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Grown-up Gearing’s latest single is ‘sassy’ By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer NASHVILLE – Westfield’s hometown sweetheart Ashley Gearing is all grown up and loving life right now, which you can clearly hear in her new single “Boomeramg,” set to drop on iTunes this Tuesday. Gearing’s latest single is an upbeat song she described as “sassy.” “It’s a fun, sassy song,” she said. “It’s one of those spring and summer songs you want to play in the car.” Gearing has been recording songs for her new album, which will be

released this summer, for the past month. Gearing said her songs are a reflection of her life as an adult. “I wanted to represent the different phases of my life,” she said. “This is my ‘big girl’ album.” Recording country songs since age 12, Gearing, now 22, has spent a decade growing up in the music industry. She said the transition to more adult songs and a sexier image has been natural, partly because she leads a “pretty normal” life. “I just graduated from college and I go to work every day and although

my job is writing songs and singing so it’s pretty unique, it’s just normal for me,” said Gearing. Gearing graduated with a degree in entertainment industry studies and a minor in public relations. Her mother Allison Gearing-Kalill works in public relations and marketing at Noble Hospital and was an inspiration to Gearing. “I had a geat role model,” she said. Gearing credits her parents, family, friends, and industry inner circle for

driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Created in the United States, the Relay for Life event has spread to 21 countries. Relay events are held in local parks, campus universities, and military bases, and all proceeds of the events go to cancer research and to improving the lives of those living with cancer. Relay for Life events have raised nearly $5 billion to date. The Relay for Life club is a new club on campus this year, founded by President Beth Teague ’15 and Vice President Brenna Closius ‘15. The club has already had several events on the

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State police report 185 fatal heroin ODs

Westfield State campus to get the students of Westfield involved, but both Teague and Closius also want to put a strong emphasis on the importance of community involvement. “Cancer affects everyone in one way or another,” Teague said. “Relay for Life is a chance for us to come together and fight back. We want to invite the community to join us in this fight in honor of those they know who are fighting cancer or who have lost their battle.” The American Cancer Society Relay

BOSTON (AP) — At least 185 people have died of heroin overdoses in Massachusetts during the last four months, state police said Tuesday. The statistics released by state police do not include fatal overdoses in the state’s three largest cities — Boston, Springfield and Worcester — because local police handle their own death investigations in those cities and state police do not track those cases. “Our experience and accumulate knowledge, however, indicates that these numbers absolutely represent an increased rate of fatal heroin overdoses,” state police spokesman David Procopio said. The overdoses were largely concentrated in southeastern Massachusetts, western Massachusetts, the Merrimack Valley and Middlesex County. State police were unable to provide a comparison for the same time period a year ago because they put a new tracking system in place late last year. The state Department of Public Health could not provide recent statewide figures, but said there were a total of 642 deaths from opioid overdoses in 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available. That total includes deaths from heroin as well as other opioids, which include Oxycodone, morphine and other pain medications.

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WSU Relay for Life Club seeks community input WESTFIELD – The Westfield State University Relay for Life Club will hold an informational session about Westfield State’s first ever Relay for Life event on Monday March 3, at 6 p.m. at the Owl’s Nest in the Ely Campus Center to inform and involve the community about the upcoming fundraiser. The presentation will consist of information about what Relay for Life is and what it will mean for the Westfield community to bring the event to Westfield State. Issues concerning neighborhood noise and safety will also be discussed. Relay for Life is the main volunteer-

By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – State Police reported recently that 185 deaths have resulted in the past four months from heroin overdoses throughout the Commonwealth – Taunton alone saw 70 heroin-related deaths – and two of those deaths happened in Westfield. There might have been more in the city but for Narcan, a potent pharmaceutical weapon against overdoses, which has been available to EMS first responders in the city since the Westfield Fire Department initiated paramedic services on the city’s ambulances in the late 1990s. Narcan is a brand name for naloxone, a medication which initially was administered by intravenous injection and has recently become available in a nasal spray preparation. The drug works because heroin overdoses cause the body to ‘forget’ to breath and the drug interrupts that mechanism and ‘reminds’ the body to breath again, until the drug wears off in a bout a half an hour. Deputy Fire Chief James Kane, the Emergency Medical Services coordinator at the city’s fire department, said that the drug is “unbelievable, it works in a minute.” “You give it to him (an overdose patient) and bang! You’ve got him right back,” he said. Kane said that he first encountered the medication when he was a young firefighter and worked on an ambulance crew. He said that his ambulance responded to a heroin overdose emergency at a South Maple Street address before Narcan was among the supplies on city ambulances.

WHS students going to All State Music Festival By Hannah Y. Meader WHS Intern WESTFIELD – When you think of a high school band or a chorus you may disregard them just as kids who simply sing and play music for fun. In fact, they are not only talented, but hardworking, musicians. This year three students from Westfield High School have been selected to perform in the Massachusetts All State Music Festival and Conference on March 20-22 in Boston. Being chosen to perform in this program is quite an accomplishment in a young person’s musical career. “In the All State chorus there’s a maximum of two hundred kids who get a spot out of the entire state of Massachusetts,” Westfield High choral director Korey Bruno said. “It’s extremely prestigious. For example, certain instruments have only one spot. In the jazz

band there’s only one pianist.” The students that are performing in the festival are senior Carolyn Dufraine, junior Dan Hickson, and sophomore Reiley Ledoux. The students first had to have been in the Western District chorus or band concert held back in January. Their district’s score then determined whether or not they could audition for All States. Their score had to be in the top half of a section to be able to audition. When asked about the preparation process, Ledoux, who will be performing in the All State chorus as an alto, said “I went through the songs and went through sight reading books. Sight reading is being able to read the music, only knowing the tone of one note.” Not that many people get selected each year, so for these three students it is quite an honor to be able to represent Westfield High. Some of the students were selected to perform in

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past years, like trombonist Dufraine. Last year Dufraine played in the All State Jazz Ensemble, but this year she will be performing in the All State Band. She’s been playing the trombone for seven years and plans on pursuing a career in music education after she graduates. “Two All States concert experiences have given me a head start on what I want to do with music for the rest of my life,” she said. “Last year’s All States was honestly the best experience in my life. I can’t wait for this year.” Like Dufraine, All States has also influenced what trumpet player Hickson wants to do with his future. This is Hickson’s first year at All States and he’ll be performing in the Jazz Ensemble. “Music is definitely part of my college search, something like being in a jazz band on the side,” he said. “I’ll never stop playing.”

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All States is an event that brings musicians, educators, and enthusiasts together to celebrate a great art form. “We’re just so proud that so many kids try out. It’s a high honor to have kids from Westfield High travel to All States,” Instrumental Music Director Patrick Kennedy said. In addition to the accomplishments of these three students, Westfield High will also be holding their 61st Annual Pops Concert, “On Wings of Magic”, on March 14 and 15. This is a great opportunity not only to see the All State students perform, but also a chance to support and enjoy the musical talents of Westfield High’s entire band. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. For more information you can contact Kennedy at

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Man wakes up in body bag LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag. Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive. The coroner was called to Williams’ home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died. Howard says Williams had no pulse and

was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m. Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag. Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams’ pacemaker stopped working, then started again. Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he’s happy to be alive.


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Man’s speeding excuse? I won the lottery! HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash. It turns out Thursday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe’s lucky day in more ways than one. The officer who pulled him over in Hingham issued a verbal warning and urged him to drive safely.

Lowe, of Rockland, told the officer he was speeding because he had won $50,000 on a scratch-off ticket and was on his way to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to collect his winnings. WCVB-TV ( ) reports that police say Lowe was shaking, and showed the officer his winning ticket. After the warning, he went on his way and claimed his prize.


Westfield’s City Hall By JEANETTE FLECK WSU Intern In September 2011, Mayor Daniel M. Knapik requested $3.4 million to repair and restore Westfield’s city hall at 59 Court Street. The request went through, and overall the reception to these plans seemed favorable, but some dissented. The objections were raised that the repairs might add to the city’s debt, and that there were pensions and benefits that needed to be paid. Wouldn’t the acquisition of a brand new city hall be cheaper than repairs to a building originally built for the Westfield State Normal School? Back in 1856, James C. Greenough, a native of Wendell, MA (about ten miles east of Greenfield), became Assistant Principal of the Normal School. At the time, the school was still located on Washington Street. On November 27th, 1860, he married Jeanie Ashley Bates, the oldest living daughter of William G. Bates. Greenough left the Assistant Principal position in 1871, upon request to become Principal of the State Normal School of Rhode Island (he left there in 1883), and then of Massachusetts Agricultural College – now known as UMass Amherst. In 1887, he returned to Westfield as full Principal, and he would keep this post for ten years. At the time when Greenough became principal, the previously acclaimed schoolhouse on Washington Street was falling into disrepair, and the students and faculty were outgrowing it. The legislature decided to build a new school, and soon the lot on Court Street was procured, conveniently along Westfield’s trolley routes. The new school was built for no more than $150,000 (number not adjusted for inflation), and completed in 1892. The Boston-based firm of Hartwell and Richardson served as architects, imitating the famous style of H. H. Richardson, notable for distinctive Romanesque arches. Rumors that Greenough resigned under pressure from dropping enrollment and increasingly strict admission standards could not be confirmed, but he did leave the school in 1897. He stayed in the public eye for the rest of his life, writing several essays on education and one on Westfield’s history. He was vice president of the Westfield Athenaeum from 1891-1916, and then was promoted to president in 1916. He held this last position until his death in December 1924. A few decades later, the Normal School, renamed Westfield State Teacher’s College in 1932, was outgrowing its bounds

again. It remained in the Court Street building until around 1955, when the school finally moved to its larger, current location on Western Avenue. The landmark building on Court Street sat vacant for about three years, though some of that time was surely spent in renovations. In 1959, it became the Municipal Building, and contained the District Court of Western Hampden County, the Westfield Police Department, and a long list of city departments. The first two now have their own premises, and that long list changed by necessity over the years, but to this day, the building is casually known as City Hall. Moreover, it’s just been restored. The renovations began with emergency repairs in 2009, when a support beam in the City Council chambers broke. In 2010, the structure of the building

was reviewed, and that inspection went pretty much as one would expect for a 120-year-old building. Discussions went forth about whether to fix up the current Municipal Building, to find another, or to build a brand new one. In the end, it was to be repairs. The $3.4 million was approved, and with bonds and additional funding from the Community Preservation Act, the most pressing repairs (to the roof) began in December 2011. The whole exterior of the building was updated, in keeping with its historical significance, and then by May 2013, it was the interior’s turn. All city departments were moved to temporary locations, until the final unveiling this past December. By all indications, the Municipal Building is back up and running, and greatly improved for its current and future function.



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Prudential Award WESTFIELD — Jonathan Carter, Principal of Westfield High School, congratulates Christina Onyski, a junior, who has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service. Mr. Carter awarded her a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth. Christina volunteered her time to hold a fund raiser which was titled “Change for Changing Children’s Lives”. Her goal was to raise $1000.00. She contacted family, friends, and businessmen asking for donations. Christina hosted a fun night “Dining to Donate” at Applebee’s and earned 20% of food purchases, and also sold raffle tickets at the event for a pass for skiing at the Blandford Ski Area. All money raised was donated to the Shiners’ Hospital for Children in

Springfield, MA. Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service. Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significance amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. “We applaud each of these young people for their exemplary volunteer service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEP John Stangfeld. “They use their time and talents to make a meaningful difference in their communities, and we hope their example inspires others to do the same.”

