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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017

“The heart may think it knows better:

the senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends.” — ELIZABETH BOWEN

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Westfield School Redistricting Discussed

The North Pond Ice Fishing Derby is still set to happen on Saturday. (WNG File Photo)

North Pond fundraiser still scheduled for Saturday By GREG FITZPATRICK Correspondent SOUTHWICK – With the open water on Congamond Lake in recent weeks the North Pond Ice Fishing Derby was in potential jeopardy of being postponed. The Ice Fishing Derby is a fundraiser to support saving the North Pond land that is taking place on Saturday Feb. 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to North Pond supporters Dennis Clark and Bill Alaimo, who will be helping run the derby, the event is still scheduled to happen on Saturday. Although the plan is still to have the derby on Saturday, Clark and Alaimo went out on Wednesday morning to check the ice on North Pond and made a determination that some of the ice may be too thin. Alaimo says that as of Wednesday morning, there is no open water on North Pond. Moving forward, the plan is to have the ice fishing derby in two different areas of Congamond Lake. One area will be in the section of North Pond right behind the Cove Restaurant. The other area will be on Middle Pond, where the public marina is.

After measuring different parts of the pond, Alaimo came to the conclusion that those two locations would be the best options. “Anywhere beyond that is not really good,” said Alaimo. The registration to sign up for ice fishing will be held at the Cove Restaurant. The Cove will also be providing coffee and breakfast sandwiches. The Westfield News first reported on the ice fishing derby January 24th and the fundraising activities taking place during the tournament such as a 50/50 raffle and other prizes available after the derby is finished. During the derby, there will be three chances to win the heaviest fish. One winner will be awarded from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., another from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the third and final one in the 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. time block. The person with the overall heaviest fish will also be rewarded. It is a $20 entry fee in order to participate in the derby. Any donations will go towards SaveNorthPond.org. If there are any questions or thoughts on the North Pond Ice Fishing Derby, contact Alaimo at 413-563-3767.

Velis finds new proposed EZPass legislation ‘dangerous’ By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—For Westfield-based state Rep. John Velis, his concerns with new legislation filed by Longmeadow-based state Sen. Eric Lesser isn’t about privacy, it’s about potential dangers. Lesser proposed new legislation with the state this week that would require a warrant by law enforcement to access data that is catalogued by the Massachusetts Turnpike’s EZPass system that is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT). The system currently gathers information like license plates, credit card information and photographs of vehicles and Lesser submitted the legislation to make sure that remains private, which includes information on the “hot list,” a specific list of exceptions that law enforcement can currently use when attempting to track a vehicle. And this requirement of a warrant for the “hot list” is what strikes Velis as dangerous. “The issue with this bill—I want to be very clear here—I can appreciate and acknowledge privacy concerns to a certain point,” Velis said. “What’s problematic is the dangerousness of it—it does not provide an exception for the law enforcement ‘hot list’.” The “hot list” currently allows law enforcement to access certain license plate and EZPass information in situations such as felony pursuits, Amber Alerts, kidnappings, as well as other scenarios where a person or people may be at risk. “Right now what happens is the police can reach out to the DOT and they may have a partial plate or a description of a vehicle and the DOT will give them that information,” Velis said. “This legislation though, would require police to apply to a judge for a warrant.” This concerns Velis because that process, he said, takes time, and in situations like Amber Alerts, time is crucial.

An EZPass in traditional placement on a windshield. “A lot of time legislation is filed that is foolish, but seldom is it filed when it’s outright dangerous. This is dangerous,” Velis said. Sen. Lesser though, does not view the legislation as threatening but rather protective in nature. “The intent is that we have this new system and we want to protect personal data and privacy,” Lesser said. “We want safeguards and clear criteria for how [the data is] used and that there’s very clear guidelines in the law.” He said that the bill (PDF and text forms of the bill can be found on the Commonwealth of MA General Court website) is “non-controversial,” even citing support from Sen. Don Humason on the legislation. Lesser is a democrat, while

By AMY PORTER Correspondent WESTFIELD – A joint sub-committee meeting of the School Committee was held on Wednesday to delve deeper into redistricting options for Westfield schools next year in order to close a budget gap of $2.9 million. The meeting of the Finance and Curriculum & Instruction sub-committees was held in the auditorium of Westfield Technical Academy to accommodate interested parents and staff, with 75-100 in attendance. Kevin Sullivan, chair of Finance opened the meeting, asking Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski to start with a presentation on the four options still on the table, after eliminating three at the last meeting. The presentation is now available on the district website at www. schoolsofwebsite.org under “Exploring the KEVIN J. options.” Czaporowski SULLIVAN started with a look at current school populations, and projected enrollments for next year. Russell Elementary has the lowest enrollment of the seven elementary schools, at 187. Only the first option would keep Russell open next year, requiring redistricting of students for the other options being discussed. After going through all the different possibilities, Czaporowski said he would like to start by asking the School Committee to eliminate the second option, which would disperse the Russell students into the six elementary schools next year. “It’s fair to say moving 187 students into the elementary schools is not practical,” Czaporowski said. He said that would require finding five classrooms in order to keep class sizes down, which are not available. Czaporowski also said it was not optimal to make the changes next year. “If we had more time to plan carefully, to take all these things into consideration,” he said, to applause from the people in attendance. “Even if we go that way for next year and keep it the way it is now, that doesn’t mean that there’s not a deficit, and there won’t be cuts,” said School Committee member Ramon Diaz, Jr. “For me, the last two options is what we’re looking at,” Czaporowski added. “One is more expensive. Are we looking at this for cost, or what’s better for the students,” he asked. The last two options to which the superintendent was referring are to expand the middle schools, either having both accommodate grades 5-8, or to have one as a 5-6 intermediate school, and the other a 7-8 middle school. Czaporowski said right now they are thinking that South Middle School would be for grades 5-6 and North Middle School for 7-8. That configuration, which might make 5th grade parents more comfortable, could require a substantial increase in busing costs, taking away from the projected $700,000 that would be saved by closing Russell. Czaporowski added that in the less expensive option, which would be to make both middle schools 5-8, the younger students would be on See Schools, Page 3

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Sons of American Legion in Westfield raise funds for Holyoke Soldiers’ Home By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—The Sons of the American Legion based out of Westfield donated nearly $2,000 to the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home this week. The donation, which totaled $1,776, was given by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 124, which is a subsidiary organization of the Westfield-based American Legion Post 124, to the Friends of the Soldiers’ Home on Monday, Feb. 13. The money was raised Sons of the American Legion in Westfield donate $1,776 to the Friends of the Soldiers’ Home.

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Parent Diane Hodges passed around a petition at the meeting to ask the City Council for more funding for the schools.


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City police commissioner gets parking ticket, and pays up PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In Philadelphia, no one escapes the scrutiny of the parking authority — not even the city’s police commissioner. Commissioner Richard Ross was attending a speaking engagement at a downtown hotel Tuesday morning when he was ticketed for parking in a zone that is off limits during rush hour. Police say he paid the ticket. The amount was not disclosed. Anyone who parks in the city knows the Philadelphia Parking Authority means business. It’s a reputation that was reinforced when its ticket-writers and booters were featured on the A&E reality TV series “Parking Wars.”

LOCAL LOTTERY LAST NIGHT’S NUMBERS

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TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year.

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n Feb. 16, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earned him the moniker “Unconditional Surrender Grant.”

ON THIS DATE: In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Barbary War. In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City. In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen’s recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter. In 1937, Du Pont research chemist Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, inventor of nylon, received a patent for the synthetic fiber, described as “linear condensation polymers.” In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. In 1961, the United States launched the Explorer 9 satellite. In 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama.

In 1977, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, died in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident, although it’s generally believed that he was shot to death by agents of Idi Amin. In 1987, John Demjanjuk went on trial in Jerusalem, accused of being “Ivan the Terrible,” a guard at the Treblinka Nazi concentration camp. (Demjanjuk was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but the conviction ended up being overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.) In 1996, 11 people were killed in a fiery collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a Maryland commuter train in Silver Spring, Maryland. Former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 90. In 1998, a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground.

