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Council drops tax levy issue The canal blocked by a beaver dam, in this photo submitted by Southwick Lake Management Committee Chair Richard Grannells.

Committee seeks grant for lake flow improvement By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – The Board of Selectmen gave its stamp of approval this week for the Lake Management’s Canal Restoration Sub-Committee to seek grant funding. Sub-Committee Chairman Michael DeBay told the board the grant was from the state division of fish and game, which is under the Energy and Environmental Affairs Office. DeBay said the grant is twofold, offering both technical assistance and direct funds. In Southwick, the money would be used to ultimately improve lake water. “We want to try to open up the flow, which is important for overall lake quality,” said DeBay. The grant application does not guarantee approval, but it puts Southwick on the map. The whole canal should be open like in this photo, submitted by Southwick Lake See Lake Flow, Page 8 Management Committee Chair Richard Grannells.

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – There was sound Thursday night at the City Council session, until they turned it off because of feedback, and there was fury, some directed at other council members, some at other city officials, but in the end it signified nothing. Most of the fury came out during floor discussion of motions brought by At-large Councilor David A. Flaherty who withdrew four motions related to the December 5 vote to cut the tax levy and 2014 budget by $1.7 million. Flaherty had asked the council members to allow him to withdraw motions to reconsider those levy votes because of the confusion the voting process raised. The council members were attempting to reduce the tax levy, the amount of money that must be raised through property and excise taxes. The council’s desire was to lower a tax increase, now at 3.4 percent, to less than 1 percent. The Department of Revenue was requested by city law and financial officials to review that levy reduction vote and determine if the council was acting within its scope of authority. The DOR ruled that the council has to authority to cut the levy during its June review of the budget. Any budget cut reduces the amount of money that would need to be raised through taxes. The DOR also ruled that the council does not have the right to cut the levy in November or December when it is setting shift factor that is used to determine a tax increase and how that tax burden is applied to residential property, which account for about 80 percent of the total property assessed value in the city and the commercial, industrial and personal property which comprises the remaining 20 percent of total assessed value.

Mayor Daniel M. Knapik requested a 2 percent increase, below the 2 ½ percent allowed under proposition 2 ½, but the calculations resulted in a tax increase to all classes of property of 3.4 percent. Flaherty withdrew his motions based upon a conversation he had with a DOR supervisor. “The city’s tax rate was set by the DOR last Friday, so we can vote on these motions to reconsider and rescind, but it will make no difference because we can’t change the rate,” Flaherty said. Those votes, while serving no practical purpose, would reflect poorly on the council’s decision making process which would result in greater scrutiny by the DOR, Flaherty said. Flaherty did say that he would bring out a motion in January, after the new City Council is seated, requesting that Knapik submit a free cash appropriation of $1.7 million to be applied to reduce the property tax rate. Free cash, which has yet to be certified by the DOR, is estimated at $2.8 million. Knapik has promised to refund $1,245,368 to the stabilization account. Money used to covered a shortfall in project revenue and to reduce the tax increase from 2 ½ percent to 2 percent. Flaherty’s request of another $1.7 million would empty the free cash account used to fund capital purchases and projects, such as the on-going senior center design and engineering work. The City Council did approve Flaherty’s motions for open meeting law and public record law training, as well as training in council procedures for handling motions, resolutions, orders and ordinances in light of the fact that six new Council members will be seated at the next session. Several long-time council members agreed to support the training motion as long as attendance is voluntary.

Worthington continuing withdrawal process By Peter Francis Staff Writer BOSTON – A bill filed on behalf of the town of Worthington enabling it to withdraw from the Gateway Regional School District passed the House of Representatives in an informal session earlier this week, after deliberation by the State House Education Committee over the past three months. The bill now moves to the floor of the Senate, where it will remain until after the new year. According to Ruth Kennedy, a member of the Gateway Regional School Committee, five members of the house voted for the bill unanimously and said that residents of the town have been “treated badly by the district’s administration” which “did what it wanted” by closing three schools in the district. “That was the nail in the coffin,” Kennedy said. “We in Russell didn’t think they’d close our school. Worthington was ripping (over the committee’s decision). The townspeople have been burning up.”

Kennedy said that the town of Worthington filed legislation in June after the other communities that make up the Gateway Regional School District denied the town the right to leave the district. A unanimous vote by all seven Gateway towns was needed for Worthington to withdraw. When Middlefield voted no in a town meeting, Worthington held a meeting of its own, voting to take action at the state level. The town is home to the R.H. Conwell Education Center, the former town elementary school, which reopened in 2010 as an affordable private school through the efforts of It Takes a Community, a foundation run by musician and former frontman for the rock band Staind, Aaron Lewis, who is a Worthington resident. The Gateway Regional district decided to close R.H. Conwell when faced with a $1.4 million budget deficit in 2008. “The school is doing quite well,” Kennedy said, before saying that the town will still have around 40 students in the Gateway Regional

District. The town’s junior and senior high school students will be shipped elsewhere, most likely to Hampshire Regional in Westhampton. “It’s a mess and it puts a huge financial strain on the budget.” she said of Worthington bidding the district adieu. The impact of Worthington’s departure on the Gateway Regional budget is unclear at this point, although the remaining towns in the district will certainly be asked to foot a larger chunk of the bill, and Kennedy estimates the district will have to pick up around $1 million in slack. State Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) is familiar with the situation in the town, and believes it has been simmering for quite some time. “The townspeople want an elementary school and have a very detailed plan,” he said. “They’ve spent the last few years with alternative education, and want to reopen a public elementary school.” Kulik said that after the senate makes its

decision on the bill, it will proceed to the desk of Gov. Deval Patrick, whose call on the matter Kulik believes is anyone’s guess. “There’s no way to predict his decision at this point,” he said. “But he usually gives a lot of deference to legislation that reaches his desk from the house and senate.” Kennedy is not as optimistic. “We’ve got consequences whether it goes through or not,” she said regarding the senate’s decision in 2014. “The Governor likes school districts, so there’s no guarantee.” Kennedy said that lobbying of the senate has already begun, and that she and other town residents have been in touch with western Mass. senators Don Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield) and Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) to take a close look at the bill. “They’ve done their homework. This has been a number of years in the making.” Kulik said regarding Worthington’s attempt to break away. “But each step through legislation is difficult to predict.”

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Parish dedication recognized Parishioners of friends from St. Peter & St. Casimir Parish bid farewell and best wishes to Anne L. Crum, Administrative Assistant, on her retirement on Thursday, December 19th. Anne has served under three pastors in her 17 years at the Church. An open house was held at the Rectory with a gift presentation to her in appreciation to her years of service to the Parish. (Photo submitted)

WESTFIELD - The Southampton Lions Club is now holding its meetings on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Westwood Restaurant in Westfield. This robust group is currently comprised of 36 men and women from Northampton, Easthampton and Southampton, and membership is open to residents 18 and older from any city or town in western Mass. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their communities by conducting service projects and raising funds to help those in need wherever need exists. Part of a worldwide organization of more than 1.5 million members, the Lions motto is “We Serve.”

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Man wins $1M Picasso with $138 raffle ticket WEXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A man looking for art for his new home has won a $1 million Picasso painting with a $138 raffle ticket. Jeffrey Gonano told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he’s not sure he’ll ever hang the masterpiece in his home in Wexford, in western Pennsylvania, given its value. The 25-year-old Gonano, who works for his family’s fire sprinkler business, learned Wednesday that his ticket had won the Paris raffle. Organizers say nearly 50,000 tickets were sold worldwide, for 100 euros apiece, to benefit a Lebanese charity. The 1914 work, “Man in the Opera Hat,” dates from Spanish master Pablo Picasso’s cubist period. Picasso died in 1973. Gonano said he wants to keep the artwork, which features vivid shapes in opaque gouache paint. “Maybe I’ll lend it to a museum and let them put it on display rather than putting it in a vault, so other people can enjoy it,” he told the newspaper. “It all depends. I don’t know what the taxes are or anything.” Gonano’s girlfriend, Gloria Spataro, said he liked the odds in the contest and felt optimistic. Nonetheless, she presumed he was joking when he said he’d won.

“He thought the odds were actually pretty good compared to something like a lottery,” said Spataro, of Pittsburgh. “He said, ‘This will be my only chance to actually own something like this.’” The raffle raised about $3.5 million for the International Association for the Safeguard of Tyr, a UNESCO heritage site, said Reem Chalabi, an education coordinator with the group. Gonano and Spataro had recently begun to explore art galleries, and she had bought him a photograph by a Buddhist artist for Christmas. “I’m glad I actually gave it to him before,” she said, “because if I gave it to him afterward, that would look pretty insignificant compared to a Picasso.”

THIS WEEK IN WESTFIELD HISTORY

Local ice harvesting season By Macey A. Lavoie WSU Intern December 16, 1926: The local season of ice harvesting starts. Early in the 20th century before the refrigerator was mass-produced to the public, ice harvesting was an important necessity because all households had an icebox. An icebox was an insulated wooden cabinet in which perishable goods were stored in the lower sector and the top portion held the ice. A small tray was kept at the bottom to catch the melting water and it was one person’s job in the household to empty the tray before they went to bed or else they would wake up with a large puddle on the floor. The demand for ice was constant and the ice business was a dangerous yet flourishing business right up until the late 30s. The iceman would start his regular deliveries around Memorial Day and continue until Labor Day. Naturally, ice harvesting was a seasonal business that started around mid December. Ice was deemed ready for cutting when it reached a thickness of 12 inches. The perfect temperature was 32 degrees although ice harvesters would work in much colder conditions when necessary. Once the official season started the crews worked seven days a week until all the icehouses were completely full. The average work usually started at 7 a.m. and ended around 4 p.m. before it grew too dark to continue. The size and pay of the crew depended on several factors. Small businesses that catered to a small community would contain between ten and 20 men while larger busi-

nesses sometimes boasted up to several hundred individuals. The pay depended on the risk of the job and the experience of the worker. A worker could be paid as much as $5 a day or as little as$2. Overall ice harvesting was not a complex project, although it did require careful handling of machinery in cold weather. The foreman would mark the area to cut leading up to the icehouses. Teams of horses were used to pull the marking equipment. Once that was completed, the actual cutting started and the conveyor belt led up to the icehouses. Once inside the blocks

of ice were covered with hay, straw, or sawdust to keep the ice frozen until it was delivery time. In early spring the iceman would start preparing his equipment for delivery and started his rounds at 6 in the morning when the temperature was at its coldest. Once the refrigerator became affordable, many people threw out their iceboxes and the days of the hard working iceman were over. On Saturday, February 1, from 12-3 p.m. the Granville Ice Harvest will be held at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation at 42 Water Street in Granville.