Councilor Flaherty: Sign Case Update As you may have heard by now, the Federal Court has issued a summary judgment declaring that Mayor Knapik violated my First Amendment Rights when he ordered DPW Department employees to illegally remove my campaign signs that had been posted across the street from the Knapiks’ home. The judge also declared that Mayor Knapik operated outside the scope of his job duties and was not protected by “qualified immunity”. I am quite happy with the ruling and believe that it confirms that free speech and fair elections are civil liberties to which we are all entitled. This case was never about the value of the signs, nor a tit-for-tat argument with the mayor. This was about abuse of power and misuse of government resources. No government official should ever be able to abuse the power of his office to unfairly squelch protected free speech or attempt to affect the outcome of elections. Thankfully, my legal team and the Federal Court support my beliefs in these values. I’d like to thank Attorney’s Luke Ryan of Sasson, Turnbull, Ryan & Hoose in Northampton, and ACLU of Massachusetts Attorney Bill Newman. They did a fantastic job with this case. The mayor’s team has challenged the judgment, and may try for an appeal. I’d like to see this stopped right now before it costs anyone more time and money. The mayor’s team is still focusing their argument on a couple of things: first, they claim that the signs were placed illegally on city property; second, they claim that the signs we positioned in such a ways as they presented an immediate threat to public safety; and, finally, they are now claiming that the mayor ordered “all” signs to be removed – not just the campaign signs. I’d like to dispel these claims using facts and evidence that are all part of the public record. First, I placed my signs in safe positions closer to the homes than the inside edge of the sidewalk, and closer to the homes than signs that had been on these properties and neighboring properties for days or weeks. I had permission from the property owners to place the signs on their property. Photographs taken by Westfield News photographer Fred Gore immortalized their positions before the signs were removed by the mayor. These photos confirm that the signs were as I’ve described. Further, after hearing the claims about the “tree belt”, I researched the properties on the City of Westfield GIS System ( and at the Hamden County Registry of Deeds ( Both sources of information confirm that my signs were placed inside the property lines as required by the Westfield Temporary Sign Ordinance. Both sources confirm the size of the lots and the position of the lot lines. These match up with the City’s tax database. The property owners are paying tax on these properties and they are maintaining these properties. If someone is claiming that all of these systems are wrong, you’d think they would also be wrong for neighboring properties as well – since moving a property line is like trying to move one edge of one piece in a jigsaw puzzle. However, if you look that the property at the corner of Atwater and East Silver, and at the mayor’s own property across the street, you’ll find that the GIS system (in satellite mode) shows their property lines at the inside edge of the sidewalks – as they should be in places where there is a “tree belt”. Why would those lines be correct, yet the lines on the properties where I placed my signs be incorrect? The answer is: they aren’t. For those of you familiar with Google Street View, you can “drive” down East Silver Street on Google Earth or in Google Maps. It just so happens that the Google Street View video cameras drove down East Silver during a prior campaigning period. You’ll see campaign signs placed in similar positions (as my signs) on several properties in this neighborhood.

Second, I am quite concerned about public safety. I have kids, I’m active in many youth programs, and I’m married to a nurse who’s seen the results of many tragic accidents. I’d never want to see my signs in any way cause someone to be hurt. I placed these signs in positions that could not hinder the view of drivers. My signs are 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. They sit on the ground. The top of the signs barely makes it halfway up the door of a car. I placed the signs closer to the houses than signs that had been in place for days or weeks as mentioned above. If there was an imminent threat to public safety, you’d think the mayor himself would have yanked the signs (he certainly is physically capable of moving signs). Or, you’d think he’d remember this when later in the day he told Councilor Beltrandi “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I just got home from work” when Beltrandi asking him why his signs were removed. If public safety was really the issue, you wouldn’t think the cover stories would have changed so many times. The day the signs were pulled, we heard that the “police department ordered their removal” and we heard the mayor say “I don’t know what you’re talking about”. After hearing from the police department that they didn’t order the removal, we heard that the removal had been ordered “by higher-ups”. Why not say “the mayor ordered the removal because the signs created an immediate public safety threat”? The next morning we were told “the story is now that the signs were in the way of debris collection”. John Beltrandi was told that the removal of his signs was “collateral damage”. The photo that was captioned in the newspaper said “neighbors complained” and implied that the signs were placed illegally. When Fred Gore’s additional photos were released and they showed no debris, the story changed to “the signs were placed illegally in the public way”. This message was repeated over and over again by the mayor in public. Months after the incident he was still saying “all but one sign were placed illegally [in the public way]” – not “I was concerned that a little kid would be whacked by a car”. That type of description didn’t come up until it came time for legal action, and after the other previous excuses were proven to not hold water. Finally, regarding the mayor’s order to remove “campaign signs” or “all” signs. It’s clear in documents provided by the mayor’s team, the depositions of several witnesses, and the written work order produced by the DPW Department at the time of the removal, that the mayor ordered the removal of “campaign signs” or “political signs” or “the signs of Flaherty, Beltrandi, and Wensley”. There was never any mention in any order of the big real estate sign that was placed right near my signs. This is important for two reasons. First, it clearly shows “content discrimination” – which is one of the ways to prove a violation of the First Amendment. And second, not removing such a big sign discounts the claim of an “immediate threat to public safety”. In closing, I’d like to thank all of the people who have been supportive during these last two years of legal action. I’d like thank, and say “I’m sorry you had to get involved”, to the city employees who had to take time away from their work or families in order to produce documents or give testimony in this matter. It really is important to protect free speech and fair elections. As mentioned in my last article, we are still sending our citizen soldiers half-way around the world to help give people the basic liberties that we take for granted in this country. Abusing these liberties at home is a shame.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 WESTFIELD Fire Commission meeting cancelled Senior Center Building Committee at 2:30 pm Executive Session of the School Committee at 6 pm School Committee at 7 pm

SOUTHWICK Board of Assessors at 5:30 pm Board of Selectmen at 6 pm Historical Commission at 7 pm BOS Public Hearing - 201 College Hwy at 7:05 pm

TOLLAND Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Board of Selectmen at 5 pm

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 WESTFIELD Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee at 3:30 pm

SOUTHWICK Park & Recreation Commission at 6:30 pm

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

HUNTINGTON Board of Assessors at 6 pm Historical Commission at 7 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 BLANDFORD Board of Health Meeting at 6 pm Finance Committee at 7 pm Planning Board Meeting at 7 pm

HUNTINGTON Conservation Commission at 7 pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 WESTFIELD Personnel Action Committee at 5:45 pm City Council at 7 pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 TOLLAND Otis Chili Cook Off and Dance at 6 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 TOLLAND Night on the Town at the Library at 4 pm Fire Dept. Spaghetti Supper at 5 pm

MONDAY, MARCH 10 WESTFIELD Park & Rec at 7 pm

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

Dave Flaherty Westfield City Councilor


Overdose Deaths State police said there are several factors contributing to the recent increase in fatal overdoses, including suppliers cutting heroin with Fentanyl, a synthetic substance that increases the drug’s toxicity. They said a very potent strain of


Continued from Page 1 heroin appears to be flooding the streets and users may be using heroin along with other drugs. “Add to those one more probable factor, the fact that heroin is more readily available and easier for users to obtain

Continued from Page 1 than other opiates or prescription narcotics,” Procopio said. He said state police are continuing to work with local police to try to find ways to combat the problem.

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 1979 file photo, New York City police carry the body of punk rock singer Sid Vicious from an apartment in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Authorities said that Sid Vicious, whose real name was John Simon Ritchie, apparently died of an overdose of heroin he took at a party celebrating his release from prison the day before. He had been released on $50,000 bail pending trial in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)

Kane said that the patient “hardly had a pulse” but, since the hospital was “right around the corner,” the emergency medical technicians did not spend any time treating the patient but raced him to the emergency room. There, Kane remembers, the emergency room doctor injected Narcan. “He hit him with that and within 60 seconds it was like nothing happened,” Kane said. “I was amazed. I thought he was dead.” The drug became available to Westfield ambulance crews when the city’s EMS system was upgraded to include paramedics on the ambulance crews, who are trained to perform IV injections. Capt. Seth Ellis, a paramedic and the department’s training officer, said that the drug was used 36 times in 2013 by city paramedics and, to date in 2014, nine times. However, Ellis quickly pointed out, he has done no statistical analysis of the numbers so, although it might appear that the rate of use is increasing, it is possible that there may be seasonal anomalies which might, for example, reflect an increase in use of Narcan in the winter. Ellis said that the paramedics now carry the nasal preparation, as well as hypodermics of the drug. He said both preparations include the same medication but the nasal variant does require a larger dose and takes a little longer to be effective. ‘It’s not as quicka s an IV injection but it’s pretty quick,” he said and explained that “They don’t actually inhale it. It’s absorbed by the mucus membranes of the nose” and said that the big advantage is that “there’s no needle.” Ellis said that needles can be hazardous, especially when dealing with a patient who may move or react in unexpected ways while a paramedic is in contact with the patient and holding a needle which might accidently be jabbed into the wrong skin.




Yeah, reading Thursday Westfield News, front-page story about Mayor Knapik. I hope he does, they dig into his wallet. What he did was wrong. And I think it was just some publicity stunt, but it’s going to be costly. And uh, some of these politicians think they can get away with anything. I see on TV, what town it was, I don’t know, they were patching potholes and they were putting the patch right in the hole where the water is. Well, I worked for the department of public works years ago and we always had to take a broom and sweep the water out of the hole or have somebody with the air compressor standing by and blow all the water out of the hole. The patch is not going to stick if you dump it right into the water, right into the hole where the water is. Okay, well, have a nice night. Thank you.


To the Editor:

Why I’m Running: Leadership & Service As I walk the neighborhoods of Westfield and talk with fellow citizens, I hear concerns which echo many of my own. Government at the national level is broken, and it seems that both parties have lost the ability to advance even the most basic of legislative agendas. Radical ideologies continue to demonstrate that America cannot move forward when elected officials are unwilling to seek consensus within the legislative process. We elect politicians to solve problems, not to create them. The voters expect, and deserve that their voices be heard in the Legislature. Holding public office isn’t about promoting a personal ideology, or waging war on the opposing party. It’s about hearing the voice of the people, having the ability to deliver their message, and possessing the skills to get the job done. I’m running for State Representative because I believe I have the ability to do the job well. I will be beholden to no one, and I will always put the best interest of Westfield First. I’m a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan, an Attorney, a youth basketball coach, and member of the Westfield Commission for Citizens with Disabilities. I believe in public service, and I believe each and every one of us can make a difference. Leadership today requires new mindsets and behaviors in response to the challenges we now face. We simply cannot use old approaches to solve today’s problems. In Afghanistan, where I taught the Rule of Law to Tribal Leaders, I brought warring parties together to achieve peaceful solutions. The skills I learned on the battlefield are some of the skills I will bring to the House of Representatives in Boston. I understand the law and the art of compromise, and I will always strive to assure that Westfield will not take a back seat on Beacon Hill. I am a conservative Democrat, and I feel it is important that you hear from me exactly what that means. Simply put, I’m a fiscal conservative. I believe that each and every dollar of the taxpayer’s money is sacred, and I’m profoundly concerned about the impact taxes are having on homeowners, as well as the many businesses in our City. My opponent has frequently stated that he is the “only candidate” to sign the no new tax pledge … he is absolutely correct. I will never sign a pledge to a special interest group, regardless of their cause, as it is my view that once you sign a pledge to a special interest group your loyalty belongs to them rather than the people of Westfield. My singular focus is putting Westfield first …no more party politics, or bowing to special interests. I’m not concerned whether a Democrat or Republican puts forth a good idea. If that idea is in the best interest of Westfield, I’ll support it. It’s time to set a new standard for leadership – one that focuses on solving problems and moving our great City forward. Accordingly, and if elected, I will immediately establish an advisory committee made up of Westfield citizens from all areas of our community. The purpose of this committee will be to assist me in reviewing pertinent legislation and to determine its impact on Westfield. Certainly Boston politicians are not aware of all the issues facing Westfield, and I believe it’s time they heard our voice! Based on the many conversations I’ve had - you think it’s time too. I’m ready to set a new standard of leadership as Westfield’s State Representative. I’ll continue my personal campaign over the next few weeks to meet as many of you as possible, and together we will put Westfield First! Thank you, and I respectfully ask for your vote in this special election on April 1St . Sincerely, John Velis

