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SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014
Fox seeks re-election By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – Russell S. Fox has been serving the town of Southwick since high school and continues that service today as the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Fox is hoping to remain involved in town government and announced he is seeking re-election in May. “It has been a great honor to have served as a member of the Board of Selectman and I am asking the voters of Southwick to allow me to continue working for them and RUSS FOX our community,” he said. “I believe the Board has achieved positive results while working with other boards, commissioners and town staff, that will benefit our town now and in the future.” Fox said giving back to the community was always just what his family did. “We were brought up to be involved in the community, that it’s our obligation,” said Fox. “And I enjoy it – I’m proud that I am part of the community.” Fox said there are more tough economic times ahead and a small town like Southwick has to be innovative. “We need to look at our economic development,” he said. “We are small, but we See Fox, Page 3
Internet loans risky business for borrowers By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Residents struggling to meet their financial needs will naturally explore all avenues for funding but those enticed by offers of easy Internet loans may find that path a treacherous – and expensive – dead end. The Internet offers a vast array of worthwhile destinations but the savvy net surfers have learned that not all sites are what they seem to be and the Internet also offers a lucrative opportunity for scam artists whose sites are not at all what they purport to be. For those clutching at straws for fiscal relief, a website which offers approval of a loan may appear to be a godsend. Det. Todd Edwards of the financial
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Humason said that it showcases what makes the area so special. “It just speaks to the diversity of our district, not just my district alone, but everyone of us represent districts that are urban and rural, that are very tightly compacted with people and
By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Traffic Commission will recommend changing traffic light sequences in the CORE district to facilitate a better flow of traffic, a simple goal with several complications. One of the major complications is that federal funding of recently completed major road and bridge projects has strings attached that may limit the modifications the city can make to the traffic pattern, including to traffic signals, established during those projects. Police Chief John Camerota, chairman of the Traffic Commission, requested the Engineering and Public Works departments to set all traffic signals on a flashing sequence between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The commission members also discussed setting the traffic signals at several intersections on flashing red sequence. One of the intersections discussed was at Elm and School streets; another was the U turn from Union Street to North Elm Street in front of the Westwood building. The Elm and School streets intersection was a flashing signal for months while the Park Square Green area was reconstructed during the Main/Broad street project. Motorists traveling south on Elm Street had a flashing yellow signal while westbound motorists attempting to cross Elm Street to enter School Street had a flashing red light. “It worked well during that construction,” Camerota said. The commission, which removed “No Turn on Red” traffic signs around the Great River Bridge traffic pattern, said the traffic light on the U-turn in front of Westwood should be converted to a red arrow because those motorists have a dedicated lane to turn into on North Elm Street. The issue with the flashing signal sequence is that it may inhibit the pedestrian crossing signals. The Engineering Department will further investigate the programming options for the traffic signals that were installed with new technology during the infrastructure improvement projects. In other business, the commission is considering prohibiting all on-street parking on Monroe Street and on sections of Chapel Street from the area of the Monroe intersection to Mechanic Street. Officer Kevin Bard of the Community Policing Bureau reported that parked cars on Monroe Street, especially those near the intersections of Thomas and Chapel streets inhibit access by emergency vehicles. Bard said that he spoke with the landlords of apartments on those streets. The owner of several Monroe Street properties said that he also owned 97 Elm Street and
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State Sen. Donald Humason Jr. standing rear, holds his son Quinn, while chatting with, Helene Florio, left, Michael Knapik, center, Peter Miller, foreground left, and State Rep. John Scibak, right, during a Legislative Breakfast sponsored by Humason. The gathering of local and state officials was staged at the Pomeroy Sugar House in Westfield Frida. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
Humason hosts fellow pols for pancakes at Pomeroy’s By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Breakfast is an important meal in the life of an elected official, as evidenced by the massive order of pancakes, bacon, and sausages that Pomeroy’s Sugar House churned out Friday morning for a who’s who of western Massachusetts legislators. The bipartisan brunch was hosted by State Senator Don Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), who was joined by former colleagues in the House of Representatives from western Mass., including Gailanne Cariddi (D-North Adams), Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow), Peter Kocot (D-Northampton), John Scibak (D-South Hadley), and Paul Mark (D-Peru), as well as former State Senator Michael R. Knapik, the current Executive Director of Advancement for Westfield State University. “I’ve been coming here since it opened,” said Humason after finishing a stack of pancakes. “Initially, me and Senator Knapik would come here for lunch and then we said ‘why don’t we invite our colleagues? We’re going on our 10-year anniversary soon.” The current State Senator for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District has seen his political career grow along with the sugar house itself. “There’s a picture (in the sugar house) of Harlow (Pomeroy), me, Doug Gillespe, who was the Commissioner at the time, and Rick Sullivan back at least ten years ago,” said Humason, who began his career in the legislature in 2003 when he was elected to the House of Representatives, five years after Pomeroy’s opened in 1998. When asked of what the presence of this unique business in his district means to him,
Randy Pomeroy, left, owner of the Pomeroy Sugar House in Westfield, shows State Sen. Donald Humason Jr., some of the maple sugar collection containers still in operation during a Legislative Breakfast Friday. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
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Local eatery squeezed for parking By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The arrival of spring is something Lori Varelas, owner of The Good Table Restaurant on School Street, has been looking forward to for a long time, but not for the reason one might expect. “This winter killed us,” Varelas said Thursday. “On-street parking – there was none because of the snow bank.” The location of Varelas’ business has proven problematic as of late, as The Good Table, which is sandwiched between Santander and United banks, is still suffering from a lack of sufficient parking for its patrons, which she said is causing major headaches for her and her loyal customers. “You’ve got a parking structure
coming in. I’ve seen the design layout,” she said. “We need more parking – less grass, less concrete. We support (other local businesses), but for some reason, certain neighbors are just not thinking of the bigger picture.” Varelas said that neither of the banks that neighbor her establishment will allow her customers to park in their lots. “It doesn’t just impact The Good Table,” she said of the parking woes being felt by the city’s side street business contingent. “Unless you’re on the main drag, there’s nothing (for parking) down here.” Varelas stated that she begged Berkshire Bank on Western Avenue for three or four spots with which to park some of the cars for her customers and
employees. “They never got back to me,” she said, adding that she spoke with someone in the corporate office at United Bank who didn’t want her parking behind the restaurant. “I had to say ‘hold on a minute. I pay for that. I rent that. That’s in the contract with my landlord,’” Varelas said. “She replied that the only one who’s allowed to park there is the attorney (next door). I said ‘I’m going to stay there till my landlord says I have to move.’” Varelas’ parking woes have been so severe that she said she threatened to pull her accounts from one of the two banks and go to Westfield Bank. See Parking, Page 3
Santander Bank which is located across the street from the Good Table Restaurant on School Street is clearly marked for bank business only. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
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AROUND TOWN History Speaker WESTFIELD- Please join us at the Westfield Athenaeum on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m., as we welcome local Historian Rich Colton to our Spring Speaker Series. Mr. Colton will highlight the history of the Springfield Armory and the vital role it played in our national and local histories. Mr. Colton is the Historic Weapons Safety Officer at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. He brings a wealth of knowledge about the Armory and historic firearms; and will present an interesting and informative lecture for our audience. This program is free and all are welcome. Please call the library for more information, 413562-0638.
Lunchtime Concerts Series WESTFIELD- Join us at the Westfield Athenaeum on April 3 at noon for another performance in our First Thursday’s lunchtime concerts series. The Athenaeum welcomes back musician Dan Daniels as he sings about the History of Country Music in his own inimitable fashion. As always, Soup’s On will be offering lunch beginning at 11:15 a.m. Bring your own or buy lunch at the Athenaeum! There is always something for everyone! Dan is sure to entertain and delight our audience and we hope to see you there! This program is free and all are welcome. Please call the library for more information, 413-562-0638.
Curbside Bulk Pickup WESTFIELD - Pickup will begin April 7. Please call 564-3119 to schedule an appointment. Only five items per scheduled appointment are allowed. Only the five items on list will be picked up. Place items out the night before scheduled date or before 7 a.m.
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Pancake Breakfast SOUTHWICK- The Southwick Lions Club is hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast where you can enjoy a full breakfast, take photos with the Easter Bunny, and participate in a children’s raffle. The cost for the breakfast is $7.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12 years of age. A donation to the Southwick Lions Club is appreciated for posing with the Easter Bunny. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 13 at the Southwick Rec Center. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m. and continues until noontime.
WESTFIELD - CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is holding a paper shredding fundraiser. On Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Valley Green Shredding of South Deerfield, is donating its equipment to help raise funds for Westfield students. For only $5 you may have up to two boxes of documents shredded. Shredding will take place in Trivia Night the South Middle School parking lot. Note, these items are RUSSELL- Russell First’s Trivia Night will be held on April 5 not acceptable for shredding: 3-ring binders, batteries, elecat the Russell V.F.W. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first round tronics, large binder clips, vinyl, plastics or x-rays. All prostarting at 7 p.m. sharp. Cash prizes will be awarded for highest ceeds will fund scholarships for Westfield students. scores at the end of two sessions. A $10 donation gets you in the door to test your knowledge, and an opportunity to vie for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren “Best Theme Table” or take a chance on the 50/50 raffle. Teams WESTFIELD - Are you raising a grandchild? Grandparents’ are limited to 8 players but feel free to come solo. No electronic traditional roles change dramatically when they assume total devices are allowed. A cash bar is available and contestants are responsibility of caring for their grandchildren. Although encouraged to bring their own food, with outlets available for each family situation is unique, there are many similar needs warming trays and crock-pots. Proceeds will go towards helping and concerns. The Greater Westfield Grandparents Raising to offset costs for fundraising, such as the annual breakfast and ice Grandchildren support group meets the second Tuesday of fishing derby on Russell Pond. You don’t have to a genius to every month at the Westfield Boys and Girls Club. Childcare attend; just come and enjoy a fun filled evening with friends. This will be provided. All grandparents are welcome to attend is a popular event with tables available on a first come, first serve starting at 6:30 p.m. For questions, please contact gpsg01085@ basis. To reserve a table, please call 413-862-4048 and leave a aol.com or call 562-2301. message with contact information.
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‘How to Poo on a Date’ wins prize LONDON (AP) — A guide to coping with an awkward romantic moment has been awarded a prize for the year’s oddest book title. Humorous self-help book “How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers’ Guide to Toilet Etiquette” triumphed Friday in the quirky Diagram Prize. Organizers said the book, published by Prion Press, received 30 percent of votes in an online ballot. It beat other finalists including “Are Trout South African” and “Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City.” Prize director Horace Bent said voters had chosen “a manual that can help one through life’s more challenging and delicate moments.” The prize, founded in 1978, is run by the British trade magazine The Bookseller. Previous winners include “Bombproof Your Horse,” ‘’Living With Crazy Buttocks” and “Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes.”
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Saturday Night will be mostly clear with a low in the mid 20s. West winds 15 to 20 mph. Expect Sunday to be mostly sunny, cooler with highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Sunday Night, mostly clear. Colder with lows around 13. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Monday and Monday Night, mostly clear. Cold. Highs in the upper 20s. Lows 10 to 15. Tuesday, partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of snow. Cold with highs in the mid 30s.
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NC man accused of sucking on toes is arrested LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested a man accused of sucking on a woman’s toes at a Wal-Mart after convincing her that he was a podiatry student. Authorities say Michael Anthony Brown was arrested Thursday night at his home in Concord. He was turned over to Lincolnton police. A Lincoln County magistrate set his bond at $50,000 on a charge of assault on a female. It’s wasn’t immediately known if Brown has an attorney. According to police, Brown is a registered sex offender. Detective Dennis Harris said the woman agreed to try on several pairs of shoes at the store in Lincolnton. Harris says at some point, the man stuck her foot in his mouth. Police say when the woman became upset, the man offered to pay for her groceries.
