team standing is to draw a line through teams from warm-weather climes and then round up the usual cold-weather suspects. The NFL’s opening playoff weekend changed that. Neither New Orleans nor San Francisco had won a game in the cold since 2000 — applying the 32-degree benchmark — and San Diego hadn’t even played the minimum 10 games in those conditions required to make the list. They not only managed to win; all three did so on the road against teams — Philadelphia, Green Bay and Cincinnati, respectively — that ranked Nos. 2-4 on that same list, and trailed only always-formidable New England, which wins in bad weather an eye-popping 80 percent of the time. The biggest weather challenge, though not the biggest upset, came in Green Bay, where the mercury registered 5 degrees at kickoff, with a wind chill of minus-10. The 49ers were expected to lean heavily on their ground game, if only to hold mistakes to a minimum. Instead, they wound up throwing the ball as many times as they ran it, 30 each. After Phil Dawson’s game-winning kick as time expired gave San Francisco the win, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh seemed almost bothered at questions about throwing the ball around. He didn’t point out that his quarterback was the one wearing short sleeves — Colin Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee — with plenty of cold-weather experience. Or conversely that Michael Crabtree, the receiver Kaepernick threw to most often, was born in Texas and played his high school and college ball there. Toughness, Harbaugh said finally, wasn’t about where you grew up or played before. “People talk about cold weather and it would be tough to catch balls ... Michael Crabtree catches everything, It’s unbelievable.” Harbaugh began. “In the northern snowlands, down to the tropics’ sunny scenes, he’s catching the football. “If my life depended on it,” he added a moment later, “and somebody had to catch the ball, I’d enlist Michael Crabtree to do it.” And until this weekend, if Harbaugh and most others had to choose someone to throw it in similar conditions, the Saints’ Drew Brees and the Chargers’ Philip Rivers likely wouldn’t be the first names that come to mind. And to be honest, neither did more with his arm than was necessary. Brees handed the ball off plenty in Philadelphia, and the 10-minute edge in time of possession, coupled with a last-gasp field goal by Shayne Graham proved decisive in sealing New Orleans’ first-ever playoff win on the road. Rivers threw even less, just 16 passes in all, and let his defense capitalize on turnovers by Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton. He admitted afterward playing that conservatively didn’t sit well, but also that he learned playing in lousy weather demanded it. “The way our defense was playing, as long as we didn’t have a disaster and we made plays when they were there,” he admitted afterward, “we were going to win this game.” If nothing else, it should prepare the brash quarterback and his teammates heading to Denver next week, where the weather could be fierce and the temptation to get into a shootout with the Broncos’ Peyton Manning will be even fiercer. Manning is 0-3 in playoff games in the cold, so he, too, is likely to be tempted. “We will be confident,” Rivers said. “We’ve got to be careful we’re not overconfident.” That won’t be a problem for Brees. His Saints head to Seattle, where they figure to get a relative break from the weather, but not from memories of a devastating playoff loss there three years ago, plus a 34-7 beating by the Seahawks less than a month ago. “It’s loud, it’s crazy, they’ve got a good thing going there,” Brees said. “Obviously, they’ve only lost one game there in the last two years. But having been there less than a month ago, I think that serves us well, what to expect, how to prepare for it.

Bombers’ Chris Sullivan (17) faces off against Wachusett’s center as the puck is dropped by the referee. (Photo by Noah Buchanan)

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Connor Sullivan follows through with his shot for Westfield Saturday night at Amelia Park. (Photo by Noah Buchanan)

WHS’s Adam Hosmer (2) skates with the puck past a Wachusett player into their zone Saturday. (Photo by Noah Buchanan)

Westfield senior defenseman Nick Aube (20) takes a shot from inside Wachusett’s zone in Saturday’s high school hockey game at Westfield’s Chris Sullivan (17) sprays up some ice while stopping to keep Amelia Park Ice Arena. (Photo by Noah Buchanan) control of the puck inside of Wachusett’s zone. (Photo by Noah Buchanan)