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I am writing today to express my support for the Westfield Business Improvement District (BID) and to applaud BID Executive Director Maureen Belliveau and the BID Board of Directors for the extraordinary work done to support Downtown businesses. United Bank has been a fixture in the heart of Westfield for many years. We have always felt at home in Westfield, and we are proud to be among those who have great hope for the City’s future. We are also proud to support the BID. We believe that the BID Three Year Plan holds exceptional promise for the revitalization of the Downtown area. BID members are committed to the plan’s success, and the results of initial efforts are already becoming apparent. Downtown Westfield is beginning to come alive again. There is no question that it is truly becoming a great place to live, work, and connect. The BID’s efforts play a huge role in this revitalization effort. Through strategic partnerships with private, public and nonprofit groups, significant strides are being made as the BID focuses on three areas: regional promotion, downtown beautification, and special event coordination. We all benefit from these partnerships. We know that events such as the Annual Run Westfield and MusicFest draw audiences from beyond our boundaries. An expanded season of special attractions is in the planning stages, with the goal of attracting greater numbers of visitors to the Downtown area. These events are fun, family-friendly and good for our City. Progress in areas such as road and sidewalk improvements, the work to eliminate graffiti and debris, and seasonal planting

programs are putting a new face on the Downtown district. Additionally, the BID continues to help bridge the gap between general city services and the efforts of property owners trying to create a cleaner and more attractive Downtown district. Enhanced focus on activities like Dickens Days, Pub Tours, Holiday lighting and other city events promise to bring new vitality to the area, building Downtown’s reputation as an appealing entertainment venue. These and other improvements and advances are on track to make Downtown Westfield a desirable destination and an attractive business address. And, they are driving new traffic and visitors to our City. United Bank is happy to endorse the efforts of the Westfield Business Improvement District, and proud to play a role in the Downtown revitalization. The BID is an initiative that is right in line with our own longstanding commitment to help strengthen the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve. Downtown would certainly look very different without the efforts of the BID. Maureen Belliveau and her team do things every day for the benefit of our Downtown that business owners may not and did not do prior to the BID being established in our City. We believe in the BID and its efforts and are happy to pay our dues each year to support this good and necessary work. Sincerely, Dena M. Hall Senior Vice President Marketing & Community Relations United Bank

Republicans derail Senate veterans bill By Juana Summers Senate Republicans on Thursday derailed a sweeping $21 billion bill that would have expanded medical, educational and other benefits for veterans — in another chapter of the ongoing feud over amendments, spending and new sanctions on Iran. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) moved Wednesday night to cut off debate on the bill and blocked consideration of amendments, including one on Iran sanctions demanded by Republicans. And on Thursday, Democrats came up four votes short of the 60 needed to keep the bill moving forward on a procedural budget vote, 56-41. “I thought that maybe, just on this issue, this Senate could come together and do the right thing for our veterans,” Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told reporters after the bill was sent back to his committee. ”I am going to keep going on this. We are not going to give up on our veterans,” he vowed. “At some point, we are going to pass this legislation.” Members of both parties are typically reticent to oppose legislation designed to help veterans and their families, but the downfall of Sanders’s bill underscored the frosty relations in the Senate and Congress at large, where it’s been tough to get much done. Just two Republicans, Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Dean Heller of Nevada crossed party lines and joined Democrats in their bid to move the bill forward. Reid, who blocked the Iran amendment and others, blamed Republicans for more obstructionism and killing a bill that would have helped the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families. Reid said he hoped veterans’ groups were watching the lengths Republicans had gone to “to defeat this bill, because it will be defeated.” “That was their aim from the very beginning,” Reid said on the Senate floor. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Republicans, though, have charged that Democrats were pushing the legislation purely out of election-year politics. And Democrats didn’t waste time capitalizing on the moment. Just minutes after the bill was derailed, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasted McConnell, who is facing a tough reelection fight back home, as choosing the “partisan political gridlock that reminded Kentuckians of how he represents everything that’s wrong with Washington” and as being “not on the side of veterans and military families.” Republicans have charged the bill was too expensive and disputed the way it would be paid for with overseas contingency operations funds used to fund the war in Afghanistan. And that, Republicans argued, wouldn’t amount to real savings, since the money wouldn’t have been spent anyway with the war winding down by year’s end. By blocking an Iran vote, the Republicans said, Reid was protecting the president from a potentially embarrassing vote. “What Reid would like to do is take all the votes and push them past the November election,” said North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the veterans’ committee’s top Republican. Sanders, though, told reporters he resented “very much the implication that this was political.” “The point of the matter is if we had won today … both par-

ties could have gone out and said we finally overcame all of the partisanship we see here in Washington,” Sanders said. “This could have been a political winner, if you like, and certainly a public policy winner for both Democrats and Republicans.” Reid, meanwhile, charged that by pushing the sanctions provision — offered by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — Republicans were putting ongoing negotiations in jeopardy, echoing the view of the administration. “There’s too much at stake to play politics with our nation’s Iran policy,” Reid said.

Priorities seeks $1M pledges for Hillary Clinton By Maggie Haberman The high-dollar super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s likely presidential campaign has started asking donors for $1 million pledges to fill coffers once there is a candidate, three sources told POLITICO. The steep asks call for donors to put down roughly $100,000 this year, with the rest coming in after Clinton declares her candidacy — should she decide to run for president in 2016, the sources said. The reason for this approach is to keep from hampering Democrats’ fundraising efforts for this year’s midterms, multiple sources have said. Priorities has tried to push back on the perception that it was not going to help in the competitive midterms — a perception that could rebound negatively on Clinton herself — by making $250,000 donations apiece to House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC. Priorities also hopes to help the Democrats with a grassroots voter expansion effort this year, sources familiar with the plans told POLITICO. That moves the group beyond simply funneling money into advertisements, a concern a number of Democrats have had with the concept of super PACs. “Priorities USA Action is all-in for 2014, and we will not aggressively raise for 2016 until after the midterms,” Priorities spokesman Peter Kauffmann said. The goal for Priorities is to substantially outraise its roughly $80 million from the 2012 cycle, when it struggled to raise money amid clear ambivalence from President Barack Obama’s campaign about the existence of the super PAC. Yet it remains to be seen whether donors will open their wallets to a great degree before Clinton herself either publicly embraces the work of Priorities or declares her candidacy. Without a clear sign that she’s running again for the White House, there may be some reluctance on the part of donors to contribute now, three fundraisers told POLITICO. Three sources who were approached about making the highdollar pledge said the group faces a hurdle in getting large swaths of donors to commit to $1 million this early. Another source insisted that, while the ask is high, there will nonetheless be people who want to donate smaller amounts. “People want to be involved,” said the source, who’s been involved in raising money for Priorities.


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WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 7:33 a.m.: assist citizen, Pleasant Street, a caller reports locking her keys inside her running vehicle, the responding deputy fire chief reports entry was made; 10:52 a.m.: a caller reports her neighbor came into the apartment and pushed her down, the responding officer reports the complainant said that her downstairs neighbor came up the stairs yelling at her and pushed her causing her to fall into a chair and hurt her arm, the officer reports he observed no sign of injury, the officer reports he was unable to immediately make contact with the suspect; 11:48 a.m.: accident, Union Street, multiple callers report a vehicle struck a utility pole, the responding officer reports the operator said that his steering wheel seized up and his vehicle went off the road and struck a utility pole which snapped, the operator was attended by fire department personnel but declined transport to hospital for treatment, the G&E was notified; 1:25 p.m.: accident, Lindbergh Boulevard at Main Street, a resident came to the station to report a prior accident in which she was involved as a cyclist, the responding officer reports the woman said that she had been westbound in the eastbound lane of Main Street on Tuesday when a vehicle turning from Lindbergh Boulevard struck her bike, the motorist said that he had not seen the cyclist and said that he and the woman had exchanged information at the time; 2:30 p.m.: larceny, Frederick Street, a resident came to the station to complain that her flute was stolen, the responding officer reports the woman said that she had been squatting with a friend on Frederick Street and after she left she discovered her flute to be missing, the woman said that the male party with whom she had been staying frequently sells items online; 3:06 p.m.: arrest, Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington Street, a resident came to the station and reported that she had been told officers wanted to speak with her, the woman was the subject of an outstanding warrant, Talysha M. Wilson, 24, of 357 Burnett Road, Chicopee, was arrested on a warrant issued by Springfield District Court; 4:29 p.m.: assist citizen, Southampton Road, a caller reports locking her keys inside her running vehicle, the responding deputy fire chief reports entry was made; 4:57 p.m.; motor vehicle violation, Union Street, a patrol office reports he observed a vehicle operating without an inspection sticker and when he stopped the vehicle he found that the owner had transferred the registration of the vehicle earlier in the day to a new vehicle and knew that she should not have been operating her old vehicle, the vehicle was towed and the operator’s husband came to the scene to transport his wife; 5:48 p.m.: traffic complaint, South Maple Street at Mill Street, a patrol office reports a truck at the intersection is lost or disabled, the truck was towed from the scene to the police impound yard 5:56 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Mil Street, a patrol office reports he encountered a parked vehicle with registration revoked for lack of insurance, the registration plates were seized and the car was towed to the police impound yard; 7:12 p.m.: arrest, Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington Street, a resident came to the station and reported that he had been told officers wanted to speak with him, the man was the subject of an outstanding warrant, Josue A. Torres, 30, of 23 Frederick St., was arrested on a warrant issued by Westfield District Court.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 Nicole K. Sawule, 29, of 8 King Ave., Agawam, was released on $200 cash bail after she was arraigned on a charge of larceny of property valued more than $250 from a person 60-years-old or older brought by Westfield police. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 Josue A. Torres, 30, of 23 Frederick St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one month. He was assessed $50 and charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without the registration in his possession were not prosecuted by the court. Daniel J. Wall, 36, of 24 Summer St., was released on $500 cash bail without prejudice pending a March 25 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of possession of a Class A drug brought by Westfield police. Jamie K. Patrick, 22, of 273 Prospect St., was released on his personal recognizance after he was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation brought by Westfield police. Christopher Wisniewski, 40, of 236 Loomis St., Granby Conn., was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 17 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of shoplifting by asportation brought by Southwick police. Erica J. Forish, 29, of 38 Brentwood Drive, pleaded guilty to charges of uttering a false prescription, obtaining drugs by fraud and conspiracy to violate drug laws brought by Westfield police and was placed on probation for one year. She was assessed $90.