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Councilor Flaherty: We tried! city council will vigorously particiFirst, Merry Christmas, pate in the process and make the hard Happy (belated) Chanukah, and choices necessary to approve a realHappy New Year to everyone. istic conservative budget that delivMay you and your families be ers the services expected by citizens blessed with health, wealth, and while living within the financial conhappiness. straints of our times. This week the City Council As mentioned earlier, there was wrapped up their last meeting of vigorous discussion about the tax the year. It was also the last setting votes between the two meeting (for now) for Councilors December meetings. The city charter Agma Sweeney, Ann Callahan, and rules were not following for Kevin Harraghy, Brian Winters, some of the votes. This was cerJohn Beltrandi, and Rick tainly not intentional; it was the Onofrey. Each of them brought result of extreme time pressure and unique perspectives and talents the introduction of a tax reduction to the City Council and I’d like concept that had never been done to thank all of them for their David Flaherty efforts to make Westfield a bet- At-large City Councilor before. I believe that the will of ter place to live, work, and play. In January, the council was to reduce the taxes by $2 milreturning councilors will be joined by council- lion. To me, it was pretty clear. After the counors-elect Ralph Figy, Brian Hoose, Bob Paul, cil voted, and before the tax rates were set, the Cindy Harris, Matt VanHeynigen, and Dan administration independently received a ruling Allie. I’d like to congratulate them all and saying that one of our votes shouldn’t count. welcome them to the City Council. The new We received an email from the City Solicitor council will be made up of a rather eclectic advising us of an opinion developed in consulmix of talents, interests, and personalities. tation with DOR. This opinion letter was Though I’ll miss some of my old colleagues, addressed to the mayor. We hadn’t asked for and we have some big shoes to fill, these new this opinion, and it was delivered to us via councilors will bring new perspectives and email outside of the city council meeting vibrant participation that will be good for the schedule. I replied to this email explaining my interpretation of the will of the council at the City of Westfield. Most of this week’s meeting was spent dis- prior meeting, and I inquired if a different cussing the taxes and votes related to the set- question was asked of the DOR, if we’d get a ting of those taxes. As you may recall, at our different answer that was more in line with meeting earlier in December, the council what I considered the clear intent of the city voted 9-3 to reduce the tax burden. Even coun- council at that prior meeting. Nothing devious cilors who voted against the particular motion, here – just a statements about a prior act (the talked about their desire to reduce the tax December 5 meeting), and a clarifying quesburden. However, due to the last minute tion for the city solicitor. Someone forwarded receipt of information we needed to set the this particular email to Mr. Dondley – sometaxes, and the “have to vote it tonight” pres- one who seems to have a strange fixation on sure from the administration, a few mistakes me and the things I do or say. He has since were made along the way (charter and council filed another Open Meeting Law complaint. rules were not followed exactly). The council Looking back, I probably should have hit had no time to negotiate our desires with the “reply” instead of “reply-all”. But, there was mayor. The administration challenged our clearly no intent to hide anything from the public nor to try to persuade counmethod of trying to lower the taxes, and they got the DOR to agree with them. The City cilors to vote or not vote a certain way on an Council was not involved in framing the ques- issue that was before us. The majority of the tions to DOR, nor in discussing options that email was about a prior meeting that was pubcould have led to a resolution that would have lic, broadcast on TV, and posted on the lowered your taxes. As I’ll discuss later in this Internet. I wrote a very long article about that article, this led to vigorous discussions in- meeting that was posted publicly in the Westfield News and online on my website and person and via email. The taxes could have been lowered quite a popular local Internet forum. This article was easily by the mayor and the city council – but posted well before the email was sent. The not by the city council alone. As mentioned in sentiments expressed in the email were similar my last article, we could have temporarily cut to those expressed in the very public article. I have prepared a copy of about 30 pages of an expense line item by $1.7 million, and then restored that line item after free cash was cer- emails exchanged last week, and had the packtified by the state. This is easy to do, quite age included in the public record during this legal, and it would have resulted in a dramatic week’s meeting. Everything’s public. Upon reduction in taxes for you, your family, and review, and in my opinion only, I found sevyour local businesses. The mayor was not eral potential violations of the Open Meeting interested in this. The tax rate you have is Law in this very small sample of communicabecause of his prepared budget, and his unwill- tions. More than half of the city councilors ingness to reduce the rates by using free cash. expressed an opinion such as “great!”, “send As we learned this week the hard way (which an affirmative reply”, “lets confirm all votes was new news to many councilors who’ve before setting the residential factor”, “the only served for years – me included), the city coun- one done correctly”, etc. I also discussed other cil does not set the level of taxes in November possible technical violations that happen on a (though we’ve seemingly voted for this for regular basis related to meeting minutes, record keeping, conversations outside of meetmany years) – we only set the shift factor. For the record, moving the shift factor by 1 ing, etc. These issues are not unique to click, changes the average homeowner’s taxes Westfield. I don’t think anyone intended to by less than $10 per year. So, the argument break the Open Meeting Law in this case nor that the city council’s selection of shift makes to hide anything from the public. However, a dramatic change in tax bills received is erro- technically these probably are OML violations neous. Spending drives the taxes. Setting an and we’ll follow the law and prepare a response appropriate firm budget in June is one of the for Mr. Dondley. I’ve also asked for, and counmost important things the city council does. cil has approved, in-person training for counLast June, even though the Finance Committee cilors on the topics of Massachusetts Open requested about $1.2 million in cuts (1.25 per- Meeting Law and Massachusetts Public cent or so), massive pressure from certain Records Law. Hopefully, the council and the law departgroups caused the council to ignore these requests and pass the mayor’s budget as pre- ment will make arrangements for this early in sented. By the time we got ready to set the tax 2014. Hopefully, Mr. Dondley will find a new rates last meeting, this budget ended up needing $940,000 in withdrawals from stabiliza- exciting hobby or interest. Have a wonderful holiday season! tion in order to balance. It was also short Dave Flaherty, hundreds of thousands of dollars in projects City Councilor that the mayor intends to pay for with free Flaherty.westfield@gmail.com cash – items that come as no surprise, yet Disclaimer: The views expressed we’re intentionally not included in the budget in this column are those of the author presented in May. Hopefully, this coming budand not the staff, editor, or publisher get season will see renewed interest in the of the Westfield News. May and June budget process, and the new

HUNTINGTON – The Gateway Education Foundation raised nearly $5,000 by taking part in ‘Valley Gives Day’ on December 12. “We were just $15 short of $5,000,” noted the foundation’s clerk, Wendy Long. “But we still have a few offline donations coming in so it is possible we will reach that mark!” “We want to thank everyone who contributed on Valley Gives Day this year,” said President Shirley Winer. “More than twice as many staff and community members contributed this year, and three times as many parents and alumni took part!” Winer also said that the foundation nearly met all of its donation goals for their 201314 goals by the end of Valley Gives Day. Goals had been set for staff, community members, alumni, parents, school committee participation this year. Business goals had been reached earlier this fall with sponsorships to the Ed Webster event in October. Donations ranged from $10 to $500 on Valley Gives Day. Four $500 matching challenge grants were also met, with staff, parents, alumni and community members each raising more than $500. The Gateway Education Foundation formed in 2011 to raise funds to support enhanced learning projects in the Gateway Regional School District. To date, it has raised over $30,000 through dona-

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tions, sponsorships, grants and special events. Funding is granted to teachers and staff who apply through the foundation’s Funds for Learning Program. Thus far, the foundation has funded 10 projects that have benefitted every school and virtually every student. Programs have included the history/science Study of the Keystone Arches (8th grade); Littleville’s Schoolyard Habitat Program (with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 1st grade); Field trips to the Bodies Exhibit and Mark Twain Museum (high school science and English classes); the Middle School’s Healthy Cooking and Eating program (offered during the AfterSchool Program); Chester’s Summer Reading Program; a visit with Ed Webster (grades 2-12, plus an evening event for the community); and Glass Fusion Classes (8th grade art classes). The foundation has also funded visits

from Grammy Winner Joseph Firecrow (Jr./Sr. High Schools) and children’s author Billy Steers (Littleville, first grade), which are planned for next semester. Finally, the foundation was able to upgrade equipment in the Gateway Performing Arts Center through the Rob Shipman Memorial Fund and has sponsored the 50th Anniversary Celebration going on this year. All staff have been invited to apply for a new round of project funding, with applications due on January 13. Donations may be made anytime by mailing a check to the Gateway Education Foundation, 12 Littleville Rd., Huntington, MA 01050. Donations are also accepted online on the Foundation’s website. All donations are taxdeductible. For more information about the Gateway Education Foundation, please visit their website at http:// GatewayEducationFoundation. yolasite.com.

Gateway Superintendent’s Corner As we look ahead to New Year’s Eve and the beginning of a new year, it’s helpful to look back as well as ahead. Reflecting on the past year for the Gateway District, I see a mix of successes and challenges that present a wide range of opportunities in the upcoming year. The one constant is the effort put forth by all of our staff to make school a safe, caring, and challenging place for our students. As happens throughout the world, some students rise to the challenge, voraciously devouring knowledge, and becoming academic stars. As it goes in studies, it also goes in sports and student activities with some individuals pushing their own boundaries, engaging in what the district offers and giving so much back that they stand out in people’s minds as extraordinary athletes, musicians, artists, actors, leaders or highly involved students. These are the students who push staff to be creative in order to meet the advanced needs and challenges for our top students (whether in athletics, activities, academics, or a combination of all) in order to keep them engaged, on task, and moving forward. For these students, the world is full of possibilities. We also have students who face tremendous obstacles outside of school, which color their perception of the world, and other students who face physical, social, emotional, and other challenges that make the tasks of learning difficult. For some of these students, engaging in the typical educational process is

Dr. David Hopson very difficult for many reasons and the manifestation of this lack of engagement may be seen as misbehavior, lack of interest, failure to stay on task, more interest in social activities, and a lack of concern regarding grades, success, or even coming to school. While some of these students may receive services under the auspices of special education, many more do not qualify for these mandated services. I agree with the sentiment expressed by many that students at both ends of the performance spectrum will either receive services or make their own successes. The problem lies with those students in the middle and those students who, due to non-school circumstances outside of their control, do not do as well as they might if they had additional supports. These are the students who may need additional direction, a chance for individual encouragement by a staff member, a minor tweak to their daily schedule, or some particular intervention that will make the difference, assist them in being engaged in education, and provide them with the opportunity to see how doing well in school can make a difference in set-

ting and meeting long-term goals. As one might imagine, the problem is finding appropriate resources, providing time to implement interventions, and making learning relevant to them at this time in their lives. In looking ahead, I see a convergence of several trends that may help schools provide these additional supports. Locally, I am pleased with the vision of many staff regarding offering a project- based, more relevant way of providing the common core curriculum to students to better engage them and to build proficiency in areas such as collaboration, creativity, problem solving, appropriate use of technology, and other items often known collectively as ‘21st Century Skills’. The use of essential questions to focus learning, and looking at new ways to assess that learning outside of the ‘required’ standardized testing, is a much needed step towards providing a means to measure student progress using a set of objectives that is more closely related to the education of the ‘whole child’, i.e., those skills and that knowledge that citizens use daily to be successful in life. I am hopeful that, as the district looks ahead in planning for the New Year, we can share this vision with everyone and show the necessity of supporting these initiatives. As each of you reflects on the past year, and perhaps makes resolutions for the New Year, I wish all of you the best as we move forward into a year I hope is filled with peace and prosperity for all.