TEN YEARS AGO:

The Democratic-controlled House issued a symbolic rejection of President George W. Bush’s decision to deploy more troops to Iraq, approving the nonbinding resolution by a vote of 246-182. An Italian judge indicted 25 suspected CIA agents and a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect, Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, who was taken from Italy to Egypt, where he was allegedly tortured. (The Americans were later convicted in absentia.)

FIVE YEARS AGO:

A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian who had tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner. New York Times

correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president; he was 43. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died in West Palm Beach, Florida, at age 57.

One year ago:

Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 93, died in Cairo. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s courtroom chair was draped in black to mark his death, a tradition dating to the 19th century. The Czech Museum of Music presented a cantata, “A Salute to the Recuperating Ophelia,” a rare piece of music written in three parts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Salieri and an unknown composer, Cornetti, that was considered lost for more than 200 years. CJ the German shorthaired pointer won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS:

Jazz/pop singer/actress Peggy King is 87. Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 72. Actor William Katt is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Ingram is 65. Actor LeVar Burton is 60. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 59. Actress Lisa Loring is 59. International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 58. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 56. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 52. Actress Sarah Clarke is 46. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 45. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 44. Actor Mahershala Ali is 43. Singer Sam Salter is 42. Electronic dance music artist Bassnectar is 39. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 35. Actress Chloe Wepper is 31. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (\Hot Chelle (SHEL) Rae) is 30. Rock musician Danielle Haim is 28. Actress Elizabeth Olsen is 28. Actor Mike Weinberg is 24.


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separate floors of the building, as 6th graders are now. Mayor Brian P. Sullivan, who serves as chair of the School Committee, said there is potential to keep Russell open for one or two more years. Czaporowski said if that could happen, that would give the district the time to plan. “I think what we’re hearing is that we need more time,” said School Committee vicechair Cynthia Sullivan. She said she would want to make sure the process continues if that were to happen, noting the push and pull for the students at Russell is hard. “We’re almost at February break, and we’re experiencing online MCAS for the first time,” Czaporowski said, admitting that the $700,000 savings from closing Russell jumps out at him, also. “The reason we started these meetings is budgetary. What I would like to see is a set plan this year, next year, and going forward. The teachers and stakeholders in the school are certainly going to have a say and be involved as we move forward,” Kevin Sullivan said. “I was in this camp already, about looking at the next year,” Diaz said. He said he would like to look at the 5-6, 7-8 option more closely, and see where the cuts would come from. At the end of the discussion, Cynthia Sullivan made a motion to take Option 2, which would redistribute Russell students into the six elementary schools off the table. Both the Finance and Curriculum & Instruction sub-committees voted in favor of eliminating that option. The meeting then opened to comments from those in attendance, who were asked to line up to speak. First to speak was Diane Hodges, who talked about the district’s report card, which she said is 64 out of a passing grade of 75. She asked who is responsible for that grade, and said she believes the School Committee is limited by funding, which called the responsibility of the City Council. “Our voices have to be raised beyond these walls. We need to ask the City Council for more funds,” Hodges said. She asked for the people present to sign a petition to that effect, to prevent the closing of any school, to fund current levels of education and new creative initiatives that would directly impact lower scores. Hodges also said the people who came to the school budget meetings should also attend the City Council budget meetings. “Putting 5th graders and 8th graders on a bus together is a huge concern,” said parent Carrie Callan, who was next to speak. Rich Roy, a father of 3-year-old twins, said he bought his house because there is a neigh-

borhood school. “My children are going to Highland in 5th grade, they’re not going to go down to the middle school,” Roy said. He said he himself went to 6th grade at Highland. David Schroth brought up the issue of the Ashley Street school building project. He asked when the Supreme Judicial Court would be hearing the appeal, and the mayor responded in April. Schroth said a long-term solution is needed, and it might be to look for another location. The superintendent said that the Ashley Street school project was approved by the state at 64% reimbursement. He said if the process were to start over, the state might only reimburse at 52% on the dollar, which makes a huge difference for a $30-$40 million project. Mayor Sullivan also responded, saying he was tired of people saying the city should change their plans. “We won in district court, we won in appeals court. We now have the hearing. I’d love it if some of you people asked the other people, how many times do you have to lose?” the mayor said. Schroth said he didn’t know about the reimbursement, which sheds more light on the project. He asked what percentage of the funding needs to be cut. Kevin Sullivan responded that based on level funding, they need to cut $2.9 million, or 5% of the budget. “Every year we’ve had to cut numbers. We’re just earlier because it involves cutting schools,” Sullivan said. Czaporowski said the district is looking at all opportunities for cuts, but when 80% of the budget is staffing and they have to cut 5%, he implied that staff will have to be cut. Angie Lamothe, a parent with children in Russell, said she chose to go to Russell when Juniper Park closed, with a lot of unknowns. “Parents are happy they made that choice,. The staff is amazing there,” Lamothe said, asking the School Committee to consider that and the bonds the children have made with them, even if they choose to redistribute the students. “We take students first in making these decisions. We want our students to learn and do well, and our teaching staff,” said Jeffrey Gosselin, chair of the Curriculum & Instruction sub-committee. Later, Gosselin added that the budget process was started early in order to balance the budget and have minimum layoffs. “We knew it was going to be a tough year,” said Kevin Sullivan after the meeting. He said there has been talk of more local aid from Boston this year. “Hopefully, there will be better numbers coming,” he added.

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through the organization’s third annual “Chot Baginski Ice Fishing Outing” that occurred Feb. 4. “We look out for our veterans that gave so much, and we look out for the residents at the Soldiers’ Home, some of which are Westfield residents, too,” Gene Theroux, Sons of the American Legion’s post commander, said about the fundraiser. Theroux said that the organization has worked with the Soldiers’ Home since it was first erected in 1952, and was one of the main foci of the group since. The group raises money through the ice fishing outing, as well as other fundraising events, in order to assist those at the Soldiers’ Home who may not have assistance. “Some of the residents that don’t have immediate relatives and no one can take care of them or provide them with basic essentials, we help provide them with that stuff,” Theroux said. These essentials, including underwear, socks and toiletries, are usually provided by the Friends of the Soldiers’ Home, with fundraisers like the one the Sons of the American Legion had providing the money to purchase the essentials. The ice fishing outing is done in honor of Baginski, who was a Korean War-era veteran, as well as longtime member of the American Legion Post 124. The outing also honors the memory of Walter J. Zarichak, a past commander of the Post and key influencer in the fundraising efforts for the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, and current Post member Paul F. Fouche, Sr. The ice fishing outing actually initially raised a different amount than the $1,776 reported, but Theroux said they couldn’t leave it at that number. “The actual number that was raised was $1770,” he said. “We threw in another $6 to remember the founding of our country and the spirit of independence.”

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Humason is a republican. “I was a little perplexed by Rep. Velis’s objections,” Lesser said. He added that he had not received a call from Velis about the legislation and that he is not against any reasonable exceptions for law enforcement. Lesser said that the bill, which is currently in its nascent stage and is yet to be voted on, is open to amendments being added to it, and those can be debated and voted on when the time comes. Currently there are no exceptions built into the law that was drafted, however, which Lesser said was normal for the process of bills being created. Velis said that his aims for this legislation is to make sure that it is not passed, or at the very least that exceptions are added to the legislation to assist law enforcement in exigent circumstances. “I will do everything in my power to kill this bill,” he said. “If there is an opportunity to add this exception that is something I may consider, as well.” The Westfield News attempted to contact Humason and as of the writing of this article no response was given.

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Southwick seeks volunteer SOUTHWICK — The Board of Selectmen is soliciting members of the community to volunteer for a sub-committee in charge of researching and developing zoning restrictions for both medical and recreational marijuana. These citizens will join representatives from the Select Board, Planning Board, Public Safety and the Board of Health in this effort. Interested citizens are asked to submit their letter of interest and resume by February 17, 2017 to the Select Boards Office, Town Hall, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077. Or email to cpendleton@southwickma.net.