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The Buschmann Block By Jeanette Fleck WSU Intern Across the river from downtown, the year 1900 brought the Bismarck Hotel to Westfield. Thomas M. Buschmann had commissioned architect Augustus W. Holton to design the luxury hotel on the Depot-adjacent grounds that previously held his father’s Railroad House Hotel (built 1857, and rumored to have held Westfield’s first Christmas tree), at what is today number 16 Union Avenue. It had tin ceilings and Turkish carpets in all 60 rooms – 37 of which were sleeping quarters – and a working elevator to the roof, where live orchestras or vaudeville shows would perform for the guests. The hotel would have embodied exactly what we recognize as the Roaring Twenties, but it’s unclear if it stayed open long enough. Thomas Buschmann died in 1908. His father, John C. Buschmann, Sr., owned a tobacco company and whip factory next door (in the building then known as Buschmann Block), and he and his still-living sons took over ownership of the hotel. However, the original owner of the Railroad House died, himself, in 1910. After these deaths, the fate of the Bismarck Hotel is unclear. It stayed open until at least 1915, and possibly until after 1925, but by 1928, the hotel was confirmed to be out of business. The tobacco company next door continued until about 1937, closing around the same time that John C., Jr., the last of Buschmann’s sons left on Union Ave., finally passed away. In 1930, small businesses began to move into what used to be the Bismarck Hotel. Some offshoot of White Industries, whether selling magazines, greeting cards, miscellaneous gifts, or anything else. White’s stores stayed in the building for 50 years, almost to the day, before leaving the building vacant in 1980… until a string of businesses moved in and out. Notably among these were Lawry Air Freight, the Public Employees Service Organization, and Universal Vice Corp, and a fishing supply manufacturer called the U.S. Line Co. By 2000, those businesses were clearing out, and the Bismarck Hotel was once again for sale. Meanwhile, next door, Pilgrim Candle, a small local business, had acquired Buschmann Block in 1995, moving from much smaller premises inside the Mill at Crane Pond. The large, historic building was a perfect venue for selling scented candles and other gifts. When the building next door went up for sale, Joe Shibley, the founder of Pilgrim Candle, made the purchase, and began a restoration of the hotel. Once again, the buildings are under the same ownership. Today, the Bismarck Hotel, embossed with the words “Westfield Visitor Center,” holds Pilgrim Candle’s “Store Next Door,” as well as Soup’s On, a breakfast and lunch café. Formerly, an art studio and bookshop called the Black Dog Gallery, run by artist Jackie French Koller, occupied the far right side of the hotel, but according to the gallery’s website, she moved East in 2010. Her artwork, much of which features scenes around Westfield, is still being sold through the café.
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Councilor Figy: Ward 2 update Greetings from Ward 2 It has been a busy month since my last article and a lot is happening in our ward. I am learning a lot about traditions and procedures within the council chambers. Numerous citizens have expressed concerns regarding onstreet parking in residential neighborhoods. This is not unique to Ward 2. The width of the streets in residential neighborhoods has shrunk this winter due to the large snow banks. As a result I have proposed to amend the on-street parking ordinance to limit parking to one side of the street from November 1 till April 15 each year. This proposed amendment was referred to the Legislative and Ordinance Committee and also to the Traffic Commission for further review. The Fire Department has obtained a new ladder truck which is wider than the old one. This is another concern regarding narrow streets. We must insure that there is enough room for this new truck to proceed but we must also ensure enough room for safe operation of this truck. I have asked one of the fire commissioners to research this issue and report to both the L&O Committee and the Traffic Commission his findings. This may impact the on-street parking ordinance year round. The Commission for Disabilities approached me to intercede on their behalf concerning parking on Elm Street. All handicap parking is now located in the off street lots. This makes it very difficult for citizens with disabilities to maneuver around our new downtown. This proposal was also referred to the L&O Committee and to the Traffic Commission for further review. Great news on the gazebo! Progress is being made on this three-year-old project. The engineers involved have resolved all their issues. As a result, materials for the construction are out to bid or are on order. The projected date to see activity on
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the Green will be sometime in May. Progress continues to be made on the new senior center. The design phase will end in early April when the project is formally put out to bid. This has been a dream of many seniors here in Westfield for a long time. The final hurdle will be when the Mayor brings to the City Council the final Ralph J. Figy amount to be bonded. The city is only covering the construction costs. The Friends of the Senior Center are continuing to raise $500,000 to furnish the interior. Congratulations to the Friends group on a fun-filled event at Shaker Farms. Keep up the good work. The Our House Project that is being coordinated by Domus is continuing to move forward. The old Red Cross building has been purchased. Domus is well into the design phase and is looking to break ground by the end of April or the first of May. Upcoming events of interest: the annual sled hockey tournament at Amelia Park on May 2, 3, and 4. That concludes this report to the citizens in Ward 2 and Greater Westfield. I can be reached at (413)568-9954 or at r. firstname.lastname@example.org. Ralph J. Figy Ward 2 Councilor Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not the staff, editor, or publisher of this publication
Councilor Allie: The Best Way to Lower Property Taxes How do we lower the property taxes and our tax spending and bonding in Westfield, but I strongly burden in Westfield? As City Councilor and a homebelieve that a minimum of 10 percent or $100 million owner paying these hefty tax bills, I am fully comshould be used to restore cut local aid funds. Our tax mitted to finding ways to the end the ever increasing dollars are best spent here at home, not in Boston. tax burden. I believe a little sunshine is the best disWith the state having a budget surplus, it is wrong infectant when it comes to understanding the probfor Boston to raise our taxes and reinstate western lems government creates, whether it is overspending, Mass. tolls to pay for more of their wasteful spending. bonding or just not having the correct priorities. Taking money out of the pockets of seniors living on One reason why our property taxes have increased fixed incomes and working families does not help is due to state government’s wasteful spending and Westfield’s economy or to grow jobs! We are taxing lack of priorities which are hurting cities like people out of their homes and jobs, and it needs to Westfield, homeowners, and small business owners, stop. year after year. The State House cuts local aid, but How did the state waste our tax dollars? Welfare continues wasting our tax dollars. That does not help fraud cost $200 million, the drug lab scandal cost to grow the economy or jobs. $332 million dollars, the waste in just the MBTA When I was growing up, my parents taught me a maintenance department is $250 million, the health valuable lesson; that if you watch your pennies then care connector website that is still not working wasted the dollars will take care of themselves. That is the $11 million, and $9 million for the Governor’s office Dan Allie philosophy I am working to bring the Westfield City makeover. Council. As your City Councilor, I am determined to As a small business owner and manager, my plan is be your fiscal watchdog. to use my extensive experience to find savings that will benefit Westfield was not singled out when local aid was cut. It is deter- Westfield while reducing expenses. By creating a better climate for mined strictly on a formula. The problem is the Governor’s failure local businesses to start up in Westfield, we will be able to increase to recognize this funding is a priority and lifeline for communities. our tax base. That starts by leaving money in the pockets of conThe state increased local aid last week by $25 million, but turned sumers, and business people. around and raised registry of motor vehicle fees and closed registry I ran for city council to fight for our shared priorities of accountlocations, leading to long lines. The state giveth and the state taketh ability of our tax dollars and a lower tax burden. I strongly believe away. that government should work for us, not against us. With some The Governor’s 2014-2015 budget increased spending by $2 hard work and using my business experience, I know that I can billion, but there is no additional unrestricted local aid. Worse yet, make a positive difference. we are paying more in state taxes and this money doesn’t come As your City Councilor, I remain committed to being a fiscal back to our city. watchdog and protecting the taxpayers. And, I will use my business Last year, the state collected nearly a billion dollars in revenues experience to help turnaround our economy and highlight probabove projections. That’s right, Boston took in an extra billion dol- lems as I see them. lars in tax revenue—a surplus. On Saturday, April 5, from noon – 1 p.m., I will be at Two Rivers A million dollars in local aid would have come in handy filling Burrito Co. to hear your concerns and ideas. As always, please feel in Westfield’s budget gap. Instead of restoring local aid, homeown- free to call me at 413-455-6186. I am here to serve you. ers and businesses got hammered in January with a 3.4 percent Dan Allie property tax increase. Last year, our city budget was off $900,000. City Councilor At-large The city council knew it in June, and did not take action. In Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column December, the council attempted a creative fix trying to reduce the are those of the author and not the staff, editor, tax increase, but the state would not allow it. We must control or publisher of this publication
TOLLAND Spaghetti Supper - Lions Club at 5 pm
MONDAY, MARCH 24 TOLLAND Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am Board of Selectmen at 5 pm
WESTFIELD Youth Commission Council on Aging at 2:30 pm Finance Committee at 6:45 pm School Committee at 7 pm
SOUTHWICK Board of Assessors at 5:30 pm Finance Committee at 6 pm Board of Selectmen at 6:50 pm
BLANDFORD Police Department Meeting at 6 pm Zoning Board Meeting at 7 pm
Fox Continued from Page 1 have tremendous quality of life to offer. I think we need to consider partnerships between the public and private sectors moving forward.” Fox acknowledged some turmoil among the board members over the past few years, but said they are “getting back to the issues,” especially town infrastructure. “Our roads, culverts and bridges need work,” he said. “We have limited funding so we have to prioritize. Our new management team in town government is already looking at ways to provide needed services, but with an appreciation of limited tax dollars available due to the shrinking state and federal funding.” Fox said over the next three years he would like to see the Board of Selectman increase efforts to address the needs of the town’s aging roads, culverts and bridges. “Like most communities, Southwick’s road infrastructure needs work.” Limited funding and increase costs have backlogged needed repairs and improvements. “Working as a team we need to and can develop a plan to address these issues,” he said. Fox said he was “energized” that the candidates for governor have all pledged that when state revenues increase, so will local aid. “I’m optimistic,” he said. “We’re going to find different ways and plans and ideas to do things, but it’s not going to happen overnight.” Fox and his wife Susan have a daughter Julia. He also has two step-children, Tom and Nichole, and one grandchild, Sadie. He is a life-long resident of Southwick and lives on the family farm with his wife, daughter and mother-in-law Joan Whipkey on Davis Road. Fox received his Bachelor of Science degree in management from Babson College. While at Babson he majored in Management and Organizational Behavior andAmerican History. He owns and operates with his family, Fox Farms / The Southwick Florist. Fox has served the community while on the Finance Committee,Economic Development Commission and the Board of Assessors, in addition to the Board of Selectmen.
Parking Continued from Page 1 “I said to them ‘I don’t want to do that,’” she said. “I don’t want to print on my menus that neither United nor Santander will allow you to park in their lots while eating in my establishment. That wouldn’t look good for downtown Westfield. It would leave a bitter taste in our customer’s mouths.” While Santander ’s Westfield branch did not return a call from The Westfield News Friday, Dena Hall, vice president of marketing and communication for United Bank, said the bank’s parking lot is only large enough for it’s customers. “This is a busy branch, our customers have to be able park, and unfortunately, we can’t allocate spots,” she said. “It’s our lot, and we need the spaces. That’s the unfortunate reality of being a downtown business.” Hall added that the bank’s policy isn’t related to liability concerns, as they allow people to park there after business hours, and that their own Northampton branch is in a similar situation to many of Westfield’s parking-afflicted businesses. “As much as we want to be a good neighbor, we need these spots. Our Northampton branch has no parking either, so I have to park two blocks away to get to it,” she said. “The great thing we can celebrate is that Westfield’s downtown is picking up. People want to bank and eat here. The intermodal center is going to benefit everyone’s best interests.”
One-hour parking is allowed on the north side of School Street as indicated by numerous signs located along the roadway. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
Varelas is hopeful that City Hall can somehow help out with the situation. “City officials have to step in somewhere and help the small business owners or we’re all going to be closing shop,” she said. “I can’t pay my bills waiting on sunny days hoping my customers will come in when one parks and one leaves.” Community Development Director Peter Miller has heard the cries for help. “We recognize the challenges that all downtown businesses face when it comes to parking,” he said. “It’s not going to get any easier as we try to attract more businesses, particularly with The Hangar opening.” Miller said that he antici-
pates a greater demand, but the ownership situation of many downtown lots complicates matters. “When all of the lots in the immediate vicinity are owned privately, we really need to come up with more creative solutions about how to deal with it,” he said. “The parking garage is still into the future, and it’s not going to help us with our immediate issues. Throwing more money at parking isn’t something that we have the resources to do at this point.” Varelas also spoke of a previous statement by Mayor Daniel M. Knapik about the city possibly purchasing the parking lot from United Bank, which Miller said withered on the vine. “We had discussions with them. United just recently announced they’re merging with Rockville Bank in Connecticut,” he said. “We thought that there might be an
opportunity to look at how they were deporting these assets, but if they were going to be merging with someone who already had a presence in our downtown, there may have been an opportunity to do some purchase.” “Now that they’ve gone with someone from out of the area, it looks like they’re going to be there for the foreseeable future,” Miller said. “And while that’s a good thing, it also means that they have their own needs for parking.” “With the pending building of the intermodal center and with the Gaslight District project both coming up within the next 12 to 18 months, this is going to be a challenging time for everybody, because whether it’s the Landsdowne Place people or general permit parking, we’re going to have to take a real close look at our policies.” Miller said.
