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ACO asks for increase in hours By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – Animal Control Officer Tracy Root pleaded with the Board of Selectmen last night to increase her budget. Root said she understood that departments were expected to submit level-funded budgets – or even lower budgets – this year but Root said she needs experienced help and asked to increase parttime employee Krisanne Quinn-Keene from 19 hours per week to 22 hours. “We are growing,” said Root. “We opened in October and by Nov. 14, we had 52 animals.” Root said Quinn-Keene is her second in command and could easily handle some of the tasks that bog her down. “I do a lot of paperwork and this could free me up to get out and do what I’m supposed to do,” Root said. Root said Quinn-Keene could enter data about dog licenses, handle phone calls and continue to care for the animals – including administering medications – and clean, as she does now. Root said when there is a loose animal or a call she

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Animal Control Officer Tracy Root pleaded with the Board of Selectmen last night to increase her budget. (File photo by Frederick Gore) needs to respond to now, she often has to lock up the building. Root and QuinnKeene both said while volunteers are wonderful and have the best intentions, the bottom line is that they do

not get paid and are not required to be there. “It is very hard to get volunteers to come every weekend in the summer,” said Quinn-Keene. Selectman Joseph Deedy

acknowledged the growth of the department since the Polverari family donated and built the brand new facility last fall. He also See ACO, Page 3

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Our House project proposed by Domus, Inc, to convert the former American Red Cross Westfield Chapter House on Broad Street into singleroom resident units for homeless high school students, has been approved for funding by several state agencies as well as the city. Domus offers affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families, the homeless, and the mentally and physically disabled in nine housing buildings around the city, and sought Planning Board approval of a site plan to establish a 10-bed facility for homeless teen students at the Broad Street building which has been vacant since the Westfield Red Cross Chapter moved up the street to St. John’s Lutheran Church. The project is to convert the former Red Cross Chapter building by constructing 10 single-room residencies (SRO) in the Broad Street facility, as well as building an addition onto the existing structure. The facility would have several common areas to provide support services and counseling, as well as

teaching life skills to the student, such as cooking, diet, budgets and finances. There will be an apartment for a resident supervisor in addition to the student housing. The Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), in December, awarded Domus a loan for $189,644 to finance its “Our House” project. That funding will enable the organization to purchase and begin renovations to a vacant two-story historic city building which will provide housing for homeless teens in the city. The organization also received an additional $83,650 in funding for technical and pre-development services, including consultants, architects, and surveyors. The Westfield Community Preservation Committee also earmarked $80,000 of city funds for the $1.4 million project. That CPA funding was appropriated by the City Council on Feb. 10, contingent upon further state funding through the state Department of Housing & Community Development. Domus Executive Director Ann Lentini said Monday See Domus, Page 3

South Broad Street fire quenched quickly By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Nobody was injured and damage was limited after a Monday morning fire charred the loading dock, adjacent areas and a trailer parked at a 66 South Broad St. business. The fire at JC Danczak Inc, which distributes packaging supplies, was reported at 9:19 a.m. and extinguished quickly by the responding firefighters. “We put some two and a half inch lines on it and knocked it right down” Deputy Fire Chief Pat Kane Sr. said. Kane said that the fire was investigated with the assistance of an investigator from the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office and the cause was determined to be a melted propane line.

Kane said that the company’s operations apparently include recovering and recycling candle wax and a 55-gallon drum of wax was being heated on the loading dock when the barrel overflowed and the molten wax caused the propane line fueling the heater to fail. The fire resulting from the ruptured gas line ignited a pile of pallets and extended to the door and walls before it was extinguished. He said that there were several large propane tanks installed in the area but said that the fire was extinguished before they were threatened. He said that eight sprinkler heads were activated by the fire but have already been reset. Kane estimated of the damage to the building to be $100,000 and the cost to property in the building, including the parked trailer, at $50,000.

City firefighters confer after knocking down a fire on the loading dock of a South Broad Street building Monday morning. (Photo by Carl E. Hartdegen)

Council seeks PVTA route reconsideration By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The City Council voted Thursday night to request the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to rescind its decision to cut routes through several neighbors where lowincome residents rely on public transportation. The issue was raised during public participation by Carl Vincent of South Maple Street who presented details of proposed route changes throughout the PVTA service area. Vincent also reported that the PVTA was conducting a number of public meetings in all of the major population centers serviced by the PVTA, except Westfield. “Westfield is one of the larger partners with the PVTA which is conducting a number of hearings, but no place is there a hearing slated in Westfield,” Vincent said. “It is very disconcerting to me that they will be eliminating a very important service and we haven’t even had a public hearing.” Vincent presented the council members with

PVTA informational packets, showing the proposed route which cuts service to Union and Meadow streets and the East Mountain Road route to the area of Western Massachusetts Hospital. “The PVTA routes are supposed to increase service to communities, help businesses by getting their employees to work and reduce the flow of traffic,” Vincent said. At-large Councilor David A. Flaherty asked if the PVTA would consider adding a public meeting in Westfield to provide details of the route changes and hear public responses to the proposal. Ward 6 Councilor Christopher Crean thanked Vincent for bringing the issue to the attention of the City Council and suggested that the council contact the PVTA. “I’m concerned about the (service cuts) to Union and Meadow streets,” Crean said Thursday. Ward 2 Councilor Ralph Figy said the PVTA “is kowtowing to WSU which has its

own shuttle service.” Ward 4 Councilor Mary O’Connell called for a motion to have the council vote “to protect Westfield interests in this change.” Crean volunteered to send a formal communication to Mary MacInnes, the administrator of the regional transit authority. MacInnes is appointed by the PVTA Advisory Board, which consists of the mayor (including Westfield Mayor Daniel M. Knapik) or city or town manager of each 24-member community. “I’m asking for reconsideration of the route changes,” Crean said this morning, “to justify the reduction in route services. “This is a serious reduction in service to Union and Meadow streets where there is a significant population of people most in need of public transportation,” Crean said. “It irked me that we have the largest cut in service and no public hearing.” “It is important to note that the PVTA service proposals remain only recommendations and are subject to change,” said Knapik. “I