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

WESTFIELD Legislative & Ordinance at 5 pm Finance Committee at 5:30 pm Zoning, Planning and Development SubCommittee at 6 pm City Council at 7 pm

BLANDFORD Library Trustees Meeting at 7:30 pm

SOUTHWICK Cultural Council at 7 pm

LOST & FOUND Found Cat ‘Available for Adoption’

LOST:Poinsettia Christmas pin. Lost 12/3/16 possibly in Big Y or CVS on E Main St or WS house tour. Call or text 537-6242. (12-14) LOST: Searching for my second cousin Marjorie L. Hudson, daughter of Harold (proprietor of Front Page Cigar Company) and Phyllis Hudson, residing in Westfield at least into the late 1950’s. If you have any information, please contact Nancy Miller at 415-931-4339. (12-6) LOST: White handkerchief with blue embroidery. Between Pine Hill Cemetery and Mechanic St on 11/11/16. 413-562-2268. (11-14) FOUND: Cat, Grey, short hair cat. West Springfield - Dewey St./Sibley Ave. Please call: 732-4954 (11-08)

City Street Snow Parking Ban details WESTFIELD — The City Of Westfield has an On-Street Snow Ban Parking Policy during plowable snowstorms. Motorists are not allowed to park on the city streets from the beginning of a parking ban announcement until after the storm ceases and the plowing has been completed on the streets. Announcement of a parking ban is done on the Local Cable Access Channel 15, Westfield News Group Facebook page, as well as, TV Stations WWLP22 And WBGY 40 and finally, local radio stations, WMAS, WHYN, WNNZ. When a parking ban is called motorists must obey the policy or they will be subject to towing and a parking violation. When a snowstorm is anticipated to begin during the night, motorists who park their vehicles overnight on the street in front of their residence should move their vehicles off the street prior to retiring for the night. Motorists who use the downtown core streets for business parking during a snow ban must park in on of the city’s offstreet parking lots. the off-street lots are free during snow bans from 9am to 5pm only. this action will allow the streets to be plowed and prvent motorists from being towed and receiving parking violations. Motorists may call the following offices or go on the city’s website for confirmattion of a parking ban. • Public Works 572-6267 • Parking Clerk 572-6202 Press 2 • Police Dept 562-5411 Ext 8 • Mayor 572-6201 • City Website – Www.Cityofwestfield.Org Announcement of a parking ban is reported by the following: • Local Cable Access Channel 15 • Tv Stations WWLP22, CMS3, ABC40 & FOX6 • The Local Radio Stations Wmas, Whyn, Wnnz • City Website – Www.Cityofwestfield.Org • Westfield News Group Facebook page


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US home building falls as developers start fewer apartments By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building fell last month, led by a drop in apartment construction, while developers broke ground on more single family homes. The construction of new houses and apartments declined 2.6 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million, the Commerce Department said Thursday . The drop came after a much larger gain the previous month. Single family housing starts rose 1.9 percent while apartment building dropped 7.9 percent. Even with the decline, new home construction has increased 10.5 percent in the past year. That gain has been fueled by rising demand for homes as more Americans are looking to buy. Yet many potential buyers are frustrated by a lack of available properties. The supply of existing homes fell in December to its lowest level since 1999. That has pushed up prices as buyers have had to bid against each other. Home builders have responded by ramping up construction, but the increases haven't been fast enough to relieve supply shortages. Rising prices, a tight supply of homes and higher mortgage rates combined to slow sales of existing homes in December, when they fell 2.8 percent. Still, home construction has largely recovered from the housing bust that began a decade ago. In 2016, builders started work on the most new homes since 2007, the year the Great Recession began. Building permits, a gauge of future construction, rose 4.6 percent last month, led by a big gain in apartment permits. Single-family permits fell. Home building increased the most last month in the Northeast, where housing starts soared 55.4 percent, and the South, with a 20 percent rise. Developers broke ground on the most new homes in the South in more than nine years. Higher mortgage rates could exert a bigger drag on sales in the coming months. The average fixed-rate 30-year mortgage was 4.17 percent last week, down slightly from 4.19 percent the previous week. While that is still low historically, it is far above the average rate of 3.65 percent for all of 2016. Rates have been pushed higher because they have followed the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which has risen because investors have anticipated faster growth and higher inflation since the election.

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Westfield Democratic City Committee Caucus WESTFIELD — The Westfield Democratic City Committee will be holding its Caucus to elect delegates to the 2017  Massachusetts Democratic Convention to be held June 3, 2017 in the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA.  The local Caucus will be held from 7pm until 9pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Dolan-Ely Apartment Complex Administrative building on Murphy Circle. The Caucus is open to all registered Democrats.  

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In this Jan. 28, 2017 file photo, protesters carry signs and chant in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington during a demonstration to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bars citizens of seven predominantly Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the U.S. is exploding behind well-paid ideologues, radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year’s presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a new report. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year's presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center says. The number of anti-Muslim groups increased from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016, the SPLC said in a report released Wednesday. The number of hate groups overall tracked by the watchdog group also increased to 917 last year from 892 the previous year, the report said. "2016 was an unprecedented year for hate," said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report blamed the increase in part on "incendiary rhetoric" from the campaign of now-President Donald Trump, which included threats to ban Muslim immigrants and "mandate a registry of Muslims in America." It also cited as factors "the unrelenting propaganda of a growing circle of well-paid ideologues" — well-paid employees of anti-Muslim groups, the group said — and radical Islamist attacks such as the June 2016 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The SPLC's findings come as anti-Muslim posters were discovered this week at a mosque in Bossier City, Louisiana, and on the campuses of the University of Texas and Rutgers University. The Council on American-Islamic Relations wants campus

officials to assure the safety of Muslim students and to investigate the mosque posters as a hate crime. "It is clear that these signs, which were used to vandalize a house of worship, are part of a nationwide campaign by racists and Islamophobes to intimidate the American Muslim community," spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, monitors the activities of hate groups and other extremists across the country. The SPLC defines hate groups as those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity. "Patriot" or anti-government groups are on the downswing, according to the report. "The groups had skyrocketed from a low of 149 in 2008 to a high of 1,360 in 2012, in large part as a reaction to the November 2008 election of Barack Obama," the report said. But now the number of Patriot groups is falling, dropping from 998 in 2015 to 623 last year. Militias, which the report called the "armed wing of the Patriot movement," also fell from 276 to 165 groups. Black separatist groups grew from 180 in 2015 to 193 last year, as did neo-Confederate groups, which rose from 35 to 43 groups. The number of Ku Klux Klan groups fell from 190 in 2015 to 130 in 2016. The report said contraction was expected among Klan groups, which had more than doubled from 72 in 2014.

Applications for unemployment benefits edge up By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but still remained at a level indicating a healthy job market. THE NUMBERS: Claims for unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 239,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The increase came after claims had dropped to 234,000 the previous week, the second lowest reading in the past year. The less-volatile fourweek average edged up a slight 500 applications to 245,250. That marks 102 consecutive weeks in which claims applications have been below the key threshold of 300,000, the longest stretch since 1970. THE TAKEAWAY: Jobless claims are a proxy for layoffs. The low level for claim applications suggests that employers remain confident enough in the economy to be focusing on hiring new workers and retaining the employees they have.

KEY DRIVERS: Employers added 227,000 jobs in January as the unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.8 percent, still in line with the level that the Federal Reserve views as indicating full employment. The jobless rate rose in January largely because more people entered the labor market to look for work. Federal Reserve Chair Janet

Yellen delivered the Fed's semiannual economic report to Congress this week. She indicated Fed officials believe the central bank is close to achieving its goals of maximum employment and inflation rising at a modest annual rate of 2 percent. She noted in her testimony that at the December meeting Fed officials expected to raise

rates three times this year. Many private economists believe the first of those increases will not occur until June, giving the Fed more time to assess the potential impact President Donald Trump's stimulus program of tax cuts and infrastructure spending will have on the economy.