State Sen. Donald Humason Jr., receives a hug and kiss from Pomeroy Sugar House greeter Rosalie Pike, during a Legislative Breakfast sponsored by Humason Friday. Humason was joined by more than a dozen local and state dignitaries. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
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A sign at the entrance of the United Bank parking lot warns drivers that their car could be towed for non-bank business. The Good Table Restaurant has a back door facing the parking lot. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
that are very open-spaced,” he said of his fellow western Mass. delegates. “Half the time in our job, we’re talking about manufacturing and economic redevelopment, the other half of the time we’re talking about open space preservation and agricultural issues, and it just speaks to that diversity.” Sheila Phelon, the aunt of Pomeroy’s Sugar House Owner Randy Pomeroy, said this annual gathering is a highlight for the family business. “We look forward to it every year,” she said, harkening back to ‘when he was doing it with Senator Knapik.’ “We have a lot of fun here. We enjoy it. It’s Randy’s family – everyone is here.” “We appreciate it a lot. It’s great, makes us feel good,” said Pomeroy, 23, after explaining the process for boiling maple syrup to Humason and his staff. “We must be doing something right if he keeps coming back.”
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How sanctions could backfire
Zuckerberg, other tech execs meet with Obama By Tony Romm Politico.com Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other top tech executives huddled Friday with President Barack Obama to discuss surveillance, just days after Zuckerberg slammed the White House for working too slowly on NSA reform. The executives — including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the leaders of Dropbox, Box and Palantir — joined Obama and his top cabinet officials for a discussion that stressed the administration’s “commitment to taking steps that can give people greater confidence that their rights are being protected while preserving important tools that keep us safe,” according to the White House. The meeting marked the second time in about four months that the White House has invited major technology CEOs to Washington to talk about the issue. But this session was prompted in part by Zuckerberg’s recent, public rebuke of the administration, multiple sources said. The Facebook CEO in a post last week revealed he had called Obama to express “frustration over the damage the government” has caused the industry. Exiting Friday’s discussion, a Facebook spokeswoman echoed that position: The company said Zuckerberg had “brought his concerns … directly to the president” — and while praising Obama’s engagement, the social giant said more must be done. “While the US Government has taken helpful steps to reform its surveillance practices, these are simply not enough,” the spokeswoman said. “People around the globe deserve to know that their information is secure and Facebook will keep urging the US Government to be more transparent about its practices and more protective of civil liberties.” The brewing debate over NSA surveillance — and the U.S. government’s relationship with tech companies — have caused business headaches for the industry’s biggest names. In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s leaks, some foreign countries and companies have grown wary of working with Silicon Valley. And U.S. tech giants fear that Europe, Brazil, India and other major markets could penalize them with trade restrictions, including laws requiring companies to store data in countries where customers reside. “In response to the NSA disclosures, there has been an acceleration across the globe of economically harmful policies,” said Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council. Garfield isn’t attending the White House meeting, but said it’s “imperative that Congress and the administration show their leadership by helping to repair trust” in the sector, particularly through more transparency and oversight. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Palantir CEO Alexander Karp and Box CEO Aaron Levie, as well as Schmidt and Zuckerberg, attended the Friday meeting, the White House confirmed. They joined the president along with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, top counselor John Podesta and key NSA and counterterrorism officials, according to an official readout. During the conversation, Obama updated the CEOs on the steps the administration has taken since the president delivered his January 17 speech calling for government surveillance reform. Obama also updated the CEOs on White House work to explore the intersection of “big data” and privacy — a review led by Podesta, and one that’s raised the specter that the administration could support new consumer online privacy protections. To that end, the administration on Friday posted publicly on the White House website a new form that allows visitors to weigh in on whether they feel their personal data is protected online. Tech CEOs last connected with Obama face to face in December. Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer, Twitter leader Dick Costolo and others were invited to the White House for a session on HealthCare.gov, but their conversation quickly pivoted to the NSA. Many tech companies after the meeting urged Obama in a joint statement to “move aggressively on reform.” Mayer was invited to Friday’s meeting but could not make the trip on short notice, industry sources said. Invites for the meeting went out at the end of last week, those sources said, not long after Zuckerberg’s anti-surveillance post. Other tech companies in attendance did not immediately comment for this story. The new meeting took place at a critical juncture in the NSA reform debate. Obama is due to issue his recommendation for the future of the spy agency’s telephone records program before the end of the month. And at the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, lawmakers are ramping up for what promises to be a lengthy battle over the future of the NSA’s authorities, some of which are set to expire next year. The congressional debate has touched off a lobbying frenzy in Washington. Many of the leading tech firms have banded together as part of a new group, called Reform Government Surveillance, that recently registered its own outside lobbyist. Some of those companies have individually spent millions of dollars to try to influence D.C. debates over privacy, cybersecurity and surveillance. Others are joining the fight. Members of the Technology CEO Council, for example, raised some of those concerns in meetings last week with the White House and on Capitol Hill. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and others stressed both publicly and privately that continued NSA revelations could trigger new foreign trade restrictions. “U.S. tech leaders see a rising tide of global digital protectionism, with anger about Snowden masking fairly naked mercantilism,” said Bruce Mehlman, the group’s executive director. “America has led the data economy to a place that’s great for consumers and entrepreneurs, but the trade and policy debates of 2014 will determine whether the Internet remains open and relatively unregulated or manipulated for sovereign agendas.”
By OLIVER BULLOUGH Politico.com Vladimir Putin turned up more than an hour late for a speech to Russia’s business elite on Thursday. This was not an insult, however, since he is habitually late. The Russian president once made his (now deposed) Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich cool his heels for four hours while he hung out with a biker gang. In the circumstances, making some of the richest people in Russia sit around for a mere 80 minutes was practically a mark of esteem. Putin spoke for just five minutes and did not find time to mention Ukraine, Crimea, the weakening rouble or the plunging Russian markets. Instead, he focused on a different project— “de-offshore-ization.” It is an ugly word and it sounds, if anything, even uglier in Russian, especially when Putin says it: de-offshorizatsiya. But it is one he likes, and he has been pushing it since 2008. “Russian companies must be registered on our, on their own territory, on the territory of our country and they must have a transparent property structure. I am convinced you are also interested in this,” Putin told his crowd. What sounds like a rather dry proposal for some changes to Russian financial regulation gained dramatic urgency just minutes later, when the White House issued sanctions against Kremlin insiders. U.S. individuals and companies were suddenly barred from doing business with some of Putin’s best friends. The impact was immediate. Visa and Mastercard stopped servicing several Russian banks, thus blocking their clients’ ability to use ATMs. When the markets opened the next day in Moscow, shares in companies linked to people on the list plunged. Novatek, a gas company partly owned by the sanctioned Gennady Timchenko, lost 12 percent as investors piled out. In announcing the sanctions, President Barack Obama spoke of the “costs” they would impose on Putin’s inner circle, and a senior administration official later called them “very powerful” and strongly denied they are “a mere wrist slap.” The costs to Russia are undoubtedly severe but, as Russian businessmen scramble to get their money out of America’s reach, Putin may be secretly pleased. *** Since Russia opened up in the 1990s, Russian businessmen have become adept at using the offshore banking sectors of the world to hide their wealth. In this, they are no different than Western businesses, who also park their cash places where their governments can’t get at it, but they do it on a totally different scale. According to the most recent figures from the Russian Central Bank (for the third quarter of last year), the biggest investor in the country was Cyprus ($4.5 billion), followed by the British Virgin Islands ($2.7 billion), Luxembourg ($1.6 billion) and the isle of Jersey—all of which are generally considered to be tax havens. China, Russia’s most powerful neighbour, invested $193 million during the quarter, less than Bermuda. Germany invested $428 million, little more than half the total from the Bahamas. This is not Bahamian money, earned by hard-working hoteliers and invested in Russia in the hope of good returns. It is Russian money, part of the vast outflow that has left the country in the last two decades, and come to rest in bank accounts around the world. Last year, $63 billion left Russia. Thanks to the post-Crimea political turbulence, financial analysts predict that 2014’s total will be double that. This not only impoverishes Russia, it also complicates Putin’s task of bringing everything in the country within his reach—hence, his desire to deoffshore-ize it. “The oligarchs become much more beholden to him if their money is effectively under his
control. They go from being independently wealthy to ‘dependently wealthy,’” Bill Browder, who was a huge portfolio investor in Russia in Putin’s early years, but who was barred from entering the country in 2006, told me. “Going forward Putin wants them to depend on him to maintain their wealth and not have it taken away.” Since coming to power, Putin has made it his goal to restore the Kremlin’s power: by crushing Chechnya, by cancelling elections, by controlling the media and by squashing overmighty oligarchs who felt they could challenge him. A natural next step is to enhance his control over the remaining oligarchs’ money by forcing them to repatriate it. John Christensen, executive director of the Tax Justice Network, which campaigns to open up the shoal of tax havens that are all that remains of the British Empire, says that bringing the money home would both increase Russia’s tax take and improve the Russian economy by forcing businessmen to invest productively rather than in London property or U.S. basketball teams. But persuading them to do that could take more than just a few speeches, especially since the incentive to keep money offshore is so strong. “At any stage they could become an enemy of the state and have to hotfoot it out of the country, or else Putin could be deposed and then they’ll have to hotfoot it out of the country,” says Christensen. Even if the authorities get serious about forcing them to move their money, that may be easier said than done, according to Christensen: “If their holdings are structured with a degree of complexity, as is normal in this area, where the eventual beneficial ownership is not disclosed, then it is often very difficult to know who actually owns them.” A classic example of someone making use of offshore in this manner is Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was Russia’s richest man until his arrest in 2003. He was jailed and his oil company was expropriated after a series of decisions against him in Russian courts. (Putin freed him late last year in a brief and not very successful pre-Olympics PR drive.)
Putin had no trouble jailing Khodorkovsky and stripping him of his assets, but his troubles did not stop there. The tycoon’s legal team hunted for a different jurisdiction, and now a fresh court case is gradually revealing the danger of “offshore” for the Russian leader. Documents released during the court hearings show that Khodorkovsky’s oil company—Yukos— was owned via interlinked structures in the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Jersey and Cyprus. That made it legally a foreign investor in Russia, despite being owned by Russian citizens, and thus eligible for protection under the Energy Charter Treaty, an international agreement to regulate the oil and gas industry that Russia signed shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The ECT tribunal in The Hague has yet to return its decision on whether Russia violated the treaty by expropriating Khodorkovsky’s oil company, but Yukos lawyers are claiming $100 billion – that’s more than a fifth of Russia’s foreign exchange reserves – in damages, and could well win. With money already pouring out of Russia, that would be a massive blow. Putin would have to abide by the ruling or face having Russian assets outside the country seized as collateral. De-offshore-ization would take away the risk of that ever happening again, because Putin
would only have to face his own courts, which always do what he wants. But that is something the businessmen who waited for 80 minutes to hear him speak know too. Many of them no doubt told Putin they supported his aim of bringing transparency to Russian business, while making a mental note to check and double-check that their corporate structures are as opaque and non-Russian as can be. All this means that Putin may secretly not be as cross about the U.S. sanctions as you might think. Any suggestion that oligarchs’ money is as much at risk outside Russia as it is at home forces his business elite to re-assess their reliance on offshore. Some of them are already doing so, since at least one Kremlin insider anticipated the White House sanctions. Gunvor, a commodity trading giant set up by Timchenko, announced after the sanctions were published that he had sold his stake to his business partner the day before. It was just the kind of outcome Putin was going for, says Browder. “This reduces the main leverage the West has over Russia and Russians, which is the possibility of freezing their assets.” If more sanctions follow, and more Russian money flees homewards, it may well be Barack Obama who ends up giving Russia de-offshore-ization, not Vladimir Putin.
