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meeting with DePaola was attended by Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen and West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan, along with state Reps. Nicholas Boldyga and Michael Finn, and State Sen. Donald Humason’s chief of staff. Humason was shocked when he heard about the letter because, he said, it was his understanding that DePaola indicated in the meeting that he knew nothing about the property use. “The letter was written the day before that meeting,” said Humason. Humason said he, Finn, Fox, Cohen, Sullivan, Boldyga and State Sen. James Welch penned a letter to Davey asking the state to make good on its promise to the towns and residents involved and complete

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Mayor Daniel M. Knapik, through his attorney, is seeking a reconsideration of the summary judgment handed down in a civil suit last week by a US District Court judge. US District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor, in a 46-page memorandum and order released on Friday, Feb21, found that Knapik did violate the rights of free expression, under both federal and state law, of candidates David A. Flaherty MAYOR and Jane Wensley DANIEL and property owner M. KNAPIK David Costa in when he had campaign signs removed just prior to the municipal election in November of 2011. That summary judgment could have significant implication for Knapik because it could strip him of indemnification protection as a public official if the court upholds the plaintiffs’ assertion that Knapik acted outside the scope of his authority when he ordered the Department of Public Works to remove the campaign signs from Costa’s property on East Silver Street. The loss of that indemnification could put the full cost of the legal process on Knapik, and as a private citizen, he could be responsible for not only his attorney fees, but those of the plaintiffs as well. The City Council, with Flaherty recusing himself, approved $40,000 for Knapik’s defense under indemnification as a city official, a vote that was amended to limit that protection only if Knapik is found to have acted within the scope of his official authority. However, Attorney Edward M. Pikula, who represents Knapik, has filed a motion for reconsideration, citing a number of inconsistencies with facts entered in the case during discovery and through numerous motions. The 12-page motion for reconsideration of the summary judgment challenges the court’s finding in favor of the plaintiffs regarding the federal and state civil right violations of fre3e speech. The issues cited by Pikula are whether Knapik acted under the scope of his authority when he ordered removal of the signs. Knapik has contended that the signs on the treebelt, under the city’s control and not on Costa’s property, were a visual encumbrance to motorists on East Silver Street and those attempting to enter or exit at the intersections of Cross Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. Pikula contends that Knapik’s order applied to all signs on the treebelt and not just the campaign signs. In addition to the campaign signs, there was a real estate sign. Pikula states in his motion for reconsideration that: The memorandum and order states that that: “[i]t is clear from the undisputed facts that Defendant Knapik’s removal of the signs — whatever his actual intent — constituted a content-based restriction of free speech.” (p. 2) As previously noted, Knapik disputes that the removal of the signs was targeted at only the political signs. While it is undisputed that the removal included political signs,

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Legislators support Pike discount By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The toll free ride for western Mass. commuters ended in October, when the tolls for Exits 1 through 6 were reinstated on the Massachusetts Turnpike after a 17-year hiatus. Now, a new proposal to create a discounted annual toll pass for people who drive the Massachusetts Turnpike frequently would give residents of the communities serviced by Exits 1 through 8 the opportunity to purchase a $50 pass for a year of unlimited rides within those exits on the Pike. The bill, sponsored by Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox), was brought before the House and Senate in a joint session earlier this month, and has bipartisan support. “It’s going to affect everybody,” said Pignatelli, who represents Blandford, Chester, and Tolland in his 4th Berkshire District. “We’re becoming a more mobile society. Driving an hour to work everyday is not unheard of today.” “It’s based on your driving habits and divides the highway into zones.” he said. “These are also the same rates that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) gives to drivers who carpool.” Pignatelli added that the key to earning the carpool rate is that three people must be present in the vehicle, but that he knows of many constituents who make arduous commutes alone. “I met a woman from Lee who works as a nurse at Bay State in Springfield,” he said.

“She pays hundreds of dollars a year to get from Exit 2 to Exit 6.” Pignatelli said that Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley) told him of one of his constituents who commutes from Easthampton to her job in the Berkshires every day. “It’s a very fair proposition,” said Pignatelli. “But it’s based on your driving habits. If you’re a nurse whose driving everyday, it’s great. If you’re just driving to the Holyoke Mall once a month, not so much.” Despite the support of 21 members of the state legislature, Pignatelli said that MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey is not in favor of instituting the passes. “I didn’t want to file the legislation initially because I thought MassDOT would institute something like it,” he said, adding that he spoke with Davey on the matter. “He said ‘I don’t like discount programs’ and when I asked about the discounts given to Boston residents, he didn’t give me an answer.” Pignatelli was referring to residents of Chelsea, as well as the Boston neighborhoods of Charlestown and East Boston, who pay reduced rates with their Fastlane transponders to utilize the Tobin Bridge and the Callahan, Sumner, and Ted Williams tunnels in the city. “People in Chelsea and Charlestown pay 30 cents to travel that bridge (Tobin), people in East Boston pay 40 cents for the tunnels, See Pike Discount, Page 3

Board continues fight for Rt. 57 By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – Despite the state’s recent acknowledgement of a lack of interest in completing the Route 57 project, the Board of Selectmen this week said they want to send a reminder of the commitments made in the past. “I would still like [to send a letter] with one or two sentences about the obligation and commitment made to these people,” said Board Chairman Russell Fox, who referred to homeowners who were forced out of their homes to make room for the project. Last week Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Richard Davey met with Senator Don Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield) and aides for Representative Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick) to discuss

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Prevailing wage impacts municipal spending By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – There was much hand-wringing during a recent City Council meeting, and much of it had to do with approving a funding request from Domus Inc. for the “Our House” project. Proponents and opponents of the project packed the City Council Chambers to advocate for council support during the public participation phase of the session. Proponents cited the benefits to the community, while opponents cited the construction cost of $1.4 million as an exorbitant expenditure of public funds. The council, following a protracted debate, voted 11-2 to approve the Our House funding. The project will convert the former Red Cross Chapter house on Broad Street into a 10 singleroom residency (SRO) facility, as well as include building an addition onto the existing structure. There will be an apartment for a resident supervisor in addition to student housing. “This project is very expensive. The cost is too high,” At-large City Councilor Dan Allie said, voting against it. “Its not free money.” Ward 6 Councilor Christopher Crean, a member of the Finance Committee, which discussed the Domus funding request prior to the council meeting, said that he was initially concerned about the appropriation, but that he had further investigated the project. “The two big issues are the building cost and the social service aspect of the project,” Crean said. “The state sets the prevailing wage requirement. Eighty percent of the cost is due to state requirements.” Enforced through the Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Fair Labor Division, the state’s prevailing wage law sets a base wage for vendors who take on municipal contracts, along with health and pension benefits. For example, a brick, stone or artificial mason who is a member of the Springfield/Pittsfield district of the Bricklayers Local 3 union working on a job in Westfield is entitled to a base wage of $36.56 as of March 3, which, in addition to health benefit pay of $10.18 and $16.31 towards the worker’s pension, totals their prevailing wage at $63.05. However, a mason who is a member of the Boston District of Bricklayers Local 3 will earn a wage of $76.39, made up of a $48.16 wage, $10.18 for health benefits, and $18.15 for the worker’s pension. These wages play a large part in driving up the cost of the procurement process for municipalities like Westfield and Southwick, both in the midst of large municipal building projects. “The laws were put in to ensure a living

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the dormant Route 57 expansion project. Davey said that the state doesn’t have the revenue to finance the full extension of Route 57 right now, but “we fully understand the regional economic value this project has. With that in mind, we will explore whether there are any smaller, incremental steps we can possibly take in the meantime.” In late January, Administrator of the MassDOT Highway Division Frank DePaola wrote in a letter to Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) that the state was “not interested” in the land any longer. WMECO owns much of the land and has been holding the property for the state, which promised to complete the Route 57 project decades ago and took homes along the path of the extension. In mid-January a meeting took place in Boston regarding the future of Route 57. The

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Victorian-era models inspire creativity for oil painting class WESTFIELD — Westfield Creative Arts will hold Oil Painting from a Live Model in Victorian Attire, a two-day art session held Sundays March 2, and 9 and March 16 and 23 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at the Westfield State University Downtown Art Gallery. The course is taught by Debra Dunphy. Dunphy is an accomplished, award-winning artist and art instructor who works in many styles and mediums including oils, colored pencil, and pastels. Dunphy’s style is soft with a high degree of realism. Her objective is to combine the physical as well as the inner qualities of the subject to achieve a more lifelike painting. Follow Dunphy as she brings a portrait to life. Students will learn the techniques for capturing the essence of the human form. Learn how to complete a simple sketch that will serve as the basis for any portrait. Students will following along as Dunphy uses light and shadow to add dimension and a limited color pallet to bring life to the portrait. The cost of the course is $35 for non-members plus a model fee which will be split among the students. While Dunphy has taught many different types of art classes, she finds teaching painting with a live model especially rewarding. “Trying to replicate the human form is one of the most challenging and rewarding exercises when learning how to paint,” Dunphy said. “Subtle changes in texture and light are magnified.” With many different ages to choose from, Dunphy said she chose to focus on a Victorian era model because of her fascination with that time period.

“During the Victorian age, culturally there was a transition toward romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts,” Dunphy said. “The combination of romanticism and realism is the goal in each of my paintings, especially in portraiture. I am a big fan of painters and paintings of that time period and tend to embrace that style.” There is a membership fee of $50 per year, which translates into a $20 savings for each class taken throughout the year. Tuition for each class varies depending on the length and duration of the class. Classes that require supplies will have a materials list that students can obtain upon registering for the class. A full schedule of class dates and times can be found at . Regular gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Thursday, 2:00-7:00 p.m., and Saturday 1:00-5:00 p.m. For more information on Westfield Creative Arts, call (413) 478-9423. Celebrating 175 years: 2013-2014 During 2013-2014 academic year, Westfield State University celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding by Horace Mann as “The People’s College”. A series of events, lectures and discussions will be held throughout the year-long milestone that speak to the spirit in which the University was founded. Read more about Westfield State’s 175th celebration, including event information, the history of the University and fond memories from our faculty, staff and alumni at www.