Berkshire Bank Foundation, NESN team tp to assist Habitat for Humanity PITTSFIELD, MASS, January 3, 2014 – Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®, and NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that Berkshire Bank Foundation will be donating to New England Habitat for Humanity affiliates during NESN’s coverage of the Boston Bruins 2013-14 season through an exciting new initiative. The donation will be connected to the team’s level of play during the season, and will directly benefit eleven regional Habitat for Humanity chapters. Through the initiative, called “Hockey 4 Housingsm,” Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $200 for each successful Boston Bruins penalty kill during NESN televised games. A penalty kill is the moment during a hockey game when one team, who has fewer players

on the ice due to a penalty, prevents the opposing team from scoring. The team has averaged 224 penalty kills per year over the past four years. In addition to the financial support, Berkshire Bank employees will help build Habitat for Humanity homes in communities across New England where Berkshire Bank has a presence through the company’s nationally renowned Employee Volunteer Program. Hockey 4 Housingsm highlights the bank’s support for housing initiatives and commitment to making a difference in the community. Hockey 4 Housing sm Aims to Raise $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity At the conclusion of the season, the total funds collected through Hockey 4 Housingsm will be distributed evenly among the eleven participating New England Habitat for

Humanity chapters. The participating chapters are located in communities where Berkshire Bank has an office. The payment of the donations will be made in April 2014 following the NHL regular season. Berkshire Bank Foundation and NESN have set a goal of raising $50,000 for the season, and the tally can be followed on nesn.com/BerkshireBank as well as Berkshire Bank Foundation’s social media pages. “Berkshire Bank Foundation is pleased to team up with NESN and provide funding to eleven Habitat for Humanity chapters around New England through Hockey 4 Housingsm,” stated Lori Gazzillo Assistant Director of Berkshire Bank Foundation. “Buying a home is one of life’s exciting moments and Habitat for Humanity helps many families realize the

dream of homeownership, which otherwise may have not have been possible for them. We are thrilled to play a role in helping Habitat for Humanity continue their important work in the communities we serve.” About Berkshire Bank Foundation Through foundation grants to non-profits, scholarships to students, and employee volunteerism, Berkshire Bank is making a difference. Each year the Foundation donates nearly $1.5 million to non-profits in the bank’s footprint and employees provide over 37,000 hours of service —all on the company dime. In 2013, Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal. To learn more about Berkshire Bank Foundation, visit www. berkshirebank.com/community.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES MONDAY January 6

TUESDAY January 7

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY January 8 January 9 WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING vs. Agawam, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) at Brattleboro Union, Nelson Withington Rink BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. East Longmeadow, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at West Springfield, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at West Springfield, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Commerce, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Commerce, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/Long.) vs. Algonquin, Cyr Arena, 7 p.m.

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

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Hampshire, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Hampshire, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING vs. Dean Tech, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, 6 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Dean Tech, 6 p.m.

WRESTLING vs. Granby, 7 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Ludlow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Cathedral, American International College, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Ludlow, 7 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Cathedral, American International College, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY January 10

SATURDAY January 11

SWIMMING vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. INDOOR TRACK at Central, Smith College, Northampton, 6:45 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY vs. GrotonDunstable Regional, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Amherst, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING DUALS Gateway included), 9:30 a.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) at Leominster, Gardner, 5:30 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Mohawk, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Mohawk, 7 p.m.

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

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Westfield Voc-Tech, 4:30 p.m. SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 6:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Westfield Duals, 9:30 a.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Westfield Voc-Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Westfield Voc-Tech, 7 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Commerce, 4 p.m.

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

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Smith Voke, 5 p.m. BOYS’ HOCKEY at Amherst, Orr Rink, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Commerce, 6 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Smith Voke, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Gateway, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Putnam, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Gateway, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Gateway, 7 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Gateway, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ HOCKEY at Turners Falls, Collins/Moylan Arena, 6 p.m.

WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY SCHEDULES

Ice Hockey DAY Wednesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Thursday Saturday Thursday Saturday

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

TIME 5:35 7:30 7:35 7:00 4:30 7:35 5:35

Men’s Basketball DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

Monday Thursday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Saturday

Jan. 6 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Feb. 27 March 1

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

TIME 6:00 7:30 3:00 3:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 7:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 3:00 TBA TBA TBA

Thursday Saturday Saturday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday

Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 15 Feb. 20 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 March 1 March 4 March 8

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

DAY

DATE OPPONENT

Sunday Jan. 19 Jan. 25 Saturday Saturday Feb. 1 Friday Feb. 14 Saturday Feb. 15 Sunday Feb. 16

TIME

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

1:00 1:00 1:00

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

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

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

Boston University Reggie Lewis Center @Devaney Center Lincoln, NE

Women’s Basketball DAY

DATE OPPONENT

TIME

Monday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Saturday

Jan. 6 Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Feb. 27 March 1

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

SUFFOLK FRAMINGHAM STATE at Bridgewater State at Castleton State at Salem State WORCESTER STATE MCLA at Fitchburg State at Framingham State BRIDGEWATER STATE SALEM STATE at Worcester State at MCLA FITCHBURG STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship

7:35

NFL PLAYOFF GLANCE Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Indianpolis at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)

Women’s Swimming & Diving

5:35 7:35

San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

Super Bowl

Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)


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Hard work pays off for Palma When Westfield State University assistant track and field coach Junior Williams speaks, Naloti Palma does more than listen. A sophomore thrower from Westborough, Palma always takes notes, using “whatever I have with me,” for future reference when she wants to put those words into action. On Monday, Williams talked to Palma about completely following through with the shot put, after noticing she was releasing just a little too soon, resulting in a downward motion. “I’m known for writing things down. I keep a journal, I also write poetry and my own quotations,” said Palma, who owns school records in the discus and shot put, both indoors and outdoors, at Westfield. One of her quotes, “Success is reserved for those willing to fight for it,” was displayed on T-shirts worn by the girls’ track team at Westborough High, where Palma was the runner-up in the discus at the state outdoor meet as a senior. A qualifier in the shot put at last spring’s NCAA Division 3 outdoor championships, Palma started the indoor season on a high note last month at Springfield College. She was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference’s field athlete of week after placing first in the shot put (40 feet 4 inches) and third in the weight throw (41-8). Her shot distance qualified her for the MASCAC, ECAC and NCAA Division 3 New England championships. Williams is impressed by Palma’s attention to detail and her rapid improvement in the weight-lifting room. “When she came in she was squatting 135 pounds and now

she’s over 320 and that’s one of the biggest jumps I’ve ever seen,” said Williams, the field events coach at Westfield State. “In order to throw at your best, you need to have strength in your lower body as well as your upper body, and Naloti stuck with it,” Williams said. “It’s pretty rare when a freshman qualifies for nationals, and although she didn’t make All-American it was a learning experience for her.” Palma said being on the national stage was nerve-racking. “I was completely terrified and hoping not to mess up,” she said, “but looking back I did pretty well. I was seeded 11th and that’s where I finished. If I get back there, I’ll definitely be more comfortable.” Palma, who has lived in foster homes since she was 10, said that experience, in retrospect, “was a gift. It has made me more independent, more accountable for the things that I do, and driven me to be the best student and athlete I can be. Getting to nationals was very important to me. It made me realize again that I can achieve a goal through the work I put in, and that the coaching that got me there was effective,” she added. “I wasn’t that into lifting weights in high school but I’ve embraced it here.” As a freshman at Westborough High, Palma played on the girls’ basketball team, but soon switched to track. “It was just a different feeling. I felt I could experience success both individually and for our team,” said Palma, who set several throwing records at the high school. “I remember my best distance prior to states in the discus

Westfield State University sophomore Naloti Palma has greatly improved her speed and strength in the shot put circle. (File photo by Mickey Curtis) was 114 feet, and I improved to 122. That’s what I strive for.” Palma, who wanted to attend college close to home and also major in criminal justice, found the right fit at Westfield. She even surprised herself at the first indoor track meet last season. “I was hoping to be in the top five in the shot,” she said, “and wound up winning. I never thought it would happen.” Westfield head coach Sean O’Brien said it’s customary to see Palma in the weight room or warming up before the coaches arrive for practice. “We’re fortunate and happy to have her in our program,” said O’Brien. “Naloti wants to be an All-American and she has the talent and is putting in the work to make it happen.” – Courtesy of Westfield State