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Just read the PulseLine article concerning the secretaries & custodians agreement. More gobbledy-gook to confuse the taxpayers. What does a “three year severance pay-out provision” mean and just what is the amended sick leave policy? These folks also work nine months a year with Christmas and spring vacation weeks plus every holiday known to mankind off. Is it any wonder that the tax rate must go up again? The city must have the worst negotiation team known to mankind! When is someone going to step up and confine these benefit packages to the taxpayers own experiences? Once again the school committee & unions reflect their “bottomless pit” approach to financial stability. You did not read that contract article in the PulseLine. Join the conversation, email @ pulseline@thewestfieldnews.com

Obama downplays poor poll numbers By Jennifer Epstein Politico.com President Barack Obama dismissed his falling poll numbers on Friday and defended his administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act as he spoke at a year-end White House news conference. “Obviously we screwed up” with HealthCare.gov’s faulty launch, the president said, but he repeatedly pointed to new sign-up numbers for health insurance as evidence that Obamacare is delivering. One million people signed up for insurance through state and federal exchange, the White House said Friday. Those challenges are reflected in the president’s declining poll numbers, but Obama said he’s not concerned about them. “If you’re measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot throughout my career … If I was interested in polling, I wouldn’t have run for president,” he told reporters in the White House briefing room. “I took this job to deliver for the American people.” A CNN/ORC poll released an hour before Obama took questions pegged his approval rating at 41 percent, tying for the lowest numbers of his presidency. Obama was protective of his oversight of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, though he acknowledged that for all the heat he faces from others, he’s even tougher on himself. “I probably beat myself up even worse than you or Ed Henry does on any given day,” Obama told ABC’s Jon Karl, referring to the Fox News White House reporter. His New Year’s resolution, he later added, is to be nicer to the White House press corps.” NSA’s practices are under review and he intends to offer a proposed overhaul in a speech early in 2014. But Obama lets even the harshest self-criticism roll off his back as he vows “do better the next day and keep moving forward.” Heading into the new year, “what I say to myself is: we’re poised to do really good things,” the president said. “I think 2014 needs to be a year of action,” he told reporters at another point in his press conference, as he outlined his plans to create more jobs, raise “wages and benefits that let families build a little bit of financial security,” and complete the immigration reform process that began in 2013. With GDP growing, the unemployment rate falling and the registration process for federal and state health care exchanges under way, “we head into next year with an economy that’s stronger than when we started the year,” he said. Asked if 2013 was the worst year of his presidency, Obama wouldn’t bite. “That’s not how I think about it,” he said. Instead, he’s been focused on whether he’s helping American families get more opportunity and more security. “There are areas where there are obviously some frustrations, where I wish Congress had moved more aggressively,” he said. It was “a mistake” for Congress not to tighten background check laws for buying guns. On the Affordable Care Act, Obama touted the December sign-up figures and other evidence that the law is working. “Despite the website problems, despite the messaging problems, it’s working,” he said. Still, he acknowledged that there would be bumps and changes, as there was on Thursday when the administration announced that people whose plans have been canceled will have the option of getting a “hardship exemption” from the individual mandate. “When you try to do something this big, affecting this many people, it’s going to be hard,” he said. “If there are adjustments that can be made to smooth out the transition, we should make

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them.” That’s even as website problems continue. HealthCare.gov went down before Friday morning after an error was discovered overnight during routine maintenance. Work to repair the error started at 10 a.m., and a Health and Human Services spokeswoman expected that it would take two-to-three hours to fix. In the meantime, users were being directed to a page urging them to wait or to sign up to be emailed once the site was restored, which happened minutes before Obama emerged for his press conference. Monday, Dec. 23, is the deadline to select coverage to take effect on Jan. 1. Some Senate Democrats are pushing for new sanctions against Iran, but for now the United States should be focused on diplomacy. “There is no need for more sanctions legislation. Not yet,” Obama said. If diplomatic efforts go sour, “we can pass more Iran sanctions in a day, on a dime.”

Though Obama on Friday formally nominated Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to serve as U.S. ambassador to China, he said it’s not a sign he’s giving up on tax reform. It’s “not going to depend on one guy, it’s going to depend on all of us working together.” Obama was also asked about his decision not to go to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and to send a delegation that includes three openly gay athletes, in apparent protest of Russia’s tough anti-gay laws. He noted that he hasn’t gone to the Games since taking office — though he said he intends to once he leaves office — and said he is proud of the group of athletes and officials he’s chosen to send. “I think the delegation speaks for itself,” he said. “You should take that for what it’s worth.”

5 takeaways from Obama’s news conference By Jonathan Allen Politico.com President Barack Obama made a smidgeon of news in his final press conference of the year, but went to great lengths to avoid saying anything that could cause a damper on his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. Obama said he will “absolutely” keep in place the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that individuals buy insurance, and he addressed a new report on the National Security Agency’s spying for the first time. But he didn’t commit to any changes and wouldn’t give specifics on what to expect in the domestic and foreign policy arenas next year. But mostly, he stayed on message and sidestepped questions about his job performance and poll numbers. “If you’re measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot through the course of my career,” he said. “I’ve run my last political race. So at this point, my goal every single day is just to make sure that I can look back and say we’re delivering something, not everything, because this is a long haul.” Here are POLITICO’s five takeaways from the getaway day news conference: 1) Dodge Dynasty Obama was repeatedly asked to reconcile the differences between his past statements and his current policy on American spying and the health care law. But he copped to no flip-flop. NBC’s Chuck Todd asked how Americans could have confidence in the Affordable Care Act when he keeps changing the rules — including issuing a penalty waiver for certain folks who lost their insurance plans and haven’t signed up for new ones by the deadline — Obama framed the decisions as adjustments. “In a big project like this, that what we are constantly doing is looking — is this working the way it’s supposed to, and if there are adjustments that can be made to smooth out the transition, we should make them,” Obama said. Asked for his reaction to Politifact awarding him its “lie of the year” for saying that Americans who liked their health insurance plans could keep them, Obama said he’d answered variations of the question before but would take another shot at it. Spoiler alert: He didn’t address the substance of the “lie of the year” designation at all. “Bottom line is that, you know, we are going to continue to work every single day to make sure that implementation of the health care law and the website and all elements of it, including the grandfather clause, work better every single day,” he said. “And as I’ve said in previous press conferences — you know, we’re going to make mistakes and we’re going to have problems, but my intentions have been clear throughout, which is, I just want to help as many people as possible feel secure and make sure that they don’t go broke when they get sick. And we’re just going to keep on doing that.” Obama executed a similar dodge on the NSA, avoiding taking strong positions on the agency’s surveillance activities or the 300-plus page report recommending over three dozen changes to the programs. 2) Blame the GOP It’s a familiar line for the president — and not without some merit: The biggest reason he had a rough year on the legislative front is that Republicans in Congress have done their level best to block him. It wasn’t the same show as in October, when the president in the middle of the government shutdown repeatedly hit the GOP. But the message was clear and familiar: My domestic record could look better if not for the House of Representatives. The House left last week and the Senate on Friday, but they

failed to extend unemployment insurance before it expires at the end of the year. Obama’s take: The GOP shouldn’t have waited. “I believe that work should begin with something that Republicans in Congress should have done before leaving town this week, and that’s restoring the temporary insurance that helps folks make ends meet when they are looking for a job,” he said. On Republicans seeking concessions in exchange for raising the debt ceiling next year, Obama brought up the memories of October’s government shutdown. “I also think that in some ways, given the pattern that we have been going through with House Republicans for a while,’ he said, “we might have needed just a little bit of a bracing sort of recognition that this is not what the American people think is acceptable.” And, on the lack of progress on an immigration bill, which has stalled in the House. “We can get immigration reform done. We’ve got a concept that has bipartisan support. Let’s see if we can break through the politics on this,” he said, adding that “indications” are Speaker John Boehner may move forward early next year. 3) If you liked 2013, you’ll love 2014 The end-of-year rite of passage was noticeably devoid of new plans for next year. Sure, the holidays are a time for reflection. But the most Obama offered little in the way of fresh thinking beyond his resolution to treat reporters better — which may have a shelf life about as long as the average new year’s diet. He noted that the war in Afghanistan is slated to end at the conclusion of 2014 but said little of his proposal to raise the minimum wage or the expected shift to the left on the economic policy front. “When I look at the landscape for next year, what I say to myself is: We’re poised to do really good things,” he said. “The economy is stronger than it has been in a very long time. Our next challenge then is to make sure that everybody benefits from that and not just a few folks.” 4) Ch-ch-changes in the West Wing The president spent a good bit of December shaking up his staff, with the announcements that Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta would come in for a one-year stint as counselor to the president and Phil Schiliro, the former legislative affairs director, will return to run herd on health care. But Obama said Friday that he’s probably not done yet. “I suspect that we may have additional announcements in the new year,” he said. But it’s tough to balance the idea that his administration needs a burst of fresh enthusiasm with the claim that the current squad is operating at full capacity. “Sometimes you need fresh legs,” Obama said, just before asserting that “the team I have now is tireless.” 5) The president’s mind is already sunning and surfing Even though Obama said his New Year’s resolution is “to be nicer to the White House press corps,” it was clear from the outset of the hour-long session that he didn’t have much interest in spending an afternoon having to answer reporters’ questions. “I know that you are all eager to skip town,” he said. “Not surprisingly, I am too.” Despite a low-heat exchange with FOX News’s Ed Henry, and a glare-down of the New York Times’ Jackie Calmes, Obama declined to bite at questions that might have baited him into more aggressive responses at another press conference. He wasn’t about to let them his already-in-the-islands mood — or create one last bad news cycle before wheels up from Andrews. “I’m sure that I will have even better ideas after a couple of days of sleep and sun,” he said at one point.


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Saint Mary Christmas pageant Members of the St. Mary eighth-grade class perform a Christmas nativity play as part of the holiday season. Performing are, Connor Koziol, Alexis Shedd, Quinton Powers, Emmalina Toma, Nathaniel Bonini, Faith Wang, Cassaundra Bach, Adrian Orszulak, Moira Hannan, Lydia Pollard, Renee Suhocki, William Carroll, Jacob Butler, Danielle Bovat, Hannah Gaston, Olivia Mazza, Eric Koloski, Scott Laverdure and Matthew Masciadrelli. The Baby Jesus was played by Jameson Walsh. The one-hour performance was staged at the Saint Mary’s Church in Westfield, yesterday. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Members of the St. Mary Angel Choir sing Christmas songs during a nativity performance by the eighth-grade class. Members of the choir include, Cameron Cusack, Aaron Gallagher, Sierra Gieger, Mia Gozgit, Andrew Holl, Annika Jensen, Amir Kashouh, Emily LaFond, Nicholas Montanaro, Carly O’Connor, Kathryn O’Connor, Paighton Ramos, Cordelia Robinson, Rileigh Sagan, Isabella Scarpa, Jordan Sutter, Chase Webster and Amelia Willenborg. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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RELIGIOUS LISTINGS Southwick Congregational Church United Church of Christ 488 College Highway – P.O. Box 260 – Southwick, MA 01077- 413-569-6362 Rev. Bart Cochran - Minister DECEMBER 22, 2013  - 10:00 AM – Fourth Sunday of Advent – Children’s Christmas Pageant - Rev. Bart Cochran -  Minister,   Music –Voice Choir;  Nursery Available;  11:00 AM – Coffee Hour;  3:30 PM O.A. Meeting:  DECEMBER 24, TUESDAY – 10:00 PM  Christmas Eve Candle Light Service:  DECEMBER 25,  WEDNESDAY: Christmas Day     DECEMBER 26,   THURSDAY –   7:00 PM T.O.P.S;  DECEMBER 27 - FRIDAY:  9-1:00 PM – Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open;   6:00 PM  O.A. Meeting,  7:30 PM - A.A. Meeting;  DECEMBER 28, - SATURDAY: Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open  9-1:00PM .             First Congregational Church of Westfield 18 Broad Street Westfield MA 01085 Rev. Elva Merry Pawle, Pastor Carrie Salzer, Director of Children and Family Ministries Allan Taylor, Minister of Music Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 –1 568-2833 Email:Office@churchonthegreen.org www.churchonthegreen.org

Worship Service: Sundays 10 AM Fellowship Hour 11:00 AM Childcare Available -Handicap Accessible  This Week at First Church Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 9:00 AM Senior Choir Rehearsal 10:00 AM Worship Service 11:15 AM Senior Choir Rehearsal 11:15-11:45 AM Junior Choir Rehearsal Monday, Dec. 23,  2013 7:00 PM  NO Line Dancing Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 5:30 PM Christmas Family Service 11:00 PM Candlelight Service Wednesday Dec. 25, 2013 Office Closed Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 9:00 AM Senior Choir Rehearsal 10:00 AM Worship Service 11:15 AM Senior Choir Rehearsal 11:15-11:45 AM Junior Choir Rehearsal Monday, Dec. 23,  2013 7:00 PM  NO Line Dancing   The Episcopal Church of the Atonement 36 Court Street, Westfield, MA  01085 413-562-5461 www.atonementwestfield.net Sundays - Holy Eucharist at 8 am & 10 am Wednesdays Holy Eucharist & Healing at Noon