About Westfield State University Founded in 1838 by Horace Mann, Westfield State is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

Westfield’s Unsolved Murder WESTFIELD - Did you know that the City of Westfield has only one unsolved murder? Come and learn about the many facets of Lewis B. Allyn - normal school teacher, pure foods promoter, and the only unsolved murder victim in Westfield on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Westfield Athenaeum‘s Lang Auditorium. In this two-part event, Theresa Hickson will share what she has uncovered about Lewis B. Allyn as a Westfield citizen, his family’s migration to Westfield, his youth and his role in the Pure Foods Movement during the 1910s - 30s. Then, Detective Michael McCabe will reveal his discoveries about the murder of Lewis Allyn and, perhaps, who did it. Please join us for these interesting lectures.

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TODAY IN HISTORY Today is Thursday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2014. There are 307 days left in the year. n Feb. 27, 1814, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, was first performed in Vienna. (Also on the program was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, which had premiered in Dec. 1813.)


On this date: In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress. In 1911, inventor Charles F. Kettering demonstrated his electric automobile starter in Detroit by starting a Cadillac’s motor with just the press of a switch, instead of handcranking. In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of women to vote. In 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag (RYKS’-tahg), was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire as justification for suspending civil liberties. In 1939, the Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp., effectively outlawed sit-down strikes. Britain and France recognized the regime of Francisco Franco of Spain. In 1943, during World War II, Norwegian commandos launched a raid to sabotage a German-operated heavy water plant in Norway. The U.S. government began circulating one-cent coins made of steel plated with zinc (the steel pennies proved very unpopular, since they were easily mistaken for dimes). In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.

In 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, 3-2, at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.) In 1968, at the conclusion of a CBS News special report on the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite delivered a commentary in which he said the conflict appeared “mired in stalemate.” In 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until May.) In 1982, Wayne Williams was found guilty of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period. (Williams, who was also blamed for 22 other deaths, has maintained his innocence.) In 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, President George H.W. Bush declared that “Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated,” and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight, Eastern time.

Ten years ago:

America’s top bishop, Wilton Gregory, declared the days of sheltering sex abusers in the Roman Catholic priesthood were “history” as two reports showed how pervasive assaults on minors had been during the previous halfcentury. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer asked the state’s top court to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the justices could decide whether the weddings were legal. (The justices halted the weddings the following month.) In the Philippines, a bomb blamed on Islamic extremists killed 116 people aboard a ferry in Manila Bay.

Five years ago:

President Barack Obama told Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. that he would end combat operations in Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010 and open a new era of diplomacy in the Middle East. The Rocky Mountain News ceased publishing after nearly 150 years in business.

One year ago:

The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary by a vote of 71-26. President Barack Obama unveiled a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks at the U.S. Capitol. Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, died in Fort Worth, Texas, at age 78.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Joanne Woodward is 84. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 80. Opera singer Mirella Freni is 79. Actress Barbara Babcock is 77. Actor Howard Hesseman is 74. Actress Debra Monk is 65. Rock singer-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 60. Rock musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 57. Actor Timothy Spall is 57. Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 54. Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 54. Rock musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is 53. Basketball Hall-of-Famer James Worthy is 53. Actor Adam Baldwin is 52. Actor Grant Show is 52. Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) is 49. Actor Noah Emmerich is 49. Actor Donal Logue (DOH’-nuhl LOHG) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 43. Rock musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) is 42. Rhythm-andblues singer Roderick Clark is 41. Country-rock musician Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers) is 36. Actor Brandon Beemer is 34. Chelsea Clinton is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Valentino is 34. Singer Josh Groban is 33. Rock musician Jared Champion (Cage the Elephant) is 31. Actress Kate Mara is 31.




Gateway principals make budget presentations By Peter Francis Staff Writer HUNTINGTON – At a meeting of the Gateway School Committee last night, members received budget presentations outlining upcoming initiatives at each of the sevenmember district’s elementary and middle schools. Megan Coburn, principal of the Gateway Middle School, as well as the Chester and Littleville Elementary schools illustrated the need to maintain class sizes, provide reading assistance, and continue to grant students important programs such as gym, art, and music. “In the three schools, we have class sizes on average of 18 to 21 students,” Coburn said to the committee. “We want to continue to provide reading initiatives, as well as physical education, art, music, and health classes.” She also mentioned a focus on elementary “mini-courses for enrichment”, as well as summer adventure camps for the middle

schoolers and a computer-design program called “Sketchup”. “Our projected enrollment for the year includes around 280 students at Littleville, 115 in Chester, and 160 at the middle school,” she said, adding that the schools will have 20, nine, and nine teachers, respectively, to go with five paras at Chester and the middle school, and 10 at Littleville. “We’ll also have about nine staff members who will be shared between the three schools.” She also shared information on a summer tutoring program being offered at Littleville, to accomodate students who were unable to participate during the school year. “The week before the start of the school year, students would come in to take a reading assessment,” Coburn said. “Teachers would have received data to start instructing groupings right away. This will increase time on learning, and target students in third to sixth grade. Coburn said that there will be two facilitators apiece for Chester and

Rt. 57 Continued from Page 1 the project. “They may not have the money now, but another administration may in the future,” Humason said. “I’m not even sure the secretary or the governor were aware of this (letter).” Humason said this was the first time there was any word from the state that it would not continue the project. Last week, Davey said there were many factors still up in the air. “We are at a major crossroads in the way we fund our transportation system,” Davey said. “The need for improvements will always be greater than the resources available. “Working with our partners in the legislature, we are anticipating new revenues from a pending transportation bond bill that will help us fund a list of projects that we spent over two years prioritizing,” he said. Boldyga has been critical of the handling of the situation by Beacon Hill. “The big concern is that, when the land was initially preserved, a lot of people were bought out and had to vacate their homes, and there’s nothing worse than that,” said Boldyga, whose entire district is served by Route 57. “It’s a travesty. Governor (Deval) Patrick and his administration have shown they have no interest in this and aren’t going to keep the promise. It’s sad.” Davey did not say definitively that the project is dead nor alive. Selectmen said this week that it is very much alive for the residents of the area. “I want them to honor their commitment,” said Fox.

the middle School, with three going to Littleville. “We’re going to continue focusing on the Go Math implementation, our new math program,” she said. “We’ll look over how this year went, look over our MCAS data, and look over full program. We’ll also continue to work with the Curriculum Director for the Common Core.” Jason Finnie, principal of Gateway Junior and Senior High Schools, also spoke to the committee on what he intends to do with the budget for the 2015 fiscal year. “Two seventh grade math classes have been asked to participate in the pilot PARCC assessment this year,” he said, referencing the ‘Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers’ test. “It’s not going to replace the MCAS testing. These are students getting an opportunity to get a little bit of insight into how it works and give PARCC feedback.” “You may have an ELA question,

that would be a reading comprehension question, that would ask you to put a work of literature next to a science journal next to something from a social studies or historical perspective.” he said. Finnie included in his PowerPoint slideshow presentation a plan for targeting “21st century skills” as his schools prepare for the next round of New England Schools and College accreditation in 2017, which will include the development of “school-wide structures, measures, and tiered supports.” “It’ll be a ramp-up next year of how can we create internal structures, measures we’re already using in the classroom or develop some that we think we need, to support students in developing skills,” he said. He also mentioned to the committee that he would be implementing a new educator evaluation system to promote growth and development. “It’s a constant cycle of teachers self-assessing and getting together,

Government Meetings THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 TOLLAND Conservation Comm Hearings-IF NEEDED

WESTFIELD Retirement Board at 3 pm

SOUTHWICK Canal Restoration Subcommittee at 6:15 pm Lake Management Committee at 7 pm

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 WESTFIELD City Council at 7 pm

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 WESTFIELD Conservation Commission at 6:30 pm

evaluating and getting informative feedback,” he said. “Developing goals and tracking some of the evidence to see how they’ve achieved those goals – it’s something we can be doing for every two year evaluation for teachers.” The system would coincide with the identification and development of DDMs, or District Determined Measures, of student progress. “Our focus at the junior high and high school is that we have a little bit more individualized assessments,” he said. “We can focus on student needs while at the same time satisfying the state.” Finnie said there would be additional schedule considerations to make it work, but that these would “free up teacher leaders” by “building time in during the day to support school and district goals.” He concluded by saying he would be looking to utilize funds on textbook and supplemental resources, as well as instructional resources for differentiation.

Pike Discount Continued from Page 1 while you and I pay $3 for the Tobin and $4 to go through the tunnels,” he said. “So the idea with discounts isn’t unheard of. I just want them to give us the same benefit as Boston.” State Senator Don Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), supports the bill and believes it is a way of sending a message to the State House in response to hikes in the Commonwealth’s gasoline tax and the reinstitution of the tolls. “We felt that, after the tolls and gas tax went in, that western Mass. was just getting hit again,” said Humason. “There are many commuters (in western Mass.) who use the Pike for work and family, and this pass would be a way of mitigating the gas tax and the tolls.” “The whole point of offering discounts is to incentivize the use of the turnpike,” he said. “It would just help people who use the pike to commute.” Reacting to Pignatelli’s bill, MassDOT said they recently secured a revenue package to “fund critical infrastructure improvement projects across the Commonwealth.” “While the final package was approximately half of the initial proposal, there are concerns over additional measures that seek to reduce the amount of revenue the agency is able to generate,” said Spokesman Michael Verseckes. “If successful, these measures would disrupt our ability to continue tackling the extensive backlog of necessary infrastructure upgrades.” Verseckes listed the expansion of discount toll programs, and a move to repeal the indexation of the gas tax to inflation, as measures that, if passed, “would jeopardize the purchasing power of that revenue source over the long term.”