have been in communication with the PVTA’s administrator and we will be meeting next week to discuss these proposals. I agree with the sentiments expressed by the City Council relative to importance of the Union Street and Meadow Street neighborhoods and their service needs. The City is represented on the Route Committee of the PVTA’s Regional Advisory Board, and we will continue to advocate on behalf of Westfield riders to ensure our needs are being met.” The PVTA has scheduled four (4) public meetings in Springfield; two (2) in Holyoke; two (2) in Chicopee, one (1) in Northampton and Amherst each, as well as plans to schedule meetings in Agawam, East Longmeadow, South Hadley, Wilbraham, Ware, and Palmer. There is no PVTA route through Southwick at all. Chief Administrative Officer Karl Stinehart said a route study was done several years ago and the PVTA found there was not See PVTA, Page 3





















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Songbirds of the Northeast MONTGOMERY - “Songbirds of the Northeast”, a 90 minute power point presentation including both recordings and images of our region’s songbirds, will be presented at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Grace Hall Memorial Library, 161 Main Rd. in Montgomery by naturalist and landscaper John Root. Plants that attract songbirds will be available for sale and admission is free.

Scholarship Awards Night WESTFIELD - CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is pleased to announce the 52nd Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony to be held Tuesday, May 20 beginning at 7 p.m. in the South Middle School auditorium.

Farmers Market Season WESTFIELD - The Westfield Business Improvement District (WBID) is proud to announce The Downtown Westfield Farmers Market will be back every Thursday from June 12 to September 25. Once again we will be located on the beautiful front lawn of the Church of the Atonement at 36 Court Street. If you are interested in bringing your fresh local products and promoting healthy living to our community please contact Patti at the Westfield Business Improvement District, (413) 5721260 or email for applications to participate in this year’s market.

Westfield High School Council WESTFIELD - The WHS (Westfield High School) School Council invites you to our Town Hall meetings on the third Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at the high school in Room 112. Bring your concerns, ideas or compliments! We welcome all members of the community to contribute. For further information please contact the school at (413) 572-6463.

Where is The Westfield News? A Westfield News reader visiting Selcuk, Turkey, recently spotted Ibrahim Cerci, the proprietor of the Rebetika Hotel, sitting outside his establishment while catching up on the news from the Whip City. (Submitted photo)


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Texas woman complains to police about marijuana quality LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — Police in East Texas have arrested a woman after she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased from a dealer. Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper said Monday that an officer went to the home of 37-year-old Evelyn Hamilton to hear her complaint that the dealer refused to return her money after she objected that the drug was substandard. Casper says she pulled the small amount of marijuana from her bra when the officer asked if she still had it. She was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton said Monday that she spent $40 on “seeds and residue.” She says she called police when she got no satisfaction from the dealer’s family.

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TODAY IN HISTORY Today is Tuesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2014. There are 267 days left in the year.


n April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in Jan. 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in Dec. 1865.)

On this date: In 1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos. In 1904, Longacre Square in Manhattan was renamed Times Square after The New York Times. In 1911, an explosion at the Banner Coal Mine in Littleton, Ala., claimed the lives of 128 men, most of them convicts loaned out from prisons. In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of United States senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified. President Woodrow Wilson became the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person as he asked lawmakers to enact tariff reform. The Republic of China’s first parliament convened. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provided money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration. In 1946, the League of Nations assembled in Geneva for its final session. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening

the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.) In 1961, a suspected bomb exploded aboard the passenger liner MV Dara in the Persian Gulf, causing it to sink; 238 of the 819 people aboard were killed. In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record. In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church’s national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he’d consorted with a prostitute. In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently selfinflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.

Ten years ago:

National security adviser Condoleezza Rice told the September 11 commission “there was no silver bullet” that could have prevented the deadly terror attacks. Iraqi insurgents released a videotape of three Japanese captives, threatening to burn them alive if Japan did not withdraw its troops from Iraq. (The hostages were later released unharmed.) Fred Olivi, who copiloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, died in Lemont, Ill., at age 82.

Five years ago:

Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama; although the crew was able to retake the cargo ship, the captain, Richard Phillips, was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat. (Phillips was rescued four days later by Navy SEAL snipers who shot three of the pirates dead.) A Russian spacecraft carrying a crew of three, including U.S. billionaire

space tourist Charles Simonyi, landed safely in Kazakhstan. David “Pop” Winans Sr., patriarch of the award-winning Winans gospel music family, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 74.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter gun regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims during a visit to Hartford, Conn., that he was “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 87, died in London after a stroke. Actress and former Disney “Mouseketeer” Annette Funicello, 70, died in Bakersfield, Calif. Rick Pitino, who’d coached Louisville in the NCAA championship game, was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis and former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

Today’s Birthdays:

Comedian Shecky Greene is 88. Actor-turned-diplomat John Gavin is 83. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh is 77. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is 76. Basketball Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek is 74. “Mouseketeer” Darlene Gillespie is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer J.J. Jackson is 73. Singer Peggy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 73. Songwriter-producer Leon Huff is 72. Actor Hywel Bennett is 70. Actor Stuart Pankin is 68. Rock musician Steve Howe is 67. Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay is 67. Movie director John Madden is 65. Rock musician Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad) is 63. Actor John Schneider is 54. “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch is 53. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 52. Singer Julian Lennon is 51. Actor Dean Norris is 51. Rock singer-musician Donita Sparks is 51. Rapper Biz Markie is 50. Actress Robin Wright is 48.