The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud, Rector  Sunday, Dec. 22          The Fourth Sunday of Advent 8 am Holy Eucharist 10 am Holy Eucharist, Cribbery 11:15-12:30 Pageant Dress Rehearsal Monday, Dec. 23         8-9 pm AA Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 24         CHRISTMAS EVE  4 pm Christmas Pageant & Holy Eucharist     9:30 pm Christmas Carols  10 pm Festal Choral Eucharist Wed., Dec. 25              CHRISTMAS DAY - Church Office Closed 10 am Holy Eucharist NO Noon Healing & Holy Eucharist 7-8:30 pm OA Meeting  Thursday, Dec. 26       Church Office Closed 4:30-5:30 pm WW Meeting 7:30-9 pm NA Meeting  Friday, Dec. 27            Church Office Closed Saturday, Dec. 28        11:00- 12:30 AA Women’s Fellowship  Sunday, Dec. 29          The First Sunday after Christmas 8 am Holy Eucharist 10 am Holy Eucharist, Cribbery NO Christian Formation Today Upcoming Wed., Jan. 1                 Church Office Closed NO Noon Healing & Holy Eucharist

Montgomery Community Church Main Rd   PO Box 309 Montgomery, MA 01085 Pastor Howard R. Noe Ph. # 413-862-3284 Sunday evening we had a hymn sing with Scriptures about the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We had a wonderful turnout with approximately 63 people coming together to Worship Christ in spirit and truth. Jane Beane led and coordinated the complete program and all were blessed by her efforts. This Sunday the topic is; “The announcement”: Luke 1:26-38 Men’s Bible study will be Monday, December 23 and 3 at 6:30 pm at the pastor’s home at 1126 Huntington Rd. Russell, MA. (Crescent Mills) We will return to Wednesday evenings on the 8th of January. We have decided to go through the theology of God. R.C. Sproul presents a 12 part series and we will discuss each part every study night  until we are done and have a better understanding of God.  We challenge men to be a spiritual leader in their homes and to be a growing Christian. Women’s study day has been set as Tuesdays at 10 am at 1126 Huntington Rd. Russell, MA. (Crescent Mills) For more information call Sandra Noe @ 413-862-3284. The women have just started a study of Exodus.

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Advent Christian Church 11 Washington Street Westfield, MA 01085 Interim Minister: Rev. George Karl Phone - (413) 568-1020 Sunday - 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages; 11 a.m. Praise and Worship Service. Thursday - 7 p.m. - Bible Study & Prayer. All services open to the public, church is handicap accessible. Baha’i Community of Westfield Sundays - 10 a.m. to 12 noon worship and study classes for children and adults at Daniel Jordan Baha’i School in March Memorial Chapel, Springfield College. Open to the public. The second and fourth Fridays of every month at 7 p.m. Westfield study and discussion meetings Call 568-3403. Central Baptist Church 115 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-0429 Email:cbcabc@comcast.net website: http://www.centralbaptist churchwestfield.com The Rev. Linda D. Shaw, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday - Worship Hour - 10:45 a.m. Christ Church United Methodist 222 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077 Pastor Rev. Valerie Roberts-Toler Phone - (413) 569-5206 Sunday Worship - 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Air conditioned. Nursery available. Christ Lutheran Church 568 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077 Rev. Jeff King, Pastor Phone - (413) 569-5151 Sunday - 8:15, 9:15, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. 11 a.m. - Contemporary Worship with Children’s Hour and CLC Live with Children’s Hour. Childcare available. Thursday evenings - Weekender’s Worship - 7 p.m. Christ The King Evangelical Presbyterian Church 297 Russell Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Jason S. Steele, Pastor Office Phone - (413) 572-0676 ctkwestfield.org Weekly Calendar of Events: Sunday - Worship Service - 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages - 11 a.m. Monday - Men’s Group - Sons of Thunder - 7 p.m. Tuesday - Women’s Bible Study Wednesday - Beginners Bible Study - 7 p.m. Childcare is available. The Episcopal Church of the Atonement 36 Court St., Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 642-3835 http://www.atonementwestfield.net Parking off Pleasant Street The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud, Rector Sundays: Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am Christian Formation for all ages following 10 am Wednesdays: Bible Study 9:30 am-10:30 am Holy Eucharist and Healing at Noon Congregation Ahavas Achim Interfaith Center at Westfield State University 577 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 334, Westfield, MA 01086 Rabbi Joyce Galaski Phone - (413) 562-2942 Friday Sabbath Services - 7:15 p.m. - 2 times/month and Holiday Services. Call for dates. An Oneg Shabbat follows the service and new members are always welcome. Monday Hebrew School - 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday School Adult Study Group. Faith Bible Church 370 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, MA 01001 Phone - 413-786-1681 Pastor: Rick Donofrio Sunday School for all ages 9:30am Worship Services 10:30am Children’s Service 10:30am Fellowship/Refreshments-12:30am Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 6:30 pm First Congregational Church of Westfield 18 Broad Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-2833 Fax - (413) 568-2835 Website: churchonthegreen.org Email :office@churchonthegreen.org Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-2p.m. Rev. Elva Merry Pawle, Pastor Carrie Salzer, Church School Coordinator Allan Taylor, Minister of Music Worship Service : Sunday’s 10 AM Church School Sunday 10 AM Childcare Available - Handicap Accessible Fellowship Hour 11 AM First Spiritual Church 33-37 Bliss Street, Springfield, MA 01105 Rev. John Sullivan, Pastor Phone - (413) 238-4495 Sunday Service - 10:30 a.m., Sermon, Healing Service, Spirit Communication. First United Methodist Church (A Stephen’s Ministry Church) 16 Court Street Westfield MA 01085 413-568-5818 Rev. Valerie Roberts-Toler Email:FUMC01085@JUNO.COM Worship Service : Sunday’s 10 a.m. Sunday School: Sunday 10 a.m. Coffee Hour: every Sunday after the 10 a.m. Worship Service. Childcare Available-Handicap Accessible Grace Lutheran Church 1552 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 Phone - 413-734-9268 Website http://www.gracelutheranonline.com The Rev. William M. White, Pastor E-Mail -pastorwhite@ gracelutheranonline.com Margit Mikuski, Administrative Assistant mmikuski@gracelutheranonline.com Sunday service - 9:30 a.m. Tuesday – 9 a.m. - Bible Study Wednesday service - 6 p.m. Granville Federated Church American Baptist & United Church of Christ 16 Granby Road, Granville, MA 01034 Phone - (413) 357-8583 10 a.m. - Worship Service, Sunday School to run concurrently with Worship Service. Childcare available 11 a.m. - Coffee Hour Monday - 8 p.m. - AA Meeting Thursday - 7 p.m. - Adult Choir Practice First Saturday - 6 p.m. - Potluck Supper in Fellowship Hall Third Sunday - 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Breakfast Served in Fellowship Hall Third Wednesday - 12 noon - Ladies Aid Potluck Luncheon & Meeting Fourth Sunday - 11:15 a.m. - Adult Study Program led by Rev. Patrick McMahon.

Holy Family Parish 5 Main Street Russell, MA 01071 Rectory Phone: 413-862-4418 Office Phone: 413-667-3350 Rev. Ronald F. Sadlowski, Pastor Deacon David Baillargeon Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Daily Mass: 8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Communion Prayer Service: 8 a.m. Thursday Confession: Saturday 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 to 8 a.m. Handicapped accessible Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church 335 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Rene Parent, M.S., Pastor Rev. Luke Krzanowski, M.S., Assistant Phone - (413) 568-1506 Weekend Masses - Saturday - 4 p.m. Sunday - 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Polish), and 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses - Monday-Friday, 12:10 p.m. Also First Friday - 7 p.m. Holy Hour of Adoration Thursday, 6 pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation - Saturdays - 3 to 3:45 p.m. or by appointment Baptisms by appointment, please call the office. Hope Community Church 152 South Westfield Street Feeding Hills, MA. 01030 413.786.2445 Pastor Brad Peterson Sunday morning worship begins at 10 a.m. Contemporary worship, life oriented messages, from the Bible, nursery and children’s church available, classes for all ages. Weekly home groups and Bible studies, active youth group, special activities for families, men, women, and children. For more information, call the church office 413-786-2445, weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Please leave a message any other time. Valley Community Church and Agawam Church of The Bible merged May 2010 to become Hope Community Church Huntington Evangelical Church 22 Russell Road, Huntington, MA 01050 Rev. Charles Cinelli Phone - (413) 667-5774 Sundays - Adult Sunday School - 9 a.m., Sanctuary; Worship Service - 10:15 a.m.; Sanctuary; Children’s Church 10:15 a.m., (downstairs during second half service). Mondays - Ladies Bible Study - 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays - Women’s Guild, the 2nd Tuesday of every month in Chapel on the Green; Ladies Bible Study, (all but second Tuesday), 7 p.m., Chapel on the Green. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 117 Southwick Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone (413) 568-1780 English: Wednesday & Thursday - 7-8:45 p.m.; Sunday 10-11:46 a.m. & 12:30-2:15 p.m. Russian: Thursday - 7-8:45 p.m.; Saturday 4-5:45 p.m. Montgomery Community Church Main Road-Montgomery, MA Pastor Howard R. Noe Phone - (413) 862-3284 Office Nondenominational Services every Sunday 9-10 a.m., with Coffee Fellowship following all services. Weekly Men and Women’s Bible Studies available. Mountain View Baptist Church 310 Apremont Way Holyoke, MA 01040 Pastor Chad E. Correia 413-532-0381 Email: http://www.mvbaptist.com Sunday Morning Worship - 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study - 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - 7 p.m. Thursday - Visitation & Soul Winning - 6:30 p.m. Saturday - Buss Calling & Soul Winning - 10 a.m. New Life Christian Center of the Westfield Assemblies of God 157 Dartmouth Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Wayne Hartsgrove, Pastor Phone - (413) 568-1588 Sunday - 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study and activities for youth of all ages,Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Evening Service - 6 p.m. New Life Worship Center 118 Meadow Street Westfield, MA 01085 413-562-0344 http://www.nlwcofwestfield.org Pastor Gene C. Pelkey Sundays - 10 a.m. - Worship and Sunday School. Wednesdays - 7 p.m. - Bible Study. Men’s and Ladies prayer groups (call for schedules) Changed Into His Image Class (call for schedules) Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish 127 Holyoke Road Westfield, MA 01085 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 489 Westfield, MA 01085-0489 Pastor: Rev. Daniel S. Pacholec Deacon Paul Federici Religious Education Director: Theresa Racine olbsccd@verizon.net Pastoral Associate: Mary Federici Parish Office: (413) 562-3450 Fax: (413) 562-9875 http://www.diospringfield.org/olbs Mass Schedule: Saturday 4 p.m. - (Vigil) Sunday: 7, 8:30, 11 a.m. Mon, Tues, Wed: 7 a.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. Miraculous Medal Novena Communion Services: Thur: 9 a.m. Fri: 7 a.m. Holy Day Masses: 7 p.m. (Vigil) 7 a.m., 9 a.m. Confession: Saturday 3:15-3:45 p.m. Our Lady of the Lake Church Sheep Pasture Road Southwick, MA 01077 Parish Pastoral/Administrative Staff Pastor: Rev. Henry L. Dorsch 569-0161 Deacon: Rev. Mr. David Przybylowski Religious Education: Lynda Daniele 569-0162 Administrative secretary: Joanne Campagnari - 569-0161 Office Hours: Mon.-Wed.: 8:30 - 3:30; Thurs. 8:30-noon Office, household assistant and Sacristan: Stella Onyski MASS SCHEDULE Sat. 5 p.m. (vigil), Sun., 8, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m.