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Motorists traveling south on Elm Street had a flashing yellow traffic signal while westbound motorists attempting to cross Elm Street to enter School Street, above, had a flashing red light during the reconstruction of the Park Square Green area. The Traffic Commission will recommend changing the traffic control lights in the CORE district to facilitate better traffic flow. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
that there is ample parking from the Monroe residence in the lot behind the Elm Street property. The owner of several Chapel Street apartment buildings has also arranged for parking for his tenants, while several houses on those two streets have adequate onsite parking for residents. Bard and Off-street Parking Director Denise Carey said much of the on-street parking is being taken by Westfield State University Students living at the Lansdowne Apartments on Thomas Street. The apartment has limited onsite parking and students who can’t find a space in the onsite lots are required to have a parking sticker from the Arnold Street off-street parking lot, a much longer walk than from Monroe or Chapel streets. Police Chief John Camerota, chairman of the Traffic
Risky Business Continued from Page 1 crimes unit of the city’s Detective Bureau said in a recent interview that criminals intent on defrauding hopeful applicants can build a website and a company with a company name that sounds similar to an established and legitimate loan company in order to draw in hopeful applicants when they use a search engine to search the Internet for lenders. When complaints about the company mount, the website can disappear, leaving little trail for victims to follow In a recent fraud case that has landed on his desk, a local man seeking a loan was bilked three times by a lending ‘club’ before he lost hope of getting the $3,500 loan which had been approved for by the alleged online lender. The man came to the police station Thursday to complain that he had been scammed and told Officer John Blascak that he had been told that he had to pay a $355.95 fee to process his loan. The victim said that he was told to go to a local drugstore to buy a money transfer card in the required amount and, when he complied, was instructed how to transfer the card’s credit balance to the lending club. Then, he was told that he could pick up the money loaned to him at the local Walmart store and he sent a friend there to get the funds. When his friend called him to say that the money was not waiting for him at the store, the victim again called the his contact from the website, Alex Brown, and was told that since his loan was actually two $2,000 transactions he had to buy two more money transfer cards, valued at $154.64 each. When the victim again complied, called Brown again and
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Anthony L. Hiner, 34, of 590 Granville Road, was released on $2,000 personal surety pending a May 15 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of violation of an abuse prevention order brought by Westfield police. Roberta Sanchez, 32, of 6 Little Ave., Holyoke, saw charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker brought by State Police. Derrick Wheeler, 50, of 504 Southwick Road, saw a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police not prosecuted after the victim did not appear in court. Richard L. Jensen, 31, of 411 South Lane, Granville, saw a charge of receiving stolen property valued more than $250 brought by Southwick police dismissed without prejudice. Shawn P. Kelly, 27, of 46 Plantation Circle, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest brought by Westfield police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for three months. Friday, March 21, 2014 Henry C. Engelhardt, 42, 05 125 Main Street, was released on $2,000 personal surety pending a June 12 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Southwick police. Dana E. Jerin, 22, of 72 Granville Road, Southwick, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. He was assessed $50 and found to be not responsible for a charge of speeding in violation of special regulations. Jeffrey L. Mayhew, 49, of 801 Southampton Road, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. He was assessed $50. Jose Gonzalez, 24, of 30 Plantation Circle, West Springfield, was enjoined from making any threats or violence when he was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 29 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery. Paul F. Jones, 46, of 190 Pontoosic Road, was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 29 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of uttering a false check brought by Westfield police. Kelly M. Gustafson, 28, of 50 Southampton Road, was found guilty (in a jury trial) of a charge of violation of a harassment prevention order brought by Westfield police and was placed on probation for one year. She was assessed $50. In a second case on the same charge also brought by Westfield police, Judge Philip A. Contant allowed a motion for a
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again transferred the cards’ credit balances he was again told to pick up his check at Walmart. Again, there was no money at Walmart for him. Kayla Whaling, a Walmart corporate spokeswoman, said that the store chain has absolutely no agreements to provide delivery – or any other – services to the customers of any outside companies. She said that pickup service is only provided to customers of walmart.com, the company’s online sales platform. The victim said that he arranged for a conference call between himself, Brown and a representative of the money transfer company he had been told to use to transfer the lending club’s fees. Blascak reports the victim said that Brown told him to disregard the money transfer company’s representative because he said they are “liars.” The victim said that he has not been reimbursed by the lending club for the funds he gave them. He said he subsequently checked online reviews of the company and found others have lodged complaints about the company. Edwards said that he will investigate the scam but the money trail will probably end at the nation’s border. “Usually when you follow the money, when you follow the bouncing ball, you bounce around and end up out of the country”, often in an African nation,” Edwards said. He said that although he can often work effectively with other U.S. law enforcement agencies once the money leaves the nation it becomes virtually impossible to recover.
Commission, suggested that another option is to issue resident parking decals for Chapel Street that would require proof of residence, similar to a program used in neighborhoods off Western Avenue. City Engineer Mark Cressotti said that the commission may want to consider making Monroe Street, which is now a one-way street from Thomas Street to Chapel
Street, a two-way street. “If there is no parking allowed on Monroe Street would you consider two-way traffic? The one-way pattern has been a problem for the (Westfield) Bank,” Cressotti said. The commission voted to table the issue to further investigate of possible solutions.
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RELIGIOUS LISTINGS Southwick Congregational Church United Church of Christ 488 College Highway – P.O. Box 260 – Southwick, MA 01077- 413-569-6362 03/02/14 – 03/08/14 Rev. Bart Cochran - Minister MARCH 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM – 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; 7:00 PM Bible Study: MARCH 25, TUESDAY – 11:00 AM Bible Study, 6:30 PM Bell Choir, 7:00 PM Boy Scouts; - MARCH 26, WEDNESDAY – 9-1:00 PM Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open.; 7:00 PM Adult Choir; MARCH 27, THURSDAY – 6:30 PM Mid-Week Service; 7:00 PM T.O.P.S.: MARCH 21 FRIDAY: 9-1:00 PM – Henrietta’s Thrift Shop – Open; 6:00 PM O.A. Meeting, 7:30 PM A.A. 12 Step Meeting; March 29, - SATURDAY: 9-1:00 PM Henrietta’s Thrift Shop; 9:00 AM Western MA Gladiola Society Auction. First Congregational Church of Westfield 18 Broad Street Westfield MA 01085 Rev. Elva Merry Pawle, Pastor Carrie Salzer, Director of Children and Family
Ministries Allan Taylor, Minister of Music Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 –1 568-2833 Email:Office@churchonthegreen.org www.churchonthegreen.org Worship Service: Sundays 10 AM Fellowship Hour 11:00 AM Childcare Available -Handicap Accessible First Congregational Church of Westfield Lenten Luncheons 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! Community Passover Seder Congregation Ahavas Achim will hold a community Passover Seder on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, next to Westfield State University. Passover is a holiday of liberation, celebrating the liberation of our Jewish ancestors from slavery in Egypt more than 3000 years ago. It is a time to rededicate ourselves to the struggle against oppression, for Jews and for
all people, here and around the world. There will be an interactive Seder led by Rabbi Joyce Galaski. The cost is $18 for adult members, $12 for teens, $8 for children ages 5 to 12, and children under 5 years of age are free. The cost for nonmembers is $25. Please make your reservations by April 10 with Fran at 575-8465 or firstname.lastname@example.org . All members of the community who are interested in attending are welcome to join us. Sisters of St. Joseph to Sponsor Women’s Spirituality Day April 12, 2014 Oneness will be the theme of the annual Women’s Spirituality Day sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. The program, titled The Oneness of the Story: The Beauty of the Song, will be held Saturday, April 12 from 9:30am – 3:00pm, at Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, Massachusetts. The day of reflection, which is open to the public, will include an inspirational presentation woven with reflective prayer, conversation and song. The facilitator will be Shyla Nelson, an internationally acclaimed classical singer and voice trainer. She founded Good Earth Singers in 2009 to empower communities to take positive action to improve the local and global environment.
Registration fee of $35 includes lunch. For details, contact Sr. Natalie Cain: 413-536-0853 x 249, email@example.com Entering the God Zone WESTFIELD - Fr. Warren Savage offers a series of Lenten Evenings of Reflection on Wednesday March 26 and April 2 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Road, Westfield. Fr. Savage will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m. and in his Homily will reflect deeper on the call to a deeper relationship with God and others. Fr. Savage is a lecturer at Our Lady of the Elms College as well as an instructor in the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. He calls the six weeks of Lent a time to go into the desert and refresh ourselves in God’s spirit. There is no charge for the Lenten series. No reservations are needed. The church is handicapped accessible. Please call the parish office for more information: 413-562-3450. AA Meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Alcoholics Anonymous meeting MondayFriday, 12-1pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church,60 Broad Street, Westfield. Open meeting, all are welcome.