Westfield State releases financial report Board of Trustees is in the process of establishing its WESTFIELD – Westfield State University yesterown audit committee, and the internal auditor will day released a report by the state Office of the be reporting directly to the audit committee as soon Comptroller, which reviewed its current financial as that committee is established. policies and controls. Interim President Elizabeth H. The report found that the university’s current Preston had requested that Massachusetts State practices regarding “reporting on presidential Comptroller Martin Benison undertake the review as expenses and getting Trustee approval for specific part of the university’s own accelerated evaluation expenses made by the president” seem to be “in line of policies, procedures, and internal controls to with [Board of Higher Education Trust Fund] guidemake sure they are consistent with best practices and lines.” to assure appropriate use of university resources. “During our review we found the administration “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Benison and his and finance staff committed to the university and team for undertaking this expedited review as part of knowledgeable of university and comptroller policthe university’s own rigorous review of policies and controls,” said Preston. “While the report identifies ELIZABETH es,” Benison said. “The transaction testing conareas for improvement, as we expected it would, it firmed policies and procedures were generally being PRESTON also validates many of the steps we have taken proacfollowed. We did identify areas of improvement, which are outlined in the report.” tively to improve understanding and compliance with financial policies and procedures and confirms that we are The report does recommend additional steps the university moving in the right direction.” should undertake, and Preston has made clear that “the univerAccording to a university spokeswoman, Preston and Interim sity will be carefully reviewing and implementing the recomVice President of Administration & Finance (A&F) Kimberly mendations made in the report.” Those recommendations Tobin have made it clear to faculty and staff that adhering to include: policies and procedures related to spending and managing • Conducting annual reviews of all A&F policies resources is critical to the university with the administration • Expanding understanding of state requirements for signatures authorizing spending leading by example. • Improving campus-wide communications of A&F policies, As part of the university’s already strong efforts to set the right “tone at the top,” the importance of which was empha- procedures and deadlines • Separating internal audit and budget functions and creating sized in the Comptroller report, the university is implementing a more proactive risk management financial strategy to address a direct reporting relationship between internal auditing and and evaluate exposures that can affect the university’s ability the board. to achieve its stated educational and business objectives, Preston has asked the comptroller to return to campus in one according to a written statement released by the university. The university has improved access and visibility of all university year to review the progress the University had made. The report also referenced to the problem of high turnover policies on the website to reinforce awareness and create an environment of compliance. Future plans include creating an in the position of Vice President of Administration & Finance interactive “Ask Kim” tool on the website, which allows staff – the position chiefly responsible for setting and ensuring comand faculty to ask questions pertaining to policy directly to pliance with financial policies, procedures and controls. The Office of the Comptroller was assisted in developing the Tobin, according to the statement. As was also recommended in the report, the university is report by Kurt Steinberg, Executive Vice President of the also strengthening its own internal audit capabilities to help Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The full report of the Comptroller will be posted at: www. identify and address potential issues before they become problems through creation of an internal auditor position. The

ACO Continued from Page 1 said it’s unfortunate that the fees collected by Root are returned to the general fund instead of her department to offset costs. Root said the town pays salaries, heat, electricity, and water for the animal control facility. “The medications are donated, the food is donated, supplies are donated,” said Root. Root said when she took the position seven yeas ago there were 380 dog licenses in town. Today there are more than 1,600. The license fee for a spayed/neutered animal is $10, and an unspayed/un-neutered animal is $25. Root said there are about 200 of the $25 licenses issued. Board Chairman Russell Fox said there are some long-term considerations, including researching the creation of a revolving fund and possibly increasing fees. He said he wants to look into both possibilities for next fiscal year. “In the meantime, I think we have to get the volunteer program up and running,” said Fox. Fox also said the town maintenance department has been authorized to clean the animal control facility several hours per week. Following the discussion with the board, Root and Quinn-

Keene were both upset. “Shame on them,” said Root of the board. “I feel like I just got kicked. Shame on them for accepting that building knowing what the Polveraris wanted to do.” Quinn-Keene said she has been working for free for several hours each week and she and Root switch-off working weekends to care for the animals and set up adoption visits. She said just cleaning the facility takes several hours each day and the fact that the town is now going to pay a maintenance employee to do what she has been doing for months instead of paying her is upsetting. “The community cares about this facility,” Root said. “We have seniors who stop in to visit and talk to us – I think for some of them we’re the only people they talk to some days.” Quinn-Keene said residents bring in donations daily to help the facility remain open and able to care for so many animals, but they cannot continue to offer the same care and service without more hours. “A lot of people want to volunteer and think they are experienced, but they are not,” she told the board. Root added that she is worried that a volunteer could sue the town if something happens while they are at the facility alone. “I want to protect the town, too,” she said.

Domus Continued from Page 1 that the Department of Housing & Community Development approved the funding on March 25. Domus is waiting for notice to proceed with construction from the state and that the required financing is in place. “We’re just waiting for the letter that the requested funding is available and that we can start working on the project,” Lentini said. “It’s been one of the best received projects we’ve had in the city. People understand that we really need this kind of facility, this type of housing. The renovation project was approved by the Planning Board in February, but there has been a change to the original site plan by the Westfield Water Resource Department. The housing facility must be serviced with a fire suppression system, fire sprinklers, which require a larger water line than the existing water line to the building, which is either a half-inch or three-quarter-inch pipe. The Planning Board urged Domus to find an alternative water supply without having to cut into the recently rebuilt Broad Street or sidewalk. Mark Reed of Heritage Surveys Inc. of Southampton addressed that issue of providing fire protection for residents of the building. “There is an eight-inch water main into the Lumber Center and the owner is willing to grant an easement to make a connection along the grass buffer, so there is no need to cut into Broad Street or the sidewalk,” Reed said. Reed said the present water service to the building “Has been in there for some time and the interior (diameter) may be less than that (because of sedimentation) so the pressure is not adequate to serve all of the uses in the building,” Reed said. “We are in the process of preparing a site plan which will be provided to the Engineering and Planning Departments.” The Water Resource Department recommended tying the building to a four-inch water line connected to a fire hydrant in front of the building, eliminating the need to connect to the eight-inch Lumber Center line. “We did the same thing for the Five Guys restaurant for the same reason: the road had just been paved,” Water Superintendent Dave Billips said. “In both cases the water main is on the other side of the street and they would have had to trench to install a new line, which the (state) Department of Transportation (DOT) wouldn’t allow because of the new pavement.” “If they have to cut (the pavement) it could have killed the project,” Billips said. “So we’ve done this before.”