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Police Logs WESTFIELD Major crime and incident log Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 9:22 a.m.: Fraud, Danek Drive. Police received a report of fraud. According to police, a resident was defrauded of over $1,000 over the phone. Police are investigating. 11:25 a.m.: Accident, East Main Street. Police received a report of a two-vehicle crash involving a 2013 Honda Accord and a 2009 Toyota Corolla. No injuries were reported, no airbags were deployed and no tow trucks were needed. 2:40 p.m.: Accident, East Mountain Road. Police received a report of a two-vehicle accident involving a 2002 Mercury Sable, a 2008 Toyota Avalon and a mailbox. No injuries were reported, no airbags deployed and no tow trucks needed. 6:01 p.m.: Larceny, walk-in. Police received a report of a package stolen from a home on King Place. The package contained a laptop. Police are investigating. 6:53 p.m.: Officer wanted, CVS, Elm Street. Police received a report from staff at CVS claiming that a person attempted to pass a false prescription. Police arrived and arrested Amanda Fila, 26, of Westfield, and charged her with uttering a false prescription. 8:31 p.m.: Accident, Pearl Street and Pleasant Street. Police received a report for a two-vehicle crash involving a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser. No injuries were reported, no airbags deployed but one vehicle required a tow truck.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Feb. 8, 2017 Christopher J. Flippone, 35, of 80 Riverdale St., West Springfield, was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 10 hearing after being arraigned on a charge of intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official, brought by Southwick Police. Jessica L. Belisle, 28, of 25 Norean Dr., Southampton, was held in lieu of $250 bail pending a March 7 hearing after being arraigned on a charge of assault and battery on a police officer, brought by Westfield Police. Sergey Lisitsin, 41, of 44 Mill St., Enfield, had charges of assault and battery on family/household member and intimidating witness/juror/police/court official dismissed, originally brought by Westfield Police.

Man pleads guilty to driving at 2 officers in stolen car WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a spree that ended in him nearly running over two police officers in a stolen car. The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/2kAHZ9O) that 22-yearold Cristien Connors, of Worcester, pleaded guilty to several charges including breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny of a motor vehicle. Connors admitted to driving toward two Worcester police officers in a stolen car after they tried to conduct a traffic stop in 2015. Connors was shot twice as he charged the officers. Prosecutors say Connors stole numerous items and a car from different homes in Douglas and Grafton before encountering police. A judge sentenced Connors to no less than 7-to-10 years in prison. Connors was also ordered to serve two years' probation after being released.

Alzheimer’s Support Group at Armbrook Village February 2017,Sarah? 6:00 Can 22, You Help pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Enjoy a light dinner and a chance to share your personal experiences and strategies for communicating with your loved one! For more information and to RSVP, call www.sarahgillett.org (413) 568-0000.

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Convicted child rapist pleads guilty in unrelated case NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Northampton man already serving a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls has pleaded guilty to unrelated child rape charges. The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/2lVzNCb ) reports Stanley Michalski pleaded guilty Wednesday to child rape, indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14, and open and gross lewdness. The 32-year-old Michalski was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison when he was convicted on December. Under a plea deal in the case settled Wednesday, he received no additional prison time. Prosecutors say the victim, now 17, just wanted Michalski to take responsibility and spare her from the trauma of a trial. Prosecutors say Michalski lured the girl to his home with candy and assaulted her several times between June 2006 and December 2008.

Parents of children left on school bus sue city, mayor NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — The parents of two special needs children left unattended on a school bus in North Adams last year have sued the city's schools and the mayor. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the negligence suit filed last week alleges the children ages 3 and 5 were left on the bus in January 2016 for about an hour. The suit says both children have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. It seeks unspecified damages. The bus company, the school committee, and several individuals were also named as defendants. A city lawyer says the complaint has been referred to the city's insurer and the city intends to defend the case. Police investigated and determined the children were alone on the bus for about 20 minutes and did not seek criminal charges.

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National Guard Recruiters To Hold Guardex In Agawam Informational Event for Interested Individuals AGAWAM—Wondering how to pay for college? Looking for job skills to make you more marketable to employers? Interested in serving your community and country? The Massachusetts Army National Guard may have the answers. Recruiters from Western Massachusetts will conduct an informal information session, also known as GuardEx, at the Agawam Armory at 140 Maynard Street on February 22, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The GuardEx is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the National Guard, its mission and the benefits available to those who serve. Also, attendees have the chance to talk to recruiters about available jobs, college benefits, the enlistment process, and get an up close look at weapon systems, equipment and vehicles. In addition to training in well over a 100 different job skills, members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard enjoy a 100% tuition and fee waiver at 28 Massachusetts State Colleges, Universities and

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Road Trip: The Night of The Iguana at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge The American Repertory Theater at Harvard, best known as A.R.T. has been, in recent years, an incubator for Broadway hits. Under the direction of Diane Paulus, A.R.T. has sent Hair, Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Waitress to The Big Apple. Their next offering is worth the trip to Boston. A.R.T. presents Tennessee Williams’ The Night of The iguana, directed by former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson, a master of Williams’ work, February 18 through March 18 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Cambridge. The Night of the Iguana premiered on Broadway in 1961, with a cast that included Patrick O’Neal, Bette Davis, and Maragret Leighton. Shelley Winters replaced Davis. Richard Chamberlain starred in a 1976 Broadway revival. Two film adaptations have been made, including the award-winning 1964 film directed by John Huston and starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. Supposedly, Joni Mitchell based her song of the same name on her 2007 album, Shine. on the Williams play. On the edge of the Mexican jungle in the 1940s, a group of troubled travelers seek shelter from a storm, where a hotel proprietress and the scandal-soaked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda; a Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her

ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers collide in this drama about how far we travel to outrun the demons within. The cast includes Dana Delany from China Beach, Body of Proof, and Hand of God; Bill Heck from Broadway’s Cabaret; Amanda Plummer from Broadway’s Agnes of God and A Taste of Honey; and acting legends Elizabeth Ashley and James Earl Jones. Set design is by Derek McLane, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by David Lander, and sound design by John Gromada. For details: 617-547-8300 or www.americanrepertorytheater.org

Keep In Mind… A Moon For The Misbegotten, Eugene O’Neill’s classic and moving drama, plays West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park through March 5. Set in 1923 on a small farm in Connecticut within the span of a day, A Moon For The Misbegotten follows a gruff and scheming tenant farmer, Phil Hogan, and his headstrong daughter, Josie. The farm’s landlord, James Tyrone, Jr. encounters Josie and mutual attraction follows, but not without some complications. When James disappears after what Josie thought was a perfect moonlight night, all parties find that things appear differently at daybreak. Joseph Discher directs. He most recently staged Butler at 59E59 OffBroadway. For details: 860523-5900 x10 or www.playhouseonpark.org WAM Theatre Girls Ensemble presents What’s That Sound? on February 17

at Shakespeare and Company’s Lenox, MA campus. The original show that the girls have developed centers on a group waiting to board a bus to go to a protest. They all bring a lot of baggage, metaphorically and literally. As they chat, questions are posed about identity, race, gender, fear, age, history, and protest. What’s That Sound?, created by young women ages 13-18 under the direction of WAM’s artistic leadership, is suitable for ages 10 and up. The performance is free of charge and open to the public. For details: http://www.wamtheatre.com Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Snow, Moon and Flowers as part of its Sunday Serenades series on February 26, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. A pre-concert gallery talk will take place at 1 pm. HSO Concertmaster Leonid Sigal will be joined by Eric Dahlin on cello, Margret Francis on piano and Robert McEwan on marimba for this performance, which includes: Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2, D. 118, Takemitsu’s haunting Between Tides, and Debussy’s light and elegant Piano Trio in G Major. They also offer a musical reflection of Utamaro’s Snow, Moon and Flowers series from the Edo period, The performance will also feature two solo works by Keiko Abe for marimba, Wind Sketch and Dream of the Cherry Blossom. For details: 860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org I See You Made An Effort, Annabelle Gurwitch’s new one-woman stage show, based on her book of the same name comes to Citystage in Springfield on February 17-18.. Gurwitch’s solo is a one-act romp, accompanied by video and projections designed by Jason Thompson, is set on the eve of a fiftieth birthday. Gurwitch is an actress and the author of the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize for American Humor finalist I See You Made an Effort, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (co-authored with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! which was also a Showtime Comedy Special. . She was the news anchor on the award winning Not

Dana Delany headlines the cast of The Night of The Iguana at A.R.T. in Cambridge.

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Necessarily the News on HBO. For details: 413-7887033 or www.citystage.symphonyhall.com Lovers’ Spat showcases some of Shakespeare’s most notorious couples in love or at war, including fun couples Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedict, Kate and Petruchio, and others. Shakespeare & Company presents this famous couple encounters on February 18-19 in Lenox, MA. Artistic Director Allyn Burrows stages

Elizabeth Ashley headlines the cast of The Night of The Iguana at A.R.T. in Cambridge.