Rematches galore in next NFL playoff round BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The road was kind in the wild-card round. The next challenge might be more daunting for the Saints, 49ers and Chargers. Not to mention the Colts, the only team to win at home this weekend. Not that any of the first-round playoff winners are shying away from the next test. Rather, their attitude is “Bring it on.” “They got us the first time,” 49ers All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman said of the Carolina Panthers, who won at San Francisco two months ago. “What’s on our minds is to get them now. It’s the playoffs, win or go home.” Going ahead were the 49ers after a 23-20 victory at frigid Green Bay; New Orleans, which finally got a postseason win away from the Big Easy by beating Philadelphia 26-24; San Diego, a 27-10 winner at Cincinnati, which had not lost at home all season; and Indianapolis, a 45-44 victor against Kansas City thanks to a stunning comeback from a 28-point deficit. Next Saturday, it’s New Orleans (12-5) at Seattle (13-3) on Saturday, followed by Indianapolis (12-5) at New England (12-4). Sunday’s matchups are San Francisco (13-4) at Carolina (12-4), then San Diego (10-7) at Denver (13-3). All but Colts-Patriots are rematches of a regular-season meeting. In addition to the Panthers’ 10-9 win on Nov. 10 at Candlestick Park, the Seahawks routed the Saints 34-7 in Seattle, and the Chargers won 27-20 at Denver

Andrew Luck last month. “We’re loose, we’re confident, we’re peaking at the right time,” said safety Eric Weddle, who spearheaded a stingy Chargers defense against the Bengals. “We are a team to be dealt with. We’re a confident bunch, especially in the second half, in the fourth quarter. We feel we’re ready for those situations. The pressure is not going to get to us.” What’s ahead in the playoffs: Saints at Seahawks New Orleans played its worst game of the season on Dec. 2 at Seattle, which seemed invincible at home back then. But the Seahawks showed some vulnerability at noisy CenturyLink Field by losing their next home game to Arizona. That should encourage the Saints, but only if they can replicate the pressure the Cardinals’

defense put on quarterback Russell Wilson. The Saints shut down the league’s top rushing team in Philadelphia, and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has not been very dynamic the last six weeks. But there’s also the theory that the Seahawks were helped by sustaining their first home loss with second-year QB Wilson at the helm, and they won’t be slipping up again. “When you face an opponent previously in the season, you have a better idea of what you’re going against,” New Orleans defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley said. “It helps you prepare for it a little bit better.” Colts at Patriots Here’s a juicy one: Andrew Luck, the new comeback king among quarterbacks, against three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. “There’s no question he’s a complete football player and one of the top quarterbacks in this league already,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday. He meant Luck. For that matchup to matter, though, the Colts must avoid the slow starts that plagued them this season. Does anyone believe they can fall behind by four touchdowns or so against the Patriots and then win? New England’s once sieve-like defense has improved recently, and witnessing what the Chiefs did to Indy’s defense even without Jamaal Charles should make Colts fans shudder. 49ers at Panthers San Francisco’s versatility and experience showed at Green Bay. Teams that win in the worst of conditions while not playing close to

their best are particularly dangerous. The Niners won’t need to worry about wind chills at Carolina. They will need to find a way to move the ball against a Panthers defense that shut them down two months ago. This has the look of a low-scoring contest, but with San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Carolina’s Cam Newton bringing so much creativity and energy at quarterback, the scoreboard might get lit up. “Colin Kaepernick, I think we can all agree, is a clutch performer,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. Chargers at Broncos These two original AFL franchises have met 108 times, but never in the postseason. Denver won at San Diego in November by eight points, then lost at home a month later to the Chargers by seven. San Diego has won five in a row, barely sneaking into the playoffs, but then handling the Bengals relatively easily Sunday. For the Chargers to stay close to the Broncos’ record-setting offense led by Peyton Manning, they will need their own quarterback, Philip Rivers, to make lots of big plays. Plus, Denver is not going to forget how it posted the AFC’s best record a year ago, then flopped against Baltimore in its first postseason chance. “We will be confident,” said Rivers, who was 12 of 16 for 128 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions on a rainy, 40-degree afternoon in Cincinnati. “We’ve got to be careful we’re not overconfident, which we won’t be.”