Government Meetings TUESDAY, APRIL 8 WESTFIELD Housing Authority at 6 pm Conservation Commission at 6:30 pm Department of Public Works at 7 pm

SOUTHWICK School Committee - 5pm at STRHS library Library Board of Trustees at 7 pm Planning Board at 7 pm Planning Board Public Hearing - 93 Feeding Hills Rd at 7:15 pm

GRANVILLE Fire House at 7 pm EMTs at 7 pm

TOLLAND Council on Aging at 9 am Conserv Comm Open Office Hours & Business Meeting at 12 pm

BLANDFORD Assessor’s Meeting at 5:30 pm Fire Department Meeting at 6:30 pm Selectmen’s Meeting at 7 pm Historical Commission Meeting at 7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 WESTFIELD Board of Assessors at 5 pm Board of Health at 6 pm Public Safety Communications Commission at 6 pm Volunteer Coaches Meeting at 7 pm


Conservation Commission Meeting at 6:30 pm Finance Committee at 7 pm


Historical Commission at 7 pm Planning Board at 7 pm Recreation Committee at 7 pm

Gateway Superintendent’s Corner The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards program is a wonderful project supported by a number of businesses, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations. It allows schools and school districts in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties to develop their own procedures to identify and select outstanding teachers using a standardized rubric measuring a teacher’s impact on students, the Dr. David Hopson schools, and the greater community. This protocol requires high standards for selection yet allows each selection process to meet the needs of individual schools or districts. The Gateway Regional School District allows anyone to nominate a teacher using the Awards’ program form and requires supporting documentation and principal support. From there, the nominees are reviewed and winners are selected by the district’s leadership team. As in prior years, I’m pleased to see the number of teachers who are nominated for their professionalism, dedication to their students, and the work being done with their schools and communities. I believe that this demonstrates the capability of our staff, the fact that we have many outstanding teachers and the positive support shown to our staff by those who work with them and are knowledgeable about the system. As the administrative team reviews the nominations, discusses the work being done by each of the nominees, and the impact they have on student performance, school climate, and community relations, it becomes obvious that we have some extremely qualified teachers and that choosing only three to recognize continues to be a very difficult endeavor. I am very pleased to announce that the following teachers were nominated for this year’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award: Angela Dalton, Kristin Gladu, Sheila Green, Beth Guertin, Elizabeth Hamaoui, Joe Hough, Christine Johnson, Jess Rida, Ashtur Rotenberg, and Richard White. Again, each of these individuals brings so much to our students, district, and towns that each deserves to be recognized (along with many other staff who were not nominated but are deserving of nomination). This year’s award winners are Kristin Gladu, Sheila Green, and Jess Rida. These teachers will be recognized in many ways including an upcoming awards dinner at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. On behalf of the school committee and the administrative staff, I congratulate each nominee and our selected teachers for the outstanding work they do each day with our students.

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Funding for the PVTA comes from federal, state and local governments and farebox and advertising revenues. The cities and towns that are served by the PVTA pay an assessed amount, depending on the number of fixed route miles and paratransit passengers served in that city or town. For FY 2014, the City of Westfield was assessed an amount of $313,486. Federal funds must be used for capital projects. Capital funds may only be spent on tangible items such as equipment, preventative maintenance of vehicles, facilities and equipment, ADA services, facility improvements and the purchase of vehicles. Operating expenses must come from grants, state and local funding and farebox revenue. Operating expenses covers salaries, benefits, advertising and marketing expenses and other cash needs. The 24 Member Communities that make up the PVTA are Agawam, Amherst, Belchertown, Chicopee, Easthampton, East Longmeadow, Granby, Hadley, Hampden, Holyoke, Leverett, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton, Palmer, Pelham, South Hadley, Springfield, Sunderland, Ware, Westfield, West Springfield, Wilbraham, Williamsburg. Though not the biggest transit authority in Massachusetts, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority covers the largest (1,121.08 square miles) and the most rural geographical area in the state. The Franklin Regional Transit Authority currently has a fleet of 46 vehicles. We operate 8 buses, 32 vans and provide service for 40 participating member communities, including the hilltowns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell and Southampton.