Westfield native Ashley Gearing’s lyric video for “Boomerang” can be found at

Ashley Gearing Continued from Page 1 keeping her grounded. “I have had a lot of support,” she said. Gearing said receiving her college degree was tough while continuing to work and live in Nashville, where she moved after high school, but there was never a question that she would continue her studies. “Although I’ve been performing since I was 12, I always attended regular school,” said Gearing. “Even when I was on the road and studying with a tutor, I was enrolled in school and I’m happy I didn’t miss those school things. I’m not going

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2 charged with robbing disabled Massachusetts lotto winner WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Two people are held without bail after Worcester police they stole $400 in lottery winnings they saw a disabled woman collect at a convenience store. The Telegram & Gazette reports ( that 26-year-old Sayed McKenzie and 38-year-old Wendy Laporte of Worcester pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of masked armed robbery and assault and battery on a disabled person.

to look back and regret that I didn’t do something all my friends got to do at school.” Gearing said the image of country music has changed a lot in the past decade. “When I was 12 singing country songs in Massachusetts, there were people who didn’t get it,” she joked. “I love where country music is going right now.” Gearing said she is inspired by all kinds of music and artists. Country artist Keith Urban is at the top of her





OPAL Hi there, if I look a bit scared & timid in my picture that was before I really knew that I was safe at a shelter. When I first arrived at the shelter my hair was all matted, so matted I could hardly move my head. I was also quite dirty, I did not feel very well. But now I have a brand new hairdo, for a Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix it is quite short, but wait until you see how it looks when it grows back in. I won’t recognize myself I will look so good & healthy, with my new blonde locks. I feel like a new girl now. My name is Opal, I am a 5 yr female weighing in at about 5 lbs. I would love to have you come & see me with my new hair do, I am feeling so much better & ready to go to my forever home. I have a lot of love to give, I would love to share that with you. I am really small, so I could roll up & fit right into your lap. Oh what a team we would make, I promise you that I wouldn’t be any trouble at all. Opal is a little love bug.

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“Boomerang” can be downloaded beginning March 4 and can be heard on country stations across the nation. Gearing is currently on a radio tour, visiting country stations and performing the new song. She said she plans to visit local country station KIX when she hits the Northeast leg of the tour and is looking forward to coming back home. A lyric video for “Boomerang” can be found at


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playlist, but she said while working out, Beyonce keeps her moving. “I listen to everyone and everything,” said Gearing. “I love Spotify!” The new album is being produced by Kenny Greenberg and Chad Cromwell, both of whom are well know in music circles. The longtime friends are collaborating as producers for the first time with Gearing, and also perform on the album.

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RELIGIOUS LISTINGS 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 Worship Service: Sundays 10 AM Fellowship Hour 11:00 AM Childcare Available -Handicap Accessible This Week at First Church Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 9:00 AM Senior Choir Rehearsal 10:00 AM Worship Service 11:15 AM Senior Choir Rehearsal Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 5:30PM-6:30PM People To People/Joanna 7:00 PM No Line Dancing Tuesday Mar. 4, 2014 6:30PM Nominating Committee Meeting Wednesday Mar 5, 2014 1:00PM Bible Study 7:00PM Ash Wednesday Service Friday Mar. 7, 2014 12:00PM-1PM Lenten Luncheon

Montgomery Community Church Main Rd PO Box 309 Montgomery,MA 01085 Pastor Howard R. Noe Ph. # 413-862-3284 Church starts at 9 a.m. with fellowship following with coffee and whatever is brought in by the people. Sunday the topic is; “Lead a life worthy of your calling from God.” from Ephesians 4:1-6. Your calling is to live in unity with other Christians. Love them and pray for them as they face the struggles of this world. Be an encouragement to those struggling with relationships and other difficulties. Coming March 9 will be a sleigh ride, covered dish, bonfire, sledding and great fellowship at the Witter’s home in Worthington following the church service. Men’s Bible study will be at the pastor’s home at 1126 Huntington Rd. Russell, MA. (Crescent Mills) The study will be Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM. We are going 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 all Christians to be a growing Christian through the love of Christ. God has called each of us, have you heard His call?

Southwick Congregational Church United Church of Christ 488 College Highway – P.O. Box 260 – Southwick, MA 01077- 413-569-6362 03/02/14 – 03/08/14 Rev. Bart Cochran - Minister MARCH 2, 2014 - 10:00 AM – Communion Sunday Rev. Bart Cochran - Minister, Music – Voice Choir; Nursery Available; 10:15 AM Sunday school; 11:00 AM Coffee Hour; 3:30 PM O.A. Meeting: MARCH 4, TUESDAY – 6:30 PM Bell Choir, 7:00 PM Boy Scouts; MARCH 5 , ASH WEDNESDAY – 9-1:00 PM Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open;- 6:30 PM Ash Wednesday Service;– 7:00 PM Adult Choir; MARCH 6, THURSDAY –6:30 PM MidWeek Service; 7:00 PM T.O.P.S. - MARCH 7- FRIDAY: 9-1:00 PM – Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open;- 5-8:30 PM Girl Scout Sock Hop; 6:00 PM O.A. Meeting, 7:30 PM - A.A. Meeting; March 8, - SATURDAY: Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open 9-1:00PM. The Episcopal Church of the Atonement 36 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085 413-562-5461 Sundays - Holy Eucharist at 8 am & 10am Wednesdays - Holy Eucharist & Healing at Noon The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud, Rector Sunday, March 2 The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

8 am Holy Eucharist 10 am Holy Eucharist, Cribbery 3 pm Rector’s Inquirers Tea Monday, March 3 8-9 pm AA Meeting Tuesday, March 4 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Music Together 6 pm Healing & Holy Eucharist 6 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Wed., March 5 ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES: Noon, 5pm, 7 pm 7-8:30 pm OA Meeting Thursday, March 6 4:30-5:30 pm WW Meeting 7:30-9 pm NA Meeting Friday, March 7 4:4-5:45 pm Music Together Saturday, March 8 11:00- 12:30 AA Women’s Fellowship Sunday, March 9 THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT 8 am Holy Eucharist 10 am Holy Eucharist, Cribbery 11:15 am St. Cecilia Handbell Rehearsal 3 pm Rector’s Inquirers Tea 6:30 pm Westfield Little League Board Mtg. Upcoming Tues., March 11 7 pm Lenten Program @ ECOTA Thurs., March 13 7-8 pm Choral Evensong @ ECOTA Sat., March 15 10 am Prayer Shawl Ministry


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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 website: http://www.centralbaptist The Rev. Tom Rice, Pastor Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday - Worship Hour - 10-11a.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 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 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: Email 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 The Rev. William M. White, Pastor E-Mail -pastorwhite@ Margit Mikuski, Administrative Assistant 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: 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 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 Pastoral Associate: Mary Federici Parish Office: (413) 562-3450 Fax: (413) 562-9875 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: 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 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 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 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 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. Friday 9-1 PM Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – open 6 PM O.A. Meeting 7:30 PM A.A. 12 Step Meeting Saturday 9-1 PM Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – open 9 AM Zumba 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 - 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: St. Mary’s Church 30 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 562-5477 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 E-mail: 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 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.



MARCH EDITION: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT As the twentieth century progressed, the United States was slowly isolated into a small group of first world countries who continued to allow capital punishment. Many believe that it is barbaric, but some believe that is necessary for some criminals. If anyone who is high school aged is interested in writing, please have them email the Student Coordinator, Devon Kurtz, at Devon Kurtz 10th Grade Westfield High School In many cases, when someone has committed horrible crimes or has committed treason, capital punishment is an option. Many states have outlawed the death sentence, but some states continue to hold on to it. I would never consider myself an opponent to it, and although it is proven to be more expensive that a life sentence in prison, due to appeals, I believe that no allowing it shows weakness. Many more liberalized, developed countries have found it uncivilized, yet how can a nation who favors eternal captivity and misery over the lethal injection of criminals who have destroyed so many lives, be more civilized? In the ancient era, the Code of Hammurabi formed one of the first legal systems, following an “eye for an eye”. Although our legal systems have progressed exponentially, the bottom line is that someone who can take life, willingly and knowingly, should not have the slightest of a chance to take life again. Someone as nefarious as a serial killer should not just be locked up forever in a maximum security prison. Although I find that capital punishment is in some cases necessary, as long as it is reserved to the highest crimes, my only fear is that it gives the state too much power. Having a legal system that can determine life or death is a fearsome power. It is something that is found in fascist Germany, or the former Soviet Union. The high courts of Germany during the 1920’s and 30’s utilized their power of capital punishment to give absolute power to a single party, and eventually a single man. If it reserved to only the highest of crimes, capital punishment is a reasonable alternative, but it is a dangerous amount of power for any government to hold. James Sabatino 10th Grade Wilbraham Monson Academy Capital punishment is a necessary punishment for those who take the life of another person. If you are a convicted felon of first degree murder, or multiple murders, I am a firm believer that the death penalty is the proper punishment. One key component of the death penalty is that only mentally competent human beings are capable of receiving the punishment. Essentially, those who are mentally ill that commit murder, are not able to be put to death. This is crucial because those who are mentally ill are are not necessarily responsible for the full extent of their actions. However that being said, I do believe that mentally ill people who commit murder must be put away in an insane asylum, where they are rehabilitated, but never released back into the general public. There is some controversy to the death penalty, and there will always be the questions of “Is the defendant really guilty?” Or “What if the jury did not review the evidence correctly?” These allegations are put to rest once the case reaches the direct review stage of trial. Direct review is a process of re-analyzing the evidence and the trial process. The purpose of direct review is to finalize the verdict, assuring there were no mistakes throughout the trial. When one is sentenced to death, there will always be the question of what is the best way to execute a human being. The most broadly used method among states that enforce the death penalty is lethal injection. Other forms of execution are (the order in which they are listed signifies the frequency) electrocution, gas chamber, hanging and firing squad. The ethics behind each method vary, when one is executed by lethal injection, the guilt of killing a human being is placed on the person who administers the dose. The same concept is applicable to electrocution, the gas chamber, and hanging. Death by firing squad differs from the rest because several law officials are shooting at the convicted felon, but only one of the officials is firing a bullet, the rest are simply firing blanks, this helps diffuse the responsibility of who actually killed the person. I believe in this method of execution more than the rest because it does not place the responsibility of killing a person on one soul, but this method of execution is rarely used among states that issue the death penalty. The predominant method of execution is, and will always be lethal injection. Billy Cordes Suffield Academy The definition of Capital Punishment is legally authorizing the killing of a person as punishment for a crime. There are parts of this definition that I do agree with, and some parts that I don’t. I do agree that if a case is brought to the Supreme Court’s attention, there should obviously be a high penalization for the case, should it be proven guilty. If proven guilty, it should atleast involve a life sentence to jail, and the location of jail should depend on what part of the Constitution the situation goes against. I do not agree with the legal killing aspect of the system, however it is proven that when the death penalty is carried out, it causes a deterrent on the number of murders. This is good because it does cause fewer deaths by murder, but if a safeguard could be made that lowered the level of murder, without a murder, I would approve of this method more. The way our system is set up, it makes going to jail seem like a warning. This warning is exactly what happens if you were to scold at a child when they are young, so later on down the road, they will remember what they did to receive that scolding. Hopefully, that memory will be enough to prevent the same incident from happening again, which could cause the child to receive a harsher scolding. And generally, no one wants to go back to prison. This harsher scolding would be like going back to jail for a longer time. Yes, the criminal is put away and the public is out of danger, but if the criminal were to be allowed to leave, the likelihood for a tragedy to happen again would be high. Now, I’m not saying that if the criminal were to be killed on his first offense justice would be served, but rather a system should be created so the opportunity would never arise for the death penalty to be a possibility for justice. A quote that I think helps express my opinion on the