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Advent Christian Church 11 Washington Street Westfield, MA 01085 Interim Minister: Rev. George Karl Phone - (413) 568-1020 Sunday - 9:45 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages; 11 a.m. Praise and Worship Service. Thursday - 7 p.m. - Bible Study & Prayer. All services open to the public, church is handicap accessible. Baha’i Community of Westfield Sundays - 10 a.m. to 12 noon worship and study classes for children and adults at Daniel Jordan Baha’i School in March Memorial Chapel, Springfield College. Open to the public. The second and fourth Fridays of every month at 7 p.m. Westfield study and discussion meetings Call 568-3403. Central Baptist Church 115 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-0429 Email:email@example.com website: http://www.centralbaptist churchwestfield.com 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 ctkwestfield.org Weekly Calendar of Events: Sunday - Worship Service - 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages - 11 a.m. Monday - Men’s Group - Sons of Thunder - 7 p.m. Tuesday - Women’s Bible Study Wednesday - Beginners Bible Study - 7 p.m. Childcare is available. The Episcopal Church of the Atonement 36 Court St., Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 642-3835 http://www.atonementwestfield.net Parking off Pleasant Street The Rev. Nancy Webb Stroud, Rector Sundays: Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am Christian Formation for all ages following 10 am Wednesdays: Bible Study 9:30 am-10:30 am Holy Eucharist and Healing at Noon Congregation Ahavas Achim Interfaith Center at Westfield State University 577 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 334, Westfield, MA 01086 Rabbi Joyce Galaski Phone - (413) 562-2942 Friday Sabbath Services - 7:15 p.m. - 2 times/month and Holiday Services. Call for dates. An Oneg Shabbat follows the service and new members are always welcome. Monday Hebrew School - 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday School Adult Study Group. Faith Bible Church 370 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, MA 01001 Phone - 413-786-1681 Pastor: Rick Donofrio Sunday School for all ages 9:30am Worship Services 10:30am Children’s Service 10:30am Fellowship/Refreshments-12:30am Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 6:30 pm First Congregational Church of Westfield 18 Broad Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-2833 Fax - (413) 568-2835 Website: churchonthegreen.org Email :firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-2p.m. Rev. Elva Merry Pawle, Pastor Carrie Salzer, Church School Coordinator Allan Taylor, Minister of Music Worship Service : Sunday’s 10 AM Church School Sunday 10 AM Childcare Available - Handicap Accessible Fellowship Hour 11 AM First Spiritual Church 33-37 Bliss Street, Springfield, MA 01105 Rev. John Sullivan, Pastor Phone - (413) 238-4495 Sunday Service - 10:30 a.m., Sermon, Healing Service, Spirit Communication. First United Methodist Church (A Stephen’s Ministry Church) 16 Court Street Westfield MA 01085 413-568-5818 Rev. Valerie Roberts-Toler Email:FUMC01085@JUNO.COM Worship Service : Sunday’s 10 a.m. Sunday School: Sunday 10 a.m. Coffee Hour: every Sunday after the 10 a.m. Worship Service. Childcare Available-Handicap Accessible Grace Lutheran Church 1552 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 Phone - 413-734-9268 Website http://www.gracelutheranonline.com The Rev. John Marquis, Pastor E-Mail -pastorwhite@ gracelutheranonline.com Margit Mikuski, Administrative Assistant email@example.com Sunday service - 9:30 a.m. Tuesday – 9 a.m. - Bible Study Wednesday service - 6 p.m. Granville Federated Church American Baptist & United Church of Christ 16 Granby Road, Granville, MA 01034 Phone - (413) 357-8583 10 a.m. - Worship Service, Sunday School to run concurrently with Worship Service. Childcare available 11 a.m. - Coffee Hour Monday - 8 p.m. - AA Meeting Thursday - 7 p.m. - Adult Choir Practice First Saturday - 6 p.m. - Potluck Supper in Fellowship Hall Third Sunday - 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Breakfast Served in Fellowship Hall Third Wednesday - 12 noon - Ladies Aid Potluck
Luncheon & Meeting Fourth Sunday - 11:15 a.m. - Adult Study Program led by Rev. Patrick McMahon. Holy Family Parish 5 Main Street Russell, MA 01071 Rectory Phone: 413-862-4418 Office Phone: 413-667-3350 Rev. Ronald F. Sadlowski, Pastor Deacon David Baillargeon Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Daily Mass: 8 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday Communion Prayer Service: 8 a.m. Thursday Confession: Saturday 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 to 8 a.m. Handicapped accessible Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church 335 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Rene Parent, M.S., Pastor Rev. Luke Krzanowski, M.S., Assistant Phone - (413) 568-1506 Weekend Masses - Saturday - 4 p.m. Sunday - 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Polish), and 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses - Monday-Friday, 12:10 p.m. Also First Friday - 7 p.m. Holy Hour of Adoration Thursday, 6 pm. Sacrament of Reconciliation - Saturdays - 3 to 3:45 p.m. or by appointment Baptisms by appointment, please call the office. Hope Community Church 152 South Westfield Street Feeding Hills, MA. 01030 413.786.2445 Pastor Brad Peterson Sunday morning worship begins at 10 a.m. Contemporary worship, life oriented messages, from the Bible, nursery and children’s church available, classes for all ages. Weekly home groups and Bible studies, active youth group, special activities for families, men, women, and children. For more information, call the church office 413-786-2445, weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Please leave a message any other time. Valley Community Church and Agawam Church of The Bible merged May 2010 to become Hope Community Church Huntington Evangelical Church 22 Russell Road, Huntington, MA 01050 Rev. Charles Cinelli Phone - (413) 667-5774 Sundays - Adult Sunday School - 9 a.m., Sanctuary; Worship Service - 10:15 a.m.; Sanctuary; Children’s Church 10:15 a.m., (downstairs during second half service). Mondays - Ladies Bible Study - 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays - Women’s Guild, the 2nd Tuesday of every month in Chapel on the Green; Ladies Bible Study, (all but second Tuesday), 7 p.m., Chapel on the Green. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 117 Southwick Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone (413) 568-1780 English: Wednesday & Thursday - 7-8:45 p.m.; Sunday 10-11:46 a.m. & 12:30-2:15 p.m. Russian: Thursday - 7-8:45 p.m.; Saturday 4-5:45 p.m. Montgomery Community Church Main Road-Montgomery, MA Pastor Howard R. Noe Phone - (413) 862-3284 Office Nondenominational Services every Sunday 9-10 a.m., with Coffee Fellowship following all services. Weekly Men and Women’s Bible Studies available. Mountain View Baptist Church 310 Apremont Way Holyoke, MA 01040 Pastor Chad E. Correia 413-532-0381 Email: http://www.mvbaptist.com Sunday Morning Worship - 8:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study - 10 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - 7 p.m. Thursday - Visitation & Soul Winning - 6:30 p.m. Saturday - Buss Calling & Soul Winning - 10 a.m. New Life Christian Center of the Westfield Assemblies of God 157 Dartmouth Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Wayne Hartsgrove, Pastor Phone - (413) 568-1588 Sunday - 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study and activities for youth of all ages,Wednesday - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Evening Service - 6 p.m. New Life Worship Center 118 Meadow Street Westfield, MA 01085 413-562-0344 http://www.nlwcofwestfield.org Pastor Gene C. Pelkey Sundays - 10 a.m. - Worship and Sunday School. Wednesdays - 7 p.m. - Bible Study. Men’s and Ladies prayer groups (call for schedules) Changed Into His Image Class (call for schedules) Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish 127 Holyoke Road Westfield, MA 01085 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 489 Westfield, MA 01086-0489 Pastor: Rev. Daniel S. Pacholec Parochial Vicar: Rev. Steven G. Montesanti Deacon Paul Federici Deacon Paul Briere Pastoral Minister: Mary Federici Parish/Religious Education Office: (413) 562-3450 Parish Fax: (413) 562-9875 www.diospringfield.org/olbs Mass Schedule: Saturday: 4 p.m. (Vigil) Sunday: 7, 8:30, 11 a.m. Monday- Friday: 7 a.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. Miraculous Medal Novena Confession: Saturday 3:15- 3:45 p.m. Handicapped accessible. Our Lady of the Lake Church Sheep Pasture Road Southwick, MA 01077 Parish Pastoral/Administrative Staff Pastor: Rev. Henry L. Dorsch 569-0161 Deacon: Rev. Mr. David Przybylowski Religious Education: Lynda Daniele 569-0162 Administrative secretary: Joanne Campagnari - 569-0161 Office Hours: Mon.-Wed.: 8:30 - 3:30; Thurs. 8:30-noon Office, household assistant and Sacristan: Stella Onyski MASS SCHEDULE Sat. 5 p.m. (vigil), Sun., 8, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m. Penance/confession: Saturdays 4:15-4:45; Wed. before 7 p.m. Mass and by appointment. Baptisms: Sundays at 11:15 a.m. Arrange with Pastor and a pre- Baptism meeting is scheduled. Marriage: Arrangements should be made with pastor prior to any reception arrangements as early as one year in advance Exposition of Blessed Sacrament: 1st Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Marian Cenacle of Prayer: Saturdays 7:30-8:30 Charismatic Prayer Meeting: Thursdays 7 p.m. St. Jude Novena after Wednesday 7 p.m. Mass Miraculous Medal Novena after Tuesday morning Mass Chapel of Divine Mercy, Litany, Rosary, Friday 3-3:34 Home and hospital visits. Please call rectory Anointing of the Sick. Please call the pastor Prayer Line: for special intentions. Call Marian at 569-6244 Bible Study: Tuesdays 9:15 a.m. at rectory meeting room Pilgrim Evangelical Covenant Church 605 Salmon Brook Street, Route 10 and 202, Granby, CT 06035 Rev. Dennis Anderson, Pastor Phone: (860) 653-3800 Fax: (860) 653-9984 Handicap Accessible. Schedule: Sunday School - 9 am, Adult - Youth - Children. Sunday Praise and Worship - 10:30 a.m., Infant and toddler care available. Men’s Group Fellowship Breakfast - 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., the 2nd Saturday of each month. Call for a Youth Group schedule of events. You can visit us on the web at: http://www.pilgrimcovenantchurch.org. Pioneer Valley Assembly of God Huntington, MA 01050 Rev. Toby Quirk Phone - (413) 667-3196 Sunday - 10 a.m. - Service of Worship Weekly Bible Study. Call for information. Pioneer Valley Baptist Church 265 Ponders Hollow Road, Westfield, MA 01085 (corner of Tannery and Shaker Road) Phone - (413) 562-3376 Pastor James Montoro Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Service – 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Service – 7 p.m. We provide bus transportation for those in need of transportation. Just call us at 562-3376. Pioneer Valley Baptist Church 265 Ponders Hollow Road, Westfield, MA 01085 (corner of Tannery and Shaker Road) Phone - (413) 562-3376 Pastor James Montoro Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Service – 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday Service – 7 p.m. We provide bus transportation for those in need of transportation. Just call us at 562-3376. Psalms Springs Deliverance Ministries 141 Meadow Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-1612 Pastor Sharon Ingram Sunday School - 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11 a.m. Wednesdays - Childrens reading hour, 5 to 6 p.m. with Pastor, 4 to 10 years old. Wednesday Evening - 7 p.m. - Bible Study & Deliverance Service Friday - Y.E.S. - Youth Excellence Services, 13 years old and up. Russell Community Church Main Street, Russell 01071 Rev. Jimmy Metcalf, Pastor Sunday - 9 a.m. - Sunday School, all ages - Fellowship, parsonage; 10 a.m. - Family Worship; 6 p.m. - Youth Fellowship, parsonage. Tuesday - 7 p.m. - AA Meeting; Family Bible Class, parsonage. Wednesday - 9 a.m. - Women’s Prayer Fellowship, parsonage. Friday - 7:30 p.m. - AA Meeting. St. John’s Lutheran Church 60 Broad Street Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-1417 http://stjohnswestfield.com Pastor Christopher A. Hazzard Sunday - Adult Bible Study and Summer Sunday School (Preschool - High School) 8:45 A.M. Sunday Worship 10 A.M. Tune in to the taped broadcast of our Worship Service over WHYN (.560 on your AM radio dial) at 7:30 on Sunday morning. Southwick Assembly Of God 267 College Highway Southwick,Ma 01077 (413) 569-1882 Efirstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Dan Valeri Sunday morning worship - 9:30 a.m. (featuring contemporary worship, children’s church and nursery) Thursday night family night - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (featuring Adult Bible Study, Faithgirlz! a girls club for ages 5-13, Royal Rangers - a scouting program for boys age 5-18, and preschool for infants - 4 yrs. old) Nursing Home ministry - 3:15 p.m. at Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Granby, CT. Southwick Community Episcopal Church 660 College Highway Southwick, MA 01077 Phone: 569-9650 http://www.southwickchurch.com Rev. J. Taylor Albright, Pastor Saturday Evening Worship Service 5 p.m. Sundays 9:30 AM, Service that blend contemporary worship with traditional liturgy and a family-friendly atmosphere KidZone: Childcare and children’s ministry during the service Sign Language Interpreted Handicapped Accessible Women’s Group: Thursdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. Good coffee, fellowship and light-weight discussion of faith issues. Childcare provided. Southwick Congregational Church United Church of Christ 488 College Highway, P.O. Box 260, Southwick, MA 01077 Administrative Assistant: Barbara Koivisto Phone - (413) 569-6362 email:email@example.com 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 - Soltysiak@comcast.net Fax - (413) 562-4403 Sunday Masses - 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Summer Schedule - 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9 a.m., social center Catechism Classes: Monday evenings Daily and Holy Day Masses as announced For more information & links: PNCC.org St. Mary’s Church 30 Bartlett Street, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 562-5477 http://www.St.MarysofWestfield.com Rev. Brian F. McGrath, pastor Rev. Robert Miskell, Parochial Vicar Deacon Pedro Rivera Deacon Roger Carrier Weekday Mass - Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. Holy Day Masses - 4 p.m. on the eve before, 8:30 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. (bilingual) Confessions Saturdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (lower church) Saturday Mass - 4 p.m. Sunday Mass - 7, 8:30 and 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All Masses are in the upper church, the 11:30 a.m. is in Spanish Handicapped accessible, elevator located to the right of the main entrance. Adoration and Benediction - Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. St. Mary’s Elementary School (Pre-K-8) (413) 568-2388 St. Mary’s High School (9-12) - (413) 568-5692 Office of Religious Education - (413) 568-1127 St. Vincent de Paul outreach to the poor and needy - (413) 568-5619 St. Peter & St. Casimir Parish 22 State Street Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. William H. Wallis, Pastor Parish Office - 413-568-5421 Mass schedule Daily Mon.-Thurs. - 7:15 a.m. Saturday Mass - 4 p.m. Saturday Confessions - 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sunday Mass- 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Temple Beth El Worship Services Sunday - Thursday Evening, 7 p.m. Friday evening, 6 p.m. Saturday evening, 5 p.m. Monday-Friday morning, 7 a.m. Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Holiday morning, 8 a.m. Ongoing Monday afternoons - Learning Center (Religious School), 3:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoons - B’Yachad (Hebrew High School) 6:30 p.m.; Parshat ha Shove study group, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoons - Learning Center (Religious School), 3:15 p.m.; Youth Chorale, 5:15 p.m. Thursday evenings - Boy Scout Troop #32 meets at 7:30 p.m. Friday mornings - “Exploring our Prayers” with Rabbi, 7 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA 01106 Rev. Georganne Greene, Minister http://www.uuspringfield.orgPhone (413) 736-2324 Handicap accessible. Sunday - 9 AM First Hour Forum Sunday - 10:30 AM Worship Service, religious education and nursery for children Thursday - 7:30 PM Choir Rehearsal Monthly UNI Coffeehouse Concerts. Check uNicoffeehouse. org United Church of Christ Second Congregational Church 487 Western Avenue, P.O. Box 814, Westfield, MA 01086 http://www.secondchurchwestfield.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Closed Monday. Rev. Kimberly Murphy, Pastor Phone - (413) 568-7557 Sunday - 10 a.m., Worship Service and Sunday School for preschool through high school. Sunday evening - Youth Program. Westfield Alliance Church 297 Russell Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. Jordan Greeley, Pastor Phone - (413) 568-3572 Sunday - 9:30 a.m. - Bible Life a.m. for all ages, nursery care provided; 11 a.m. - Worship and the Word; 6 p.m - evening service. Word of Grace Church of Pioneer Valley 848 North Road, Route 202 Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 572-3054 Email:email@example.com http://www.wordgrace.us Chet Marshall, Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Service: 10 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Westfield Evangelical Free Church 568 Southwick Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Rev. David K. Young, Pastor Phone - (413) 562-1504 Sunday – 10 a.m. - Morning Worship, childcare available; 8:45 a.m. - Sunday School. Wednesday - 7 p.m. - Bible Study. Friday - 6:30 p.m. Awana Children’s Program. West Springfield Church of Christ 61 Upper Church Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 Phone - (413) 736-1006 Sunday - 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Worship Service; 9:30 a.m. - Bible Study. Wednesday - 7 p.m., Bible Study. Wyben Union Church An Interdenominational Church 678 Montgomery Road, Westfield, MA 01085 Phone - (413) 568-6473 Rev. David L. Cooper, Pastor Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 10 a.m. Summer Worship at 9:30am Nursery Available Bible Studies in both Church and in Members’ homes. wybenunionchurch.com
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Pope gets unusual gift during Maltese audience VATICAN CITY (AP) — Like his papal predecessors, Pope Francis receives all kinds of official gifts from visiting dignitaries: plaques, religious icons and limitededition books. On Friday, he received something rather unique from little Luca Manconi, the 3-year-old grandson of Maltese President George Abela, who tagged along for his grandfather’s audience with the pope. When Luca and his parents joined Abela’s delegation at the end of the 20-minute private meeting, he presented Francis with a little plastic dinosaur. Francis seemed utterly charmed by Luca and his 2-year-old cousin Georgia-Mae, taking them both by the Pope Francis talks with Malta’s President George Abela during a private hand and walking to his chair. He also gave a tender kiss audience in the Pontiff’s studio, at the Vatican, Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool) to Luca’s 6-week-old brother, Matteo.