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Indiana 27 6 .818 — 7-3 W-2 16-1 11-5 19-4 d-Miami 26 8 .765 1½ 8-2 W-2 15-3 11-5 17-6 Atlanta 18 16 .529 9½ 6-4 L-2 12-5 6-11 12-9 d-Toronto 16 16 .500 10½ 7-3 L-1 6-8 10-8 11-9 Washington 14 17 .452 12 5-5 L-3 7-8 7-9 12-9 Chicago 14 18 .438 12½ 5-5 W-2 9-7 5-11 12-10 Charlotte 15 20 .429 13 4-6 W-1 8-10 7-10 12-10 Detroit 14 20 .412 13½ 3-7 L-4 6-12 8-8 13-9 Boston 13 21 .382 14½ 3-7 L-4 8-10 5-11 10-12 Brooklyn 12 21 .364 15 4-6 W-2 7-9 5-12 7-13 Philadelphia 12 21 .364 15 5-5 W-4 7-8 5-13 7-11 New York 11 22 .333 16 4-6 W-1 4-12 7-10 9-12 Cleveland 11 23 .324 16½ 2-8 L-2 9-8 2-15 8-18 Orlando 10 23 .303 17 3-7 L-3 7-11 3-12 8-13 Milwaukee 7 26 .212 20 2-8 L-2 3-12 4-14 6-18 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Oklahoma City 27 7 .794 — 7-3 W-2 15-3 12-4 17-5 d-San Antonio 26 8 .765 1 7-3 W-1 13-5 13-3 15-6 Portland 26 8 .765 1 6-4 L-1 13-4 13-4 14-6 d-Golden State 23 13 .639 5 9-1 W-9 11-4 12-9 15-12 L.A. Clippers 23 13 .639 5 6-4 L-1 14-3 9-10 16-7 Houston 22 13 .629 5½ 6-4 W-1 14-5 8-8 12-11 Phoenix 20 12 .625 6 7-3 W-1 12-5 8-7 15-10 Dallas 19 15 .559 8 5-5 L-2 11-6 8-9 10-11 Denver 16 17 .485 10½ 2-8 W-2 8-8 8-9 9-13 Minnesota 16 17 .485 10½ 5-5 L-1 10-6 6-11 7-12 New Orleans 15 17 .469 11 4-6 L-1 9-5 6-12 7-14 Memphis 15 18 .455 11½ 5-5 W-1 7-11 8-7 9-14 13 3-7 L-1 8-10 6-10 9-14 L.A. Lakers 14 20 .412 Sacramento 10 22 .313 16 3-7 L-2 6-13 4-9 7-15 17 5-5 L-1 6-10 5-15 6-18 Utah 11 25 .306 Saturday’s Games Miami 110, Orlando 94 Indiana 99, New Orleans 82 Brooklyn 89, Cleveland 82 Chicago 91, Atlanta 84 Oklahoma City 115, Minnesota 111 San Antonio 116, L.A. Clippers 92 Phoenix 116, Milwaukee 100 Philadelphia 101, Portland 99 Charlotte 113, Sacramento 103 Sunday’s Games Memphis 112, Detroit 84 Golden State 112, Washington 96 Indiana 82, Cleveland 78 Miami 102, Toronto 97 Oklahoma City 119, Boston 96 New York 92, Dallas 80 Denver 137, L.A. Lakers 115

Monday’s Games Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Toronto at Indiana, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Washington at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at New York, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago, 8 p.m. Golden State at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Boston at Denver, 9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah, 9 p.m. Portland at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