THINK TANK As part of our mission to provide readers with varying thoughts on key topics, we reached out to local students in our area to create this column we call the Student Think Tank. Each month local students from our area will share with you their thoughts on a wide variety of topics. If you are a student, or know one, who would like to be involved please e-mail topic, is a quote by Gandhi. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” Eileen Fitzgerald 10th Grade Westfield High School Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is an important and polarizing issue that this nation has dealt with for ages. Though there are valid points to both sides of the argument, it is my opinion that the death penalty is not the answer to crime. Frankly, death is far from the worst thing that could happen to someone and for those who commit especially heinous crimes, a lethal injection is getting off easy. A real punishment is spending the rest of their lives in prison, living with what they have done, not peacefully dying. In addition to that, the whole concept of capital punishment is somewhat hypocritical. As a nation, we condemn those who commit murder, and then in turn murder them. If the purpose of punishment is to teach us what not to do, then it would be better for the justice system to teach that murder is wrong by not partaking in it. Though many points for death penalty could be made, it is my opinion that it is a barbaric practice and does not solve anything. Alex Gearing 10th Grade Westfield High School Capital punishment is a very sensitive subject with supporters for and against it. The definition according to Webster dictionary of capital punishment is as follows: The death penalty for crime. That is simple enough to understand, you have done something so bad that your final punishment should be death. But people for many reasons be it religious, political, or just morals oppose it; and this makes sense will killing a man who has already killed a man solve anything? There is a saying an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind; I couldn’t disagree more an eye for an eye and justice is served. If anything it would make the whole world see that murdering is as dangerous as being the victim. My personal ideology is that people who kill don’t deserve to waste our time and money in jail I would say that they don’t deserve to breath our air. The people who do this will never be intimidated by going to jail for life, three square meals a day, a bunk to sleep, heat in the winter. Well that doesn’t sound like a severe punishment to me, that sounds like someplace we send a guy for robbing a dollar store. We live in a very civilized and modern time but when people disobey the laws of the land and kill their fellow man they don’t deserve the benefits of a society like that. And to the people who call it inhumane to kill somebody for their crimes, but killing a person of your own species is the most inhumane thing to do. That is why I approve of capital punishment and think that it is needed again in society like it once was to deter crime and murder. Because without repercussions what is there to enforce the law and protect our people; the answer is that there would be nothing. Ben Jury Westfield High School 10th Grade Capital punishment has sparked a great deal of controversy following the removal of its ban in 1976. Those who oppose it argue that it is morally wrong, barbaric, and there have been cases in which innocent citizens have been put to death; while capital punishment’s supporters argue that it discourages crime, is fair, and the fact that it is more expensive to keep the convict alive for the rest of his or her life than to kill them. In a perfect world capital punishment would be a successful method of justice, but we do not live in a perfect world; jurors make mistakes, the protocol is not always followed, and there will always be clashes between people’s moral; therefore, the success and approval of capital punishment is currently impossible. Those who argue against capital punishment often bring up the point that innocent citizens can be killed for crimes that they did not commit. This person cannot return to society if they are later found innocent, as they would if they were simply serving a life sentence. Capital punishment does not always follow the correct protocol; prisons have been denied the drugs used in some executions and there have always been simple mishaps with other equipment that was used; making the execution a cruel and unusual punishment. Capital punishment is also simplistic and slightly barbaric for such a significant punishment; if you kill you should be killed; therefore, following the same standard; the only way to punish a thief is to steal from the thief. Clearly, this is an outdated and foolish principle, which has no place in an official court. Supporters of capital punishment state that it discourages murder, but states that have legalized the death penalty have seen no change in their murder rate. Although it may be less expensive to kill the person charged, it is a relatively futile amount when considering that food and health care are the only costs and these costs are spread over a relatively long period of time. These costs are appear even less significant when an innocent life could be saved and set free because he was kept alive for just a few years longer. Capital punishment cannot function properly in today’s society because of the flaws within itself and flaws in human judgment; therefore, it should be banned. Francesco Liucci Westfield High School Capital punishment is a topic that has plagued American society years on end. The decision to take the life of a convicted prisoner is phenomenally gigantic. In my personal opinion Capital punishment should be reserved for the worst of crimes and not something to be sentenced lightly. Death-row sections of prisons should not be densely packed with inmates awaiting

execution. The variables involved with making the decision are endless. What if the person is innocent and this is proven after the execution, which in fact, has happened in the past and will continue to occur as long as the death penalty is in place. Therefore I believe Capital punishment should be reserved for only the highest crimes and should not be given out frequently. Statistics from countries with Capital punishment show that America is the only liberal democracy in the world sentencing the death penalty not only for special circumstances. If one looks at Capitol punishment from a psychological perspective you will notice that the function of an execution, when done publicly, is to scare the general population away from attempting the crime committed by the person being executed. Now look at how Capital punishment is performed today in America and you would realize that it has lost its impact. Executions are not done publicly, and although that may sound gruesome, the effect it has on deterring certain crimes is impressive. Obviously, it is not plausible that executions in America will be carried out publicly, so Capital punishment should in fact be reserved for more serious crimes. Crimes such as treason, multiple murder charges (provided that the defendant is found guilty), and very few other crimes should be the ones that grant a death sentence. Capital punishment is not a topic to be taken lightly, as a person’s life is at stake and if an error is made, an innocent person is killed in vain. Marissa Katsounakis Grade 10 Westfield High School Capital punishment should be legal in the entire country of America, but only under extreme circumstances. A person would be more likely to commit a crime if they knew their worst punishment would be life in prison, not a sentence to death. With capital punishment being legal, it is intended to lower criminal activity by allowing one who commits a severe crime to be given the death penalty. A person who knows their crime could cause them their own life may be less likely to involve themselves in criminal activity if they have in mind the impact their death would have on their family and people close to them. With capital punishment being legal, criminals have more to fear than just being sent to prison. If a person who committed a crime so reprehensible that prison for life would be too little of a punishment, a sentence to death would be the solution. This can be argued against by many because the death penalty is the utmost punishment one can be given in life, but it should remain legal for the extreme crimes. One who commits a cruel crime, such as murdering several people for no apparent reason, should be given what they deserve; in my opinion, a person who murders another without cause deserves the same done to them. A person who is guilty deserves to be punished to the same extent as the severity of the crime they committed. With capital punishment being allowed, it shows that the natural right of humans to live is being protected. If one commits a crime in which they murder another person, therefore disregarding that person’s right to live, the person who committed the crime should not be given the privilege to live. Although capital punishment can be looked at as cruel and inhumanly to be legal, it is beneficial to be allowed for only extreme cases. EllEN Dufraine 10th Grade Westfield High School Capital punishment, while a permanent solution to making sure those who commit federal and state offenses such as homicide do not make the same error twice, is entirely unconstitutional and rather hypocritical based on our country’s “high standards” of morality. As of 2014, capital punishment is legal in thirty-two states and is often carried out by means of lethal injection. There are several flaws in our nation’s current ideology, however, that make capital punishment unfair to those convicted of state and federal crimes: such as the introduction of new evidence in a court case, our nation’s two-faced disapproval of the Code of Hammurabi, and violations of the Eighth Amendment, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment. One of the greatest imperfections in the system of capital punishment is the introduction of evidence in court that may change the judge’s ruling on that particular case. For example, if someone was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death, evidence may be unearthed years after they died, which may prove their actual innocence. Death is irreversible. People wait for years on death row for this reason; however life in prison without the opportunity for parole would be much more effective in case proof of innocence is discovered after the varying death row waiting time of around twenty years. This would prevent the unnecessary killing of blameless individuals. The Code of Hammurabi, an ancient set of laws and principles often practiced by Middle Eastern countries follows the “eye for an eye” code and dishes out punishments equal to the crime initially committed. In America, this practice is often looked upon as barbaric and violent. On the other hand, is it any different than subjecting a murderer to the death penalty? Like the old saying goes, two wrongs do not always make a right. In fact, there is no outstanding evidence that capital punishment actually decreases murder rates. In some cases, the death penalty even infringes the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which bans states and the federal government from subjecting any individual to cruel and unusual punishment. In the United States, there are several methods used to kill those on death row, from lethal injection (the most common method) to hanging and firing squad. Other procedures, such as decapitation were deemed unconstitutional, however in one case, a prison experimented upon an inmate by mixing non-approved drugs for a lethal injection. This proves that there are flaws in nearly every method of capital punishment. In conclusion, capital punishment is only an effective way to eliminate criminals under perfect conditions. In the real world, however, the death penalty is inhumane and hypocritical.

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Obituaries Bruce G. Wright WESTFIELD - Bruce G. Wright, 67, of Westfield died February 24, 2014 at Noble Hospital. He was born August 13, 1946 in Stamford, CT. The son of the late Norman and Constance (Cochrine) Wright. Educated and graduated in Glastonbury, CT his entire career was a tool machinist, specializing in Jig Bore and CNC. He leaves his partner, Peggy Croteau; a brother, Mark of Lyman, SC; a nephew, Master Adam Wright (USAF) of Valdosta, GA; a niece, Kristin Wright of Springfield, MA; two great nephews, Brennan Wright and Charles Weeks of Valdosta, GA. There are no calling hours. A private memorial ceremony for Bruce will be held at the convenience of his family.

Merle G. Monios WESTFIELD - Merle Grace (Recor) (Cote) Monios, 77, passed away at home on February 21, 2014 with her loving family by her side. Born in Springfield on September 16, 1936, Merle was a longtime resident of Westfield. She was an envelope machine operator at Old Colony Envelope for 27 years. Merle was 1 of 20 children. She is survived by her very loving husband Alexander Kalani Monios of Westfield and her children; Cheryl Elmer, Raymond Cote, Susan Reynolds and her husband Jeffrey all from Westfield, Joann Martin and her husband Roy of Wilbraham, Michael Cote and his wife Jennifer of Minnesota, and Laura Fairchild and her husband Ronald of Beckett; 14 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren. Merle was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Cote in 1995 and a daughter, Kathy Cote who passed away as an infant. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fresenius Medical Center, 208 Ashley Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089 or to Noble VNA, 77 Mill Street, Suite 201, Westfield, MA 01085. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. The Robert E Cusack Funeral Home, Westfield is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ash Wednesday Service March 5, 7 PM We will gather with our friends from United Church of Christ Second Congregational to mark the beginning of the church season of Lent on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 PM. For those who so desire, ashes will be placed on the forehead as a sign of repentance and new life. The service will be here at First Church, in the chapel.

First Congregational Church of Westfield Lenten Luncheons to begin on March 7 WESTFIELD - First Church will serve luncheons, open to the public, each Friday in Lent (ending Friday April 11) from noon to 1 p.m.The menu will be lobster bisque, and a weekly choice soup, rolls, a beverage and dessert. Mark your calendars today and don’t forget to tell your friends!

Sisters of St. Joseph Grateful for Parish Collections SPRINGFIELD - In a response the Sisters of St. Joseph called “remarkable,” parishioners throughout the Springfield Diocese have donated more than $625,000 to the Sisters’ Retirement Fund. The congregation of Catholic Sisters continued to receive donations following special collections taken up in parishes during Masses last November. The collections were the result of a plea for financial help from the Sisters to allow them to continue their ministries and care for their elder members. Sr. Maxyne Schneider, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph said, “We are truly overwhelmed and deeply grateful to all of you for your generous response.” The Sisters also expressed thanks to Bishop Timothy McDonnell for his support at a critical time in their history and to the Diocesan clergy for their encouragement and friendship. Sr. Maxyne added, “For the past 130 years we have been honored to serve the people of the Springfield Diocese, and we are truly grateful now to receive their outpouring of generosity towards us.”

First Congregational Church to Offer Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner The First Congregational Church, 18 Broad Street, Westfield will once again offer their famous Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, Saturday March 15th at 5:30 PM. First Church dinners have become a favorite to area residents and this dinner is always a sell-out. Tickets are now on sale from the church office. They are $12.00 for adult’s children under 12 are free. The menu will consist of corned beef, cabbage, Irish potatoes, (mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage) boiled potatoes, carrots, rolls, butter, dessert and beverage. Come and join everyone for a grand night out. Call the Church Office at 568-2833 for reservations.

Lenten Luncheons to begin First Congregational Church of Westfield Lenten Luncheons to begin on March 7 First Church will serve luncheons, open to the public, each Friday in Lent (ending Friday April 11) from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. The menu will be lobster bisque, and a weekly choice soup, rolls, a beverage and dessert. Mark your calendars today and don’t forget to tell your friends!

ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CEMETERY WEST SPRINGFIELD Christmas logs, winter decorations, artificial flowers and all remaining religious articles and other memorabilia must be removed from the cemetery by March 15, 2014.

Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center offers early March programs WESTFIELD — Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center is pleased to announce that there is still space in a few of their programs for the upcoming month of March. Set on nineteen wooded acres in Westfield, Massachusetts, the center combines sensitivity to atmosphere, devotion to the land, and carefully designed programs so all who come may experience God’s providential care. There are several programs sessions still available: March 7-8, 2014 – Awakening in Time: Practical Time Management for Those on a Spiritual Path This time management lab uses hands-on practices, group and solo exercises and new ways of viewing the challenge. Digging beneath surface symptoms, you’ll address root issues of Attention, Boundaries, and Choices — the ABCs of sustainable time management — to deal with interruptions, procrastination, fuzzy priorities and being overwhelmed. This workshop runs on Friday March 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Fee, $25 and Saturday, March 8th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fee, $60 Leader: Pam Kristan, author of several novels, has been teaching and consulting in spiritually-oriented time- and stuffmanagement since the mid80’s. She moderated speakouts for National Take Back Your Time Day. In the early 90’s she ran the adult spiritual education program at The Paulist Center in downtown Boston where she produced such series as Sunday/Monday: Integrating Work and the Spiritual Life. March 9, 2014 – What’s your Story? In this informal writing class, we’ll investigate the notion of “samskaras,” or deeply embedded ideas about ourselves. What are we clinging to that is no longer serving us and how can we begin to let go? What are the authentic stories we yearn to tell instead? Through writing exercises, we’ll differentiate between the falsehoods that hold us back and the true tales we long to express. This session runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fee, $35. Leader: Lara Tupper, MFA is the author of A Thousand and One Nights. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines, among them, Six-Word Memoirs and The Believer. Lara taught writing at Rutgers University for nine years and presents writing workshops at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA, and for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Visit her website: www. March 18, 2014 – Christ: Model of Compassionate Living Lent is a gifted time to reflect on how sorrow and suffering are God’s classroom for compassion. There will be opportunities to ponder compassion as received from God and as lived in relationship with others. This session runs from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fee, $50 with lunch, $40 without. Leader: Collette Hanlon, SC, MEd, MA, BCC, enjoys the ongoing discovery of spirituality in relationships, work, and the healthcare journey. She is engaged in chaplaincy ministry and serves at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA Pre-registration is required. The Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center is located at 53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085. For more information or to register, please call 413562-3627, register online at registration/ or visit About: Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center was founded in 1976 by the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, MA. Genesis is committed to designing and hosting programs that foster holistic integration of body, mind and spirit. We believe that each person is a seed of God, meant to grow into the likeness of God, and we strive to make Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center a place where that seed can be nourished and nurtured toward full maturity. The Center offers hospitality to persons of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles. Please visit GenesisSpiritual





THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS Bombers-Lancers rivalry renewed

By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The puck is set to drop on another postseason for the Westfield High School boys’ ice hockey team. No. 2 Westfield will begin its 2013-14 tournament run when it renews its long-time rivalry with third-seeded Longmeadow Saturday in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 semifinals at the Olympia in West

Springfield at 1 p.m. The two teams have accounted for every west sectional title over the course of the last 10-plus years. Westfield is seeking its ninth title in 13 years. The Bombers are the defending state champs. Westfield swept the regular season series (2-0) against Longmeadow this past season. “If we can get by Saturday, anything can happen,” Westfield coach C.B. “Moose”

Longmeadow’s Matt Pierson stays ahead of a Ludlow defenseman during a 2014 Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal. Longmeadow and Westfield will meet in a semifinal matchup Saturday at the Olympia in West Springfield at 1 p.m. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield freshman forward Max Bengston, right, battles South Hadley defenseman Brian Bak during a recent game at the Olympia Ice Arena. The Bombers will begin defense of their 2012-13 title, beginning Saturday against the Longmeadow Lancers at the Olympia in West Springfield at 1 p.m. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

Matthews said. “We need to be on our game.” A possible championship game against topseeded Agawam looms. The Brownies are the only western Massachusetts team that Westfield failed to defeat during the regular season. “Everybody is going to be up for the Bombers,” Matthews said. “They all want a piece of us … It’s not going to be a cakewalk.” The WMass D3 boys’ ice hockey champion-

ship will be held Thursday, March 6 at the Olympia at 8:30 p.m. ONE BOMBER’S TOP 10 RUN: Westfield High School’s Neil Sheehan capped off a fine season with a ninth place finish on the Giant Slalom in the state ski championships Feb. 25 at Wachusett Mountain. Sheehan finished the race in 55.64. Wellesley’s Matt Piispanen won the event in 53.84.

Springfield Armor visits Boys & Girls Club By Jordyne Daponde Boys & Girls Club intern WESTFIELD – It is not every day that a kid gets to meet a professional basketball player. That is why the NBA Development League team known as the Springfield Armor decided to have two of their players, as well as the head coach visit The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield on February 18. Above, Springfield Armor takes part in an exercise with local youth. At left, The Springfield Armor recently visited the Westfield Boys & Girls Club. (Photo submitted) “We always want good players with good attitudes,” Springfield Armor coach Doug Overton announced to the large group of kids gathered in the Club’s gymnasium. Overton’s words are a great lesson for kids to learn, especially those playing a team sport. Over 100 kids all gathered in the gym to participate in relay races, dribbling and passing exercises, and other fun basketball-related games, all while the two representatives from the Springfield Armor put on demonstrations and rewarded kids with high fives and genuine smiles. Coach Overton ran the event, blowing the whistle when one of the four teams won the relay race, and making sure the losing teams got down on the floor and did five push-ups. To learn more about other special events and programs being held at The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield please call Kellie Brown or Jose Roman at 413-562-2301 or visit our website at Stop by and visit or take a tour please of the Westfield Boys’ and Girls’ Club at 28 West Silver St. Come





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NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not.

Seattle 12, San Diego 1 L.A. Angels 15, Chicago Cubs 3 Colorado 11, Arizona 0 Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m. (NA/Late results)

Friday’s Games Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 2 Minnesota 8, Boston 2 N.Y. Yankees 7, Detroit (ss) 4 Philadelphia 10, Detroit (ss) 6 Baltimore 4, Tampa Bay 2 Miami 5, St. Louis 4 Washington 5, N.Y. Mets 4 San Francisco (ss) 4, Milwaukee 3 Cleveland 4, Cincinnati 0 Oakland 7, San Francisco (ss) 6 Kansas City 11, Texas 1 L.A. Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox 0

Pelfrey goes 2 shutout innings, Twins beat Red Sox FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Pelfrey pitched two scoreless innings in his spring debut after a poor season, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Friday. Pelfrey allowed one hit. The Twins starter went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA last year. Mike Napoli got two hits for Boston. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia each went 0 for 2. Twins leadoff hitter Alex Presley, vying to be the starting center fielder, went 0 for 3. Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller walked three batters in the fifth inning and all of them scored. Minnesota got three runs in the fourth after three singles off Cuban right-hander Dalier Hinojosa. Both teams wore their red jerseys, making for an unusual color pattern on the field.

Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier scores on an RBI-single hit by Twins’ Trevor Plouffe in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. The Twins won 8-2. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

English Premier League GP Chelsea 27 27 Arsenal Manchester City 26 Liverpool 27 27 Tottenham Manchester U. 27 Everton 26 Newcastle 27 Southampton 27 27 West Ham Hull City 27 27 Swansea Aston Villa 27 Norwich 27 27 Stoke Crystal Palace 26 West Brom 27 Sunderland 26 Cardiff City 27 27 Fulham

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Saturday’s Games Atlanta vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Miami (ss) at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami (ss) vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Texas vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Francisco vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 3:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 22 Chelsea 1, Everton 0 Arsenal 4, Sunderland 1 Cardiff City 0, Hull City 4 Manchester City 1, Stoke 0 West Brom 1, Fulham 1 West Ham 3, Southampton 1 Crystal Palace 0, Manchester United 2 Sunday, Feb. 23 Liverpool 4, Swansea 3 Newcastle 1, Aston Villa 0 Norwich 1, Tottenham 0 Saturday, March 1 Everton vs. West Ham, 1500 GMT Fulham vs. Chelsea, 1500 GMT Hull City vs. Newcastle, 1500 GMT Manchester United vs. Manchester City, 1500 GMT, Ppd. Stoke vs. Arsenal, 1500 GMT Sunderland vs. West Brom, 1500 GMT, Ppd. Southampton vs. Liverpool, 1730 GMT Sunday, March 2 Aston Villa vs. Norwich, 1630 GMT Swansea vs. Crystal Palace, 1630 GMT Tottenham vs. Cardiff City, 1630 GMT


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New Orleans at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Sunday’s Games New York at Chicago, 1 p.m. Golden State at Toronto, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Orlando, 6 p.m. Utah at Indiana, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Saturday’s Games Washington at Boston, 1 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Florida at Columbus, 2 p.m. Winnipeg at Nashville, 3 p.m. Tampa Bay at Dallas, 3 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Chicago at Chicago, IL, 8 p.m. Calgary at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

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They should’ve had extra umbrellas delivered overnight. Jinxed? Should Daytona 500 move back to an earlier date? GODSPEAK: There’s no jinx. I don’t care about the day, I care about the starting time. Don’t go prime time with the start. Let’s keep that early afternoon green flag. KEN’S CALL: It would be nice to have all of Speedweeks (including Rolex 24) back together, but anything that ends with Junior winning isn’t “jinxed.”

Can Junior now coast to the Chase? GODSPEAK: Junior fans are going to have a big time this year because Earnhardt wants to lead laps, win and be among the Final Four come Homestead. KEN’S CALL: Yes, he can, but no, he won’t. Hendrick Motorsports didn’t become the ’27 Yankees by coasting.

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The day after Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Sunday’s Daytona 500 — following a marathon rain delay — the driver shed light on his after-celebration time. “Got about an hour’s sleep,” said the 39-year-old driver, who didn’t look any worse for wear Monday morning. The annual Daytona 500 Champion’s Breakfast — at the Daytona International Speedway’s Ticket and Track Tours Building — launched Earnhardt on a weeklong media tour. Second stop: New York City, where he was going to do several interviews and appear on the “Late Show With David Letterman.” And, Junior revealed that in the excitement of winning his second Daytona 500 — 10 years after nabbing his first — he opened a Twitter account, at the urging of teammate Jimmie Johnson. You can now follow NASCAR’s most popular driver at @DaleJr. “People must’ve been waiting on that because I got like 200,000 followers in an hour,” he said.


A nice chariot ride to Victory Lane for team owner Rick Hendrick after the Daytona 500. Has Junior ever been that happy?


Juan Pablo Montoya was released as a NASCAR driver after the 2013 season and signed a 2014 IndyCar Series contract. Of his Cup experience: “When we had good cars, we did good. When we had bad cars, we did bad. I think as a team we threw a lot of races away. The focus for me now is IndyCar, 100 percent. I’m pumped about it. I feel like a rookie.”

OK, what’s the other reason? The survival factor. It’s one thing to win an athletic competition, but it’s taken up several notches when that competition involves hours of mental and physical stress brought on by the knowledge that, without warning, you could be upside-down or headlong into a wall. When victory and personal safety arrive simultaneously, it’s time to spray champagne and scream like a madman.

Is this a good sign for Junior? It’s a great, great win for Junior. But if you think it’s some sort of signal of big things to come this year, think again. The Daytona 500 means nothing in terms of how a race team will perform this week at Phoenix and beyond. Sorry.