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Defendant Knapik contended in his motion for summary judgment that is was undisputed that the removal included all signs, and Plaintiffs disputed this fact. Plaintiff then contended that it was undisputed that the order targeted political signs and Defendant Knapik disputed this. When considering Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment, looking at the facts in a light most favorable to the non-moving party, the Plaintiffs are not entitled to summary judgment based on the content neutral nature of the order to remove signs. Pikula also contends that the summary judgment contains inconsistencies pertaining to the existence of a sidewalk along the north shoulder of East Silver Street where there is no sidewalk. “In virtually every election cycle, municipal officials are called upon to deal with complaints about unattended signs in improper locations, or unattended signs being improperly removed from proper locations. The likelihood of such disputes ending up in federal court will greatly increase if it is determined that candidates have a right to place unattended signs in the tree belt because it is a public forum. Such decisions typically involve a weighing of public safety concerns. The Defendant in this case should be given the benefit of the doubt as the first official to issue such an order that result in a civil rights violation. The Defendant respectfully requests that the court reconsider the analysis to distinguish unattended signs from other scenarios where peaceful protests or picketing is involved,” Pikula state in the final paragraphs of his motion to Ponsor for reconsideration.

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Poll: Divide on military spending By Jonathan Topaz Americans are sharply divided on the level of U.S. defense spending, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said the country spends too much on the defense budget, while 28 percent said it spends too little. The poll came out just days after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a proposed a Pentagon budget with some major cuts, particularly to the Army. Fifty-one percent of Democrats said the U.S. is spending too much on defense, compared with just 15 percent who said the U.S. is spending too little. By contrast, 20 percent of Republican respondents said the defense budget is too large, while 49 percent said it was too small. A majority, 53 percent, also said the U.S. is the number one military power in the world, a figure in line with poll results in the past three years. The poll was conducted Feb. 6-9 with 1,023 randomly selected adults on cell phones and landlines.

Reid tempers critics By Burgess Everett Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walked back his accusation that all political ads backed by the billionaire Koch brothers are lies. Opening the Senate on Wednesday morning, the Nevada Democrat said that Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by Charles and David Koch, is spending millions on ads attacking vulnerable Democrats for their Obamacare support using “horror stories” that “all of them are untrue.” After eliciting several mocking statements from Senate Republicans and a request for an apology from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Reid returned to the floor several hours later to temper his assessment of AFP’s accuracy, if not his view of the Kochs. “I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers ads are a lie, but I’ll say this … the vast, vast majority of them are,” Reid said on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s too bad that they are trying to buy America. And it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers, who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.” The remarks continued a day-long diatribe against the Kochs, just the latest in Reid’s months-long barrage of criticism aimed at the Kochs. On Wednesday morning, Reid blasted the billionaire Koch brothers on Wednesday of having “no conscience” and spreading lies about Obamacare through political ads. “The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans that Obamacare is bad for them. It’s easy to do if you have no conscience and are willing to lie like they are, through the ads they’re promoting. But the Kochs should stick to what they know: The oil business … where they’ve made their multi-billions of dollars,” Reid said. AFP has flooded money into states like North Carolina and Louisiana where the GOP is targeting vulnerable incumbent Democrats. The group also began attacking Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) — a Senate candidate — this week for his support of Obamacare, which the ad alleges knocked a leukemia patient off of her insurance plan. “If I do not receive my medication, I will die. I believed the president. I believed I could keep my health insurance plan. I feel lied to, it’s heartbreaking for me. Congressman Peters, your decision to vote Obamacare jeopardized my health,” Julie Boonstra says in the ad. Reid called the ad “absolutely false” and again accused the Koch brothers of trying to buy the country this election cycle by distorting Democrats’ record in political advertisements, the second time in a month he has pointedly ripped the billionaire brothers for their political activities on the Senate floor. Philip Ellender, a Koch spokesman, denied that the two brothers were directly responsible for the advertisement and called Reid’s rhetoric disappointing if not surprising. “It is disgraceful that Senator Reid and his fellow Democrats are attacking a cancer victim as part of their campaign against Charles Koch and David Koch,” Ellender said. Asked to respond to Reid’s comments, AFP spokesman Levi Russell doubled down on the group’s Obamacare ads targeting Democrats. “Demonizing patients who are fighting cancer and lupus to prop up the failed Obamacare rollout shows an absolute lack of compassion for victims he has helped create,” Russell said. AFP’s outsize spending on Obamacare attacks has become a prime talking point for Democratic fundraisers, with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee repeatedly raising the prospects this week that GOP-backing outside groups may be able to outspend Democrats this year and take the Senate majority. Senate Democrats are also fighting back on Wednesday by launching a renewed effort to highlight the positive effects of the Affordable Care Act. Reid began pushing back himself against the implications of the AFP advertisements ripping Obamacare, relating a letter See Reid, Page 5

10 things to know: Arizona SB 1062 By Tal Kopan Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill — called by some a religious freedom bill and others an anti-gay bill. How well do you know about SB 1062? Here are 10 things: 1. First introduced Jan. 14, and passed by the state Senate on Feb. 19, 17 to 13, and it passed the state House Feb. 20, 33 to 27. 2. Would have changed an existing part of Arizona state law regarding free exercise of religion to broaden protections to non-government entities. The bill would have changed the definition of “person” from just referring to a religious institution to include “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization.” It also would have added language that says individuals can use burdens on their religious exercise as a defense in judicial actions even if the government is not a part of the case. This essentially means businesses have a right to claim a religious objection to providing services to customers. 3. Set out requirements for what people claiming their religious beliefs are burdened must prove. “1. That the person’s action or refusal to act is motivated by a religious belief. 2. That the person’s religious belief is sincerely held. 3. That the state action substantially burdens the exercise of the person’s religious beliefs.” 4. Since the bill passed and garnered controversy, three GOP

state senators held a news conference saying they regretted their votes for the bill and had urged Brewer to veto it. Joining with the state’s 13 Senate Democrats, such a vote would have defeated the bill. 5. Gained some high-profile detractors, including major corporations. Companies including Apple, AT&T and American Airlines had called on Brewer to veto the bill. 6. Even the NFL was pulled into the controversy over the bill. With Arizona set to host the 2015 Super Bowl, the NFL has said it is keeping an eye on what happens in Arizona. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has been one prominent voice to suggest the NFL should move the Super Bowl if the bill becomes law. 7. Prominent national Republicans pushed against SB 1062. Both of Arizona’s Republican senators, Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, came out in favor of a veto, and so did former presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. 8. Similar pieces of legislation have cropped up in other states, including Missouri, Georgia and Kansas. The Kansas bill has passed the state House. The Associated Press also reported that lawmakers in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma were considering similar legislation. 9. The bill had its supporters. Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh decried Brewer being “bullied” toward a veto, and fellow right talk radio mogul Glenn Beck said the bill was about freedom. 10. One silent voice on SB 1062: President Barack Obama.

Other states copy Arizona SB 1062 By Andrea Drusch and Tal Kopan It’s not just Arizona. The state’s controversial bill, which Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Wednesday, captured national media attention and put prominent Republicans on edge, who worried SB 1062 could have hurt the party. Meanwhile other states have moved toward similar measures within their own borders. A Missouri state senator on Monday introduced legislation like Arizona’s that could provide cover for businesses to deny service to same-sex couples. In Georgia, two versions of a similar bill in the state House and Senate are moving quickly through the Legislature. In Kansas, a similar bill already passed Republican-led House earlier this month. Other states considering legislation like Arizona’s include Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, according to The Associated Press. While those bills aren’t drawing the national attention of SB 1062, they all aim to accomplish similar goals — giving businesses the ability to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs. “We’re trying to protect Missourians from attacks on their religious freedom,” Missouri state Sen. Wayne Wallingford told the Kansas City Star. Wallingford said he based his legislation on the bills in Kansas and Arizona. The traditionally pro-LGBT-issues White House was largely silent on the bill. In a press gaggle Wednesday aboard Air Force One, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the White House does not “weigh in on all these individual pieces of legislation that pass through state legislature.” “Based on the reports that I’ve seen — I’m not an attorney and haven’t analyzed the legislation — based on the reports, it’s clear that this piece of legislation doesn’t seem to be in line with the president’s commitment to equality and justice and fairness of all people, regardless of the color of their skin, their last name or who they love,” Earnest said, according to a White House transcript. Brewer had been under significant pressure to veto the bill from her own party, however. Several prominent Republicans have urged her to veto the bill, including both of Arizona’s senators, Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Legislation ensuring businesses can’t be sued for denying service to gay customers grew in popularity following wellreported cases like Hobby Lobby’s Obamacare exemption lawsuit, and a Colorado lawsuit in which a judge ordered a baker to provide a wedding cake for a gay couple or face fines. As same-sex marriage has advanced nationwide, questions about such business services have become more pressing. SB 1062 sought to change existing Arizona law on religious freedom to change the definition of who is covered from just religious institutions to “any individual, association, partner-

ship, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization.” The bill passed the state Senate last week, 17 to 13, and the state House last Thursday, 33 to 27. However, since the bill caught the national media’s attention, three state Republican senators called a news conference to say they regretted their votes and to ask Brewer to veto the bill. If those three votes were switched to side with the Senate’s 13 Democrats, the bill would be defeated.

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Vivien G. Butler WESTFIELD - Vivien G. (Bennett) Butler, 93, formerly of 19 Squawfield Road, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Agawam. Born & educated in Westfield, Vivien was a lifelong resident of Westfield and was the daughter of the late Delmar H. & Edith (Kellogg) Bennett. Vivien was a former sales clerk for J. C. Penney’s store in Westfield for over 16 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Westfield, a former member of the Thirsty Night Golf League in Southwick, and the Baystater’s Square Dance Club. She leaves two sons, Bruce J. Butler of Haiku Maui, HI and Mark B. Butler and his wife Jacalyn of Feeding Hills, MA; a daughter-in-law, Maria Butler of Russell, MA; 9 grandchildren and 11 Great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry C. Butler and a son, David H. Butler. A Memorial Service for Vivien will be held on Monday, March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Southwick-Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, Southwick, MA. Burial in the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 264 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104.