I own a small business in Westfield. I am responding to the three Letters to the Editor about the BID and the potential dissolvement. In my opinion, the BID should never have been able to vote to force non-members to pay the BID fee. As an optional program, for those businesses who want to participate, I have no problem with the BID, and they’ve done some very nice things. However, it’s unconscionable to force every business in the BID footprint to join and pay. Many businesses in the footprint receive little to no benefit, and should not be forced to join an organization that they don’t want to belong to. These businesses already pay high property taxes. Those taxes should pay for basic city services. Concerts, events, and special programs can be managed by the Chamber of Commerce, Westfield on Weekends, Run Westfield, or other similar groups. Westfield should be encouraging businesses to move into downtown. The mandatory BID fee raises their operating costs and reduces profit margins (which are already very thin for many business owners). The BID fee will certainly make it harder to attract and retain businesses. If my business was in the BID footprint, I’d certainly be considering moving. As a business owner, I support my colleagues who want to dissolve the BID. Due to a provision in a state law signed in August of 2012, property owners within the BID boundaries who chose to opt out of the once-voluntary organization are now mandated to become members. For more on this read: I had to tell my story about going to the police department to get my dog license today! When I arrived I was told to have a seat “no Problem” I sat down as I sat there for only a few seconds I noticed that the seat was saturated with urine !! DISGUSTING!!! the four chairs that are at the Westfield Police station are from the 70;s just by looking at them Filthy germ invested fabric !I totally understand that all walks of life end up there. BUT! I would think that a city could afford four new chairs that aren’t made of fabric. PLEASE throw out these disgusting things even if you buy plastic patio chairs. At this point nothing to sit on would be better. This has no reflection of our great police force they do a great job ! However who ever made the WRONG decision to stop the city hall from giving out dog licenses. Should RETHINK !!!thanks When driving down Western Avenue, which I do every day, I’m thinking to myself, “What am I paying this excise tax for? For these fantastic roads which are in such great shape?” Unbelievable. Hi. We have a few concerns about the location of the proposed site of the bike trail ramp on East Silver Street. This proposed ramp is on the east side of the railroad tracks. Vehicles traveling east on East Silver Street will not have a clear vision of people exiting the trail ramp. This street is heavily travelled by cars, tractor-trailers, pedestrians, and so forth. More planning is needed to go into this project. If you live in that area and hear a tractor-trailer hitting the bridge, you know what shaking is all about, whether it is you shaking or the walls in your house. PS – thank you PulseLine for taking this call. PPS – will the train bridge be removed after 40 years of nonservice? Good day. Continue the conversation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: I read with interest the article regarding Westfield City Hall elevator. There is more to the story than reported. The state inspected our City Hall elevator on December 23 and found 9 violations. They allowed the City 90 days in which to make the repairs. They returned in March once the 90 days had passed and found that none of the repairs had been made. As a result, the state placarded our elevator and fined us $400. The repairs were then quickly made but the $400 fine was never paid. In my April 3 conversation with the building inspector he indicated that we were just waiting for the state inspectors to return and we were at their mercy as far as scheduling. I called the state and learned that they had never received our $400 penalty check and until they were in receipt of this NO inspection would be even scheduled. While in City Hall these past weeks I have witnessed folks struggling up the stairs to reach the second and third floors. It is unacceptable to me that this situation went on as long as it did. I am disappointed in our building inspector for his lack of follow through, initially in making the repairs to our elevator within the 90 day period and secondly, not following up with the state to make sure all was in order and the placarding would be removed. As we move into week three with no elevator the State has yet to receive our penalty payment. NO Check HAS BEEN RECEIVED! I confirmed this with the state as of noon on Monday April 7. In the meantime, residents unable to make the stairs in 59 Court Street (City Hall) are denied the basic right of accessibility. City Council held two public hearings last Thursday and some residents with physical limitations were unable to attend. It is truly unconscionable. Mary O’Connell Ward Four City Council



GOP solution to ‘war on women’: Women By Anna Palmer Republicans say the Democrats’ “war on women” line is fake. But their fear of it is real. More than a dozen female Republican lawmakers gathered last week with GOP operatives to hold a broad discussion on conservative ideas to empower female voters. The party launched a program earlier this year to place more women in Republican campaigns. And the three big national party committees have teamed up to respond to Democratic attacks. They even showcased women who work for the party at the top of their latest talking points. With the Senate up for grabs in 2014 and Democrats promising to make women’s issues the centerpiece of the campaign, the GOP has spent the last year coming up with these new ideas to blunt a repeat of 2012, when key Senate races slipped through their fingers amid controversial Republican comments about rape. The strategy faces its first big test Tuesday, when a coalition of Republican committees will release its response to a Democratic push to make “fair pay” a campaign issue designed to appeal to women. “Republicans have a good alternative to the Democrats’ deceptive war-on-women ploy, and we’re mobilizing to ensure Republican elected officials and candidates are armed,” said Republican National Committee national press secretary Kirsten Kukowski. “Democrats were successful in their waron-women messaging last election because we didn’t fight back. We need to turn the table, tell voters the Democrats are being deceptive and bring our viewpoints to the table, which is exactly what we’re doing.” She added that the big difference this year is that Republicans will be “out in front of the Democrats on their messaging.” Still, Republicans face significant hurdles, this year and in the long run. House Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the only GOP woman in leadership in either chamber. There are also fewer female Republican candidates running than in past election cycles. And, Republicans have had to teach their male candidates and incumbents how to talk to women — an embarrassing moment for the party when news broke of the tutoring sessions. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost women to President Barack Obama by 11 percentage points in the 2012 election, including a 38-point advantage among unmarried women. Earlier this year, a CNN/ORC International poll found that 55 percent of Americans surveyed believe Republicans don’t understand women. Among women, that number rose to 59 percent, and it increased to 64 percent among women over 50. Republican strategist Katie Packer Gage, who focuses on these issues at her firm Burning Glass Consulting, said the party is making improvements. She pointed to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’ swift condemnation of Mike Huckabee earlier this year after he made comments that Democrats think women can’t control their libidos. “When women hear that, they think — wow, the Republican