‘THE KING’ AND ‘SMOKE’ One of the primary storylines of Speedweeks was a comment made by Richard Petty, days before racing started, about Danica Patrick. The King said Patrick could only win a NASCAR race if “everyone else stayed home.” Patrick was very diplomatic when asked about Petty’s comments. When “The King” got to Daytona, he said he would stand by his original comments about Patrick. The controversy was about to disappear until Patrick’s car owner, Tony Stewart, weighed in late in the game. “I told her she should challenge Richard to a headsup race,” Stewart said. “He drove in an era when he had cars that were superior to what everybody else was running a lot. I think he forgets that NASCAR has changed a lot since he was a driver, and how hard it really is now.” And, of course, “Smoke” being “Smoke,” he took one more jab. It was then suggested if Danica ever won a race that she should ask Petty to autograph the checkered flag. Stewart, however, had another suggestion. “If I were her, I’d take it over and cram it up his (bleep) … If it were me. That’s just me,” Stewart said.

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Tony Stewart vs. Richard Petty: “The King” dissed Danica Patrick, and her car owner, Stewart fired back at Petty several days later, saying Patrick should win a race and “give” Petty the trophy. Godwin Kelly gives his take: Stewart is old-school, but Petty is ancientschool and speaks his mind. This makes for good headlines, and that’s about as far as it goes.


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With his Sunday win in the “Great American Race,” Junior gave the entire sport a big lift.

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It’s hard to imagine, but thinking back, he was blown away at least two other times at Daytona — after winning the 2001 July race and after winning the 2004 Daytona 500. But such exuberance is natural at Daytona, and not just because it’s the biggest event on the calendar.

Winner: Brad Keselowski Rest of the top five: Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer Dark horse: Brian Vickers

Disappointment: Kyle Larson First one out: Aric Almirola Don’t be surprised if: Keselowski starts the season with a sizzle, like he did in 2013.

SPRINT CUP: The Profit on CNBC 500K SITE: Phoenix International Raceway SCHEDULE: Friday, qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.). Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 2, 2 p.m.). Sunday, race (Fox, coverage starts at 2 p.m., green flag at 3:15 p.m.) NATIONWIDE: Blue Jeans Go Green 200 SITE: Phoenix International Raceway SCHEDULE: Saturday, race (ABC, coverage starts at 3:30, green flag at 4:00 p.m.)


JUNIOR EARNHARDT Sure took spotlight off that No. 3

JIMMIE JOHNSON History shows he’ll shake it off

BRAD KESELOWSKI Better without burden of defending champ

JEFF GORDON So close to his 4th 500

KEVIN HARVICK Wins this week at Phoenix

MATT KENSETH Don’t get between him and Logano

CLINT BOWYER Hometown pop. (Emporia, Kan.): 24,916

KASEY KAHNE He’ll have lots of better weeks

GREG BIFFLE 8th at Daytona OK for a Roush car


50 Cent professes respect for speed, even in a Camry Rapper, actor and entrepreneur 50 Cent has thrown his hat into the NASCAR ring as a sponsor of Swan Racing, a two-car operation featuring rookie drivers Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman. Curtis Jackson (50’s given name) is sponsoring the race team through his SMS Audio brand.

THE NASCAR EXPERIENCE “I experienced NASCAR before I knew what I was experiencing. The toys I was

given as a kid had an attachment to racing. Those toy cars had numbers on the side of them. “My first visit to Daytona last year, well, it’s an entirely different experience. People at home need to get out and see a race because it’s a whole different energy and feeling when you actually see and feel the cars go by. This makes sense on the business end because NASCAR has 70 million loyal fans and this is a great crossover for me.

“The people I’ve had my photograph taken with (at Daytona) say, ‘My kids are gonna fall out when they see this photograph.’ I felt like I’m in the right place.”

UP TO SPEED “People see race driving as easy, but actually it isn’t. Once you reach a top speed in your vehicle, you haven’t stayed at that top speed. “I got to ride around Daytona at 135 mph

in a street car. I’ve seen 125 mph on my dashboard, but for just like two seconds. When the adrenaline started to pump, something told me to slow down and ‘You don’t know what you’re doing, boy.’ And I went back to driving like I should be driving. “We all have that little thing in us where we push the limits from time to time. We were running around (Daytona) at 135 mph, and I didn’t even know a Camry could do that.”


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Is this the same as adultery? Dear Annie: My wife and I have been happily married for eight years. This is a third marriage for both of us. A few months back, my wife found that I had been visiting Internet porn sites. She became very upset and said this was the same as having sex outside of marriage. This is something I’m not proud of and resolved not to do it again. Well, a few days back, in a moment of weakness, I typed in “nude beach.” She says this is the same as a porn site. I feel it isn’t, because it is a public beach. Seeing how much pain I caused my wife, I won’t go to that site again. However, I would like your opinion. Is this the same as adultery? -- No Cheater Dear No Cheater: Deliberately searching out “nude beach” is a way to look for naked bodies without using the word “porn,” but the effect is similar. And while looking at naked bodies is not the same as adultery, it is still a betrayal if it hurts your wife and you have broken your promise to stop. And if you are interacting in real time with real women online, we would consider that a form of cheating. You seem to have a problem with pornography. If you cannot stay away from it, consider that you may have an addiction that requires treatment. Dear Annie: My husband is a control freak in a way that I do not understand. For example, he takes me shopping to purchase expensive jewelry that I do not want but that he insists I get. Recently, my dad moved close by. I told my husband I was going to visit Dad, and he became angry, stating that we don’t have the money to visit relatives. He said he would cancel the gas credit cards if I went. How should a sane person deal with this idiocy? -- Confused in Connecticut Dear Confused: If this is recent behavior, please ask your husband to get a complete physical from his doctor. Sometimes there is a physical or neurological reason for a bizarre change in behavior. Otherwise, consider that your husband may be trying to isolate you, the mark of a potential abuser, and using the jewelry to assuage your concerns. The National Domestic Violence Hotline ( at 1-800-799-7233 can help you sort it out. Dear Annie: I take issue with your response to “Tired of Rude Family in Carolina,” whose inconsiderate sister and niece refuse to inform the hostess when they are bringing an additional guest (usually the niece’s boyfriend) to dinner. The uninvited boyfriend is probably unaware of these family dynamics. Why not seat him where the inconsiderate sister would have been, next to the niece, and put the sister on the piano bench with a paper plate? After a few times of putting the sister in the hot seat, she just might get it. -- JM in Tennessee Dear J.M.: We think if the boyfriend is always being shoved into an extra chair, he is well aware of the difficulty his presence causes. However, you are absolutely right that the sister should take the hit. Read on: Dear Annie: If this sister brings an uninvited guest to dinner every time, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Just set an extra setting as a matter of course. For many people, there is a long held tradition of setting a place for Jesus. If someone extra shows up, they are welcomed, and that is the seat they are given. Dear Annie: I would set up a card table and put place settings of paper plates, plastic utensils and two chairs. When the “late sis” arrived, I would drape a towel over my arm and escort them to their “reserved table.” I’d put a candle in the middle, just for a little class. -- Florida Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

HINTS FROM HELOISE DRYER-SHEET USE Dear Heloise: Here is my helpful hint: After we complete the cycle on our clothes dryer, I take the fabric- softener sheets and stuff them into all of our shoes. It absorbs the moisture and also the odors. Recycle, and no cost. -- R. Sell, Littlefield, Texas TRAVEL HINT Dear Heloise: I work in a large airport and have two travel hints for you. First, a lot of bags are black. What most travelers don’t know is that most baggage handlers put the bags on the system wheels up so that they don’t slide and cause a jam. So, if you are putting an identifying mark on your bag, do it on the back. It will help a lot in finding your bag. Second, when you submit your bag at the ticket counter and they put the bag tag on or have you put the bag tag on, make sure the tag is not around both handles. If the bag has to be inspected, the bag tag will have to be removed. As you know, they are hard to separate, but what you might not know is that once separated, they don’t stick well when put back together. -- Ray G. in New York Great travel hints, Ray, and from someone who really knows! -- Heloise YARN POMPOMS Dear Heloise: For knitters who have all those little balls of wool left over that are too small for any knitting project, make them into pompoms (tie them tightly!). The kitties like them! Dip them in catnip, and see if you can donate them to your local animal shelter. -- F.H., Alexandria, Va. (c)2014 by King Features Syndicate Inc.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, March 1, 2014: This year you have a New Moon on your birthday, which points to an exciting, dynamic year, where new beginnings become possible. Creativity marks your actions. Remember to be sensitive to those around you. If you are single, your magnetism attracts many people. You might choose to date a lot, or perhaps you will focus your attention on one person. If you are attached, remember that a relationship is about two people. As excited as you might be about your life this year, remember to make time for your significant other. A fellow PISCES is as emotional as you are, but he or she expresses it differently. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH You could be out of sorts. Your ruling planet, Mars, goes retrograde today for several months. At the moment, you could feel as though you’re experiencing a bad hair day. Do whatever you need to do in order to feel better, even if you choose to be alone. Tonight: Close to home. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH Zero in on making a situation better. This even might result in a new beginning for a key relationship or friendship. You’ll need to revise your opinions, which sometimes border on rigidity. A key person in your life could be hostile or difficult. Tonight: Defer to someone else. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Pressure builds, and you’ll need to deal with a loved one. Your ability to get past a problem will be emphasized. Take your time in making a decision. A friend could become difficult at best. Consider postponing your plans for a little while. Tonight: Where the action is. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH News from a distance heralds a new beginning or possibility. You will see what is happening from a different point of view. You might decide to schedule a trip in the near future, and a close friend might want to join you. Tonight: Music sets the tone. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You could decide to head in a new direction because of a partner’s feelings. Do not push if you have difficulty grasping the totality of a certain situation. Asking questions at this time could result in a disagreement. Tonight: Go along with a family member’s plans. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You’ll get a different perspective and a sense of commitment from a key person in your life. You could have an opportunity for a new beginning, but not as quickly as you might think. A conversation has a serious undertone that needs to be honored. Tonight: Dinner at a favorite spot. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHH You could have a project in mind that you feel you must follow through on. Recognize someone’s frustration, as this person might have hoped to get together for a fun happening. Do a better job of listening. Tonight: If you want to keep the peace, adjust your plans. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You can’t stop your innate creativity from flowing, nor will you want to. A loved one enjoys it when you express this quality. Make a point of getting some exercise to help you relax, so that you will be able to enjoy your loved ones. Tonight: Add some spice to the moment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH A new beginning will become possible. You might want to head in a new direction and do something totally different. You could be taken aback by how irritated a friend becomes as a result. Be sensitive about a changing financial situation. Tonight: Entertain at home. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You could make a big difference with a friend who often resents you, yet also admires you. A new beginning in how you communicate might become possible. A friend, parent or older relative will challenge your limits. Tonight: A must appearance. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Be aware of how you are spending your money and why. For some of you, a long-term goal might be in mind, whereas others’ reasons might



not be so grounded. Greet a new beginning financially. You will have some tough choices to make. Tonight: Your treat. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHHH A new beginning could create a lot of happiness and excitement. You might wonder what would be best for a friend. Make decisions only for you, and try not to get caught up in the moment. Avoid an argument with a loved one. Tonight: Whatever pleases you.




Fundraising Dinner WESTFIELD - The Hampton Ponds Association is hosting our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, March 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost per person is $12, which includes dinner, a beverage and dessert. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds are to benefit a new chimney.