Penance/confession: Saturdays 4:15-4:45; Wed. before 7 p.m. Mass and by appointment. Baptisms: Sundays at 11:15 a.m. Arrange with Pastor and a pre- Baptism meeting is scheduled. Marriage: Arrangements should be made with pastor prior to any reception arrangements as early as one year in advance Exposition of Blessed Sacrament: 1st Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marian Cenacle of Prayer: Saturdays 7:30-8:30 Charismatic Prayer Meeting: Thursdays 7 p.m. St. Jude Novena after Wednesday 7 p.m. Mass Miraculous Medal Novena after Tuesday morning Mass Chapel of Divine Mercy, Litany, Rosary, Friday 3-3:34 Home and hospital visits. Please call rectory Anointing of the Sick. Please call the pastor Prayer Line: for special intentions. Call Marian at 569-6244 Bible Study: Tuesdays 9:15 a.m. at rectory meeting room Pilgrim Evangelical Covenant Church 605 Salmon Brook Street, Route 10 and 202, Granby, CT 06035 Rev. Dennis Anderson, Pastor Phone: (860) 653-3800 Fax: (860) 653-9984 Handicap Accessible. Schedule: Sunday School - 9 am, Adult - Youth - Children. Sunday Praise and Worship - 10:30 a.m., Infant and toddler care available. Men’s Group Fellowship Breakfast - 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., the 2nd Saturday of each month. Call for a Youth Group schedule of events. You can visit us on the web at: http://www.pilgrimcovenantchurch.org. Pioneer Valley Assembly of God Huntington, MA 01050 Rev. Toby Quirk Phone - (413) 667-3196 Sunday - 10 a.m. - Service of Worship Weekly Bible Study. Call for information. Pioneer Valley Baptist Church 265 Ponders Hollow Road, Westfield, MA 01085 (corner of Tannery and Shaker Road) Phone - (413) 562-3376 Pastor James Montoro Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Service – 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Service – 7 p.m. We provide bus transportation for those in need of transportation. Just call us at 562-3376. Pioneer Valley Baptist Church 265 Ponders Hollow Road, Westfield, MA 01085 (corner of Tannery and Shaker Road) Phone - (413) 562-3376 Pastor James Montoro Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Service – 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Service – 7 p.m. We provide bus transportation for those in need of transportation. Just call us at 562-3376. Psalms Springs Deliverance Ministries 141 Meadow Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-1612 Pastor Sharon Ingram Sunday School - 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11 a.m. Wednesdays - Childrens reading hour, 5 to 6 p.m. with Pastor, 4 to 10 years old. Wednesday Evening - 7 p.m. - Bible Study & Deliverance Service Friday - Y.E.S. - Youth Excellence Services, 13 years old and up. Russell Community Church Main Street, Russell 01071 Rev. Jimmy Metcalf, Pastor Sunday - 9 a.m. - Sunday School, all ages - Fellowship, parsonage; 10 a.m. - Family Worship; 6 p.m. - Youth Fellowship, parsonage. Tuesday - 7 p.m. - AA Meeting; Family Bible Class, parsonage. Wednesday - 9 a.m. - Women’s Prayer Fellowship, parsonage. Friday - 7:30 p.m. - AA Meeting. St. John’s Lutheran Church 60 Broad Street Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-1417 http://stjohnswestfield.com Pastor Christopher A. Hazzard Sunday - Adult Bible Study and Summer Sunday School (Preschool - High School) 8:45 A.M. Sunday Worship 10 A.M. Tune in to the taped broadcast of our Worship Service over WHYN (.560 on your AM radio dial) at 7:30 on Sunday morning. Southwick Assembly Of God 267 College Highway Southwick,Ma 01077 (413) 569-1882 E-mailsouthwick_ag@verizon.net Pastor Dan Valeri Sunday morning worship - 9:30 a.m. (featuring contemporary worship, children’s church and nursery) Thursday night family night - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (featuring Adult Bible Study, Faithgirlz! a girls club for ages 5-13, Royal Rangers - a scouting program for boys age 5-18, and preschool for infants - 4 yrs. old) Nursing Home ministry - 3:15 p.m. at Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Granby, CT. Southwick Community Episcopal Church 660 College Highway Southwick, MA 01077 Phone: 569-9650 http://www.southwickchurch.com Rev. J. Taylor Albright, Pastor Saturday Evening Worship Service 5 p.m. Sundays 9:30 AM, Service that blend contemporary worship with traditional liturgy and a family-friendly atmosphere KidZone: Childcare and children’s ministry during the service Sign Language Interpreted Handicapped Accessible Women’s Group: Thursdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. Good coffee, fellowship and light-weight discussion of faith issues. Childcare provided. Southwick Congregational Church United Church of Christ 488 College Highway, P.O. Box 260, Southwick, MA 01077 Administrative Assistant: Barbara Koivisto Phone - (413) 569-6362 email:swkucc@verizon.net Sunday 10 AM Worship Service – Open Pantry Sunday Minister – Rev. Bart D. Cochran. Music – The Voice Choir Nursery Available 10:15 AM Church School 11 AM Coffee Hour 3:30 PM O.A. Meeting Tuesday 6:30 PM Bell Choir 7 PM Boy Scouts Wednesday 9-1 PM Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – open 6 PM Zumba 7 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal Thursday 6:30 PM T.O.P.S.

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St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church 73 Main Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Social Center: Clinton Avenue Father Sr. Joseph Soltysiak, Pastor Phone - (413) 562-4403 Email - Soltysiak@comcast.net Fax - (413) 562-4403 Sunday Masses - 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Summer Schedule - 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9 a.m., social center Catechism Classes: Monday evenings Daily and Holy Day Masses as announced For more information & links: PNCC.org St. Mary’s Church 30 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 562-5477 http://www.St.MarysofWestfield.com Rev. Brian F. McGrath, pastor Rev. Robert Miskell, Parochial Vicar Deacon Pedro Rivera Deacon Roger Carrier Weekday Mass - Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. Holy Day Masses - 4 p.m. on the eve before, 8:30 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. (bilingual) Confessions Saturdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (lower church) Saturday Mass - 4 p.m. Sunday Mass - 7, 8:30 and 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All Masses are in the upper church, the 11:30 a.m. is in Spanish Handicapped accessible, elevator located to the right of the main entrance. Adoration and Benediction - Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Mary’s Elementary School (Pre-K-8) (413) 568-2388 St. Mary’s High School (9-12) - (413) 568-5692 Office of Religious Education - (413) 568-1127 St. Vincent de Paul outreach to the poor and needy - (413) 568-5619 St. Peter & St. Casimir Parish 22 State Street Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. William H. Wallis, Pastor Parish Office - 413-568-5421 Mass schedule Daily Mon.-Thurs. - 7:15 a.m. Saturday Mass - 4 p.m. Saturday Confessions - 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sunday Mass- 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Temple Beth El Worship Services Sunday - Thursday Evening, 7 p.m. Friday evening, 6 p.m. Saturday evening, 5 p.m. Monday-Friday morning, 7 a.m. Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Holiday morning, 8 a.m. Ongoing Monday afternoons - Learning Center (Religious School), 3:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoons - B’Yachad (Hebrew High School) 6:30 p.m.; Parshat ha Shove study group, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons - Learning Center (Religious School), 3:15 p.m.; Youth Chorale, 5:15 p.m. Thursday evenings - Boy Scout Troop #32 meets at 7:30 p.m. Friday mornings - “Exploring our Prayers” with Rabbi, 7 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA 01106 Rev. Georganne Greene, Minister http://www.uuspringfield.orgPhone (413) 736-2324 Handicap accessible. Sunday - 9 AM First Hour Forum Sunday - 10:30 AM Worship Service, religious education and nursery for children Thursday - 7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal Monthly UNI Coffeehouse Concerts. Check uNicoffeehouse. org United Church of Christ Second Congregational Church 487 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 814, Westfield, MA 01086 http://www.secondchurchwestfield.org E-mail: office@secondchurchwestfield.org Office hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Closed Monday. Rev. Kimberly Murphy, Pastor Phone - (413) 568-7557 Sunday - 10 a.m., Worship Service and Sunday School for preschool through high school. Sunday evening - Youth Program. Westfield Alliance Church 297 Russell Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Jordan Greeley, Pastor Phone - (413) 568-3572 Sunday - 9:30 a.m. - Bible Life a.m. for all ages, nursery care provided; 11 a.m. - Worship and the Word; 6 p.m - evening service. Word of Grace Church of Pioneer Valley 848 North Road, Route 202 Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 572-3054 Email:office@wordgrace.us http://www.wordgrace.us Chet Marshall, Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Service: 10 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Westfield Evangelical Free Church 568 Southwick Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. David K. Young, Pastor Phone - (413) 562-1504 Sunday – 10 a.m. - Morning Worship, childcare available; 8:45 a.m. - Sunday School. Wednesday - 7 p.m. - Bible Study. Friday - 6:30 p.m. Awana Children’s Program. West Springfield Church of Christ 61 Upper Church Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 Phone - (413) 736-1006 Sunday - 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Worship Service; 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study. Wednesday - 7 p.m., Bible Study. Wyben Union Church An Interdenominational Church 678 Montgomery Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-6473 Rev. David L. Cooper, Pastor Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 10 a.m. Summer Worship at 9:30am Nursery Available Bible Studies in both Church and in Members’ homes. wybenunionchurch.com


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CLC Presents Christmas Story through Song

SOUTHWICK - Christ Lutheran Church in Southwick will present its second annual “A Manger Suite” on Sunday, December 22 at 8:15, 9:15, and 10:15 a.m. This fun, fabulous, and free concert, presented under the musical direction of Mike Curran with the creative assistance of Kathy Elias, will unify the talents of 22 choral singers and an 18 piece orchestra in retelling the story of Christ’s birth through both classic and contemporary holiday song. Beginning with, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and progressing through such celebratory carols as “The Promise” and “Christmas Angels,” the concert will reach its final crescendo with “Joy to the World,” when the story ends. Perfect for families and those who love holiday music but seldom hear it outside of shopping centers, this concert hosts three complimentary seatings and is open to the public. For more information, call Christ Lutheran Church at (413) 569-5151 or visit http:// www.clcsouthwick.org/

Living Nativity SPRINGFIELD - First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Garfield Street and Forest Park Avenue in Springfield invites you to come and experience the very first Christmas on Sunday, December 22 at 10:00 a.m. when we will again be presenting our Living Nativity. There will be angels, shepherds, live animals and a Christ child. Please come and invite your friends and neighbors. Christmas at First Park Memorial promises to be a very special, wonderful time. There is no better way to celebrate the season. We look forward to seeing you.

Christmas Eve Service SOUTHWICK - Christ Church United Methodist will hold a Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. on December 24.  The Church is located at 222 College Highway in Southwick, across from CVS.  We are handicap accessible.  All are welcome to share the joy and peace.

Citizens for Life West of the River Chapter of PV-MCFL next meeting will be held on Thursday January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St.John's Lutheran Church, 60 Broad Street, Westfield. Save the date for a spaghetti supper fundrais-

Hearts, Hugs & Hope: Care partner support group WESTFIELD - Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t easy. But it is helpful to share your concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you are going through. You will also learn about proven strategies to help you better care for your family member. Join us. We meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. Call for more info or to let us know you will be attending. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Information: 413568-0000 edrumm@armbrookevillage.com North Road, Westfield.