Anthony Marble in A Moon For The Misbegotten at Playhouse on Park.

the show, and the cast features company members including Elizabeth Aspenlieder. For details: 413-637-3353 or www. shakespeare.org. Jeffrey Foucault, the American folksinger and songwriter, performs on the next Berkshire Theatre Group On The Stage Series at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA on February 23. Jeffrey’s sound is influenced by American country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and folk.

Elizabeth Aspenleider stars in Shakespeare and Company’s Lovers’ Spat. For details: 413-997-4444 or www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.. Hedda Gabler, Ibsen’s classic, as translated by Eva Le Gallienne and directed by Christina Peligrini, gets a staging by the UMass Theatre Department at The Rand Theatre on the UMass/ Amherst campus February 22 through March 4. It’s a non-traditional production using an all-female cast to explore the patriarchal power of the play. For details:1-800-999-UMAS or 545-2511 or www. fineartscenter.com ——— Mark G. Auerbach studied theatre at American University and the Yale School of Drama. He’s worked for arts organizations and reported on theatre for newspapers and radio.

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West Springfield WinterFest A free, 3rd-ever WinterFest will be held at various venues in West Springfield’s downtown  on Saturday, February 18th with free, entertaining, and exciting events.  Audiences of all ages will be dazzled and entertained.  There’s something for everyone, according to Roberta Page, president of It’s West Springfield, the non-profit, community organization coordinating WinerFest 2017.   Saturday, the 18th kicks off the school’s winter vacation week.  WinterFest is a great way for students, and folks of all ages, to begin the vacation week with some fun and frivolity, according to Ms. Page. A special surprise is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the town library at  200 Park Street to begin the day. At 10:15, the Springfield Thunderbirds hockey team mascot will be outside the Majestic Theater at 131 Elm Street  until 10:45 and the returning magic by magician Magic Al will mesmerize audiences  from 10:30 to 11:15 inside the Majestic.  Beginning at noon, American Legion Post 2017 at 83 Park Avenue will be the venue for six activities and events.  The legion will have free hot cocoa and coffee inside the building in the banquet hall.  The Tree Bus will be parked at the side of the building and have free give-a-ways for children.  Starter seed plant kits, DVDs, and other goodies will be given out to the first fifty children outside, around the bus.  Special guest “Jenny the Donkey” will be corralled from noon to 1:00 outside, in front of the building, and children may get close up to pet the nine-year-old farm animal.  “T-Rex the Dinosaur” will greet guests from 1:00 to 1:30, and, from 1:00 to 1:45, the high-energy, young, Vague Rendition band will perform various music genres including classic rock.  The five, high school, student-aged, members of the band include a gal singer, drummer, bassist, and two guitarists who perform backup vocals.  Rounding out the day, at 2:00 p.m. a Johnny Cash tribute, and more, will be performed by the popular vocalist and entertainer, Brian C h i c o i n e .   It’s West Springfield has coordinated some brand new, and other returning, activities and events, explained Ms. Page.  All are free with the thanks of various businesses, especially United Bank, which stepped up to the plate as a premier sponsor. Full- color and polished silver West Springfield lapel pins fashioned by IWS and WinterFest silver snowflake charms will be available on the 18th at the library, the Majestic, American Legion, and anytime, thereafter, at the Storrowton Gift Shop, or by calling 279-4567.  All the IWS fundraiser donations go to the 501(c)(3) It’s West Springfield, Inc, for future projects All are invited to join in this winter festival of free activities and performances.

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Huntington Public Library Painting Workshop The Huntington Public Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Pastel Paint the 45-Million-Dollar Flower” on Tuesday, February 21st from 6-8 P.M. This workshop was originally scheduled for January 31st and was cancelled due to snow, and there are now some spaces left. In this two-hour workshop, participants will produce their own pastel painting of Georgia O’Keefe’s elegant Jimson flower that sold for $45.4 million, while experimenting with professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and special pastel paper. Space is limited and you need to contact the library at 667-3506 to register. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Huntington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Huntington Public Library a Victorian Courtship Tea You are cordially invited to a Victorian Courtship Tea at the Huntington Public Library on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 P.M. Did you ever wonder how young people became acquainted, before the practice of dating became commonplace? Then go back to Queen Victoria’s time with our hostess, Mrs. Michael Gordon as played by Rita Parisi. She will share memories of her own courtship during a time when a girl flirted with her fan, chose her own suitors, and romance was the rule rather than the exception. Victorian style garb, hats, and gloves are encouraged. Bring your favorite teacup to enjoy tea with the ladies!

READERS: Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge  Due to the overwhelming popularity of our “Beat ‘The Putz’” pro football contest, we are about to give readers of The Westfield News sports pages something more. Beginning later this month, area sports fans will have a chance to put their sports knowledge to the test with our brand new contest, “Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge.” Pick the winner from each of the four men’s PGA Tour Majors, NASCAR’s biggest races, the Triple Crown, and the NCAA Division I men’s basketball Final Four. Win prizes weekly and compete for our overall grand prize. Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge will begin with the Daytona 500 February 26 and end with the PGA Championship in August. Look for contest forms in The Westfield News, beginning Sat., Feb. 18.


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SPORTS

Tourney drive By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer EAST LONGMEADOW – For more than one quarter, the Westfield High School girls’ basketball team appeared to be playoff bound Wednesday night. Westfield built a 12-6 advantage over the game’s first nine-plus minutes. East Longmeadow went on a 17-2 run in the second quarter though, cruising to a 42-30 win and putting a dent in the Bombers’ postseason hopes. Westfield (3-15 overall, 4-3 Valley Wheel) fell one full game behind East Longmeadow (8-9, 4-2) in the conference. Minnechaug (10-9) sits atop the Valley Wheel with a conference record of 6-1. Teams that finish the regular season with a .500 or better record, or first or second place in their respective conferences, qualify for postseason play. Westfield must now win out and hope for some help to make a run at the Valley Wheel. Speaking of runs, Westfield went on a 12-1 run late over a six-minute span late in the first quarter and early in the second to rally from an early deficit. Down 5-0, Westfield’s Clara Hinck hit a 3-pointer three minutes, five seconds into the first quarter. Kaela Mochak followed with consecutive put-backs. Olivia Hadla made a free throw, and Katie Knapik made a two-pointer early in the second quarter to cap the run. Then, the tide turned. East Longmeadow forced the ball inside to its big, low post players. The Spartans began to dominate the paint, muscling together a 17-2, second-quarter run that effectively changed the game. “We came out with energy in the first couple minutes of the game, made a few turnovers, and them missed a couple of layups,” Westfield coach Meghan Lavner said. “That’s something that has been happening over and over this season. There’s a learning curve for us. We’re young.” Westfield currently has just two seniors on its roster, and starts one senior, one junior, one sophomore, and two freshmen, who just so happen to be the team’s leading scorers. Westfield will attempt to bounce back on senior night Thursday at home against the Agawam Brownies. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Rams postseason bound Southwick 74, Pioneer Valley Christian 29 Southwick’s Nick Hough (16 points), Matt Daley (14), and Ryan LeClair (11) combined to outscore the opposition. With the win, the team’s 10th, the Rams secured a tournament berth.

Gateway shines on senior night Gateway 57, Westfield Technical Academy 45 Gateway’s shined on senior night. Shane Mastello (24 points) went 12-of-15 from the free throw line to spark a Gators’ victory, and sophomore Paul Kowal scored 11 points. Vlad Biley led Westfield Tech with 12 points, and Mark Klyuchits had 11. Tigers’ sophomore Josh Bush played well in his first varsity start.

HCSS downs Saints Hampden Charter School of Science 66, St. Mary 42 Jake Butler and Luke Willenburg scored 10 apiece for St. Mary at Westfield Middle School South.

Westfield’s Kaela Mochak (20) drives toward the hoop Wednesday night at East Longmeadow High School. (Photo by Chris Putz)

BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY

Colts turn back Saints Chicopee Comp 5, St. Mary 1 St. Mary (5-9-1) suffered its fifth straight loss, and has lost eight of its last nine. The Saints will seek a bit of redemption Friday against Easthampton at Amelia Park Arena. The puck drops at 8 p.m.