Top Catholics call for raising minimum wage BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts’ four Roman Catholic bishops are calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage. The bishops in a statement Wednesday said the state’s current minimum of $8 per hour “is insufficient to support and uphold the dignity of individuals and families,” and is “hardly enough to pay for basic necessities such as food and rent, let alone support a family.” They did not suggest to what level the minimum should be raised. The statement was signed by the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Fall River Bishop George Coleman; Worcester Bishop Robert McManus; and Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell.
German Supper WESTFIELD - St. John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad Street in Westfield is having their Annual German Supper on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 with sittings at 5:30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, hot dogs, sauerkraut, potatoes, green beans, gravy, rolls, applesauce, dessert, and coffee/ tea/milk. Take-Out meals are available. The tickets are $15.00 for adults, $6.00 for children (6-12 years) and children under five are free. For tickets, you may contact the church at 568-1417, Jane McClure at 5620492, or Sally Sienkiewicz at 562-3186.
Stuffed Roast Pork Dinner SPRINGFIELD - Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., Chicopee invite you to our monthly dinner on Sat. March 29 at 5:30 in the Parish Hall. The menu consists of stuffed roast pork, salad, potato, vegetable, bread, dessert, and beverage. Adults-$12.00, Ages 6-12$6.00. RSVP by 3/27 to Joan 413-627-0035 or Sally 413592-0571.
The Gathering Grandparents Prayer Group WESTFIELD - Tuesday, April 1 - The Gathering Grandparents Prayer Group meets during Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter & St. Casimir Church, 22 State St., Westfield to pray in community for the protection of our grandchildren in the face of present dangers. A Novena of prayer is said to two very powerful prayer intercessors, Sts. Anne and Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus. All are invited to come and join us in praying for our loved ones. Community prayer has great power with Our Lord.
A Grandparent Hot Cross Bun Breakfast WESTFIELD - Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. - will be held at St. Peter & St. Casimir Social Center. All are invited to come and enjoy a light breakfast with good company and conversation. This month’s theme is “Passing on Our Faith Through Lenten and Easter Traditions.” Bring your traditions with you!
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Jesus’ ‘Crown of Thorns’ shown at Notre Dame PARIS (AP) — An ancient relic that many Christians revere as Jesus Christ’s “Crown of Thorns” has made a special public appearance at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The crown — a circular band of branches encased in a gilded, golden tube — is being displayed for three days to mark the 800th anniversary of the birthday and christening of King Louis IX of France, who acquired it in 1239. The relic was first mentioned by Jerusalem pilgrims in the 5th century and was transferred to Constantinople in the 10th century. The artifact has appeared in special ceremonies a handful of times in the last hundred years: in 1997, and in 1939 on the eve of World War II, to celebrate seven centuries since it came to France.
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Obituaries Robert W. Myco WESTFIELD - Robert W. Myco, 76, of Westfield died Thursday, March 20 2014. He was born in Torrington CT on June 9, 1937 to James and Vivian (Selzer) Myco, and moved to Westfield as a young boy. He graduated from Westfield High School in 1955. He attended both American International College and Springfield College where he earned his Masters of Education Degree. In 1963, Bob began his 35 year career with the Westfield Public schools as a guidance counselor at the Westfield Middle School. In 1967 he became the first Guidance Counselor at Westfield Vocational High School, retiring in 1998 as Director of Guidance. He joined the 131st Tactical Fighter Squadron with the MA Air National Guard as a senior in high school in 1955. Bob served his country for 42 years retiring in 1997 as a Sr. Master Sergeant with the 104th Fighter Wing. During Berlin Wall Crisis he was stationed in Phalsbourg France during 1961-62. He also served in deployments to Lybia, North Africa, Turkey and Italy. During this time the received numerous awards and medals including the Air Force Commendation Medal, N.C.O. Academy Ribbon as Class Commander & the John Levtious Award as Honor Graduate, the National Defense Service Medal Bronze Star, two Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, Oak Leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon. Bob was also an active member of the American Legion Post 124, where he served as Public relations officer. He was also a Past Commander and a life member. He served as Chairman of both the legions Boys and Girls state and student trooper scholarship programs. During his spare time he enjoyed golfing in the Tuesday morning league at Tekoa Country Club. Bob was an avid fan of his Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. He leaves behind his 103 year old mother, Vivian C. Myco of McDonough, GA; his sister, Donna Repoff and her husband Jack of McDonough GA; two sons, Darrell R. Myco of Feeding Hills, MA and Darren J. Myco of Lawrenceville GA; a grandson, Jacob T. Myco of Feeding Hills and a niece, Kimberly Heaton and her husband Kevin of Newnan GA. The funeral will be Wednesday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield. Burial with military honors will be held Friday, March 28th at 1:00 p.m. in The Mass Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Calling hours will be Tuesday, March 25th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Robert’s memory be made to the Scholarship Committee at American legion Post 124, P.O. Box 236, Westfield, MA 01085. firtionadams.com.
Massachusetts nixes hike in worker’s compensation rates BOSTON (AP) — The state insurance commissioner has approved a settlement eliminating a proposed increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s argued against the planning increase, which would have hiked rates by an average of 7.7 percent across the state. Coakley called the proposed increase “totally unjustified” and said it would have hit small businesses hard at a time when the state is grappling with high unemployment. Coakley, who is also a Democratic candidate for governor, said Friday’s settlement will end up saving Massachusetts employers a total of $75 million. Massachusetts businesses are required to purchase workers compensation insurance to provide coverage for expenses and lost wages of workers injured on the job. Rates for workers compensation insurance are set at least every other year in an administrative rate hearing
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Massachusetts Trial Court stops hiring BOSTON (AP) — The state’s Trial Court has stopped hiring probation and court security officers because there is still no test for new hires to take as required under the Legislature’s overhaul in the wake of a 2010 patronage scandal. Union officials are worried that the hiring freeze that went into effect on Monday will put public safety at risk because people on probation won’t be properly monitored. “We’ve seen that the shortage of staff has led to a lot of slippage at (the Department of Children and Families), and the same thing could, in fact, happen if we don’t have the personnel in the probation service,” David Holway, president of the National Association of Government Employees, which represents probation officers and court security, told the Boston Herald (http://bit. ly/1eZ9RLs ). “People are put on probation, we’re supposed to keep an eye on them, and if we don’t have the personnel to do that, something’s going to slip between the cracks.” Reforms passed in August 2011 required written exams for new probation and court security hires and candidates for promotions — but those tests still haven’t been created because the state had trouble finding a testing contractor, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence said. Until this week, hiring continued without the test, with new employees getting their jobs on the condition they pass the test once it is created, Spence said. Holway said that of the state’s approximately 2,000 probation and court security officers, a “couple hundred” have been either hired or promoted since the reforms, while at least 100 vacant jobs are now on hold because of the freeze. The freeze comes as former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two former deputies gear up for a federal racketeering trial. Prosecutors allege they awarded jobs to politically connected candidates over more qualified candidates in exchange for a bigger budget from lawmakers. They deny the charges.
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THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS Westfield High Baseball tryout and practice
Westfield High School’s Tim Hurley connects during batting practice in the school gymnasium. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
Jared Iglesias scoops up the ball during a baseball tryout and practice in the Westfield High School gymnasium. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
Westfield’s Matt Bruno makes the catch during a tryout and practice session in the school gymnasium. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
Westfield High School’s Tim Kelleher makes the out during a makeMembers of the Westfield High School baseball team warm up prior to a tryout and practice session. (Photo by shift baseball diamond in the school gymnasium during a tryout and Frederick Gore) practice session. (Photo by Frederick Gore)
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES THURSDAY March 27
FRIDAY March 28
SATURDAY March 29
MONDAY March 31
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SOFTBALL vs. Agawam, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Agawam, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE at Amherst, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 5:30 p.m.
BOYS’ V TENNIS at Central, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V TRACK & FIELD at Northampton, 4 p.m.
WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL at Needham, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL at Needham, 5:30 p.m.
BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech, 9 a.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE at East Longmeadow, 1 p.m.
BASEBALL vs. Northampton, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL at Putnam, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Northampton, WHS, 4 p.m.
SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL at Ware, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL at Ware, Grenville Park, 4 p.m.
SOFTBALL vs. Smith Academy, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Smith Academy, 4 p.m.
GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL vs. Easthampton, 4 p.m.
SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ LACROSSE at Chicopee Comp, 5 p.m.
BOYS’ TENNIS at Sci-Tech, Forest Park, 4 p.m.
Tennessee beats Massachusetts 86-67 in NCAAs RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan McRae flew in to throw down a dunk on the break and increase Tennessee’s big first-half lead, then came down the floor to scream triumphantly toward the orange-clad fans near the court. Confident? Check.
Enthusiastic? Yep. Maybe playing in the First Four to get the jitters out wasn’t such a bad thing for these Volunteers after all. Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help Tennessee beat Massachusetts 86-67 on Friday in the second
16 Cal Poly 81
11 Iowa 65
16 Mt. St. Mary’s 64
12 Xavier 59
March 18-19 Dayton, Ohio
16 Texas Southern 69
11 Tennessee 78
Orlando • Thurs. San Diego • Fri. Buffalo • Thurs. St. Louis • Fri.
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9 Pittsburgh 77 Mar. 27
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6 Baylor 74 Baylor
11 Dayton 60
11 Nebraska 60 Mar. 23
3 Creighton 76 14 La-Lafayette 66
14 Western Mich. 53 Mar. 27
7 New Mexico 53 10 Stanford 58 2 Kansas 80
4 San Diego St. 73 13 New Mexico St. 69
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5 Oklahoma 75 12 N. Dakota St. 80
3 Syracuse 77
8 Gonzaga 85 9 Oklahoma St. 77
5 VCU (26-8)
1 Arizona 68
16 Albany (N.Y.) 55 8 Colorado 48
7 Oregon 87 Oregon 10 BYU 68 Mar. 22
2 Wisconsin 75
15 Eastern Kent. 69
15 American 35
1 Wichita State 7:10 p.m.
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16 Coastal Car. 8 Memphis
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12 N.C. State 80 Louisville
Michigan St. 13 Delaware 78 6 North Carolina
Indianapolis Mar. 30
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14 N.C. Central
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7 Texas 87 Texas 10 Arizona St. 85
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15 Milwaukee 53
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7 UConn 89
2 Villanova 73
4 Louisville 71
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happens this time of year.” McRae added 21 points for the Volunteers (23-12), who had little trouble with the sixth-seeded Minutemen (249) in a surprisingly one-sided performance. Tennessee shot 54 percent from the field, led by 20 points before halftime and used another strong
San Diego • Fri.