GP 44 42 42 42 43 42 43 43 43 44 43 43 42 42 43 42

W 31 28 25 21 24 20 19 21 18 19 21 17 18 16 14 12

L 12 12 13 17 14 16 14 17 16 18 20 18 20 20 22 26

EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 1 63 142 103 19-3-0 2 58 124 89 18-4-2 4 54 119 100 14-4-2 4 46 111 116 11-7-0 5 53 112 102 12-7-3 6 46 128 128 13-8-2 10 48 114 121 6-10-7 5 47 119 127 14-9-1 9 45 105 124 9-8-5 7 45 126 141 11-10-4 2 44 105 115 8-10-2 8 42 101 110 8-6-5 4 40 113 123 9-9-2 6 38 101 134 9-9-4 7 35 112 143 6-9-7 4 28 74 118 9-12-2

GP 44 Anaheim Chicago 45 St. Louis 41 San Jose 43 Colorado 41 Los Angeles 43 Vancouver 44 Phoenix 41 Minnesota 44 41 Dallas Winnipeg 45 Nashville 43 Calgary 41 Edmonton 45

W 31 29 29 27 26 26 23 20 22 20 19 18 14 14

L 8 7 7 10 11 13 13 12 17 14 21 19 21 26

WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 5 67 146 111 17-0-2 9 67 167 124 15-2-6 5 63 150 95 17-3-2 6 60 142 111 15-1-3 4 56 120 104 15-5-2 4 56 113 89 14-5-2 8 54 117 108 11-6-4 9 49 123 127 11-5-3 5 49 106 113 16-5-2 7 47 120 124 9-6-5 5 43 123 135 10-8-4 6 42 102 129 10-8-3 6 34 96 128 7-11-3 5 33 117 156 7-11-2

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

Away Div 12-9-1 15-5-0 10-8-0 11-6-0 11-9-2 10-3-1 10-10-4 7-5-2 12-7-2 5-4-2 7-8-4 9-5-2 13-4-3 7-5-4 7-8-4 6-5-2 9-8-4 9-6-1 8-8-3 10-4-3 13-10-0 5-8-2 9-12-3 9-6-2 9-11-2 8-7-1 7-11-2 6-8-1 8-13-0 3-10-3 3-14-2 5-10-2 Away 14-8-3 14-5-3 12-4-3 12-9-3 11-6-2 12-8-2 12-7-4 9-7-6 6-12-3 11-8-2 9-13-1 8-11-3 7-10-3 7-15-3

Div 11-1-2 9-6-2 13-0-1 12-3-2 9-5-2 9-3-1 6-5-4 7-5-4 8-6-1 5-7-4 5-11-3 6-7-0 4-7-2 2-9-3

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Saturday’s Games Florida 5, Nashville 4, SO Boston 4, Winnipeg 1 Colorado 4, San Jose 3 Buffalo 2, New Jersey 1 N.Y. Rangers 7, Toronto 1 Ottawa 4, Montreal 3, OT Carolina 3, N.Y. Islanders 2 St. Louis 6, Columbus 2 Detroit 5, Dallas 1 Minnesota 5, Washington 3 Philadelphia 5, Phoenix 3 Los Angeles 3, Vancouver 1 Sunday’s Games San Jose 3, Chicago 2, SO Pittsburgh 6, Winnipeg 5 Carolina 2, Nashville 1 Edmonton 5, Tampa Bay 3

Anaheim 4, Vancouver 3, OT Monday’s Games Dallas at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Columbus at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Florida at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Colorado, 9 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Calgary at Phoenix, 9 p.m. St. Louis at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Boston at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.