Rams silence Red Raiders Southwick 42, Commerce 21 Commerce’s Breanna Marchena exploded for 19 points. Southwick held the rest of the Red Raiders to a combined two points.

Westfield’s Casey Almeida (2) guards East Longmeadow’s inbounds pass. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Gators chase Tigers Gateway 34, Westfield Technical Academy 14 Grace Van Buren scored a game-high nine points, Becca Herman finished with seven, and three others (Bryanna Fellows, Donna Viel, and Angella Wright) had four apiece to lead Gateway. Westfield Tech’s Jeika Rios netted 10.

Westfield’s Clara Hinck (14) takes a jump shot. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Olivia Hadla (3) makes a one-handed pass for Westfield. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Katie Knapik (15) and East Longmeadow’s Sara Cafaro (11) await the free throw attempt. (Photo by Chris Putz)

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WINTER ’16-17 HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Thursday, Feb. 16 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Minnechaug, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Agawam, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Agawam, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at East Catholic, Newington Arena, Time TBA JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Chicopee, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Chicopee, 7 p.m. D1 STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Methuen High School *Saturday, Feb. 18* STATE GIRLS’ SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Boston University, 1:15 p.m. D1 STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Methuen High School, All Day BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Beverly, Endicott College, 5:20 p.m. *Sunday, Feb. 19* SECTIONAL BOYS’ SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Boston University, 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Amherst, 7p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Longmeadow Co-Op) at Falmouth, 10 a.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. East Longmeadow, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Greenfield, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Greenfield, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY at Barnstable, Falmouth Ice Arena, 2:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Longmeadow, Olympia Ice Center (West Springfield), 8 p.m. *Sunday, Feb. 26* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Longmeadow, Olympia Ice Center (West Springfield), 4:20 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Commerce, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Falcons Winter Classic, Smith Academy High School, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Falcons Winter Classic, Smith Academy High School, 7:15 p.m.

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Thursday, Feb. 16 BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Greenfield, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Easthampton, Amelia Park, 8 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL *Saturday, Feb. 18* BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at South Hadley, Fitzpatrick Ice Arena, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Mount Everett, Berkshire School, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Greenfield, Amelia Park Arena, 2 p.m.

WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY Thursday, Feb. 16 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Vocational, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Vocational, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Monson, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Monson, 7 p.m. *Sunday, Feb. 19* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Minnechaug, Olympia Ice Center (West Springfield), 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Academy, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 22 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Mohawk, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Feb. 24 No Sports Scheduled *Sunday, Feb. 26* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Amherst-Pelham, Cyr Arena, 5:30 p.m.

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Gateway vs. WTA PHOTOS BY LYNN F. BOSCHER

Gabby Goralczyk (4) is ready to shoot.

Lily Waters (25) tries to get past the defense.

Megan Wright (31) grabs the ball from Westfield Tech.

Becca Herman (23) pushes through a tough defense.

Becca Herman (23) gets one in for 2 points.

Bryanna Fellows (3) passes around her blocker.

Angela Wright (24)) goes for the lay up.

WINTER ’16-17 HIGH SCHOOL STANDINGS BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY WESTFIELD 12-5 ST. MARY 5-9-1 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY LONGMEADOW (WHS CO-OP) 7-5-1 BOYS’ BASKETBALL WESTFIELD 8-9

SOUTHWICK 10-7 GATEWAY 5-11 WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY 3-12 ST. MARY 2-16

GATEWAY 8-10 WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY 1-13 ST. MARY 2-12

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL WESTFIELD 3-15 SOUTHWICK 11-6

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL EAST LONGMEADOW 42, WESTFIELD 30

GATEWAY 34, WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY 14 SOUTHWICK 42, COMMERCE 21 BOYS’ BASKETBALL SOUTHWICK 74, PIONEER VALLEY CHRISTIAN 29 GATEWAY 57, WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY 45 HAMPDEN CHARTER SCHOOL OF

SCIENCE 66, ST. MARY 42 BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY CHICOPEE COMP 5, ST. MARY 1

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Dear Annie By ANNIE LANE

Declining Relationship With Daughter Dear Annie: My ex-husband was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive, and he was a womanizer from the very beginning. So I divorced him in the 1980s; I then kept custody of our daughter. All was good between my daughter and me for 10 years -before my ex managed to work his way back into my life with his usual charm. I really thought he had changed. What’s that old saying about a leopard? I have to confess that we both drank a lot. But I seemed to be the only one at fault for everything. His abuse got worse and worse over the years. He did and said anything to destroy my self-esteem and credibility with my friends and even my co-workers. He managed to destroy my relationship with my daughter, too. They started to hang out in the bars together, and she started to treat me just as he did. They planned for weeks to throw me out when I temporarily lost my job, and they tried to hurt me in other ways. They would huddle in corners of bars together, kissing as if they were lovers, watching my reactions to their behavior. I had people ask me whether they were actually sleeping together, and to be honest, I wasn’t really sure. It came to a head one night when she was getting ready to go out with her dad again while I was sleeping. She was going to leave her 18-month-old son with me without even letting me know I was baby-sitting. I woke up before she left and was very angry when I figured it out. I woke the child up and told him Mommy was going bye-bye and asked whether he wanted to go with her. At this point, she hit me and knocked me down. Before I could get up, she hit me again. Then she called her dad, and he told me to get out, which I did. I went back to work shortly after this, thank goodness, but they left me with nothing. I had to start all over again. To this day, my daughter has never apologized for any of her behavior or actions. Trust me; having your child treat you like a piece of garbage isn’t something that’s easy to get over. She has also tried to turn everyone she knows against me ever since then, even my current husband. She is doing exactly the same things her father did. I no longer drink at all, for the record. I don’t know where to go from here. She says she has tried to have a relationship with me, but I just don’t see it happening, not with the hatefulness still coming at me. Should I try to repair the damage that has been done, or should I just walk completely away? If this is her way of showing love, I don’t think I want her love anymore. -- Wits’ End Dear Wits’: There is, unfortunately, much more to hash out here than the space of this column allows. But it sounds as if the years of abuse from your ex-husband saddled you with a lot of emotional baggage that you’re still carrying today, and I strongly recommend seeing a therapist. If you’re unable to see one in person, consider using BetterHelp or Talkspace. These websites connect patients with health care professionals via video chats, text messages and phone calls. I hope you and your daughter can build a healthy relationship together over time. Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators. com. To find out more about Annie Lane and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM

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GOLF — LPGA Tour, ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, second round, at Adelaide, Australia NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. TNT — Boston at Chicago NHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. NBCSN — Colorado at Buffalo SKIING 6:30 a.m. NBCSN — FIS Alpine World Championships, Women’s Giant Slalom, at St. Moritz, Switzerland SOCCER 10:50 a.m. FS2 — UEFA Europa League, FC Krasnodar vs. Fenerbahce SK 1 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Europa League, KAA Gent vs. Tottenham FS2 — UEFA Europa League, Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Fiorentina 3 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Europa League, Manchester United vs. Saint-Etienne FS2 — UEFA Europa League, Villarreal vs. AS Roma WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. BTN — Michigan at Indiana 7 p.m. SEC — Vanderbilt at South Carolina 8 p.m. BTN — Northwestern at Iowa 9 p.m. SEC — Auburn at Mississippi

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Sparks fly over Maher’s booking By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Maher's decision to book conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO show drew quick condemnation from another guest. Jeremy Scahill, a journalist who's appeared frequently on "Real Time with Bill Maher," posted on Twitter that he won't appear as a panelist Friday because of Yiannopoulos and what he represents. "He has ample venues to spew his hateful diatribes. There is no value in 'debating' him," Scahill tweeted. Appearing on Maher's show will give Yiannopoulos a major platform for "his racist, anti-immigrant campaign," wrote Scahill, co-founding editor of The Intercept news website. Schahill said he respects Maher's show as an arena for debate and discussion but called Yiannopoulous "many

bridges too far." HBO confirmed that Scahill had canceled. There was no immediate comment from Maher. In an email Wednesday to The Associated Press, Yiannopoulos said that "public shaming and grandstanding don't work any more. ... Thanks for proving my point for me, Jeremy Scahill! You can look forward to pulling out of a lot more shows in the next few decades." Yiannopoulos writes for Breitbart News, considered by many a platform for the so-called "alt-right" movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism. His Twitter account was suspended last year after a series of racially insensitive tweets aimed at "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones, who is black. Yiannopoulos has denied he is a white nationalist or racist.