1 Florida 67
The game is a rematch of an NIT game won by Mercer at Tennessee last year. “We didn’t come into this tournament saying, ‘OK, if we beat UMass we can play Duke.’ Not at all,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Our guys understand that it’s one game at a time. Anything
16 Albany (N.Y.) 71
Second Round March 20-21
round of the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning the program’s most lopsided win in the tournament in seven years. Now 11th-seeded Tennessee faces 14th-seeded Mercer, which beat No. 3 seed Duke 78-71 on Friday, in the third round on Sunday.
defensive performance to shut down UMass. “We just wanted to keep our foot on the gas the whole time,” McRae said. With that mentality, Martin’s club is building momentum at the right time of the season. “They understand and I guess they realize when you defend at the level we’re capable of defending at, these are the results behind it,” Martin said. “They’ve really bought into it and embraced the fact that we can defend the way we defend because you can still score the ball, but scoring is a lot better when you can defend like this. “They’re just playing with confidence as a team. Everybody understands their role and just wants to win as a family.” The Volunteers had missed the past two tournaments and squeaked into this year’s field of 68, earning a trip to Dayton, Ohio to face Iowa in the First Four. But they controlled the boards and dominated the overtime to beat the Hawkeyes 78-65 in the program’s first NCAA game since Bruce Pearl’s final game as coach in 2011. Martin had said he thought the win helped his Vols get the jitters out — they didn’t score until 6 minutes into that one — while also giving them a taste of tournament intensity by fighting through a tough game. He was right. Tennessee protected the ball against UMass’ pressure by committing three first-half turnovers, while Stokes and McRae led an offense that shot 52 percent in the first half and kept coming up with press-breaking answers to turn away every spurt. “The Iowa game, we were just getting our feet wet, first time being here,” said Jeronne Maymon, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee. “Then it was time to get down to playing basketball.” This was Tennessee’s biggest margin of victory in an NCAA game since beating Long Beach State 121-86 in the 2007 first round, which came near the start of a sixyear run of tournament appearances under Pearl. Stokes’ 14 rebounds tied the school record for an NCAA tournament game, equaling the mark set by Isiah Victor in 1999 and Reggie Johnson in 1980. Throw in Maymon’s performance, and it marked the first time the Vols had multiple doubledoubles in an NCAA game since 1977. UMass shot 42 percent and went 3 for 11 from 3-point range.
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QUESTIONS & ATTITUDE Compelling questions ... and maybe a few actual answers
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A couple questions we had to ask — ourselves
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Tony happily limped away from Bristol with a 4th-place finish. Did you ever think you’d see Tony Stewart happy after a fourth-place finish?
GODSPEAK: I didn’t think I’d see Tony get a top-five finish until we got to about June on the Cup schedule. Bristol sort of fell in his lap. KEN’S CALL: When a batter is in a slump, a bloop single to right field can look like a gapper to left-center. Baby steps were needed for the hobbling Tony.
How is that Kurt Busch deal working out at Stewart-Haas?
GODSPEAK: You have to remember this is a team built from scratch in the offseason, so Kurt’s guys will be in a mad scramble until, say, Daytona’s Coke Zero 400 in July. KEN’S CALL: It’s easy to pile on, but everyone knows Kurt is capable of winning at any time, and a win changes a season more than ever, doesn’t it?
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CUP POINTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
Keselowski* Earnhardt Jr.* Edwards* Harvick* Gordon Johnson Logano Hamlin Kenseth Newman Stenhouse Jr. Kahne Biffle Dillon Kyle Busch Ambrose
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One streak is over and another continues at Hendrick Motorsports. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s streak of consecutive top-two finishes came to a thundering halt at Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver finished 24th in the No. 88 Chevrolet. Earnhardt opened the season by winning the Daytona 500, then scored second-place finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas. For those first three outings, the 39-year-old driver had an average finish of 1.3. Now add in the 24th at Bristol and Earnhardt’s average finish in 2014 is 7.0. Jeff Gordon, who drives the No. 24 Chevy, kept his streak going at Bristol. Gordon has scored four consecutive top-10 finishes since the season opened at Daytona. And just to show how stats can be skewed, Gordon now has a better finishing average than Earnhardt. Gordon’s average finish in 2014 is 6.25. “The whole team did an awesome job,” Gordon said after his seventh-place effort at Bristol. “We had a really good race car at different times throughout the night. It’s crazy, when we went back racing after the rain delay we just completely wore out the leftfront tire in just like 20 or 30 laps. I mean we were going backwards in a hurry. Thankfully for that competition caution, but we fixed that and got the car better, and drove up into the top five, I was pretty happy.” Earnhardt? No comment.
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Mixing Cheez-Its with Frosted Flakes? Now there’s something that deserves a caution flag.
KENSETH’S ROUGH RIDE Matt Kenseth led a race-high 165 laps at Bristol, but by the time the race ended, his No. 20 Toyota was battered and bent, and he finished 13th. Kenseth was rear-ended at high speed during a caution when Timmy Hill, driving the No. 33 Chevy, blasted his rear bumper. Later in the race, Kenseth got into “the marbles” and tagged the wall a couple of times before regaining control of his Camry. When asked “How was the race?” Kenseth could only shrug. “I don’t think we have enough time for me to tell you all about it.” What about the hit from Hill? “He hit me going like 4,000 miles an hour,” Kenseth said.
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Jeff Gordon hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since November. A big pile of points could come in handy in September, but a win would be nicer.
ROOKIE RUNNERS The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year battle was defined at Bristol when Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon raced side by side in the closing laps in a heated battle for 10thplace honors. Larson prevailed in his No. 42 Chevy while Dillon was 11th. “It’s crazy to think it’s kind of a disappointing finish for the way we ran for most of the race, but all in all it was a good race,” Larson said. “It was a lot of fun racing with Austin there at the end. I definitely had to get up on the wheel and get the elbows up and try not to make any mistakes.” Now each rookie has one top-10 finish. Dillon was ninth in the Daytona 500.
Let’s assume NASCAR officials will take a wait-and-see approach to this one. If it happens again, expect drastic measures: That’s right, a press release announcing immediate changes.
What triggered this possibility?
Sunday night at Bristol, with the 500th and (long-awaited) final lap approaching, someone in the flag stand apparently leaned into an override switch that turned on the track’s caution lights. Once the error was uncovered, but before NASCAR could gather everyone back together for a return to green, the rains returned and Carl Edwards carried his big smile to Victory Lane. Right now it’ll be viewed as a freak accident, but if it happens again, expect NASCAR’s Boys in R&D to develop an officially licensed Caution Light Underride Switch to go in the tower, where it will take precedence over the Override Switch. Or something like that.
Can you get me excited about Fontana this week?
Here’s your good news: NASCAR’s great “unforeseen” doesn’t know geography. It can show its face at any longitude or latitude. The unpredictable wins, tumbles and personality clashes — all part of NASCAR’s timehonored recipe — often happen when (and where) you least expect them. Ken Willis has been covering NASCAR for The Daytona Beach NewsJournal for 27 years. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
FEUD OF THE WEEK
Clint Bowyer vs. Danica Patrick: Patrick’s No. 10 Chevy clipped and damaged Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota on pit road during a late pit stop at Bristol. Godwin Kelly gives his take: “After the race, Patrick went straight to Bowyer, explained what happened and apologized in a quick attempt to snuff a bad-blood situation.”
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* Has victory, currently qualified for Chase
Is it time to do something about bump-drafting in the flag stand?
Winner: Jimmie Johnson Rest of the top five: Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth Dark horse: Aric Almirola
Disappointment: Jeff Gordon First one out: David Gilliland Don’t be surprised if: Johnson checks out on the field to plant his flag for the Chase.
SPRINT CUP: Auto Club 400 SITE: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. SCHEDULE: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 7:35 p.m.). Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 1:20 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.). Sunday, race (Fox, coverage starts at 2:30 p.m., green flag at 3:16 p.m.) NATIONWIDE: TreatMyClot.com 300 SITE: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. SCHEDULE: Saturday, race (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.)
WEEKLY DRIVER RANKINGS — BASED ON BEHAVIOR AND PERFORMANCE JUNIOR EARNHARDT Stepped off the podium for a week
BRAD KESELOWSKI Middle name is Aaron
CARL EDWARDS Punched his ticket
JEFF GORDON Mr. Top 10
JIMMIE JOHNSON He gets his win this week
MATT KENSETH Family tree branching out
JOEY LOGANO We think he has started shaving
DENNY HAMLIN Virginia goes deep on his NCAA bracket
RYAN NEWMAN Can’t even find Purdue in NIT pool
KEVIN HARVICK Hot streak will arrive, or else
NASCAR flag man inadvertently delivers a cautionary tale NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton explained to the media why the caution lights came out for no apparent reason with less than three laps left in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. What happened? “After review of the situation post-race … it appears that, in the flag stand, one of the flag people had leaned on the switch that is the manual override for the caution lights,
and so that happened. “At that time, when the flag stand realized that the caution lights were illuminated, the flag man threw the flag, and then after that happened we froze the field from the tower. “Most of the flag stands have a manual override for the caution lights, and due to the weather and due to other things, it wasn’t secured properly, and the flag person leaned against the switch and turned the caution lights on.
“We tried to turn them off, and we realized that the override switch was on and they were hung on caution. It was a stupid error.” Did you have to go to video, or did you just use the scoring line to set the field? “Video. We treated it just like the freeze at the end of the race if there was an accident or something.” What do you do moving forward to prevent this from happening down the road?
“We learn a lot of lessons, and when we learn a lesson like this we’ll go in and further investigate some things. “As you know, all the electronics that we have installed in the trailers for ‘freeze the field’ and all these other things, you still have to integrate into the track facilities. “So there’s probably some things that we needed to do to better secure that area where the manual override is on the lights.”