Matthew T. Zyskowski WESTFIELD - Matthew “Mitch” T. Zyskowski, 85, of Westfield died Saturday, February 22, 2014 in a local nursing home. He was born in Westfield on November 1st 1928 to Theodore and Salonea (Grabowski) Zyskowski. Mitch worked in his parent’s general store, the Union Street Market in Westfield and later became its owner. He also worked at Wemette’s Market and North Elm Butcher Block both in Westfield. Mitch was an active member of St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church in Westfield and enjoyed fishing and scratch tickets. He leaves a cousin, Robert Federowicz of Chicopee and many friends. The funeral will be Friday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield. Burial will be in the spring in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Calling hours are omitted. Donations may be made to St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church, 73 Main Street, Westfield, MA 01085.

Norrine R. Fife NIANTIC, CT - Norrine R. (Dupuis) Fife, 79, of Waterford, CT died Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Niantic. She was born in Springfield MA on December 24, 1934 to Amos and Rose Dupuis. Norrine attended Cathedral High School in Springfield and was employed as a bus driver for special needs children for LEARN and was a foster parent for many years in Gales Ferry, CT. Norrine was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Order of Amaranths, the White Shrine and was a life member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Gales Ferry Fire Dept. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Norrine was the widow of Robert D. Fife who died November 1, 2011. She leaves a son, Walter D. Fife of Westfield; a daughter, Cindy Youngclaus and her husband Mark of Waterford CT; two grandchildren, Patricia Lewis and her husband Mark and Amanda Borowski and her husband Christopher and four grandchildren, Zachary and Christian Lewis, Jessica Fife and Gianna Borowski. A graveside service for Norrine will be held Saturday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in Pine Hill Cemetery on Court Street, Westfield, use King Street entrance. Calling hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Norrine’s memory be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.





WESTFIELD - Adam M. Lafreniere, 30, of Westfield died in Noble Hospital. He was born in Holyoke on May 31, 1983 to Leon and Cheryl (Waltein) Lafreniere. He was a graduate of Westfield Vocational High School in 2001 and was a self employed Electrician. Adam loved the beach and enjoyed camping, fishing. He also enjoyed outdoor sports such as Lacrosse, soccer and Little League. He leaves his parents, Leon and Cheryl Lafreniere of Westfield; two brothers, Kevin Lafreniere of Russell and Brian Lafreniere of Westfield and a sister, Lisa Pac and her husband Benjamin of Huntington and his girlfriend, Ashley Rising. The funeral will be Saturday, March 1st at 9:00 a.m. from Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, February 28th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Adam Lafreniere Memorial Account at Westfield Bank, 300 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA 01085 to help defray funeral costs.


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from a woman who’d benefited from the health care law by having more job flexibility. Reid said he and Democrats have superior personal anecdotes to the “lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines forming political advertisements.” “Republicans may need tall tales and outright lies to convince the public that Obamacare is bad for them. But Democrats, we don’t have to make things up. We have the support of lots of people,” Reid said. Following Reid’s remarks on Wednesday morning, a string of GOP senators took to the floor to continue their anti-Obamacare rhetoric, the singular issue that Republicans believe can help them take back the Senate majority. “We should do away with this approach, go back to the drawing board,” Thune said, adding that every week the law is “hurting more and more Americans.”

of these projects,” he said. “Massachusetts is a high-cost state, but by making projects 35 to 40 percent more expensive, it makes it more expensive for local governments. The deck of cards is stacked against us.” “It can take five to twelve years to make an idea into a reality,” he said. “It took four and a half years from the time we found a site for the senior center to when the first shovel went in the ground. From conducting feasibility studies to the designing and drawing of the project to the three to four month process of getting a contractor, all these requirements add time and accountability.” Westfield Purchasing Director Tammy Tefft agreed that the price increases for city contracts. “It’s union-driven,” she said. “The price sometimes goes up by a third, if not more.” Tefft also stated that the public needs to understand that increases in the prevailing wage occur over time. “(The wage) depends on whether the contract is multiyear,” she said. “We have no choice but to pay it. The only way to avoid the wage increasing is to bid contracts out to one-man shops, but you can’t contract building and road projects out to one person.” Tefft added that any time a project receives federal fund-

ing, workers are to be paid the higher of the two wages. Labor advocates say that the prevailing wage was implemented to dissuade carpetbagging contractors from other states from coming to the Commonwealth to build. “The prevailing wage is established through a survey of individual trades’ average wages and benefits.” said Jason Garrand, business manager of Carpenter’s Local 108 in Springfield. “The goal is to eliminate outside contractors from other states that would lower standards. It’s meant to eliminate out-of-state contractors coming in and taking money out of that community.” Garrand argues that construction jobs can be dangerous, often expose workers to the elements, and are deserving of a living wage “It’s ugly out there. It’s a young man’s game,” he said. “You look at the federal poverty rate, it’s $10,400 per person. I’ve seen plenty of contractors making only $15 an hour.” Garrand rationalizes that a family of four with a stay-athome mother cannot survive with a lone breadwinner earning that wage. “You add it up, and the poverty rate for a young family is almost $41,000.” he said. “So if a contractor works 2,000 hours a year, he earns $30,000. Think about it, to hire your neighbor’s kid to babysit your

kids, you pay around $10 an hour, and you’re bringing in only $15 an hour?” State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox) was an electrical contractor prior to his foray into state politics, and believes a middle ground needs to be found on prevailing wage. “When I was in the business, I never even bid on prevailing wage jobs,” he said. “I was paying my electricians $10 an hour and I wasn’t interested in them getting $32 an hour to work for a few hours.” Pignatelli, whose 4th Berkshire District includes Blandford, Chester, and Tolland, said the prevailing wage law is designed to level the playing field between union and non-union workers. “If it’s a $2 million renovation to a town hall, that’s one thing,” he said. “But if you hire a plumber to fix a toilet for $100, and it becomes a $500 job because of prevailing wage, we need to take a different look at it.” Pignatelli said that several years back a statewide ballot to repeal the prevailing wage was defeated resoundingly. “I’d love to see unions and municipalities sit down and create a threshold,” he said. “That we’ll pay a prevailing wage only for projects that go over a certain price, which would mean the procurement process would have to be tightened up.”

Westfield Cultural Council awards grant to Westfield State University’s Department of Music WESTFIELD, Mass., February 21, 2014Westfield State University’s Department of Music has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Westfield Cultural Council, a local program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The grant was awarded in support of the recent production of “The Magic Flute,” presented in November of 2013 with two public performances and two free school matinees for all Westfield fourth and fifth grade students. The grant was also awarded in support of “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be performed from Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13. The grant will be used to fund a free performance by the Westfield State University Big Band on Wednesday, April 30, for seventh grade students in Westfield Public Schools. Ernie Iannaccone, technical director for Dever Stage at Westfield State University, submitted the grant, and said that both Westfield State and the greater Westfield community will benefit from the grant. “The grant will be used to fund free or low cost performances for Westfield State University and the community. These events are well attended by the campus and greater Westfield community and represent the continual growth of music and theatre programming at Westfield State University,” Iannaccone stated.

The performance of “The Magic Flute” featured twenty three Westfield State students who were enrolled in the Music Theatre Workshop course, under the direction of Dr. Mary Brown Bonacci. “Fiddler on the Roof” will involve over sixty students from various majors. These students will work as cast members, members of the orchestra, and crew members, and will receive academic credit for their participation. Westfield State University’s Department of Music is designed to prepare students for careers in music, to provide a full range of musical opportunities to majors and nonmajors, and to serve the campus and area communities through public performances, festivals, clinics, and educational opportunities. For more information on the Department of Music at Westfield State University, visit the department’s website at edu/dept/music/index.htm . For a schedule of the Department of Music’s upcoming events, see the events calendar, located at . For information about Dever Stage, visit www. dever%20stage.htm and for a calendar of upcoming performances at Dever Stage, visit htm



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Bond… The Name is Bond The Springfield Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music made famous by the James Bond 007 movies in “Bond & Beyond” on Saturday, March 1 at Springfield Symphony Hall. Michael Krajewski is guest conductor on a program that includes classic Bond music from “Goldfinger”, “From Russia with Love”, “Diamonds are Forever” and other thriller scores from “Mission Impossible”, and “The Pink Panther”. Broadway’s Debbie Gravitte is the soloist. She and Jason Alexander were break-out stars in the awardwinning musical “Jerome Robbin’s Broadway”. Gravitte nabbed the Tony Award for her performance singing

Irving Berlin’s “Mr. Monotony”. Her other Broadway credits include “They’re Playing Our Song”, “Zorba” and “Ain’t Broadway Grand”. In the biopic of Jacqueline Susann, “Isn’t She Great”, which starred Bette Midler and Nathan Lane, Gravitte played the late singer Eydie Gorme. Recently, Gravitte made her debut with the New York City Ballet, singing in “Peter Martins’ “Thou Swell” at Lincoln Center. Tickets: 413-733-2291 or www.springfieldsymphony. org.