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The 2014 Boar’s Head Festival SPRINGFIELD - The Boar’s Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. in Springfield, on Friday, January 10, Saturday, January 11; and Sunday, January 12. Complete with period costumes, live animals,

and the glorious music of the Christmas season, the Boar’s Head Festival celebrates the birth of Christ, the coming of the three kings, and the triumph of light over darkness in our world. Call the Boar’s Head Festival ticket office at (413) 733-4759 for information. Tickets are now on sale to the public and sell out quickly. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-11. They make wonderful Christmas presents

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Obituaries George E. O’Brien WESTFIELD - George E. “GEBO” O’Brien, 78, of Westfield, died suddenly on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Noble Hospital. He was born in Westfield on August 21, 1935 to William and Lena (Santinello) O’Brien. George was a graduate of Westfield High School and Cheshire Academy. He received his Bachelors Degree in Education from AIC in Springfield and received two master’s degrees from Westfield State College. George was a member of St. Mary’s Church and served in the US Marine Corps. He retired as Director of Grants and Transportation for the Westfield School Department in 2000, prior to that, he was the Director of Special Education. GEBO was a longtime member of the Westfield YMCA. He was a star football player in high school and college, and was an avid runner who ran five marathons in one year. He also and won several tournaments for racket ball and squash. George leaves his wife of fifty years, Janet R. (Cerveny) O’Brien and a daughter, Karen M. O’Brien-Tsourides and her husband Bob of Dover, MA and two grandchildren, Brady and Lena Tsourides. The funeral will be Monday, December 23rd at 8:30 a.m. from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church at 10:30 a.m. with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Calling hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in George’s memory be made to the Greater Westfield YMCA, 60 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085 or St. Mary’s Church, 28 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085. firtionadams.com

Mary P. Hartdegen WESTFIELD - Mary P. Hartdegen, who died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at home with her children around her bed, will be memorialized and commended to her God at a funeral service at The Church of the Atonement Monday afternoon. She had celebrated her 96th birthday on Armistice Day. Mary Payson moved to Westfield to live closer to her children in 1998 and joined the Church of the Atonement. She continued to celebrate her love of singing in Westfield and sang with the Westfield State College Community Chorale, the Greater Westfield Choral Association, The Church of the Atonement choir and The Friendly Visitors. She is survived by her children; Ann Burden Hartdegen of Chicago, Ill., Carl E. Hartdegen of Westfield and Cynthia Payson Hartdegen and her wife, Kate Deviny, of Westfield; her grandchildren, Raylene M. Demorest of Pleasant Gap, Penn., Zachery H. Naldrett of Tempe, Ariz., and Sophia N. Hartdegen of Windsor, Conn.; her great-grandson Cyrus E. Holt of Pleasant Gap, Penn., her sister-in-law Georgianna Booth of Willington, Conn., grandsons-in-law Matthew and Daniel Schlotte, former inlaws Michael Naldrett and Sean Holt, her devoted caregivers during her final years - Jane Sevigne, Wendy Burke, Joann Foley, and Alicia Bean - and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service at The Church of the Atonement will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 23rd. The family invites well wishers to join them at the Benevolent Protective Order of Elk at the corner of Washington and Court streets after the service.

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Feds again seek death penalty for Mass. killer BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a second time against a man who admitted killing three people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during a weeklong crime spree. Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter from eastern Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to federal charges and was sentenced to death by a jury in the July 2001 slayings of two men in Massachusetts who had picked him up hitchhiking. He also pleaded guilty to separate state charges for killing a man in New Hampshire. A federal judge threw out the sentence in 2011 in a ruling later upheld by a federal appeals court. On Friday, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said prosecutors will again seek the death penalty through a new penalty hearing instead of allowing Sampson to serve a life sentence. Prosecutors said in a court filing that Sampson’s lawyers recently presented arguments on why they believe prosecutors should not again seek the death penalty. “In short, the United States did not find those arguments persuasive, nor is it aware of any other justification for a lesser sentence for Sampson,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer wrote in the memo. “The United States continues to believe that the 2003 jury, after careful deliberation, reached the correct and just decision as to Sampson’s sentence. Justice therefore requires that a jury again determine the appropriate sentence for Sampson.” Prosecutors said they plan to ask for a date for a new penalty hearing during a court status conference scheduled next month. Sampson’s lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment. Messages were left at their offices. Sampson, who grew up in Abington, pleaded guilty to carjacking and killing Jonathan Rizzo, 19, of Kingston, and Philip McCloskey, 69, of Taunton. He told police he forced both men to drive to secluded spots, assured them he only wanted to steal their cars, then stabbed them repeatedly and slit their throats. Sampson then fled to New Hampshire, where he broke into a house in Meredith and strangled Robert Whitney, a former city councilor from Concord. A federal jury in Boston recommended the death penalty after hearing weeks of grisly testimony about the Massachusetts killings. Sampson became the first person sentenced to death in Massachusetts under the federal death penalty law. Massachusetts does not have a state death penalty. Jonathan Rizzo’s father, Michael Rizzo, said he finds it “personally offensive” that the original death penalty sentence was overturned. “We don’t think justice has been upheld,” he said. “We know it’s going to be emotionally draining, but we feel it’s worth our while to make that investment for the next couple of months to get what we think is justice in this case.”

Lake Flow Continued from Page 1 “This opportunity gets us on their priority fund list,” said DeBay. “From there we would have to submit more data.” Lake Management Chairman Richard Grannells said the grant funds would help restore Canal Brook from the end of the lake to the Connecticut line. “It needs to be widened, deepened, and materials removed,” said Grannells. The canal suffered from erosion when runoff from nearby fields created a large gorge. Grannells said the town worked with the property owner to remedy the problem, but it now needs to be cleaned up and restored. The other problem, he said, is beavers. “Beavers drag materials into the canal and build dams,” he said. “So, we’re trying to restore it so the only outlet is the lake and we’re told beavers don’t build dams in deep water, only shallow water.” The restoration would bring back the canal levels to a point the beavers would find unappealing for dam building. The board supported the application unanimously. “I can’t think of lakes any more deserving of state funding,” said Selectwoman Tracy Cesan. DeBay said the grant can work in two ways – matching funds from the town or in-kind funding. The board said it was in favor of applying for the grant particularly because town funds were not required. The application deadline is Dec. 30.

Police Logs Continued from Page 5 presence is a violation of her lease and she is therefore 7:00 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Springfield Road, a being evicted, the woman said that nonetheless her daughter patrol officer requests a tow for a vehicle found to have expired refuses to leave, the woman also said that her daughter and registration due to a lack of insurance, the plates were seized friends have removed property from her shed and have not yet and the vehicle was towed to the owner’s residence; returned it despite her efforts to recover the space heater, pro8:30 p.m.: erratic operator, Southampton Road, the State pane tank, weed whacker and shop vacuum; Police dispatcher reports that a caller reported an erratic motor 2:38 p.m.: arrest, Elm Street, a patrol officer reports he vehicle operator on Southampton Road, officers were notified observed a person who fit the description of a person sought to be on the lookout for the vehicle and an officer spotted it in connection with a shoplifting investigation and spoke with parked on commonwealth property on Russell Road, the officer the man, the officer reports that a routine check revealed him reports he detected an odor of alcohol about the occupant of the to be the subject of outstanding warrant, John M. Stebbins, 49, parked vehicle and the man subsequently failed a field sobriety of 40 Franklin Street, was arrested on two Westfield District test, the man was placed in protective custody and the vehicle Court warrants; was towed to the police impound yard; 4:16 p.m.: larceny, Elm Street, a caller from an Elm Street 10:16 p.m.: disturbance, North Elm Street, a caller reports restaurant reports an employee stole money from his bag two his neighbors are fighting more than usual, the responding offidays in a row, the responding detective reports his investiga- cer reports he spoke with a female resident who said that her tion is ongoing; boyfriend was intoxicated when he came home and a heated verbal altercation ensued which devolved into a physical confrontation when the man picked her up and slammed her In loving against a wall, the officer noted signs of minor injury, John P. Kenneth Boisseau Woodward, 45, of 117 N. Elm St., was arrested for assault and memory of 10/27/89 ~ 12/22/12 battery in a domestic relationship.

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Sampson challenged the death penalty, arguing that he was denied the right to have his sentence decided by an impartial jury. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, who presided at the first trial, tossed out the death penalty sentence in 2011, finding that Sampson’s constitutional rights were violated after a juror repeatedly lied when answering questions during the jury selection process. In their court filing Friday, prosecutors asked Wolf to revisit a decision he made in 2010 when the judge found that it was not necessary for him to recuse himself despite a personal relationship with Hafer. Wolf worked at the same law office as Hafer’s father-in-law from 1977 to 1981 and maintains a relationship with Hafer’s father-inlaw. He also disclosed that he had attended Hafer’s wedding and had occasionally given Hafer and his wife career advice. In the filing, Hafer said that although prosecutors agreed with Wolf’s original decision not to recuse himself, they believe Wolf should reconsider. Michael Rizzo said his family wants Wolf to step down. “The reason we’re having this retrial is because Judge Wolf felt that there was a juror who was not impartial, and I think if we are going to put jurors to an impartiality and unbiased standard, the judge should be held to that same standard,” he said. Wolf declined to comment through his courtroom clerk.

Mass. police find heroin stamped with ‘Obamacare’ HATFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts state police say they’ve stopped a car carrying 1,250 packets of heroin stamped “Obamacare” and “Kurt Cobain” and arrested the four people inside it. Police say a trooper was making a traffic stop in Northampton when another car passed and he noticed several violations. He stopped the car a short time later in nearby Hatfield and found the driver wasn’t licensed to drive it. A state police dog found the bags of heroin. The four arrested people have been charged with heroin trafficking. State police Lt. Daniel Richard says it’s not unusual for heroin to be stamped with numbers, words or symbols to identify who’s selling it. But he says the “Obamacare” stamp is one he hadn’t heard of.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Thursday, Dec. 18, 2013 Albert J. Scafuri, 51, of 5 South Longyard Road, Southwick, saw two charges of assault and battery brought by Southwick police dismissed without prejudice. John P. Woodward, 36, of 117 N. Elm St, was released on his personal recognizance pending a Feb. 26 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police. Friday, Dec. 19, 2013 Natasha S. Wilson, 35, of 1159 Westfield St., West Springfield, 29, was released on her personal recognizance pending a Feb. 27 hearing after she was arraigned on a charge of larceny of property valued less than $250 brought by her former employer. Jose Davilla-Lassend, 35, of 29 Orange St., saw charges of reckless endangerment of a child and assault and battery brought by Westfield police dismissed after he was indicted and arraigned on the same charges in superior court. Christian M. Burton-Hill, 28, of 40 Rittenhouse Terrace, Springfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police and was sentenced to time served while awaiting trial. Marc H. Belliveau, 39, of 101 Elm St., East Longmeadow, pleaded guilty to three charges of violation of an abuse prevention order brought as separate cases by Southwick police and was sentenced by Judge Philip A. Contant to three concurrent one day terms in the house of correction. Eric B. Vatier, 33, of 21 New Broadway, pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor brought by Westfield police and he was placed on probation for two years. He was ordered to complete a Drug Alcohol Education Program at a cost of $817.22 and his license was suspended for 90 days. A charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle was not prosecuted and he was found to be responsible for a marked lanes violation.