In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Yiannopoulos will appear on the HBO political series, "Real Time with Bill Maher," on Friday, Feb. 17. (Jeremy

HINTS FROM HELOISE HELOISE’S CLUB WAFFLES Dear Heloise: I had to write to tell you that your waffle recipe using club soda as an ingredient is a favorite with my family. We love them! -- Jennifer R. in Georgia Jennifer, thank you so much! This recipe for Heloise’s Club Soda Waffles (they are lighter than air!) was a reader favorite from my mother’s column, the original Heloise (1919-1977), and still is. You will need the following: 2 cups biscuit mix 1 egg 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/3 cups club soda Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl using a SPOON, and DON’T overmix the batter. You must use the batter immediately, or it will go flat. It couldn’t be easier to make delicious waffles any day of the week! You even can freeze these waffles for the mornings when you are in a rush. -Heloise P.S. Try a flavored sparkling water, like strawberry!

In his email, Yiannopoulos decried what he called examples of "left on right political violence," including chaotic protests that erupted at the University of California, Berkeley, earlier this month over his planned speech, which was canceled. "But sure, my speech is the real threat," he said. He has a forthcoming book, "Dangerous," to be published by a Simon & Schuster imprint geared to conservatives. Slammed by criticism from the Chicago Review of Books and others, Simon & Schuster said it doesn't condone discrimination and said the book is about free speech. Yiannopoulos is scheduled as Friday's opening interview guest for "Real Time." Others set for the show include round table guests Larry Wilmore and former Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston and, for a mid-show interview, Leah Remini.

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Making ‘Portlandia’: Brainstorming, basketball, improv LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "Portlandia" brain trust is gathered to hash out another round of endearingly goofy tales set in a mythical (sort of) Portland. Laptops dot the conference table where stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen sit with fellow writers of the IFC comedy. Their modest office is in a gentrifying industrial section of Los Angeles with the whimsical nickname Frogtown — so perfectly "Portlandia," now in its seventh and next-to-last season. The story currently under discussion: What the mayor's wish to secede from the United States could mean for the Oregon city (see the result at 10 p.m. EST Thursday, with Kyle MacLachlan back as the mayor and Kumail Nanjiani as an unyielding bureaucrat). "I just want more Saturday and Sunday. Two each," one writer suggests as the mayor's vague intent. "He keeps saying, 'I just want the weekend.' And Fred and Carrie are like, 'What does that mean?'" another scribe chimes in. "Shorts. Flip-flops. Eating a banana on the front lawn," is helpfully offered. This group stream of consciousness meanders delightfully on. The mayor wants to set up a tax shelter to attract billionaires. Or maybe he went to Iceland and realized countries outside America are OK, too. But what about the downside of secession? Portland's split from the U.S. would be treated like a cable customer trying to end a contract, and it wouldn't be pretty. There are the penalty fees, of course, and demands for return of federal equipment including flagpoles and court gavels. And how would a Portlander cross the

border to see, say, a Beyonce concert? Would a passport be required? Most TV writers' rooms feel like creative conspiracies, but this one even more so. Brownstein and Armisen conceived the series with fellow executive producer Jonathan Krisel, and the two of them play various and sundry characters. Ideas and notions are thrown out casually, to be either built on or supplanted by the next creative burst of thought. Only Brownstein's determined effort to work pianist-composer Dave Grusin into an episode provokes gentle teasing, until she finally surrenders. "I'm willing to let Grusin go. I'll just hang out with him in LA," says Brownstein, whose fame pre-"Portlandia" was musical, including as a founding member of the rock band Sleater-Kinney. She and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Armisen, himself a musician, are longtime friends. Also on hand this day for idea-swapping and a lunchtime game of basketball — an outside hoop is the big perk — are writers Alice Mathias, Graham Wagner and Karen Kilgariff. But the script that emerges is only the beginning of what viewers ultimately see, a "loose blueprint" for filming in Portland, as Krisel puts it. "The shooting becomes our rewriting ... because it's so heavily improvised," he said in an interview. "And that's kind of the secret of the show, that once you've got this simple premise and you've brainstormed it and written it, then on the day (of taping) you can just have fun with it." He compares the show to an art project, such as a painting or sculpture, which ultimately finds its own final shape.

"You don't try to micromanage it," Krisel said. Except, it seems, in the editing room, where the goal is to cobble together the very best, "laugh-out-loud funny moments" out of the many takes done for each segment. That can even require a "Portlandia" version of computer-generated special effects, such as moving coffee cups around to preserve continuity. "The end goal is to make a piece that everybody has ownership over and everybody's proud of because everybody contributed to it. I think there's a communist, socialist vibe to 'Portlandia' to make it work," Krisel said, with a laugh. The comedy does revel in its own brand of leftiness. Brownstein once compared Portland itself to "more a mind-set than a place," telling The Associated Press in a 2014 interview that it's "an exemplary city in how befuddled it can sometimes be by its own attempts at progressiveness and kindness." For Krisel, the flaws-and-all depiction in "Portlandia," although affectionate, led to a brief crisis of confidence after the presidential election. "We were making fun of ourselves and we thought it was funny, and the world was, 'Actually, we hate those people,'" he recalled thinking. He felt an urge to protect "Portlandia" by halting it, but decided instead to stick with what he calls "just a funny show." "It's like candy to watch. People have said they're going through something difficult and they put on 'Portlandia' and it's a breath of fresh air," he said. "Sometimes the world is so scary, as it is now, and you just need something to make you laugh."


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017: This year your intensity and determination emerge as a strong combination. You seem able to accomplish whatever you want. You might decide to lay out your goals so that you can determine which direction to head in. If you are single, you probably will meet someone of interest anytime from now until November. This bond will have an intensity that could scare you at times, but you will love that closeness most of the time. If you are attached, the two of you become very visible as a couple. Verbalize your feelings more often. SCORPIO tends to find out about your deepest secrets. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH Conversations between you and trusted associates seem to have a harsh tone. You might be told that you are a bit too sarcastic. Be smart, and refuse to have a knee-jerk reaction. Give in to the need to inform others of your perceptions. Tonight: Join great company at a favorite place. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH Initiate talks, and refuse to give in to someone’s need for control. Remember that you can win a power play only by not getting involved. You have a charming quality about you that appeals to many admirers. Enjoy your popularity! Tonight: Go along with the moment. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Pace yourself, knowing that you have a lot of ground to cover. Be more direct in how you handle a personal matter. Others might not be as clued in to what is going on as you are. Be discreet with a friend who has a hot temper. Tonight: Get some extra R and R. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You have a unique sense of humor that is likely to take you in a different direction. While bosses or associates are complaining, you will be off accomplishing more than your fair share of work. Dedicate special time to a child or loved one. Tonight: Enjoy the moment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You can’t get past a problem and come to an understanding without the cooperation of a roommate or close associate. You understand that it will take both of you working together to find a response. Be as direct as possible when dealing with a friend. Tonight: Out and about. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You will speak your mind clearly, and others will hear what you are saying. Your intensity emerges as well. An associate or loved one could be reactive, as he or she doesn’t seem to understand where you are coming from. Be receptive to feedback. Tonight: Find your friends. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH You could be out of control right now. Share more of what is on your mind. Someone close to you might push to have his or hr way. Opt for clear communication. Unless you are dealing with a life-or-death issue, let this person take the lead. Tonight: In the limelight. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Your willingness to verbalize an internal issue indicates the importance of you wanting and needing to resolve it. Others seem drawn to you, and they are more than willing to work out a problem. Use your charisma and insightfulness. Tonight: Be where the action is. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HH You’ll sense that something is going on behind the scenes. You might want to open up this matter for discussion. The wise move is to say and do nothing for now. What you believe is happening might not be the correct scenario. Tonight: Keep your own counsel. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You might believe that you have everything under control, but know that you could experience some discomfort on a personal level. An issue involving real estate is likely to emerge. Know that you’ll be able to handle it with ease. Tonight: Ready to take off. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH You are a great source of information, but when someone hears too many facts, he or she might feel overloaded and get upset. Take this reaction as your cue to walk away from the situation. Be gracious and just subtly take a step back. Tonight: At a favorite haunt. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You could have a lot of chatter inside your head that keeps popping up at random times. You might not be sure