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James Jelkin (Benedick) and Sarah Wintermeyer (Beatrice) star in Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing” through March 9 at the Nafe Katter Theatre in Storrs, CT. (Photo by Matt Pugliese)

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Eastern States Exposition and Table & Vine have partnered to present the second annual 5K Grape Chase Road Race April 26 on the grounds of ESE in West Springfield. The event takes place in conjunction with the Taste of Table & Vine, held 5 to 8 pm in the Young Building. Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Springfield Parish Cupboard, the West Springfield Partnership for Education and The Big E Farm to Table Education, which samples and showcases New England food products to 1.4 million fairgoers and encourages and supports buying locally produced foods. The race kicks off with runners at 11 am followed by walkers of all ages. Participation is $25 in advance (by April 18) and $30 on the day of the event. A combination advance ticket that includes the race and the evening wine tasting is available for $60 to those pre-registered over the age of 21. The first 700 people who pre-register will receive a free t-shirt, free parking and a pint glass. All participants will receive a free beverage (soda or beer, ID required) following the race. Registration is online only at and the course is USATF certified. The race course is within the Exposition’s 175-acre grounds and begins and ends at the Food Court. Pre-registered runners/ walkers may pick up their packets at Table & Vine, 1119 Riverdale Street, West Springfield, Mass., April 24 & 25 from noon to 8 pm. Packets must be picked up in advance to take advantage of the free parking offer.

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THE WESTFIELD NEWSSPORTS Westfield sophomore reserve forward Tchuijo Nkamebo soars to the basket during first-half action. (Photo by Cody Goldman)

MCLA outshoots Westfield State WESTFIELD – Senior forward John Jones scored a game-high 24 points and a 3-point shooting barrage led by sophomore guard Paul Maurice and senior forward Ramon Viches powered MCLA to an 89-67 victory over Westfield State University in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men’s basketball tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The No. 5 seed Trailblazers advance to the MASCAC semifinals and will play at No. 1 seed Salem State on Thursday. Despite its 9-16 overall record, MCLA won at Salem during the regular season while sustaining a one-point home setback to the Vikings last Saturday. Westfield, 15-11 overall and the No. 4 seed, handled MCLA twice during the regular season by scores of 83-60 and 80-63. But MCLA blistered the nets from beyond the arc in the tournament game, making 12 of 25 3-point attempts. Maurice was 6 for 9 from outside the arc and finished with 22 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Viches made 4 of 6 treys and scored 16 points. The Trailblazers never trailed as they drilled three threes in the opening six minutes to take a 17-6 lead. MCLA built an 18-point lead, 34-16, when Viches drained a three-ball with 4:14 remaining in the first half. MCLA led 40-24 at halftime and

Westfield closed to with 11 points, 43-32, five minutes into the second half. But the Trailblazers continued their 3-point barrage in the second half (the made six 3-pointers in each half) and began pulling away following two Maurice 3-point baskets. The Trailblazers took their first 20-point plus lead, 70-49, on a two handed slam dunk by Tryiq Rochester with 7:07 remaining. MCLA’s biggest lead was 27 points, 84-57 with 2:01 remaining. The Trailblazers shot well from the field (53

percent), outrebounded Westfield, 36-27, and took care of the ball with only 10 turnovers. Ruben Delrosario scored eight points and dished a game-high six assists. Westfield scored 27 of its points from the foul line on 42 free throw attempts. The Owls shot 39 percent (19 for 49) from the floor and were silent from (2 for 7) from 3-point range. Junior forward Grant Cooper led the Owls with 16 points and freshman reserve guard Jesus Sanchez scored 11. Senior center Carl Stewart had eight points and eight rebounds.

Aaron West flicks an underhand shot off the glass for a basket early in the game. (Photo by Cody Goldman)

Tekoa to host golf expo March 1 By JULIA Sotille WSU intern WESTFIELD – The 2014 Western Golf Expo is on March 1st at the Tekoa Country Club, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The proceeds will go to the Westfield Boys and Girls Club. Ticket Packages are only $10. This low price will get those who participate into the Golf Expo, but they will also receive a FREE round of golf at Tekoa CC, a FREE round of golf at Cold Spring CC, and a FREE round of golf at Worthington Golf Club. That is $100 worth of golf for only $10. The kinds of activities offered at this Expo include golf lessons by local pros, book signing and stories from best-selling author Oliver Horovitz, new clubs and the latest technology for purchase, and great deals at the silent auction, and Dave Dirico’s Golf and Racquet tent. There is even a win the Door Prize, which is a set of Callaway X Hot Irons, sponsored by Field Eddy Insurance. The Expo is sponsored by Bertera Subaru and Comcast. For more information on the Golf Expo and to purchase on, please visit golf-expo.aspx. 2014 Tekoa Country Club Memberships are still on sale, with single walking memberships as low as $899. This is great value, with excellent course conditions and a great group of existing members to join. Memberships with cart start low as $1199 for the season. For more information visit In addition, one of Tekoa’s prime partners, the Off Season Radio Show, is sponsoring a no-entry Accenture Match Play Bracket Content. Some great prizes will be offered including UMass basketball tickets and gift certificates to Joe’s Pizza. To enter, visit matchplay.html. As for tournaments, Tekoa Country Club still has some good dates available. Those interested in hosting an event there must contact the staff immediately so that planning can begin. Questions and comments can be directed to E.J Altobello by phone, through the website, or Twitter.

Westfield State University hockey seeds 3rd in MASCAC WESTFIELD — The Salem State Vikings have earned the top seed in the 2014 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament which begins on Saturday, March 1 with the quarterfinals, followec by the semifinals on Tuesday, March 4 and concluding with the championship game on Saturday, March 8. Earning a first-round bye for the tournament, Salem State and Plymouth State will find out their opponents after Saturday’s quarterfinals. Third-seeded Westfield State will host sixth-seeded Worcester State at 5:35 p.m. while fourth-seeded Framingham State entertains fifth-seeded Fitchburg State at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. The Vikings will face the winner of Framingham State/ Fitchburg State at 7 p.m. Tuesday while the Panthers host the winner of Westfield State/Worcester State at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. The semifinal winners will meet in the championship game on Saturday, March 8, which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.

Finishing the year with 11 conference wins and a 14-9-2 overall record, Salem State senior Eric Defelice led the way for the Vikings with 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists this season. Freshman Alex Minter collected 10 goals and 13 assists for a solid first season with Salem State. Having an outstanding freshman year for the Panthers, Ian McGilvery helped lead his squad to 11 conference wins and a 13-10-2 overall mark for the season. McGilvery led the conference in points per game (1.20) with his 11 goals and 19 assists. Sophomore Gordon Ceasar was a force in goal with a .946 save percentage and 1.63 goals against average on the year. Landing the third slot in the tournament, Westfield State ended the year with 10 league victories and a 11-13-1 record overall. Senior Vince Perreault paced the Owls with nine goals and 17 assists while teammate Dalton Jay added 11 goals and 13 assists. Framingham State secured the fourth seed with eight conference wins and a 10-10-4 overall mark. Junior Ryan McDonald

led the Rams with 12 goals and 15 assists while teammate Brendan McCarron wasn’t far behind with 14 goals and nine assists. Rounding out the tournament field are fifth-seeded Fitchburg State and sixth-seeded Worcester State. The Falcons nabbed eight league wins this season and an 11-13-1 overall record. John Celli led the team in points with 24 on 12 goals and 12 assists. Grabbing the final seed, the Lancers finished the regular season with five conference wins and a 9-14-1 overall mark. Spreading the offense around, seven players concluded the season with double digits points, including Nathan Stanley who led Worcester State with 16 points on six goals and 10 assists. During the 2013 tournament, second-seeded UMass Dartmouth upset top seeded Plymouth State 2-1 to capture its first MASCAC conference championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament.

WSU’s Ashton named all-conference


State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and heads the All-Conference team which is voted on by the seven coaches around the conference. Leading the MASCAC in scoring at the end of the regular season, Carter was first in points per game for the Vikings (20.9), second in rebounds per game (8.6) and fourth in field goal percentage (43). This is the second time the Merrimack, N.H. native has been named to the All-Conference squad after receiving second team honors as a freshman in 2012. Alycia Rackliffe of Framingham State has been named the 2013-14 MASCAC Rookie of the Year after a freshman campaign that saw her lead the team in rebounds (9.1) and finish with the second most points averaged (13.6) for the Rams. Earlier this year, the Feeding Hills, Mass. resident was named the MASCAC Rookie of the Year for vol-

leyball as well as making the AllConference first team. Landing on the 2013-14 MASCAC first-team All-Conference squad with Carter were Bridgewater State’s Jenna Williamson, Fitchburg State’s Amy Fahey, Framingham State’s Kristen Hoffman and Ashton. The 2013-14 MASCAC second-team is comprised of Bridgewater State’s Elisha Homich, Fitchburg State’s Laura Cote, Framingham State’s Rackliffe, Salem State’s Ginny Fleming and Worcester State’s Meaghan Burns. The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the nation’s first Division III men’s and women’s playing conference, has a rich and storied tradition of competitive success while celebrating excellence in the classroom. MASCAC core member schools include Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, MCLA, Massachusetts

Jen Ashton, receiving the game ball from coach Andrea Bertini for scoring her 1,000th career point, was selected to the MASCAC all-conference first team. Bertini was named the MASCAC coach of the year. (Photo submitted) Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University. Two other institutions, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Plymouth State University, are affiliate members of the conference in the sports of football and men’s ice hockey, while Western Connecticut State University joined the conference as an affiliate member in football beginning in 201314.