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Southwick senior guard Matthew Olson, right, dribbles past a Holyoke Catholic defender. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Gateway Regional’s Jake Merritt (5) looks to put a move on a player from Lee Friday night in Huntington. (Photo by Chris Putz)

HS WRAP: WHS rallies past ‘Chaug By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – When it really came down to it, all it took was a bit of home cooking for the Westfield High School boys’ basketball team and a much better effort, according to Westfield High School boys’ head basketball coach Bill Daley. Westfield rallied from an eight-point second quarter deficit en route to a 60-44 win over visiting Minnechaug Friday night. “It was just a solid effort,” Daley said. “We got better tonight. That’s what we need to do, get better every game.” “We really struggled in the second quarter. We just couldn’t protect the ball.” Westfield’s Manny Golob came off the bench to score eight points in the second quarter, and help fuel a 30-18 run for the Bombers. Westfield led at halftime, 29-26, before putting away Minnechaug in the second half. John O’Brien (11 points, 12 rebounds), Colin Dunn (15 points), Richard Barnett (10), and Golob (10) all reached double figures scoring for the Bombers. Westfield’s Demetrius Rogers contributed with 12 rebounds and four blocks. John Henry had 17 points, 12 in the first half for Minnechaug. Lee 71, Gateway 56 HUNTINGTON – Hermon Williams and Ryan Kohlenberger scored 25 points apiece to pace visiting Lee. Curtis Dowers (19 points) and Calvin Dowers (14) led Gateway. “The boys played pretty hard tonight,” said Gators’ coach Mike O’Connell. Pioneer Valley Christian School 84, St. Mary 47 WESTFIELD – Sam Thresher scored a team-high 24 points for St. Mary, which fell in its season opener at Westfield South Middle School. Holyoke Catholic 50, Southwick-Tolland 45 John Collins (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Nick Moccio (10 points) led Southwick, which lost by a slim margin. Holyoke Catholic’s Nathaniel Golob and Kevin Johnson each scored 14 points. GIRLS’ HOOPS Pioneer Valley Christian School 35, St. Mary 12 Lauren Chapdelaine led St. Mary with six points.

Southwick senior forward Nick Massarelli, foreground, flies through the air after colliding with Holyoke Catholic’s Andrew Foley during the first period of last night’s game in Southwick. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick senior forward Christopher Turgeon, right, leaps for the net as Holyoke Catholic’s Kevin Johnson attempts the block during last night’s game. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Gateway’s Mike Arel (33) goes up against the Wildcats. (Photo by Chris Putz)

St. Mary’s Lauren Chapdelain, right, battles a Pioneer Valley Christian School defender during the second period of yesterday’s game. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield Voc-Tech’s Luis Ruiz (51) puts his hands up on defense Friday night against visiting Mohawk. (Photo by Chris Putz)

St. Mary’s Elizabeth Lincoln, left, looks for a pass as Pioneer Valley Christian School’s Elizabeth Zahrudnik, right, moves in for the block during yesterday’s game at Westfield Middle School North. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

St. Mary’s Elizabeth Lincoln, left, looks for a pass as Pioneer Valley Christian School’s Elizabeth Zahrudnik, right, moves in for the block during yesterday’s game at Westfield Middle School North. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES SATURDAY December 21

MONDAY December 23

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BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Chicopee Comp, 2 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Chicopee Comp, 3:30 p.m. JV HOCKEY at Simsbury, Farms Arena, 8:30 p.m.

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

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THURSDAY December 26 JV HOCKEY vs. Suffield, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 4 p.m. HOCKEY at Agawam, Olympia Ice Center, West Springfield, 8:30 p.m.

FRIDAY December 27 WRESTLING at Agawam Holiday Tournament, 9 a.m. SWIMMING vs. Agawam at Belchertown, 4 p.m.

JV HOCKEY at Minnechaug, Cyr Arena, 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Ware, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Ware, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Pathfinder, 3:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Pathfinder, 5 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING at Pathfinder Super Quad, 10 a.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Hopkins Academy, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Hopkins Academy, 7 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. McCann Tech, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. McCann Tech, 6:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Agawam, 10 a.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 6 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS JV HOOPS vs. PVCS, 5:30 p.m. BOYS V HOOPS vs. PVCS, 7 p.m.

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Danica gets the hype; Jimmie gets the win

Ha! In the traditional team sports, players and numbers are tied together to the point that, for the very best of the best, those numbers are often retired by their respective teams. Auto racing isn’t quite at that level with numbers, for an obvious reason: Drivers rarely keep a specific car number for their entire career, because the number actually belongs to the car owner, not the driver. But that No. 3 became as much a part of Dale Earnhardt as his bushy mustache, mirrored shades and cold glare.

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The shades, the mustache and the 3: All part of the package. Were you the least bit surprised that Richard Childress dusted off the No. 3? GODSPEAK: When Kevin Harvick announced he was leaving Childress last December, you had to figure it had something to do with the return of the No. 3 (and other issues). KEN’S CALL: Are you kidding? That writing was on the wall longer than Early Man’s etchings of spears and dinosaurs. Childress said he knows in his heart that Earnhardt is looking down and approving. Agree? GODSPEAK: Competition numbers don’t get retired, so better this than, say, Morgan Shepherd requesting No. 3 to run a handful of Cup Series races. Earnhardt would be OK with Childress’ plan. KEN’S CALL: No one knew Earnhardt better, so maybe Richard is right. But Earnhardt is also probably wishing he could get a cut of the die cast sales.

Following Danica’s latest public outfit, which racer would you least like to see in a showgirl outfit? GODSPEAK: Current racer — Tony Stewart. All-time racer — A.J. Foyt or Buddy Baker. KEN’S CALL: Current racer — Ryan Newman. All-time racer — Come on, it’s gotta be Jimmy Spencer.

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So why not just let it stay on the shelf, in honor of all Earnhardt did for NASCAR? Short answer: Racing, like other professional sporting entertainment properties, is a business as well as a game. That number belongs to Richard Childress, a one-time journeyman driver who retired young to become a full-time owner and was smart enough — or just plain fortunate enough — to end up with a young Dale Earnhardt behind his steering wheel. It was a great combination, on the track and, importantly, in the souvenir trailers. Earnhardt made the number famous, but Childress made it available.

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The days leading up to the 2013 Daytona 500 were filled with talk about Danica Patrick’s pole run and her chances of making more history in “The Great American Race,” but a familiar tale unfolded when the flagman unfurled the checkers. Junior Earnhardt, following close behind winner Jimmie Johnson, wasted no time in setting the tone for his season. Editor’s note: We’re counting down the top five races of the 2013 Sprint Cup season. Today is No. 2, the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. While it wasn’t a Daytona 500 for the ages, it was a pretty interesting event, especially with all the hype going into the 200-lap season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Not only did the Daytona 500 debut NASCAR’s “Generation 6” stock car, but it got a lot of media attention thanks to Danica Patrick. Patrick started Speedweeks by explaining how Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Patrick’s opponent for Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors, became her boyfriend in the offseason. A few days later, Patrick climbed into her No. 7 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet and won the Daytona 500 pole position, prompting outside pole-sitter Jeff Gordon to quip, “I was the fastest man.” “I’ve been lucky enough to make history, be the first woman to do many things” Patrick said. “I really just hope that I don’t doing that. We have a lot DAYTONA 500 stop more history to make. We are FEBRUARY 24 excited to do it.” Kevin Harvick, who entered Speedweeks as a lame-duck driver, drove his heart out for Richard Childress Racing to win the Sprint Unlimited and a Budweiser Duel qualifying race. Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Chevrolet were deceptively quiet during Speedweeks. He was saving up for the 500. He started ninth in the 43-car field, but stayed in the lead pack all afternoon. When it got down to the money laps, Johnson pushed to the front, with a little help from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., and won the race. He led the

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Jimmie Johnson gets enough of these workouts to cancel his gym membership. last 10 laps. Earnhardt was second. “At the end when it was time to go, I knew we had a straight race car with no scratches on it,” Johnson said. “We worked real hard, we had a game plan down here every time. I had one heck of a race car.” And Patrick became the first female driver to lead a Cup Series lap and score a top-10 finish (eighth).

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Junior Johnson (No. 3) led the ’63 Firecracker 400, but Fireball Roberts (No. 22) eventually won. then returned for good in 1984. Junior Johnson (nine wins): He drove the No. 3 for owner Ray Fox from late 1962 through midseason of 1964. Paul Goldsmith (five wins): He ran the No. 3 off and on from 1956 to ’58; won the last beach race at Daytona in 1958, driving for Smokey Yunick. David Pearson (three wins): Ray Fox put him in the car for 13 starts in 1961-62 before Pearson left to drive for Cot-

So everyone will accept Childress’ decision to put his grandson in the No. 3? Nooooooooo. But Richard’s marketing team will do its best to soothe the hurt feelings among the still-standing Earnhardt legion of rooters and outright worshippers. As Austin Dillon’s rookie season approaches, they’ll whip out an ad campaign that’ll convince you it’s the right time to “free the 3.” Remember, it’s business, and the 3 was a great lure for Childress and would-be corporate sponsors. If weighing the decision to give Austin the 3, let’s assume it was about 25 percent sentimental, 75 percent business.

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The 3 car: From Earl to Buck to Dale The No. 3 car first appeared in NASCAR’s highest level of racing for a 200-miler at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsboro, N.C., in 1949. Bill Snowden was behind the wheel and finished fifth. The No. 3’s last appearance came at Daytona in 2001, when Dale Earnhardt, the man who gave the number its iconic status among race fans, was killed on the final lap of the Daytona 500. After 1,134 starts in NASCAR’s upper division, that was its last appearance. That changes in 2014, when Austin Dillon and his grandfather/team owner, Richard Childress, bring the number back. From Snowden to Earnhardt, a dozen racers combined for 97 wins in the No. 3. In order of total victories, here they are: Dale Earnhardt (67 wins in the No. 3): He ran 11 races at the end of 1981 for Childress,

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Just another marketing campaign to introduce a new car and driver combination, right? Nope. That big 3 on the side changes everything. It’s just a number, right?

ton Owens. Pearson won his first two starts in the No. 3 — Charlotte’s World 600 and Daytona’s Firecracker 250. Dick Rathmann (three wins): Mostly known for his open-wheel exploits, he drove the No. 3 for parts of the 1954-55 seasons. Buck Baker (two wins): The future Hall of Famer won twice for Ray Fox in 1964 — at Darlington and Valdosta. Ricky Rudd (two wins): Ran the No. 3 for Childress in 1983-84. Won at Riverside

and Martinsville while keeping the seat warm between Earnhardt’s stints. Buddy Baker (two wins): In and out of the car from 1966 to ’69. Both of his wins came at Charlotte. Fireball Roberts (one win): Drove Smokey Yunick’s car to victory in Daytona’s first Firecracker 250 in 1959. Charlie Glotzbach (one win): “Chargin’ Charlie” ran much of the 1971 season in the No. 3 and won at Bristol, finishing three laps ahead of runner-up Bobby Allison. Danny Letner (one win): He won a 300-lapper on dirt at Oakland Stadium in 1954 — one of two wins in just 26 career starts. Earl Balmer (one win): His only career win came in a 100-mile qualifying race for the 1966 Daytona 500. Later that week, he blew an engine and finished 41st in the 500. Those were his only two starts in the No. 3.

Kinda, but Flowmaster is actually in the automotive game. According to a little press release in the “Inbox,” Flowmaster is “the exclusive NASCAR Performance partner for performance exhaust system components, which include performance mufflers, catalytic converters, headers and installation accessories.” Hang out in auto-parts stores and you’ll start seeing more of their displays. The company won’t be as visible as Sunoco in NASCAR circles, but it’ll make itself known. Or, if you prefer the language of a modern boardroom, “Flowmaster will leverage its new designation for exhaust system components and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property to activate at various retail and wholesale channels nationwide and at-track through aggressive customer hosting.”

“Intellectual property?” Where can I get some of that? You can still get a decent deal inland, but avoid oceanfront.