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Thomas scores 33, Celtics hold off late push by 76ers By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The fourth quarter has been good to Isaiah Thomas all season. The same was true in another close game with the 76ers. Thomas scored 13 of his 33 points in the final period and the surging Boston Celtics held on to beat Philadelphia 116-108 on Wednesday night. It was the 40th straight 20-point game for Thomas, tying the team record set by John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season. Marcus Smart added 21 points and eight steals for the Celtics. "It doesn't seem real for my name to be mentioned with such greats and Hall of Famers," Thomas said. "It means I'm doing something well. And I'm just glad we're winning on top of it." And winning a lot. Boston has won four in a row and 11 of 12. Philadelphia's loss ended its three-game winning streak. As much as Thomas' scoring was an issue down the stretch, 76ers coach Brett Brown said Smart's defense set the tone for Boston. "There's a toughness in him that you can't help but respect," Brown said. Though Smart has improved offensively in his third season, he thinks he might have found a niche in providing energy on the defensive end. "I can honestly say this is the most comfortable I have been in a Celtic uniform," he said. Boston won despite committing a season-high 24 turnovers. Dario Saric led the 76ers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Robert Covington added 18 points but left late in the fourth quarter after crashing into the Boston bench while diving for a loose ball. Boston won the first two games of the season series by a combined five points. Wednesday's meeting was nearly as tight, with 10 ties and 11 lead changes. The Celtics were a little erratic on offense to begin the game, turning the ball over five times in less than four minutes and 12 times in all during the first half.

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) holds up his NBA All Star jersey prior to the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. At rear is Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Philadelphia took advantage, scoring 21 points off Boston turnovers in the opening 24 minutes. It was tied 61-all at halftime, but Boston used 12-2 run at the start of the third quarter to create some breathing room. Philadelphia didn't go away, and took its first lead of the second half on Nerlens Noel's dunk with just under eight minutes to play. Then it was Thomas time. After struggling in the second and third quarters, he scored nine straight Celtics points to put them back in front 101-99 with 5:42 left. Noel tied it with a pair of free throws following a flagrant foul on Al Horford. But then Boston surged again, scoring seven straight as part of a 13-2 run. TIP-INS 76ers: Gerald Henderson got ejected with 51.8 seconds left after receiving a pair of technicals for arguing a foul call. ... C Joel Embiid missed his 10th straight game with a bruised left knee. ... Philadelphia center Jahlil Okafor was back in a Sixers uniform after beginning the week expecting to be headed to a new team. He was held out of the 76ers' last two games as trade talk intensified, but rejoined the club in Boston. Okafor played 17 minutes, finishing with four

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points and four rebounds. Celtics: Thomas has only one game all season in which he failed to reach 20 points. He scored 18 in a 104-88 loss to Golden State on Nov. 18. ... Gerald Green played just six minutes before leaving with a bruised left heel. ... Boston played without G Avery Bradley (sore right Achilles) and rookie forward Jaylen Brown (right hip strain). Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley and Brown will also miss Thursday night's game in Chicago. TRADE TALK Despite the ongoing trade talk surrounding him, Okafor said he hasn't looked at the experience negatively. "They didn't tell me that I was certainly out the door. They just told me it was a possibility," Okafor said. "I'm just grateful that I have Coach Brown and guys in this organization who are up front with me because I know it's rare for teams to do that. And I haven't been left in the dark." UP NEXT 76ers: Return to action next Friday at home against Washington. Celtics: Head to Chicago for their final game before the All-Star break on Thursday.

LEGAL NOTICES Februay 9, 16, 23, 2017 MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Sharon Nutting and Wesley Nutting to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for, Meritage Mortgage, its successors and assigns, dated November 10, 2005 and recorded with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds at Book 15487, Page 576 subsequently assigned to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as trustee pursuant to that Morgan Stanley, Home Equity Loan Trust 2006-2, Mortgage PassThrough Certificates, Series 2006-2 Pooling and Servicing Agreement by Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. by assignment recorded in said Hampden County Registry of Deeds at Book 17680, Page 456 and subsequently assigned to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Morgan Stanley Home Equity Loan Trust 2006-2, Mortgage PassThrough Certificates, Series 2006-2 by Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Meritage Mortgage by assignment recorded in said Hampden County Registry of Deeds at Book 20684, Page 499; of which Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing same will be sold at Public Auction at 11:00 AM on March 2, 2017 at 11 Noble Avenue, Westfield, MA, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit:

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Hampden Probate and Family Court 50 State Street Springfield, MA 01103 Docket No. HD11P2455PM CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF CONSERVATOR'S ACCOUNT In the matter of: Michael Francis Collier Of:Westfield, MA Protected Person/Disabled Person/Respondent To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, you are hereby notified pursuant to Rule 72 of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate & Family Court, that the First through Fourth account(s) of Judith A Collier of Westfield, MA as Conservator of the property of said Respondent has or have been presented to the Court for allowance. You have the right to object to the account(s). If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 02/28/2017. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to object to the accounts(s).

The land in Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, being known and designated as 11 Noble Avenue, said property being bounded and described as follows:

Additionally, within thirty days after said return day (or within such other time as the Court upon motion may order), you must file a written affidavit of objections stating the specific facts Northerly on Cortez Street; and grounds upon which each objection is based and a copy Easterly on Noble Avenue shall be served upon the ConSoutherly on land formerly of servator pursuant to Rule 3 of Thayer and land now or formerly the Supplemental Rules of the of C. Smith and of Thayer; Probate & Family Court. and Westerly on land formerly of Freeland now or formerly of Baillargeon. Being the same premises conveyed to the herein named mortgagor (s) by deed recorded with Hampden County Registry of Deeds herewith.

You have the right to send to the Conservator, by registered or certified mail, a written request to receive a copy of the Petition and account(s) at no cost to you.

IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the abovenamed person. If the abovenamed person cannot afford a TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of FIVE THOUSAND lawyer, one may be appointed DOLLARS AND 00 CENTS at State expense. ($5,000.00) in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s Witness, check or money order will be re- Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion, quired to be delivered at or be- First Justice of this Court. fore the time the bid is offered. The successful bidder will be re- Date: February 02, 2017 quired to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately Suzanne T. Seguin after the close of the bidding. Register of Probate The balance of the purchase price shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the sale date in the form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and all bids, to continue the sale and to amend the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The description of the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE OF THE ESSENCE. The premises are to be sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, liens, attorney’s fees and costs pursuant to M.G.L.Ch.183A, unpaid taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens and assessments, rights of tenants and parties in possession.

(SEAL) COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT 16 SM 011994 ORDER OF NOTICE TO: Scott A. Little Kerry A. Little a/k/a Kerry Ann Little and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C. App. § 3901 (et seq).: First Tennessee Bank National Association claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in Westfield, numbered 723 Holyoke Road given by Scott A. Little and Kerry A. Little a/k/a Kerry Ann Little to "MERS", Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. a separate corporation that is acting solely as nominee for First Horizon Home Loans, a Division of First Tennessee Bank, N.A. "Lender"; and its successors and assigns, dated July 31, 2008, and recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 17416, Page 197, and now held by Plaintiff by assignment, has/have filed with this court a complaint for determination of Defendant’s/Defandants' Servicemembers status. If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the United States of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before March 13, 2017 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act. Witness, JUDITH C. CUTLER, Chief Justice of said Court on January 26, 2017 Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder

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Other terms if any, to be announced at the sale. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Morgan Stanley Home Equity Loan Trust 2006-2, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-2

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, right, and Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Thomas scored 41 points as the Celtics defeated the Pistons 113-109. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Present Holder of said Mortgage, By Its Attorneys, ORLANS MORAN PLLC PO Box 540540 Waltham, MA 02454 Phone: (781) 790-7800 14-005201

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT. - 1 Bedroom. $750/month. Security and lease. Sorry, no pets. (860)-623-66402.

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