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WESTFIELD – Westfield State University women’s basketball standout Jen Ashton (Beverly, Mass.) was named first team all-conference and Owl head coach Andrea Bertini was selected the conference coach of the year. Ashton is averaging 12.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.4 steals heading into Thursday’s tournament semifinal home game vs. Framingham State. The multi-dimensional junior guard leads the conference in assists, steals and free throw shooting (79 percent). Ashton was a second-team all-conference selection during her freshman and sophomore seasons and the 2012 MASCAC Rookie of the Year. Bertini guided the Owls to a share of the MASCAC regular season championship despite the absence of leading scorer and rebounder Gabby Felix from the lineup for most of the conference games. Junior Rachael Carter of Salem State was named the 2013-14 Massachusetts



MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - SPRING TRAINING AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct Detroit 1 0 1.000 Oakland 1 0 1.000 Toronto 1 0 1.000 Baltimore 0 0 .000 Boston 0 0 .000 Chicago 0 0 .000 Houston 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 Kansas City Los Angeles 0 0 .000 Minnesota 0 0 .000 Seattle 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 Tampa Bay Texas 0 0 .000 Cleveland 0 1 .000 New York 0 1 .000

NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct Arizona 1 0 1.000 Cincinnati 1 0 1.000 Pittsburgh 1 0 1.000 Chicago 0 0 .000 Colorado 0 0 .000 Miami 0 0 .000 Milwaukee 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 New York San Diego 0 0 .000 St. Louis 0 0 .000 Washington 0 0 .000 Atlanta 0 1 .000 Los Angeles 0 1 .000 Philadelphia 0 1 .000 San Fran 0 1 .000

NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Wednesday’s Games Detroit 6, Atlanta 5 Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3, 7 innings Pittsburgh 6, N.Y. Yankees 5 Oakland 10, San Francisco 5 Cincinnati 8, Cleveland 3 Arizona 4, L.A. Dodgers 1 Thursday’s Games Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees

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

W 18 18 18 17 15 13 12 12 10 8 8 7 7 7 6 8 4 6 5 6

D 6 5 3 5 5 6 9 4 9 7 6 7 7 7 9 2 13 6 7 3

L 3 4 5 5 7 8 5 11 8 12 13 13 13 13 12 16 10 14 15 18

GF 49 52 69 70 36 43 37 33 38 31 29 36 27 20 27 18 31 26 19 27

at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Texas vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES GA 21 27 27 35 33 31 27 38 32 34 31 40 37 39 42 36 39 42 48 59

Pts 60 59 57 56 50 45 45 40 39 31 30 28 28 28 27 26 25 24 22 21

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


Thursday, February 27 WMASS D1 GIRLS’ HOOPS TOURNEY QUARTERFINALS No. 6 Westfield (9-11) at No. 3 Holyoke (13-7), 7 p.m.

Friday, February 28 WMASS D3 HOCKEY TOURNEY SEMIFINALS No. 2 WHS vs. No. 3 Longmeadow, Olympia, West Springfield, 1 p.m.



Saturday Tuesday Saturday

March 1 March 4 March 8


MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship

Men’s Basketball DAY





Feb. 27

MASCAC Semi-finals



March 1

MASCAC Championship


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Pittsburgh 58 40 15 3 83 186 138 Boston 58 37 16 5 79 180 130 Tampa Bay 58 33 20 5 71 168 145 N.Y. Rangers 59 32 24 3 67 155 146 Montreal 60 32 21 7 71 149 144 Philadelphia 59 30 23 6 66 162 167 Toronto 60 32 22 6 70 178 182 Detroit 59 27 20 12 66 153 164 Columbus 58 29 24 5 63 170 161 Ottawa 59 26 22 11 63 169 191 Washington 59 27 23 9 63 171 175 Carolina 58 26 23 9 61 146 161 New Jersey 59 24 22 13 61 135 146 N.Y. Islanders 60 22 30 8 52 164 200 Florida 58 22 29 7 51 139 183 Buffalo 59 17 34 8 42 118 178 WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 60 41 14 5 87 196 147 St. Louis 58 39 13 6 84 196 136 Chicago 60 35 11 14 84 207 163 San Jose 59 37 16 6 80 175 142 Colorado 59 37 17 5 79 178 159 Los Angeles 60 32 22 6 70 145 132 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 145 147 Vancouver 61 28 24 9 65 147 160 Dallas 58 27 21 10 64 164 164 Phoenix 58 27 21 10 64 163 169 Winnipeg 60 28 26 6 62 168 175 Nashville 59 25 24 10 60 146 180 Calgary 58 22 29 7 51 137 179 Edmonton 60 20 33 7 47 153 199 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday’s Games Buffalo 5, Boston 4, OT Detroit 2, Montreal 1, OT Los Angeles 6, Colorado 4 Vancouver 1, St. Louis 0 Thursday’s Games Columbus at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Toronto at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Chicago at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Detroit at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Carolina at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Friday’s Games San Jose at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Colorado, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

Stanley Cup Odds CURRENT OPENING TEAM ODDS ODDS Pittsburgh 9-2 5-1 Anaheim 6-1 12-1 Chicago 6-1 6-1 St. Louis 6-1 9-1 Boston 7-1 9-1 San Jose 10-1 15-1 Los Angeles 15-1 15-1 Colorado 20-1 50-1 Tampa Bay 20-1 35-1 N.Y. Rangers 25-1 20-1 Columbus 30-1 40-1 Montreal 30-1 20-1 Toronto 30-1 25-1 Carolina 50-1 35-1

Detroit Minnesota Philadelphia Washington Vancouver Ottawa Dallas Phoenix New Jersey Nashville Winnipeg Florida N.Y. Islanders Calgary Edmonton Buffalo

50-1 10-1 50-1 40-1 50-1 30-1 50-1 25-1 60-1 12-1 65-1 25-1 75-1 50-1 75-1 55-1 100-1 35-1 250-1 50-1 250-1 40-1 1000-1 80-1 1000-1 30-1 5000-1 75-1 5000-1 35-1 9999-1 75-1

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field DAY DATE OPPONENT Feb. 28 All New England Championships Fri.-Sat March 1 Fri.-Sat March 7-8 ECAC Division III Championships March 14-15 NCAA Division III Championships Fri.-Sat.

Place Boston University

Lincoln, NE

Reggie Lewis Center @Devaney Center

Women’s Basketball DAY




Feb. 27

MASCAS Semifinals



March 1

MASCAC Championship


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Celtics break 5-game losing streak against slumping Hawks BOSTON (AP) — Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 29 points in a rare start, and Rajon Rondo added 22 points and 11 assists to help Boston break a five-game losing streak with a victory over slumping Atlanta. Six players scored in double figures for Boston. Rondo’s double-double was his second straight and fifth overall since he returned from a knee injury on Jan. 17. Jeff Teague had 26 points and DeMarre Carroll scored 24 off the bench for Atlanta, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Back home after an 0-4 West Coast trip, the Celtics had only nine healthy players after a sore toe forced rookie Kelly Olynyk to the bench alongside regular starters Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley. The Hawks were missing five injured players, including starters Al Horford and Paul Millsap. CAVALIERS 114, THUNDER 104 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Oklahoma City 114-104 Wednesday night, giving the Thunder their third straight loss since the AllStar break. Jarrett Jack scored 21 points, Spencer Hawes had 19 and Tristan Thompson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Cleveland shot 14 for 21 from the field in the fourth quarter against the Western Conference-leading Thunder. Kevin Durant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine assists, and Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 0-3 since Westbrook returned from his latest knee surgery. CLIPPERS 101, ROCKETS 93 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 23 points and 16 rebounds and reserve Darren Collison scored seven of his 19 points in the final 2:09 to lift Los Angeles past Houston. The Clippers won for the sixth time in eight games, converting 20 Houston turnovers into 30 points. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his 30th double-double. His previous career high was 12 last season. Jamal Crawford, who had a season-high seven 3-pointers Monday night in a win at New Orleans, was 1 for 6 behind the arc against the Rockets and left the game for good with 13 seconds remaining in the first half because of a left calf strain. He had eight points in 15 minutes. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and James Harden added 18 points for the Rockets.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) celebrates with teammate Jerryd Bayless during a timeout late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Celtics won 115-104. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) BULLS 103, WARRIORS 83 CHICAGO (AP) — Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago used a big third-quarter run to win for the seventh time in eight games by pounding Golden State. Jimmy Butler scored 16 points after missing two games with bruised ribs, Mike Dunleavy Jr. added 15, and Joakim Noah grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bulls. They also dominated on the glass 56-41, forced 16 turnovers and held All-Star Stephen Curry in check while bringing Golden State’s four-game win streak to an emphatic end. Jordan Crawford scored 16 points for the Warriors and David Lee came off the bench to get 11 points in 20 minutes after being hospitalized with a stomach flu and missing two games, but Curry tied a season low with five points on 2-of-10 shooting. MAVERICKS 108, PELICANS 89 DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki shook off an early shoulder issue to finish with 18 points in Dallas’ victory and New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was knocked out of the game with a similar problem. Nowitzki went to the locker room 31 seconds into the game holding his left shoulder but emerged a short time later and returned to the game. He even had a spin move and finished with a left-handed finger roll in the first half. Davis, the Pelicans’ leading scorer and rebounder, was holding his sprained left shoulder on his way to play defense and didn’t return after leaving the game during a New Orleans timeout with 4:13 left in the first half. The Mavericks (36-23) are a season-high 13

games over .500 after their fourth straight win, and the Pelicans stayed winless since the AllStar break at 0-5. Eric Gordon led New Orleans with 19 points, and Brian Roberts had 17. Monta Ellis led Dallas with 23 points, seven assists and four steals, while Vince Carter scored 17. TRAIL BLAZERS 124, NETS 80 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Will Barton had a season-high 20 points and career-high 11 rebounds, providing a spark off the bench for short-handed Portland in its rout of Brooklyn. The Blazers won their fourth straight game despite missing forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The team’s top scorer and rebounder has been out five games with a left groin sprain. Jason Collins, who became the NBA’s first openly gay player when he signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday, entered the game without fan reaction and played a pair of scoreless stretches in the fourth quarter. Mo Williams scored 21 points and Nicolas Batum had 19 to lead seven Portland players in double figures. Deron Williams had 12 points for the Nets, who had their lowest point total this season. SPURS 120, PISTONS 110 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs worked through a lethargic start to beat Detroit. Kawhi Leonard had 15 points in his return from a 14-game absence due to a broken finger. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter had 13 apiece, Boris Diaw added 12, Patty Mills 11 and Cory Joseph 10.