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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Cheap Brother Dear Annie: My brother and his wife recently stayed with us for nine months. He did some part-time work every now and then. His wife refused to find a job and mostly stayed home. My wife and I work long hours. We also then had to do the grocery shopping, cooking and taking care of our kids afterward. During this time, my brother and his wife never spent a penny on food or anything else. We politely said that we think it is time for them to find their own place and move out. A few hours later, they left screaming and shouting at us. We were speechless. My brother says we are cheap because we asked them to leave. What do I tell him? Please help. -- Cheap Brother Dear Brother: Listen closely: You did nothing wrong. Your brother and his wife are first-class freeloaders. They took advantage of your generosity, making no effort to contribute to their upkeep. They would have allowed you to support them financially for the rest of their lives. They are angry because they couldn’t bamboozle you longer than nine months, which is plenty long enough. People who take advantage of others are always the first to cry “foul” when things don’t go their way. We know you care about your relationship with your brother, but nothing will make him happy short of letting him move back in. Please ignore him. Do not defend yourself against his accusations. Do not, under any circumstances, let him guilt you into helping him out again unless it’s to help him find a fulltime job. Simply say as calmly as possible, “I’m sorry things didn’t work out for you.” Repeat as necessary. Dear Annie: I’m still angry about something. The day after Thanksgiving was trash pickup in my neighborhood. Lo and behold, sticking out of my trash container was a Christmas card from my recycling collector, complete with his name and address. Two days later, I found the same type of card tucked into my newspaper from our carrier. This one included a mailing envelope. The next week, it was the garbage man. I know we should remember these people during the holidays, and I have no problem showing my appreciation. But it’s long past Christmas, and I have yet to hear any of them say “thank you” to me. Shouldn’t they? How hard is it to write the words “thank you” on the same type of card that they managed to give me in search of a tip? I’ve worked in the service industry for years and have always acknowledged a gift. Am I expecting too much? -- Connecticut Dear Connecticut: Not at all. It is simply good manners to say thank you, and no one is exempt. Anyone who receives a gift, including the newspaper carrier and the trash collector, should acknowledge it either in person or by note if they expect to endear themselves to their clientele the following holiday season. Dear Annie: I totally agree with “I Need Nice Clothes, Too.” There may be more large-sized clothes than before, but she’s right about how ugly they are. Most of them look like something you’d use to upholster a sofa. No one wants those loud colors and patterns, and some of them are covered with sequins. Why not just put a flashing light on them? Here in Canada, I suspect we have less of a selection than you do in the States. Some of our biggest retailers continue to feature small departments with plus sizes and the ugliest things you’ve ever seen. It’s probably why you see plus-size women wearing clothes that are too small for them. I’m -- Waiting for Nice Clothes, Too

HINTS FROM HELOISE PET PAL Dear Readers: Allie K. in Van Wert, Ohio, sent in a picture of her white cat, Squeak, sleeping on her owner’s desk. To see Squeak’s picture, go to my website, www. Heloise.com, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise LEARNING CURVE Dear Heloise: To help my son learn his letters, I came up with a strategy that I think will help others: We focused on only one letter a week. The first week, our letter was A. I made food into the shape of an A, I pointed out things that started with the letter, and we did crafts making the letter A. Anything to help him learn that letter. At the very end of the week, we reviewed the letters we had already learned. -- H.E. in San Antonio EASY RIDE Dear Heloise: I am used to traveling a long distance in a car to see family, so I know to take a pillow for my back. This last time, I cut two holes in the pillowcase and tied string through the holes to loop it over my headrest so the pillow stays in place. Now when I refuel on gas or stop for food, the pillow does not fall or get thrown about. -- Marcia in Nebraska RECYCLE Dear Heloise: After the Christmas tree comes down for the year, reuse your tinsel icicles as gift stuffing. -- Carolyn M. in Kentucky (c)2013 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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The Cape Ann Museum and the Thacher Island Association each received $10,000 from CPA grants in the two communities for phase two of the lens preservation project.