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Party is worth listening to because they speak out against sort of buffoonish comments like that,” Gage said. The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee will blast a joint memo Tuesday on how the party supports equal pay for equal work and calling Democrats’ tactics a “desperate political ploy,” ahead of Obama signing two executive actions on equal pay and Senate Democrats’ vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. “All Republicans support equal pay for equal work,” wrote Kukowski, along with NRCC communications director Andrea Bozek and NRSC press secretary Brook Hougesen. “And while we all know workplace discrimination still exists, we need real solutions that focus on job creation and opportunity for women. Not more regulations that cut flexibility and cut bonuses.” Senate Democrats are expected to try to overcome a Republican-led filibuster on pay equity legislation. Though predicted to be unsuccessful, the move will allow Democrats to go into the upcoming two-week recess bashing the GOP as being anti-woman. Democrats aren’t immune to criticism on fair pay. White House spokesman Jay Carney faced tough questions Monday when asked about an American Enterprise Institute analysis that found the median salary for female White House staff 12 percent lower than their male counterparts. Still, Democratic party operatives and consultants were highly skeptical that Republicans can make inroads with female voters. They pointed to Republican policy positions and comments from leaders like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposing the equal pay legislation. “Republicans can change their rhetoric, but they can’t change their records on women’s issues — especially on breadand-butter issues like paycheck fairness,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement. “When the Republican platform is to oppose pay equity, block the Violence Against Women Act, and limit women’s access to health care, there is no spin on earth to make their agenda seem anything but hostile to women.” The Republican offensive has been more than a year in the making. Several Republican political committees have been meeting regularly to come up with a strategy to be more forward leaning on messaging on women’s issues. The RNC has also led an effort to recruit more women to work on campaigns and put together a database that allows them to increase the number of female surrogates. Republican lawmakers are also getting in on the action. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), McMorris Rodgers and roughly a dozen other female lawmakers huddled in the Capitol on Wednesday with outside advisers on women’s issues. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Commissioner Victoria Lipnic; Independent Women’s Forum Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer; Christina Hoff Sommers, a scholar at AEI; Nicole McCleskey of Public Opinion Strategies; and Kellyann Conway, president and CEO of the polling company inc./ WomanTrend, were the strategists who met with the lawmakers. “Clearly, there is more work to be done, but it is important that people recognize that Republicans are about empowering them,” McMorris Rodgers said, noting that she is working on putting together legislation on updating some laws to reflect the current workforce. The National Republican Congressional Committee has also stepped up its focus on women creating Project GROW, which is focused on attracting female candidates. NRCC’s Andrea Bozek said that it’s “definitely a long-term effort.” So far, they’ve got 14 female “Young Gun” candidates. The NRCC has also helped pair male lawmakers, like Pennsylvania Reps. Pat Meehan and Keith Rothfus, with McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), respectively, to do events in their districts. And it has worked with male lawmakers and candidates who want to do women-oriented events. Meanwhile, the NRSC has called in operatives to its campaign school, like S.E. Cupp, who assisted with media training on how to respond to Democrats. “We work with Republican senatorial candidates on a wide range of topics during training. Democrats have made clear that their playbook is to scare and divide through claims of a ‘war on women,’ so obviously we’ve discussed their tactics with Republican candidates,” said Hougesen.



Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Friday, April 4, 2014 12:49 a.m.: fraud, Springfield Road, a caller requests an officer in regards to a fraudulent transaction in progress, the responding officer reports he was informed that a suspect had removed a computer from the store’s display and had taken it to the service desk where he claimed to have purchased it and “returned’ it, the man was give a store gift card for the “return” and was detained when he left the store, the man was found to be the subject of an outstanding warrant, Dustyn Kagan Lifgren, 20, of 67 Mayflower Ave., Chicopee, was arrested for larceny of property valued more than $250 and on a 2013 warrant; 7:05 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Elm Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the car’s registration was found to be expired and it was towed to the police impound yard; 11:26 a.m.: larceny, Oaks Trailer Park, 404 Southwick Road, a resident came to the station to complain that a known person stole his credit card, see story in the Monday edition of The Westfield News; 1:35 p.m.: burning complaint, Oak Avenue, the Highland Elementary School reports smoke from a burn pile is blowing directly toward the school and bothering students, the responding fire captain reports he spoke with the relevant resident who agreed to extinguish the fire; 3:10 p.m.: assist resident, Armbrook Village, 551 North Road, a caller requests assistance getting into her vehicle after locking the keys inside, the responding firefighters report entry was gained; 3:42 p.m.: officer wanted, Chapman Playground, St. Paul Street, a caller reports five girls are playing on the roof the restroom building at the playground, the responding officer reports he spoke with four youths who were climbing on the roof of the building and they descended without incident, the children were advised not to climb on the building; 3:43 p.m.: larceny, East Main Street, a caller from an East Main Street gas station reports a “gas and go” incident; 5:27 p.m.: larceny, Pearl Street, a caller reports that a visiting friend hugged her and she believes he stole her smartphone while doing so, the responding officer reports the woman said that she had the phone in her back pocket and noticed it missing as soon as the man left her home after hugging her ostensibly to comfort her after the death of a relative, the officer reports he found the man who denied taking the phone and offered to allow officers to search his apartment, officers did so with the consent also of the leaseholder but the phone was not found, the reporting officer reports that after the officers left the apartment a person who had been present called them back and surrendered the phone in question saying that it had been in the suspect’s possession the whole time, Jonathan Savard, 21, of 9 Ashley St., was arrested for larceny from a person; 9:13 p.m.: assist citizen, Southampton Road, a caller reports he is locked out of his pickup truck, services rendered.

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BOSTON (AP) — A bill that House Speaker Robert DeLeo calls the most comprehensive overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws in a generation is expected to come up for a vote at the Statehouse. DeLeo said the measure before the House on Tuesday was spurred by the stabbing death of Jennifer Martel last summer. Jared Remy, the son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, has pleaded not guilty in the case. The bill would toughen penalties for domestic battery suspects. It would also require judges to receive more training around domestic violence issues. The proposal would also mandate that a suspect in a domestic violence case be held for at least six hours before bail can be posted, to allow time for a safety plan to be developed for the alleged victim.