Josh Smith scored 24 points for Detroit, which has lost three straight. Will Bynum added 18 points, Rodney Stuckey 17 and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 17 rebounds. San Antonio got off to a sloppy start despite having two practices during a five-day break following its annual Rodeo Road Trip that lasted nearly a month. JAZZ 109, SUNS 86 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to lead a balanced offense and Utah cruised to victory over slumping Phoenix. Richard Jefferson scored 17 points, Diante Garrett had a career-high 15 and the Jazz had seven players in double figures. The Jazz shot 57.5 percent from the field, the highest mark of any Phoenix opponent this season. Gerald Green had 17 points and rookie Archie Goodwin matched his career-best with 16 for the Suns. Playing their only road game in a nine-game stretch, the Suns have been looking to improve their playoff position. However, with a third straight loss, Phoenix leads Memphis by just one-half game for the eighth and final Western Conference berth. GRIZZLIES 108, LAKERS 103 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Marc Gasol had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Memphis weathered Los Angeles’ late 3-point shooting display. Tony Allen added 17 points, James Johnson 14 and Zach Randolph 13 for Memphis. Jodie Meeks led the Lakers with 19 points, Wesley Johnson added 18 and Pau Gasol had 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers were 7 of 11 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Jordan Farmar’s 3 from 29 feet with about 15 seconds left pulled Los Angeles to 106-103. However, Lee’s two free throws closed the scoring. MAGIC 101, 76ERS 90 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando snap a 16-game road losing streak. Nelson added 12 assists for the Magic, who last won on the road at Chicago on Dec. 16. Victor Oladipo added 17 points, and Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris scored 13 apiece. Thaddeus Young had 19 points for the Sixers, who lost their 12th straight overall and 11th in a row at home. Tony Wroten scored 15 points, Eric Maynor 13 and Henry Sims 10 for Philadelphia, which bought out the contract of Danny Granger earlier Wednesday. The 76ers finished 0-11 in February.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Indiana 43 13 .768 — 7-3 W-2 27-3 16-10 27-6 d-Miami 40 14 .741 2 8-2 W-5 21-4 19-10 23-10 d-Toronto 32 25 .561 11½ 7-3 W-3 16-11 16-14 22-13 Chicago 31 26 .544 12½ 7-3 W-2 17-10 14-16 22-13 Washington 29 28 .509 14½ 5-5 W-4 15-14 14-14 20-14 Charlotte 27 30 .474 16½ 7-3 W-4 15-14 12-16 17-17 Brooklyn 26 29 .473 16½ 6-4 L-1 16-11 10-18 15-18 9-20 18-19 Atlanta 26 31 .456 17½ 1-9 L-2 17-11 10-16 19-17 Detroit 23 35 .397 21 4-6 L-3 13-19 Cleveland 23 36 .390 21½ 7-3 W-1 14-15 9-21 14-23 New York 21 36 .368 22½ 2-8 L-3 12-19 9-17 15-20 8-22 16-17 Boston 20 39 .339 24½ 4-6 W-1 12-17 4-27 14-25 Orlando 18 42 .300 27 5-5 W-1 14-15 Philadelphia 15 43 .259 29 0-10 L-12 8-22 7-21 10-25 Milwaukee 11 45 .196 32 3-7 W-1 6-23 5-22 10-25 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Oklahoma City 43 15 .741 — 5-5 L-3 23-6 20-9 26-9 d-San Antonio 41 16 .719 1½ 7-3 W-1 19-8 22-8 24-10 Portland 40 18 .690 3 5-5 W-4 22-7 18-11 22-14 d-L.A. Clippers 40 20 .667 4 6-4 W-3 24-5 16-15 23-11 Houston 39 19 .672 4 8-2 L-1 22-7 17-12 23-16 Dallas 36 23 .610 7½ 8-2 W-4 19-9 17-14 18-15 Golden State 35 23 .603 8 6-4 L-1 18-10 17-13 21-16 Phoenix 33 24 .579 9½ 5-5 L-3 19-11 14-13 21-16 Memphis 32 24 .571 10 6-4 W-1 17-14 15-10 19-18 Minnesota 28 29 .491 14½ 5-5 W-1 16-11 12-18 15-22 Denver 25 31 .446 17 2-8 L-3 14-14 11-17 13-20 New Orleans 23 34 .404 19½ 3-7 L-5 13-14 10-20 9-24 Utah 21 36 .368 21½ 5-5 W-2 14-16 7-20 11-26 Sacramento 20 37 .351 22½ 5-5 L-1 12-18 8-19 11-25 L.A. Lakers 19 39 .328 24 3-7 L-3 9-18 10-21 9-23 d-division leader San Antonio 120, Detroit 110 Utah 109, Phoenix 86 Tuesday’s Games Portland 124, Brooklyn 80 Indiana 118, L.A. Lakers 98 L.A. Clippers 101, Houston 93 Washington 115, Orlando 106 Thursday’s Games Toronto 99, Cleveland 93 Milwaukee at Indiana, 7 p.m. Chicago 107, Atlanta 103 Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. Minnesota 110, Phoenix 101 New York at Miami, 8 p.m. Portland 100, Denver 95 Brooklyn at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Houston 129, Sacramento 103 Friday’s Games Wednesday’s Games Utah at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Orlando 101, Philadelphia 90 Boston 115, Atlanta 104 Golden State at New York, 8 p.m. Chicago 103, Golden State 83 Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Dallas 108, New Orleans 89 Charlotte at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Cleveland 114, Oklahoma City 104 Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Memphis 108, L.A. Lakers 103 New Orleans at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m.

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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Livid Mom Dear Annie: I’m livid. My 14-year-old daughter and her friends want to see a certain PG-13 movie on Saturday. But after I read the reviews, I will not allow her to go. Why does the film industry produce movies with words and scenes that are such filth? We want movies for our children that have decent content and tell stories that have values and drama without us parents always having to worry that what will be said or shown is contrary to what we want our children exposed to. Can’t some great producer or film school graduate figure that out? They would be surprised to know how many parents no longer allow their kids to go to the movies, and that means no money in their pockets. Please, let’s protect their innocence as long as possible before they have to see the world’s ugliness passed off as entertainment. -- Mom Dear Mom: If all kids truly stayed away from PG-13 movies that contained too much violence, sex and foul language, change would come. Unfortunately, that’s not what happens. Your daughter and her friends might stay home, but most kids don’t. We, too, wish Hollywood would stop pandering to our most base instincts, but as long as the money keeps coming in, that’s what is going to be out there. The only movies guaranteed not to have such material are those rated G and PG. Beyond that, parents have to read reviews and use their best judgment. Dear Annie: My parents, who were both from West Virginia, met in college and settled in New York. We spent our childhood summers on our grandparents’ farms, and I couldn’t wait to go back. I work now as a special education teacher and live in a small village in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every summer, my sisters and I get together in New York. Last summer, we met at the home of one sister who married into wealth. Although I have been ignoring her occasional criticisms about my hair, makeup, clothes and shoes for decades, this summer was particularly difficult. Late in the evening, she began a long satirical monologue about how cheap and ugly my shoes were. A few of the others chimed in, but I don’t hold it against them. They were doing it to avoid being her next target. After all, they live near her and have to endure her ostentatious behavior often. I couldn’t wait to leave. I value family, especially now that we are older and two of my siblings have passed away. But I’m beginning to wonder. By the time I leave these gatherings, I feel disrespected and diminished. I have close friends in West Virginia who love and value me. I’m wondering whether I should bow out of these summer reunions and limit my exposure to Christmas only. -- Thank God I’m a Country Girl Dear Country Girl: You certainly don’t have to subject yourself to such poor treatment frequently, but have you told your sister how her belittling comments make you feel? She may not realize how much she is hurting you and that her nastiness destroys the family closeness you crave. She may claim that she was “only joking,” but still, give her the opportunity to clean up her act before you take drastic action. Dear Annie: “Tired of Living the Lie” states that her children are hurt because they feel their happy childhood was a lie. It WAS a lie. I am sick of hearing how people put up with a lousy marriage for “the sake of their children.” You do your children a far greater disservice by raising them in a dysfunctional, loveless facade of a marriage than you would raising them as a single parent. You need to cherish, love and honor yourself before you even think of finding another man. Don’t quit counseling. -- I Moved On Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to

HINTS FROM HELOISE FRESH COCONUT Dear Heloise: Please, please, please tell your readers to remove the fiber husk before placing coconut in the oven! (Heloise here: From a previous column, placing coconut in the oven is a step in getting the meat out). Years ago, newly married, I had a recipe calling for fresh coconut. My mom had always baked coconuts, but somehow I never noticed that she removed the husk. Do you know how embarrassing it is to explain to the fire department that your coconut is on fire? After quite a bit of laughter, I was told to remove it from the oven using potholders, place it in the sink and run water over it. -- Colleen H. in Texas Oh, Colleen, it’s a great story to tell now, but I am sure it was scary! Thank you for the reminder. Readers, remove the husk before placing a coconut in the oven. -- Heloise SUGAR HINT Dear Heloise: Instead of regular, granulated sugar, can I substitute brown sugar in recipes? -- Leah M. in Colorado Yes, you can substitute the equal amount of brown sugar for regular sugar in recipes. All it will do is add a hint of molasses flavoring to your dish. -- Heloise TACO SHELL Dear Heloise: For those who have problems with taco shells breaking, here’s what we do in Texas: Fold a soft taco around the crisp one, and not only do you keep your taco intact, but you get a delicious soft taco as well! -- Ruth Anne H. in Texas