Gloucester, Rockport work to preserve giant lens GAIL MCCARTHY Gloucester Daily Times GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A joint effort to preserve a mammoth lighthouse lens that assisted Cape Ann mariners for more than 120 years, has received a boost through two Community Preservation Act grants, approved in Gloucester and Rockport. The Cape Ann Museum and the Thacher Island Association each received $10,000 from CPA grants in the two communities for phase two of the lens preservation project. The two organizations teamed up to return a Fresnel lens, which used to sit atop one of the Thacher Island twin lighthouses, to Cape Ann. The lens — which is 10 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter — will have a permanent home when the Cape Ann museum reopens this year after major renovations and a redesign of its galleries. The Gloucester City Council recently approved the city’s CPA awards, which included the museum’s application for $10,000 for restoration, preservation and exhibition of the Fresnel Lens, Phase II. Rockport’s Town Meeting approved the other CPA grant in September. Sandy Ronan, a member of the Gloucester Community Preservation Committee, noted that CPA officials statewide were eager to see CPA funds used for collaborations among communities. The money for any CPA projects is generated through voter-approved property tax surcharges of up to 3 percent per year, combined with a partial state match drawn from property deeds fees. The 2,000-pound lens was made in Paris in 1860 and is composed of more than 1,000 glass prisms set in a bronze frame. In the 1850s, most of America’s lighthouses received these lenses. For many years, the Thacher Island lens was on display at the U.S. Coast Guard museum in New London, Conn., before it was put into storage. Cape Ann Museum director Ronda Faloon explained that there are two phases to the Thacher Island Fresnel Lens project, which has an overall cost of approximately $200,000.

The first, which was undertaken by the museum working with the Thacher Island Association, was to bring the lens back to Cape Ann — a mission achieved last May. The museum hired trained “lampists” to install it temporarily in museum’s Maritime Gallery until a new gallery is completed. Each organization applied for CPA funds to support Phase II, which is to reinstall the lens in the new, permanent gallery at the museum. That work includes hiring the lampists to finalize the restoration, which means reworking the metal framing, focusing the prisms and performing the final glazing, as well as fabricating a permanent base for the lens. The new gallery will have proper climate control, lighting, fire protection and security as required by the United States Coast Guard. Many other educational materials will go along with the exhibit, including the stories related to the lens, the history of the Fresnel Lens, the history of Thacher Island an overview of all Cape Ann’s lighthouses and more, said Faloon. “We appreciate the support of the CPA committees in each of our communities,” said Faloon. “We are also grateful for the support received from private foundations, thus far.” Paul St. Germain, president of the Thacher Island Association, talked about the work done in the fall when the lampists went to Thacher Island in October to remove the 6-foot diameter cast-iron lens base. “This came out in about 12 large pieces, which we then had sandblasted and repainted in the original 1861 hunter green color. This base now sits in storage awaiting reassembly and mounting under the lens,” he said. “We are also working on a 15-minute video on the history of Thacher Island, which will be part of the museum’s exhibit.” St. Germain said both the association and the museum have worked hard to raise money for the project, which is rooted in Cape Ann’s history. Both nonprofit organizations will continue to accept contributions for the project.

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END OF YEAR FIREWOOD SALE. Seasoned or green. Cut, split and delivered. Call for pri- WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath cing after 7p.m. or before 11a.m. condo. $875/month includes heat and hot water. No smoking, (413)627-9110. no pets. First, last, security. (413)519-8271. SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood. Stacking available. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 Volume discounts. Call for pri- bedroom condo. $795/month c i n g . H o l l i s t e r ' s F i r e w o o d heat included. For sale or rent. (860)653-4950. Call (603)726-4595. SEASONED FIREWOOD. Any length. Reasonably priced. Call Residential Tree Service, (413)530-7959. SILO DRIED firewood. (128cu.ft.) guaranteed. For prices call Keith Larson (413)357-6345, (413)537-4146.

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T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesHauling sional drywall at amateur prices. Our ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, 8971. Free estimates. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. KINGER PAINT & DRYWALL. Interior, exterior, ceiling repair, drywall A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. damage, cabinet refinishing, specialFurniture, trash, appliances. Full house izing in textured ceilings. Fully incleanouts, basements, attics, yards. sured. Call (413)579-4396. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Electrician Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior dis- www.arajunkremoval.com. count. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Home Improvement Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deicing cables installed. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !! At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're your color specialists! Fall season is in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including painting and staining log homes. Call (413)230-8141

Plumbing & Heating NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768 Nick7419@comcast.net

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

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