SOUTHWICK - Florence Marion (Coates) (Winning) Munro, 99, of Southwick, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Lawrence, MA to the late Lincoln and Florence Coates, she was a longtime area resident. Marion retired from the former Hamilton Standard as a Secretary. In her younger years she worked as a Mender for the Air mill Factory in Lawrence, MA; a waitress at the Little Red School House in Andover, MA and often shared the story of passing samples of Beech-Nut gum on the street corners back in the day. She was a longtime member of the Christ Church United Methodist in Southwick where she loved playing the piano, organ and singing in the choir. Marion was a woman of the outdoors, enjoying many activities including cross country skiing, canoeing and gardening and spending time with her family. She also had a great love for animals. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Raymond Winning; her second husband, John Munro; her loving daughter, Muriel Burba Stark; her brother, Vincent Coates; her grandson, Daniel Burba and by her great-grandson Bobby Scott-Smith. She is survived by her son, Raymond Winning and his wife Sandy; five grandchildren, Cindy Scott-Smith, Lori Doura and her husband Michael, Dennis James Winning and his wife Karen, Kevin Winning and his wife Carol and Maureen Marshall and her husband Ben; sixteen great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to meet for visitation on Saturday April 12th from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, followed by a service at 2:00 p.m. in the Christ Church United Methodist, 222 College Highway, in Southwick. Burial will follow in New Cemetery, Southwick. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marion’s memory to the Christ Church United Methodist, 222 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Monday, April 7, 2014 Anthony R. Brochetti, 28, of 61 Butternut Road, was released on his personal recognizance pending a June 6 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of using a motor vehicle without authority, larceny of a credit card, four charges of improper use of a credit card valued less than $250 and larceny of property valued more than $250 by a single scheme brought by Westfield police. Patrick M. Greaney, 25, of 90 Orange St., was released on $200 cash bail pending a June 3 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of uttering a false check and larceny of property valued more than $250 by a single scheme brought by Westfield police. Angela Modzelewski, 19, of 38 Jeremy Drive, East Lyme, Conn., was released on her personal recognizance pending a June 4 hearing after she was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield State University police. Michael P Walker, 32, of 91 Torringford St., Windsor Locks, Conn., was released on his personal recognizance pending a June 6 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to signal brought by Westfield police. Jacory H. Gonzalez, 23, of 51 Davis St., Holyoke, was released on his personal recognizance pending a June 3 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute brought by Westfield State University police.

Phone records in teacher slaying handed to defense DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — The results of a search of a cellphone owned by a Massachusetts high school student charged with killing his math teacher have been turned over to the defense. Prosecutors have not revealed what was found on 15-year-old Philip Chism’s broken cellphone during a search of its contents, but information that filled four discs was turned over to the defense team, according to court filings Monday.

The Salem News ( ) reports that Chism’s attorneys have been granted public funds to hire an expert to review the content of the discs. Chism is charged with first-degree murder, rape and robbery in connection with the slaying in October of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer of Andover. Chism was 14 at the time. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield’s incoming police commissioner is vowing to make the department more proactive rather than reactive when it comes to crime. John Barbieri told a crowd of more than 300 residents at his first public meeting on Monday night that to do so he needs the community’s help to crack down on crime. The meeting came after a weekend in which there were five shootings in the city. Barbieri takes over from current Commissioner William Fitchet on June 1. Barbieri laid out his fivepoint plan at the meeting. It includes in the patrol unit; improved response times; clearly defined responsibility for line supervisors; improved community relations; and a an internal analysis of emergency responses. The new commissioner also promised to hold more public meetings in the future.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The owners of a century-old wedding venue in Foxborough that was destroyed in a fire last weekend moments after a couple said “I do” vow to rebuild. The 108-year-old Lakeview Pavilion was torn down following a three-alarm fire Saturday that investigators think was started by a cigarette butt tossed into the mulch outside. No one was injured. Owners Natalia Kapourelakos and Anastasia Tsoumbanos tell The Sun Chronicle ( ) they are “absolutely committed” to rebuilding. But they say their first priority is taking care of the people who If you would like to put down deposits for weddings run a Memorial for and receptions as far as ahead as your Pet contact: next year. The owners say they Diane DiSanto at had about 200 events planned. dianedisanto@the Deposits, some as much as $12,000, will be returned. or call 413-562-4181 They are also working with 1x3 with photo...$15 people to find new venues for 1x2 without photo...$10 their receptions.

IN BRIEF Dollars for Scholars Monthly Meeting WESTFIELD - The next monthly meeting of the CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars will be held on Monday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Faculty Cafeteria at South Middle School. New members always welcome!



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The Carson Center for Human Services Celebrating 50 Years of Real Help with Real Life 1963-2013 It was DEAR MAN again for Carson’s Under Five Thrive program for pregnant and parenting young people. There was a lot of eye-rolling among the members of the group. DEAR MAN is an acronym used when teaching interpersonal effectiveness skills. The group had heard about these communication skills several times before: Describe the situation without judgment. Express your feelings. Assert your points. Reinforce the person you are talking with. Stay Mindful. Appear confident. Negotiate. “Today, we are going to try something new; you are going to be DEAR MAN parents,” said the facilitator. We are going to practice using these skills FOR our kids.” The group looked puzzled. “Let’s try it out to see what I mean. We have got Roberto and Sarah. Roberto and Sarah have the same exact toy, but they are fighting over one of them because they can’t find the other.” Smirks of recognition went through the group. “Roberto is SURE that the toy is his. Sarah says it is hers, too. What are we going to do?” “I’m going to say ‘Stop that yelling! I’ve had enough! I’m taking the toy!” suggested one parent. “And that is one option. I’ve been that tired and worn out that I’ve done it, too,” said the facilitator. “I want to give you another option, because –whatever you do, you are teaching them to do.” You know DEAR MAN, so help me out. I’ll start with the Describe and Express. ‘So, Roberto, you are so frustrated because you are sure this is your toy. And Sarah, you are so frustrated because you remember that this is yours. And you are both worried that your brother or sister will get the toy. And you both really want the toy!” “It IS My toy! It’s MINE!” mimicked one of the parents. “No, MINE!” improvised the other, laughing. “Can you do Assert?” asked the facilitator. A group member spoke halfheartedly, “’So we all want to find a way to figure out how you can both have the toy. Maybe that means finding the other one. Or maybe that means taking turns, I don’t know, but we want to solve it…..’ Oh, I might as well do Reinforce…. ‘I’m so glad you two are working this out with me and I’m sure we can figure it out…’” “Thank you. Anyone for Negotiate?” asked the facilitator. “Sure—I can do it,” offered a parent, slowly. “‘So, maybe we can take a break and put the toy here where we can all go into the toy chest and look under your beds for the other one together? If we find it, we’ll feel a whole lot better,’” finished the parent, sadly and entirely unconvincingly. They were quiet, until one member of the group said what was on most of their minds: “Are you SERIOUS? No WAY! I’m NOT spending all that time over a toy!” Then one of the older group members sighed and said, “You know, I hate to tell you, but she’s right. My oldest is eleven and I am not proud to say it, but I was a yeller. I would just yell and that would be that. And guess what I have on my hands? A yeller. If I knew then what I know now, things would be a whole lot easier at home. We aren’t even in the teenage years. And the older one is teaching the younger one the bad habits I taught him. He doesn’t listen; he’s rude and pushy. It’s like if you put in the work now, it pays off bigtime later.” “But I can’t do it. I can barely do this for myself, never mind them,” complained a teen mom. It was the reality of being a very young mom. After the baby shower and the excitement of the pregnancy and the birth and the new identity as “mom,” came all this endless…work…when they just wanted to be with friends. “I know it,” said another young mom in the group, “It’s about learning to be and teaching your kid at the same time. But that’s why we come here. We got each other, you know?” By JAC Patrissi