Shake Off the Winter

WESTFIELD - Are you getting sick and tired of this long, frigid New England winter? Are you ready for a night of fun, music and prizes? The Friends of the Westfield Senior Center invite you to attend the group’s third annual “Shake Off the Winter Party” to be held on Saturday, March 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shaker Farms Country Club. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and entertainment will be provided by Westfield’s own Cory and the Knightsmen. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes including gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, gift baskets, handmade items and more. The Grand Raffle Prizes include a flat-screen television donated by Firtion Adams Funeral Service, a $100 money bouquet donated by Yankee Mattress Factory and a round of golf for four donated by Shaker Farms Country Club. Event tickets are $20 for Friends of the Westfield Senior Center members and $25 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at Keenan Law Offices, 48 Elm Street and the Westfield Senior Center. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward furnishing the new senior center. The group extends its sincere appreciation to this year’s event sponsor, Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services.

Penny Social MONTGOMERY - Interested in a fun way to relieve the winter blues? The Annual Penny Social hosted by the Montgomery Historical Society is coming March 1 (with a “snow date” of March 8). ‘Twill be an old-fashioned evening of bidding with penny chances while chasing away the “winter doldrums”! The social starts at 6:30 p.m. in Montgomery’s Town Hall and continues until all the donated items are “auctioned” off. Come join neighbors and friends in supporting this annual fundraiser to provide scholarship(s) for graduating Montgomery students. Doors open at 6 p.m., giving everyone a chance to settle in before the 6:30 p.m. start time. In addition to the usual penny social items, donated gift certificates and services from area businesses will be offered as raffle and door prizes, and there are even items just for the kids to bid on! A wide selection of items will be awarded during the evening. For further information, the contact number is 862-4539. Hope to see you there!

Fighter Wing Ceremony WESTFIELD - On Saturday, March 1 at 3 p.m., the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield will host a change of command ceremony where the Wing will recognize former legislators for their contributions over the years to the 104th Fighter Wing. The Wing Commander, Colonel James Keefe, will appoint a new Mission Support Group commander as well as a new Civil Engineering Squadron Commander. Lieutenant Colonel Ann Ware will assume command of the 104th Fighter Wing Mission Support Group, vice Colonel Edward J. Gunning. Gunning will officially retire in June.

City Committee WESTFIELD - The Westfield Republican City Committee will be meeting on Monday, March 3 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend and we encourage everyone to get involved. We will continue to meet on the first Monday of each month at the same time and location until further notice. We look forward to seeing many new faces at our next meeting!

Pink in the Rink

WESTFIELD - Noble Hospital is a presenting media sponsor of the Springfield Falcons’ Pink in the Rink event on March 1 against the Providence Bruins. This annual event helps to raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer. Falcons players wear special pink jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned off after the event. In addition to the hockey game, breast cancer survivors will be honored, there will be special giveaways and raffles and Noble Hospital will have an information booth. Breast cancer survivors and members of our support group The Pink W.A.Y. will also be attending. Pink bracelets will be available for donations at the Noble table. Funds raised will go towards Noble’s Center for Comprehensive Breast Health and breast cancer awareness programs. Please support Noble Hospital by purchasing tickets to the game at or by visiting the Community Development Office. For more information, please contact the Community Development Office at or call (413) 568-2811 x5980. Tickets will be sold from the Falcons online or at the box office for $20 each.

Financial Workshop WESTFIELD - Beginning on March 3, the Westfield Senior Center will be the host site for a three week workshop series on personal financial literacy for older adults. With funding from the State Treasurer’s Office, this unique program is designed to provide financial education to seniors. Workshop participants will begin with a financial self-assessment, identifying realistic financial goals, net worth and budgeting. In addition, “money mentors” will be available to assist participants on a one-on-one basis with general financial guidance, support, and motivation following the completion of the workshop series. The workshops will be held on Mondays March 3, 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no charge for participation in the series and all materials will be supplied. Advance registration is necessary because space is limited. For more information or to sign up for the series, please call the Senior Center at 562-6435.

MS Fundraiser HUNTINGTON - Four Main Street Bar and Grill in Huntington is holding the first annual Mardi Gras/multiple sclerosis (MS) fundraiser in connection with MS Awareness Week. During MS Awareness Week, March 3 to 9, people all over the nation come together to share, educate and build awareness of this disease. Different kinds of fundraisers will be available for this great cause. Chef John is making available some great cajun dishes to go along with his already awesome menu. If you want to come dressed in Mardi Gras costumes feel free to get in the spirit; prizes will be given for the the best costume. The party starts at 6 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m. on Tuesday March 4. Chef John is donating 10 percent of the sales to the MS Society. If you are unable to attend this event and want to donate you can either stop by Four Main Street and leave a check with Chef John made out to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or you can mail a check to Sister Judith (Rosie) at Dalesandro 117 Prospect Street Chester, MA 01011.

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WESTFIELD - Westfield Creative Arts will offer a seat weaving class at the Westfield State University Downtown Art Gallery. The six-week session will run Tuesdays, March 4 to April 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The course is instructed by Kathleen MacLean. The cost of the course is $105 for non-members plus supplies. Caning materials are available through online sources and will need to be ordered prior to first class. There is a membership fee of $50 per year, which translates into a $20 savings for each class taken throughout the year. Tuition for each class varies depending on the length and duration of the class. Classes that require supplies will have a materials list that students can obtain upon registering for the class. A full schedule of class dates and times can be found at For more information on Westfield Creative Arts, call (413) 478-9423.

SOUTHWICK - The Southwick Cultural Council (SCC) is now accepting applications from all regional artists for consideration at its 15th annual juried Art Exhibition. The Art Exhibition will be held at the Southwick Town Hall on May 3 and 4. The exhibit is open to fine arts, fine art crafts (sculpture, pottery), and photography on all subject matter and media. Originals, limited editions and open editions are allowed. Interested artisans may pick up an application and guideline at the Southwick Town Hall or, download from the town website, www. Applications are also available at the Southwick Public Library. All applications must be received no later than March 7. Any questions regarding the application or guideline may be directed to Chair Susan Kochanski at 413 569 0946 or email at

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WESTFIELD - The Westfield Athenaeum is proud to host naturalist John Root for an informative presentation on crop circles. Join us on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium as Mr. Root returns to the athenaeum to introduce attendees to the captivating designs found in farmers’ fields all over the world. John Root has been presenting nature and gardening programs at libraries, nature centers and senior centers for almost a decade. This program is sponsored in part by the Westfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The program is free and all are welcome. For more information, please call the athenaeum at 413-562-0716.

WESTFIELD - The Westfield Athenaeum invites the general public to an interactive open house on Saturday, March 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, in celebration of the library’s 150th anniversary. Join us for an evening of music, refreshments and history as we reenact significant scenes from our esteemed history. Visitors may also have a chance to win a raffle prize! The snow date for this event is Sunday, March 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that the library will close at 4 p.m. to prepare for the evening. There will be no library business conducted during the open house. Please call the library to register for this event at 413568-7833.


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SOUTHWICK - Celebrate Dr. Seuss with us on Wednesday, March 5. Children, along with their parents or caregivers, are invited to come to the Children’s Room at 6:30 p.m. to listen to some Seuss stories read by special guest Lynda Daniele, Trustee Emeritus of Southwick Public Library. Since this is a bedtime storytime, children may wear their pajamas. A make-and-take craft will be available. Registration for this program is not necessary.

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SOUTHWICK - Anna Pickard, President of the Southwick Rotary Interact Club, announced that the school-based club will host a talent show on March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Southwick Tolland Regional High School auditorium. The talent show will consist of acts by high school students demonstrating their various talents and skills. Tickets are available at the door at $6 for adults and $4 for students. Anyone willing to donate a nonperishable food item in support of the Southwick Food Pantry will receive $1 off their ticket. Please help support the local Interact Club and Rotary Club sponsored event. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit various local community projects of the local Interact Club. For more information, contact Pickard at (413) 654-7179 or

Fire Prevention Presentation WESTFIELD - As part of the Westfield Council On Aging’s upcoming ‘Retire the Fire!’ program, Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Egloff will present ‘Fire Prevention and Safety Basics for Seniors‘ at the Westfield Senior Center. Deputy Egloff will discuss how to remain safe while cooking in the kitchen,

WESTFIELD - The Westfield YMCA’s fourth annual Chili, Chowder, Chocolate Cook-Off will take place on March 8. It will be hosted at the Westfield YMCA GP Room between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In conjunction with the YMCA’s “Partners with Youth”, this year’s beneficiary organization is the Westfield Fire Department. We are helping them raise money for the purchase of a BlitzFire Nozzle. From saving lives to shaping lives, this fundraiser benefits the entire community. Come enjoy the food and join the fun, and vote for your favorite dish! Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Westfield YMCA for $7 or a package of four tickets for $25. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Children two years old and under are free. For more information contact Fitness Director Cindy Agan at 568-8631 x323 or email at

Talent Auditions SOUTHWICK - Area singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, spoken word artists and magicians are encouraged to let their inner celebrities sparkle at the open auditions for Southwick’s Got Talent on Sunday, March 9 and Sunday, March 16. Auditions will be held both days at Christ Lutheran Church, 568 College Highway, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Auditions will be limited to five minutes and no appointment is necessary. Created as an opportunity for local performers of all ages to showcase their skills, Southwick’s Got Talent will be live on stage for the public on Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. All selected entrants will vie for a prize of $100 awarded to the top youth performer, age 17 and under, or $200 awarded to the top adult performer, age 18 and older. For further details please call Christ Lutheran Church at (413) 569-5151 or visit

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using electrical appliances, keeping warm at home and using home oxygen. In addition, he will share stories and examples from his many years as a firefighter. Join us at the Westfield Senior Center on Thursday, March 6 at 12:45 p.m. for this extremely informative and enlightening discussion. No advance sign-ups are necessary. Free parking is available in the Stop & Shop lot or, for no more than three hours, in the municipal lot behind the Bank of America. For more information, call 5626435.

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

Home Improvement

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

TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunA.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. rooms, garages. License #069144. MA Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. Tom (413)568-7036. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. Free estimate on phone. Senior disAll your carpentry needs. (413)386count. Call Pete (413)433-0356. 4606. Did your windows fail with the cold weather? Don't wait another year! Call Paul for replacement windows. Many new features available. Windows are built in CT. All windows installed by Home Improvement Paul, owner of Paul Maynard ConMy name is on my work. struction. AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Li- Home Maintenance censed and fully insured. Call Stuart Richter (413)297-5858. HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom remodeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, winterization. No job too small. 35 years BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING RE- profressional experience. (413)519MODELING.Kitchens, additions, 3251.

decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass Registered #106263, licensed & in- JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

basements, drywall, tile, floors, suspended ceilings, restoration services, C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceil- doors, windows, decks, stairs, interior/exterior painting, plumbing. ings, home improvements and remodSmall jobs ok. All types of professional eling. Licensed and insured. Call work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)262-9314. (413)364-7038.

House Painting


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. At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're 10% senior discount. Free estimates. your color specialists! Fall season is MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701 in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including Snowplowing painting and staining log homes. A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield Call (413)230-8141 residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. 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 !!

A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and decorating advice. (413)564-0223, (413)626-8880.

Landscaping/Lawn Care

SNOWPLOWING / Snowblowing lots, driveways. ROOF RAKING. Dependable, reliable service. Call (413)3745377. SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn Services, (413)579-1639. SOLEK BROTHERS SNOW REMOVAL. Roofs, decks, driveways, parking lots, ice dams. Fully insured. Free estimates. Sean (413)977-5456.

YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush removal, hedge/tree trimming, Tree Service mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

Masonry 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.

TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log Truck Loads. (413)569-6104.

AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, cabling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 5690469. CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert tree removal. Prompt estimates. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.

Plumbing & Heating


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

KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS. 30+ years experience for home or business. Discount off all fabrics. Get quality workmanship at a great price. Free pickup and delivery. Call (413)5626639.

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