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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar
My Name is Gossip Dear Annie: For the past 14 years, my family has not spoken to me. Worse, they have spread lies and brought lawsuits, none of which they have won. The gossip has been hurtful and damaging to my small immediate family. No one, of course, has ever asked to hear the truth. Life is short, and every time we extend an olive branch, it is thrown back at us with more vindictiveness. Could you please find and print the essay titled “My Name Is Gossip”? Maybe someone will read it and understand, if not for my sake, for others. -- Pennsylvania Dear Pennsylvania: How sad. We can only hope your family will see the column and open their hearts. My Name is Gossip (author unknown) My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted the more I am believed. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion. I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip. I make headlines and headaches. Before you repeat a story, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it harmless? Is it necessary? If it isn’t, don’t repeat it. Dear Annie: Now that the holidays and Valentine’s Day are over, there are doubtless thousands of single people who feel as I do. To me, these holidays are just another day to get through in any way possible. I am a 69-year-old unmarried male. I have never been in circulation or introduced to anyone and am ignored at social gatherings. I find every excuse to avoid them. Right now I don’t know whether there is anyone out there for me. One woman asked me whether I could support her in the manner to which she was accustomed, meaning a new car every year, a home priced over $200,000, deluxe appliances, new furniture and credit cards with a $100,000 limit. I told her goodbye and best of luck. I wonder whether she’ll ever have any luck finding a guy who can do this for her. I wonder how many other singles feel this way. -- S.D. Dear S.D.: When someone tells us they have never been able to meet the right person, we have to consider everything, including your appearance, your personality, your expectations and the type of women you gravitate toward. If you have friends or family who will be brutally honest with you, ask them to critique the way you come across to women. Try to listen with an open mind and understand that they may see things you don’t. Then consider doing some volunteer work, auditing college classes, joining a church or community choir or theater group or a travel tour. These things provide opportunities to meet others, do interesting things and become a more engaging companion. Dear Annie: I can relate to all of the parents who write about being estranged from their children. I, too, am estranged, from my sister. She is 65, and I am 70. Unlike the parents, I know full well the problem. Three years ago, I took legal action to get the inheritance my mother left me in her will. My sister hasn’t spoken to me since. I do sometimes wonder whether getting my fair share was worth the resulting fallout. -- Can Relate in N.Y. State
HINTS FROM HELOISE TRAVEL HINT Dear Heloise: Traveling with a small child can be hard at times. When my son was small, we would take a foldable play yard with us. It was a pain to bring, because it takes up space and can be heavy. As soon as he was old enough, we bought a toddler cot. It is very low to the ground and is much easier to take with us when we travel, and it can be used for other things. We take it to our niece’s soccer matches. It gives him a place to sit and play. -- Peyton, via email KID SAFETY Dear Heloise: Just wanted to let you know what happened to me with a situation that relates to your “Kids in the Kitchen” column. When I caught my young daughter again attempting to get in the bathroom medicine chest, we took the time to go through and discuss each item. The contents were no longer a mystery, and no more attempts were made to access the cabinet. She even cautioned her father days later when he left his razor on the tub. -- JoAnn M. in Ohio
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Scholars sad over lost art of letter writing By CRAIG S. SEMON Telegram & Gazette WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Area literary scholars, librarians and letter lovers are commiserating about and trying to come to terms with the demise of letter writing. And they are not alone. In his 2013 book, “To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing,” The New York Times best-selling author Simon Garfield asked the question, “How will we be able to tell our history without letters?” Garfield said he doesn’t think the answer lies with emails. “A world without letters would surely be a world without oxygen,” Garfield declares in his book, which is both a celebration and lamentation of letter writing. A little overdramatic perhaps, but in the day and age of emails, Facebook, texting and tweeting, letter-writing is certainly a lost art form and only time will tell the impact this loss will have, if any, on society, history, literature and culture. Worcester State University English professor Jonathan E. Blake said he already sees the detrimental effects the demise of letter writing has had on his students. Blake, an avid letter writer, started a regular writing correspondence with state Department of Development Services’ social worker and Greenfield Community College English professor Bill O’Connell, when the two went to San Francisco and Colorado state universities, respectively, for grad school. After finishing their studies, they moved back to the area, and 30 years later, they are still writing letters to each other. When emails really started to become the rage, Blake said the two scholars made a solemn oath that emails would never replace each other’s letters. Today, Blake and O’Connell both have a dozen or so boxes of each other’s written correspondence. “One of the things we began to realize, rather in a vain way, that in some respects, we have a historical document here,” Blake said. In the day and age of emails, Facebook, texts and Twitter, Blake feels we have lost the fine art of letter writing and a majority of our electronically typed correspondences to each other have become trite, superficial and condensed. “I don’t think when you get to that abbreviation, that allows for the depth of emotion or connection that letter writing allows for,” Blake insisted. “Text, tweets and emails are an instantaneous thing that disappears quickly, while a letter stays. One of the things about keeping letters as well, is you can return to them, like you can return to a book and you can see it in a different way.” Blake said he fears that many young people have lost touch with their feelings. “We say ‘LOL’ (an acronym for laughing out loud, or lots of love) or we use an emoticon to show that we’re happy but there’s no depth to that,” Blake continued. “And, another thing that is lost as well, there is no music to the (expletive) language that’s abbreviated. There’s no music to it whatsoever. So you don’t get caught up in somebody’s syntax. You don’t get carried away by how something unfolds.” One of Blake’s WSU colleagues, assistant English professor Heather Treseler, is incrementally working on a research project on how selected Middle Generation poets’ letterwriting practices influenced their stylization of lyric address in the Cold War decade. “For poets, like (Worcester native) Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, for instance, who didn’t live in the same city or even the same country, for large parts of their career, letters were a mainstay, supporting their interests, maintaining an audience but, also too, it really became part of their creative process,” she said. For more than 10 years, Treseler has been keeping up a postcard correspondence with her “creative mentor,” Brown University professor Michael Harper. Treseler said there’s a haptic quality in receiving a letter — the feel of the paper, the look of the handwriting, the very visceral feeling that the note came from the pages of somebody else’s life and is entering your own. And this quality cannot be convincingly represented on a computer screen, she said. “Letters open a rhetorical space for reflection on one’s life at the moment and all of its happenstance, joy and difficulty,” she said. “I find myself drawn to the form because it pro-
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0180 Help Wanted PART TIME DRAWING INSTRUCTOR for retirement community class of 20+ seniors who meet weekly. Perfect for retired art teacher or college art student. For more information please contact Barbara Huntoon at The American Inn for Retirement Living, Southwick. (413)569-1945 Ext 114.
0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 1&2 bedroom apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884.
PARK SQUARE TOWNHOUSES WESTFIELD
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* Deluxe 2 bedroom townhouses, 1 1/2 baths, spacious, closets * Dishwasher, wall/wall carpeting * Air conditioning, laundry facilities, 900 sq.ft.. private entrances FREE HOT WATER Convenient to Mass Pike & 10/202
140 Union Street, #4 Westfield, MA
0220 Music Instruction ALICE'S PIANO STUDIO. Piano, organ and keyboard lessons. All ages, all levels. Call (413)5682176. WESTFIELD SCHOOL OF MUSIC offers instrumental, vocal and electronic private lessons, as well as "Happy Feet", babies, toddlers) classes. Visit our web site at: westfieldschoolofmusic .com or call at (413)642-5626.
0265 Firewood A SEASONED LOG TRUCK LOAD of hardwood; (when processed at least 7 cords), for only $650-$700 (depends on delivery distance). Call Chris @ (413)454-5782. AFFORDABLE FIREWOOD. Seasoned and green. Cut, split, delivered. Any length. Now ready for immediate delivery. Senior and bulk discount. Call (413)848-2059, (413)530-4820. SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood. Stacking available. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts. Call for pricing. Hollister's Firewood (860)653-4950.
SILO DRIED FIREWOOD. (128cu.ft.) guaranteed. For prices call Keith Larson (413)537-4146.
0285 Wanted To Buy PAYING CASH FOR COINS, stamps, medals, tokens, paper money, diamonds and jewelry, gold and silver scrap. Broadway Coin & Stamp, 144 Broadway, Chicopee Falls, MA. (413)5949550.
0315 Tag Sales WESTFIELD 72 CRANE AVE. Saturday, Sunday, March 22&23. 8-3. Furniture, books, tools, antiques, appliances, misc. items. Something for everyone.
0340 Apartment BLANDFORD 2 bedroom, 1 bath small apartment. All appliances and utilities included. $800/month. Available April 1st. Call (413)537-3630.
WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity.
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FURNISHED ROOM for rent. WESTFIELD 2 bedroom apart- Full kitchen and bath, on bus ments, large closets, free heat route. $105/week. (413)642and hot water included, laundry, 5124. parking. Possible pet. $895/month. (413)562-2266.
WESTFIELD SPACIOUS 1 bedroom efficiency apartment. Basement with washer/dryer, off street parking. $700/month plus utilities. Close to WSU. Sorry no pets. First, last, security. Greg or Paula (413)572-2652.
HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator and microwave included. Call (413)531-2197.
ROOM TO RENT in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen and laundry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. WESTFIELD, 1st floor, 1 bed- Available now to non-smoker. room, kitchen and bath. No pets. $ 6 0 0 / m o n t h , W e s t f i e l d . $595/month plus electric. First, (413)355-2338 or (413)562last, security. Call (413)250- 7341. 4811.
RUSSELL, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Updated plumbing, electric. Town utilities. Stream in back yard. $104,000. (508)2591856.
SOUTHAMPTON FOR LEASE 1,500 SQ.FT.
BEAUTIFUL, SECLUDED mountaintop lot in Montgomery, MA. Panoramic views. Fully cleared, destumped and graded. Ready to build. Minutes to Westfield. 5.69 acres. Asking $160,000. Call (413)562-5736.
Professional office space. Prime location next to plaza.
John Kontekakis OPAL RE Group (413)204-4877
0440 Services 0375 Business Property
SOUTHWICK. Furnished/unWESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bed- furnished room for rent for room, kitchen, living room, bath, quiet, responsible person. e n c l o s e d p o r c h . N o p e t s . Private full bath/entrance. Ac$795/month plus utilities. First, cess to living room/fireplace, private galley kitchen, applilast, security. (413)250-4811. ances. Call Robin (413)2216606.
MONTGOMERY 5 miles from Westfield. Spacious office includes utilities and WiFi. $350/month. Call (413)9776277.
A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN. Debris removal, landscaping, garage/attic cleansouts, interior and exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462.
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D I R E C T O R Y
CARPET, LINOLEUM, CERAMIC TILE, HARDWOOD FLOORS. Sales, Service. Installation & Repairs. Customer guaranteed quality, clean, efficient, workmanship. Call Rich (413)530-7922.
JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior discount. No job too small! Insured, DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & free estimates. 40 years experience. KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682.
Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years ex- Since 1984. (413)569-9973. perience. Insured, reasonable prices. www.davedavidsonremodeling.com WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 No job too small. Call Tom Daly, MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625. (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in business. www.wagnerrug.com Flooring/Floor Sanding
DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs. Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. Call for free quote. A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDExtensive references, fully licensed & Chimney Sweeps ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats insured in MA. & CT. www.delreoHENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) homeimprovement.com Call Gary Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stain- 569-3066. Delcamp (413)569-3733. less steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter Hauling TOM DISANTO Home Improvements cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. The best choice for all interior and exteQuality work from a business you can A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, rior building and remodeling. Specializing trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Fire- in the design and building of residential wood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Drywall A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes- cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call sional drywall at amateur prices. Our Furnace and hot water heater removal. Tom (413)568-7036. ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. 8971. Free estimates. Free estimate on phone. Senior disAll your carpentry needs. (413)386count. Call Pete (413)433-0356. 4606. Did your windows fail with the www.arajunkremoval.com. cold weather? Don't wait another year! Electrician Call Paul for replacement windows. Home & Office Cleaning Many new features available. Windows POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of are built in CT. All windows installed by wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECLEANING SERVICE. VERY REAPaul, owner of Paul Maynard ConCIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND SONABLE - 8 years experience. We struction. My name is on my work. WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERA- can help you keep your house in perfect TORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, condition. Satisfaction guaranteed. SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deic- Free estimates. Excellent references. Home Maintenance Call (413)455-9633. ing cables installed. I answer all HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home calls! Prompt service, best prices. repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom reLic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816. Home Improvement modeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, winterization. No job too small. 35 years BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING RE- profressional experience. (413)519additions, 3251. TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years MODELING.Kitchens, experience. Electrical installations, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reemergency service work. Generac liable service, free estimates. Mass JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Registered #106263, licensed & in- Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, portable or whole house generator sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. basements, drywall, tile, floors, susinstallations. HVAC controls and enpended ceilings, restoration services, ergy saving green technology updoors, windows, decks, stairs, grades. Fully insured. All calls an- C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceil- interior/exterior painting, plumbing. swered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. ings, home improvements and remod- Small jobs ok. All types of professional eling. Licensed and insured. Call work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)214-4149. (413)262-9314. (413)364-7038.
Plumbing & Heating
ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !!
NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768 Nick7419@comcast.net
At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're your color specialists! Brighten up your home for Spring! Get all your interior painting needs done now. We paint and stain log homes. Call (413)230-8141.
Roofing ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your ROOFING needs! POWER WASHING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof, removing ugly black stains, mold and moss, we’ll make it look like new plus prolong the life of your roof. We do emergency repairs, new construction, complete tear off, ice and water protection barrier systems, skylight repairs. Snow & ice removal. FREE gutter cleaning with any roof repair or roof job. 10% senior discount. Free estimates. MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701
A NEW LOOK FOR 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 Tree Service decorating advice. (413)564-0223, A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD (413)626-8880.
Landscaping/Lawn Care YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate Lawncare, (413)579-1639.
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.
T&S LANDSCAPING. Highest quality, lowest prices. Lawn mowing. Residen- CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert tial\commercial. No lawns to small. tree removal. Prompt estimates. Weekly, biweekly. (413)330-3917. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.
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.
Upholstery 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.
Published on Mar 22, 2014