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014: This year you often feel like your imagination could be your enemy, as you might have a difficult time focusing on conversations. You inadvertently could trigger your creative process, so keep a notebook handy to jot down your ideas. Use care around machinery, as you are likely to be distracted. If you are single, you suddenly might think that you have met “the one.” Avoid putting this person on a pedestal. If you are attached, your rose-colored glasses could add more magic to your bond. Forget long-distance vacations this year. AQUARIUS is your natural healer. 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) HHHH An important get-together or meeting will define your mood, and therefore your plans, for the day. Unexpected developments might encourage you to be more spontaneous as well. You could have a lengthy conversation with a dear friend. Tonight: Where the gang is. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Know that all eyes are on you. As a result, people could get an indirect lesson in how to approach the boss. Stay centered when dealing with an associate or close loved one who seems to be even colder than usual. Tonight: A must appearance. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Listen to news with an open mind. Seek out more information by finding people who are more knowledgeable or experienced. Make an appointment for a checkup at the dentist in the near future. Tonight: Make plans to take a few days off. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Remain playful. A discussion with a partner will point to a dramatic shift in activity. You need variety in terms of focus and energy; otherwise, you could become bored and moodier because of a lack of excitement. Tonight: Opt for togetherness. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Others will present unusual ideas that could force you to think past typical boundaries. Your sixth sense will come out when dealing with today’s issues. How you see a friend or loved one could change as the result of these intense discussions. Tonight: Sort through suggestions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You have high energy working with your solid focus. Meetings right now will be important in paving your path to success. Someone will push you hard; this person feels as if his or her ideas are better. Avoid a fight or a difficult interaction, if possible. Tonight: Time to relax. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might want to understand what is happening around you, yet you could find others to be evasive. Avoid getting angry with a loved one. Make a point to relax, and you will find the answers you’re looking for. Curb a tendency to be possessive. Tonight: Play it light and easy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Pressure seems to build around a family member or a domestic matter. Suppressing your irritation on a regular basis could backfire, as you are likely to make yourself sick or so angry that you won’t be able to speak in an effective manner. Tonight: Visit with a loved one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You will be full of energy. A conversation could start up out of the blue, and you might hear a lot more than you are ready for. It would be wise to think through a personal matter more deeply in order to understand what you want. Tonight: Ask, and you shall receive. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH Ask an important question regarding the results of a recent conversation. A partner or close friend will be full of facts and suggestions. Sometimes this person is a well of information. Listen carefully to what he or she has to say. Tonight: Make it your treat. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH You have a lot to do, but you also have the energy to meet your responsibilities. Be careful with machinery and electrical equipment, as you could be distracted by the many thoughts in your mind. New information might filter through in a strange way. Tonight: It is your choice.



PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH You’ll gain a new understanding because of recent conversations and new insights. Still, you might want to keep this to yourself, as your thoughts will continue to evolve. What you think now could change radically. Tonight: Get as much R and R as you can.



Review: Courageous Coward

By Mark G. Auerbach Correspondent HARTFORD – Hartford Stage and Westport County Playhouse launched their co-production of “A Song At Twilight”, Noel Coward’s final play, which marks the return of beloved former Hartford Stage Artistic Director Mark Lamos to Hartford. (He’s now in the same role at Westport County Playhouse). Sir Noel Coward was best known for his crisp and witty British drawing room comedies like “Blithe Spirit” and “Private Lives”, in which he played the leads in London and New York. His catalogue of bubbly songs like “Mad About The Boy” and the musical “Sail Away” (written for Elaine Stritch) are standards. Coward was also known by the smart set to be gay, but closeted, so as not to violate British law against homosexuality. In 1965, Coward wrote his final play, “A Song for Twilight”, in which a well-known author is about to be outed by a former female lover, who wants to publish his letters to his male lover for financial gain or revenge, or

possibly both. Coward played the lead in London, opposite Lilli Palmer, and alluded that “A Song for Twilight” is more Somerset Maugham’s life story, as opposed to his. “A Song for Twilight” had a brief Broadway run in 1974 on a bill with another play in an evening called “Noel Coward in Two Keys”. Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, and Anne Baxter starred. There is some of the crisp repartee reminiscent of Coward’s earlier works, witty verbal jousts, and some laughs, but all are overshadowed by Coward’s much more serious discourse on public lives verses private lives, the closet, and the difficulty of being part of a minority in repressive times. With the marriage equality and LGBT rights movement in full-swing now, “A Song at Twilight” maintains a relevance, as it recalls the ethics of an earlier era which really is not so long ago. Mark Lamos gives “A Song at Twilight” a top-notch staging, and his production team and cast are superb. Alexander Dodge’s set, a Brian Murray and Mia Dillon in “A Song At Twilight” at Hartford Stage. deluxe Swiss resort hotel suite, is stylish. Erickson.)

Fabio Toblini’s costumes are swank, especially a 1960’s cocktail dress for Carlotta, the author’s ex-lover, an actress. Matthew Richards’ lighting design and John Gromada’s music and sound design add a deluxe sheen to the stage. “A Song at Twilight” provides challenging acting roles for some of today’s theatre’s brightest stars. The multi-Tony Awardnominated Brian Murray, a major presence on Broadway since “Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead” (which ran on Broadway at the same time “A Song at Twilight” premiered), plays the crusty author Hugo Latymer, with panache. Mia Dillon, a Broadway actress for decades, plays Latymer’s current wife, a proper German who loosens up after a couple of drinks. Gordana Rashovich, who won numerous awards nationally for her performance in “A Shayna Maidel”, offers the stand-out performance as Carlotta, the bitter ex. If you’re looking for vintage Coward comedy like “Private Lives”, there are always productions in area theatres. One’s playing at Shakespeare & Company, as I type. But for Gordana Rashovich, Nicholas Carriere, and Brian Murray in “A Song At Twilight” at devotees of the Coward wit, “A Song at Hartford Stage. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson) Twilight”, in which Coward exposes his and

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others’ real private lives, has some substance. The leading character’s dilemna as to expose himself isn’t much different than Alec Baldwin’s recent discourse about public figures protecting their private lives, or an athlete’s decision to live openly. Hartford Stage and Westport County Playhouse present “A Song at Twilight” by Noel Coward. Directed my Marl Lamos. Scenic design by Alexander Dodge. Costume design by Fabio Toblini. Lighting design by Matthew Richards. Original music and sound design by John Gromada. Cast: Hilda Latymer: Mia Dillon. Felix: Nicholas Carriere. Hugo Latymer: Brian Murray. Carlotta Gray: Gordana Rashovich. Ensemble: Bryan Kopp and Paul Willis, Jr. through March 16. Hartford Stage. 50 Church Street, Hartford, CT. Tickets: 860-527-5151. or ——— 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.


Retirement Dinner

Shake Off the Winter

HUNTINGTON - A retirement dinner for Gateway teacher Steve Estelle will be held at Shaker Farms Country Club on Friday, February 28. Tickets are $25 per person (which covers dinner and gift) and checks should be made out to Marcia Estelle. A cocktail hour will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Steve Estelle is a Gateway graduate (’74). He taught for several years in New Hampshire before returning to Gateway in 1986, where he still teaches. In addition to teaching 7th grade social studies, Estelle coached boys’ baseball and is perhaps best known outside of Gateway for coaching a dynasty of girls’ soccer teams. He was the founding coach of the girls’ soccer program in the fall of 1990 and was named ‘Coach of the Year’ by the Republican for the 2012 fall season. Anyone planning to attend the dinner who would like to say a few words on Steve’s behalf please contact Richard White ( Advance tickets are available for purchase from the following people: Matt Bonenfant, Traci Bongo, Tim Crane, Peter Curro, Marsha Estelle, Jodi Fairman, Laura & Darryl Fisk, Dawne & Tim Gamble, Wendy Long, Sara McNamara, Bill McVeigh, Richard White and Cheryl Wright.

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

Accepting Grant Requests

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WESTFIELD - Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, Inc. is currently accepting preliminary Grant Requests from organizations providing services to the elderly residents of the greater Westfield area. The filing deadline is March 1. Since the Sarah Gillett Trust was established in 1971, thousands of dollars have been awarded each year to those organizations in the greater Westfield area that are serving the elderly populations within this location. Preliminary applications should include the specific amount desired and a brief one page explanation of the services the organization would provide. No brochures or lengthy descriptions of the organization should be provided at this time. Shortly after the filing date of March 1, qualifying applicants will be contacted and an appointment for an interview with the trustees will be established. Interviews are generally set for Thursday afternoons between 2:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. Preliminary Grant Requests are to be mailed to: The Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, Inc. P.O. Box 1871 Westfield, MA 01086

WESTFIELD - St. John’s Lutheran Church is having a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 4 with continuous sittings beginning at 5 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. The menu includes pancakes: flour and potato, sausage or bacon, applesauce, dessert and coffee, tea and milk. The tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and a second helping for $3. For tickets, you may contact the church at 568-1417 or Sally Sienkiewicz at 562-3186.

YMCA Cook-Off WESTFIELD - The Westfield YMCA’s fourth annual Chili, Chowder, Chocolate Cook-Off will take place on March 8. It will be hosted at the Westfield YMCA GP Room between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In conjunction with the YMCA’s “Partners with Youth”, this year’s beneficiary organization is the Westfield Fire Department. We are helping them raise money for the purchase of a BlitzFire Nozzle. From saving FREE ESTIMATES

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Chair Yoga SOUTHWICK - A new series of chair yoga for seniors is being held on Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Southwick Senior Center for all area seniors. These classes help with mobility, stress reduction and improved breathing as well as strengthening and toning. Please call SSC at 413-569-5498 to register or contact the instructor at 413-569-0444 or visit for questions or concerns.

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

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

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ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your ROOFING needs! POWER WASHING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof, removing ugly black stains, mold and moss, we’ll make it look like new plus prolong the life of your roof. We do emergency repairs, new construction, complete tear off, ice and water protection barrier systems, skylight repairs. Snow & ice removal. FREE gutter cleaning with any roof repair or roof job. At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're 10% senior discount. Free estimates. your color specialists! Fall season is MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701 in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including Snowplowing painting and staining log homes. A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield Call (413)230-8141 residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !!

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

Landscaping/Lawn Care

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

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

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

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

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

Plumbing & Heating


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

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

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