Ken Willis has been covering NASCAR for The Daytona Beach NewsJournal for 27 years. Reach him at ken.willis@news-jrnl.com

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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

... I am at a crossroads Dear Annie: I am in my late 70s and have been with a wonderful man for some time now. “Joe” and I both lost our spouses several years ago. We each own our own homes and are debt-free, although I have to watch my finances more closely. Joe has asked me to sell my house and move in with him, but I have mixed emotions regarding our relationship. Although he has a very nice home, I am quite comfortable in my own place. To simply move in together without being married makes me wonder about his level of commitment to me. Joe is a kind and caring person. He has told me I can stay in his home for a lifetime should something happen to him. What if I moved in with him and then our relationship changed for the worse? I would no longer have a home, and at my age, it would be very difficult to begin all over. Should I just end the relationship now and be alone? I truly love this man, but I am at a crossroads. -- Torn in Toledo Dear Torn: When someone asks you to move in with him, and you aren’t ready to do so, the answer is a simple “no.” You don’t have to end the relationship over it. If you need a commitment to marry before moving in, say so. Joe cannot read your mind. If he doesn’t wish to marry you, feel free to continue to date him, but keep your own home. You’ll feel more secure. Dear Annie: My stepdaughter has announced that she will be getting married next year. She would like a destination wedding in Tahiti. Her father and I do not have a lot of money. We told her we could give her a certain amount toward the wedding, but we could not afford for both of us to attend. Her response was, “You’ll figure it out.” My husband is two years away from retirement, and we refuse to take out a loan. I’m afraid this is going to cause tension in the family. Please help. -- Not Going Dear Not: Your stepdaughter seems rather self-absorbed. Let her know that you have “figured it out” by deducting the cost of your airfare and hotel from the amount you have offered to give her toward the wedding. When she objects (and she will), be excessively sweet and say in that case, her father will attend without you, and wish her well. People who plan exotic destination weddings place a huge burden on their friends and family and cannot demand that everyone show up. Dear Annie: Please tell “Holding My Breath” that the kindest thing she can do is tell this woman with “killer breath” to see a periodontist to rule out gum disease. If inadequately treated, it can lead to bone loss and the loss of her teeth. While in medical school, I learned very little about gum disease that results from inadequately treated gingivitis. Two of the major symptoms of this disease are bleeding gums and bad breath. Many years ago, I failed to tell my wife that she had bad breath, because I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. I have regretted my ignorance ever since. For the past 40 years, she has endured complicated, uncomfortable and expensive procedures, which now include dental implants. Expenses have exceeded $100,000. We have discovered that regular six-month checkups with our dentist and dental hygienist are absolutely necessary. We also make sure to brush our teeth twice daily for at least two minutes at a time, along with daily flossing and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. Since we have started this regimen, neither of us has bad breath or bleeding gums. Her dentist can recommend the appropriate care products. -- An MD Who Learned the Hard Way Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

HINTS FROM HELOISE TRAVEL HINT Dear Heloise: When I travel, I look for Christmas ornaments to put on my tree. They were impossible to find in some places. While at Niagara Falls, I noticed a key chain decorated with a boatload of passengers dressed in rain gear -- so cute! I bought a small, artificial Christmas tree. The key chains slip easily on the branches. My little tree is now covered with key chains from Italy, London, India, etc., and it gets more attention than my large, 7-1/2-foot tree! -- Phyllis W. in California DEAF DOG Dear Heloise: Thanks for printing the advice from blind dog owners. Our dog is a large 13-year-old in good health for her age, but she was rapidly becoming deaf. We learned to still talk but also use hand signals at the same time. Facial expressions and eye contact are important to dogs, especially those who really know and trust us. She caught on to the hand signals right away. -- A Reader, Bellaire, Texas Good for you and her! Yes, dogs can “read” facial and body expressions! -- Heloise

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Guyana trip shifts Greenfield pastor’s world view RICHIE DAVIS The Recorder GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — When Dennis LeBlanc, a former minister who now directs Greenfield’s Pastoral Counseling Center, was packing his bags in mid-October for three weeks in Guyana, with shorts, T-shirts and other gear for the South American country just north of the Equator, he had to remind himself that this trip wasn’t a vacation. The brief visit to the English-speaking tropical country was instead a chance to see firsthand what it would be like to volunteer in a Third World country, helping a longtime friend from seminary who has been traveling to the former British colony for the past nine years. LeBlanc got a taste of the culture along with the strengths and failings of the country by joining his retired friend, who spends three months a year teaching psychology and related subjects to nursing students at Mercy Hospital in the capital, Georgetown, while also volunteering at an orphanage there. For the 67-year-old LeBlanc, who had traveled to Egypt and Israel and had volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, what he described as his first experience in a true Third World country gave him a fresh perspective on the world. Describing the hour-long taxi ride the first Sunday on his arrival, LeBlanc wrote in an email to friends, how the driver “warmly greeted me and talked the whole way ... only stopping, when he pulled over to a roadside

fruit stand and told the owner something in the distance — the owner then pulling out a machete and proceeding to carve up a coconut from his stand. The driver put a straw in the hole and then handed it to me, saying, ‘Welcome to Guyana my new friend. I hope your stay is a good one.’ Trying to pay for his kindness, I quickly halted as he said, ‘It’s a gift — no pay for gift here.’” LeBlanc, a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as pastoral counselor, led a “Relationship 101” workshop for the 17 young nursing students at the hospital, many of whom had already experienced abuse and bad romantic encounters. During his visit, from Oct. 19 to Nov. 9, LeBlanc also volunteered at the St. John Bosco Orphanage for Boys just outside Georgetown, where he was one of few men and was known as “Father Dennis” by the boys, mostly 6- and 7-year-olds, he kept company playing board games and by being surprised by their creativity. “I was really there kind of watching them play, as an observer,” he says. “I didn’t want to go as the American who knows all the rights and wrongs. The kids are the saddest of populations for me. It touched my heart to see what they don’t have. But they’re also the most resourceful,” playing intricate running games and version of marbles played with far-flung bottlecaps. “I let them be the teachers of me, following their leads, and they seemed to have pride and

joy doing that,” said LeBlanc, who found that the boys also had a fascination for his camera and photos he and they could take with it. After playing games like “Snakes and Ladders” in an outdoor pavilion during a surprise torrential rainstorm, LeBlanc observed, “They wanted a hovering adult to say what rules are. They’re craving structure, to not have to be in charge of their lives and having some adult saying, ‘It’s safe enough for you just to be a kid.’” LeBlanc, who wasn’t paid but got to share a simple apartment with his friend on the hospital grounds, described squalid conditions where no one dared drink the water and even hospital rest rooms lacked toilet paper or paper towels “because people would steal them.” In an email, he wrote, “There is NO RELIEF here — from the heat, humidity, torrential downpours ... or from the poverty, pain, unemployment, corruption, garbage, congestion, noise, danger, illness ... and on. Relief is a concept very few can afford. ... These are not temporary problems that come and go like our seasons. They are their perpetual state of affairs, that people today have inherited from their forebears, and now those children are also destined to have as the reality of their lives.” After a visit to Guyana’s only “Mad House,” as it is called by locals, LeBlanc lamented, “What we saw there defies description ... But I will say that the filth, squalor, poverty and disregard for human life, made me embarrassed to be part of the human race. That we

can warehouse people in such a fashion, and hide them away so that who knows who they are, where they are, how they are doing, is a travesty. And to bring a smile to their face or show comfort and compassion for a few moments, does little to soothe my sadness.” And yet LeBlanc also shares glimpses of Guyananese hospitality, like the bus driver who responded, “Nonsense” to a request by Canadian and American visitors for a restaurant stop after he’d driven two hours to a hospital and back again. Instead, he pulled out his cell phone, called a Hindu friend, and had everyone invited to their home to share a celebration of the annual feast day, Puja. “For the next hour and a half, we ate, visited, were shown their ducks, chickens, fruit trees, flower garden ... and left filled with so much more than food!” Overall, LeBlanc says of his three-week visit, “It was a sad and depressing experience, but their sense of gratitude for what they have in life was a slap upside the head for me.” He’s still weighing whether he would return. “I can honestly say I don’t know,” he says, adding that he may be more inclined to help out from here, whether it’s by sending needed things to the orphanage or making other kinds of contributions. “I’m thinking about it a lot. It’s shifted something inside of me that wants me to pay attention to my life here differently and to some part of a pocket of my experience down there. I don’t want to let either of those things go.”

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Free ice skating compliments of new State Senator Don Humason today WESTFIELD - Senator and Mrs. Don Humason invite you and your family to join them and ice skate at Amelia Park Ice Arena for free! Saturday, December 21, from 5-6 p.m., Amelia Park, 21 South Broad Street in Westfield. Come, bring your family, visit with Don, have some refreshments, and skate, compliments of Senator Don Humason!  Admission is free.  Skate rentals are only $3. Senator Humason represents Agawam, Southwick, Granville, Tolland, Russell, Montgomery, Southampton, Easthampton, Westfield, Chicopee (7, 8a, 9a), and Holyoke.  All are welcome.  In the spirit of the season, please bring one canned good or nonperishable item for the food pantry to help those in need. Call 568-1366 for more information. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Neighborhood Stores Help Community Shelters WESTFIELD -– Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a family-owned business with 32 neighborhood based stores is proud to announce their partnership with Nutro Pet Foods in joining together with its’ customers to help homeless and abandoned pets. The drive runs now through December 23. Each of the 32 Rocky’s Ace Hardware stores have partnered with an area Humane Society or Shelter to collect food this Holiday Season for the much forgotten and unfortunate animals in our own community. “The drive has become an annual tradition here at Rocky’s. It’s a fantastic opportunity for concerned individuals to help innocent animals without having to make a separate trip to their area Animal Shelter or Humane Society” said Rocco Falcone, president and CEO. Here is how the program works: Customers make donations of much needed pet food at their local Rocky’s Ace Hardware store, specially marked signs and a collection basket will guide customers to the collection area. The stores, will then in turn collect all donations and drive them to their locally chosen charity. Nutro Pet Foods has partnered with Rocky’s in donating over $1,500 worth of premium dog and cat food to kick start the program. Donations will be delivered directly to the Shelter or Humane Society on or about December 24. Last year, the second annual pet food drive resulted in over

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Scholarships available for high school seniors WESTERN MASS - Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts announces it will award a total of $50,000 to 25 local high school seniors this academic year through its scholarship program. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with funds available to eligible Hispanic applicants via the RMHC®/HACER® (Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources) Scholarship and additional funds available to any student, regardless of race or ethnicity, via the RMHC® Scholars Scholarship. Scholarship applications are now available online at (www.rmhc-ctma.org/scholarships) or by calling 1-855-6704787. Students can also see their guidance counselor for applications. The deadline for submitting an application for the 2013-2014 scholarship program is January 21, 2014. Eligibility requirements for RMHC Scholarships: 1. Be eligible to enroll in and attend a two-or four-year college with a full course study. 2. Reside in a participating area. Additional eligibility requirement RMHC/HACER Scholarship: Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. 

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WESTFIELD  – With the onset of cold winter weather the Westfield Homeless Cat project, a no kill rescue organization, is swamped with cats and kittens that are struggling to survive outside. These friendly cats are spay/neutered, have their vaccinations, and are ready for homes. During December adoptions will be held at 1124 East Mountain Road in Westfield on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 3 WHS Class of ’45 Breakfast p.m., and Sundays noon - 3 p.m.. Email denisesinico@hotmail.com. WESTFIELD – 1945 alumni meet on the first Wednesday

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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.

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

Computers

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

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

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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

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

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

Truck Loads. (413)569-6104.

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

RICHTER HOME Building & Remodeling. Specializing in home improvement services. Roofs, windows, doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Upholstery Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an es- removal, hedge/tree trimming, KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS. mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate 30+ years experience for home or busitimate (413)519-9838. Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

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