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Govt. hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday that 2015 payments to the plans should increase less than 1 percent overall. That compares to a drop of nearly 2 percent that the government forecast in February. Analysts expect actual funding to fall when many other variables are considered. But the drop shouldn’t be as steep as they initially forecast. This might lead to fewer changes for the plans, which serve nearly 16 million people, or about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries. The government has squeezed rates for the past few years in part to help fund the health care overhaul. Insurers that run the plans say they’ve had to trim benefits, drop doctors and leave markets as a result. “It’s a good day for (the) plans,” said Matthew Eyles, an analyst at market research firm Avalere Health. Medicare Advantage plans are privately run versions of the government’s Medicare program for the elderly and disabled people. The government subsidizes the coverage, and insurers generally offer dozens of different plans in every market. Many come with extras like dental and vision coverage that are not available with standard Medicare. The government has paid insurers who run Medicare Advantage plans more per enrollee than the cost of care for people with traditional Medicare coverage. But that is being scaled back in part to help pay for the overhaul, the massive federal law that aims to provide insurance for millions of uninsured people. UnitedHealth Group Inc. is the nation’s largest provider of the coverage. Its CEO, Stephen Hemsley, told analysts earlier this year that 2014 reimbursement was cut about 6.7 percent, and a similar cut for 2015 would be “extraordinarily disruptive.” The powerful trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans launched a multimedia marketing push earlier this year to remind Congress that Medicare Advantage customers are carefully watching changes to the plans. AHIP also won the support of 40 senators from both parties who, in a Feb. 14 letter, called on the Obama administration to essentially hold Medicare Advantage rates steady. See Hikes, Page 7

This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Dr. Molly Freeman pulling Listeria bacteria from a tube to be tested for its DNA fingerprinting in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The nation’s disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target: Listeria, a kind of bacteria that’s the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning, and one that’s especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the technology has helped to solve a small listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

Experts decode germs’ DNA to fight food poisoning By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are you’ve heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings? The nation’s disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and bacteria that are especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the government credits the technology with helping to solve a listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland. “This really is a new way to find and fight infections,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “One way to think of it is, is it identifying a suspect by a

lineup or by a fingerprint?” Whole genome sequencing, or mapping all of an organism’s DNA, has become a staple of medical research. But in public health, it has been used more selectively, to investigate particularly vexing outbreaks or emerging pathogens, such as a worrisome new strain of bird flu. For day-to-day outbreak detection, officials rely instead on decades-old tests that use pieces of DNA and aren’t as precise. Now, with genome sequencing becoming faster and cheaper, the CDC is armed with $30 million from

Congress to broaden its use with a program called advanced molecular detection. The hope is to solve outbreaks faster, foodborne and other types, and maybe prevent infections, too, by better understanding how they spread. “Frankly, in public health, we have some catching up to do,” said the CDC’s Dr. Christopher Braden, who is helping to lead the work. As a first step, federal and state officials are rapidly decoding the DNA of all the listeria infections diagnosed See DNA, Page 7

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Arkansas AG asks court to reconsider drug ruling LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider its decision tossing out a $1.2 billion judgment against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, saying justices did “significant harm” to the state and broke from 170 years of precedent. McDaniel filed a petition for rehearing over the high court’s decision last month that the state misapplied the Medicaid fraud law in its lawsuit against New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. over the marketing of the antispyschotic drug Risperdal. McDaniel said last week that he would ask the court to revisit the ruling. “The court’s rejection of the state (Medicaid fraud) case does significant harm to the state and its citizens,” McDaniel wrote in the filing. “It deprives the state of a critical tool to protect the integrity of the Arkansas Medicaid program and the vulnerable poor, sick and elderly who depend on Medicaid as a literal lifeline.” McDaniel said justices broke with years of precedent by ruling on grounds not previously raised in filings. Justices ruled that the state Code Revision Commission “substantively altered” the meaning of the Medicaid fraud law when it was codified and that it was originally intended to regulate health facilities. The commission is responsible for making technical corrections to state code. McDaniel noted that the 1993 law remained unchanged for 21 years despite other amendments and attempted amendments by the Legislature over the years. “By improperly transforming a well understood and accepted interpretation of the law, this court has arrogated to itself powers not conferred by the Arkansas Constitution or the General Assembly,” he wrote. The drugmaker said in a statement Monday that it didn’t violate the Medicaid fraud law.




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in the U.S. this year, along with samples found in tainted foods or factories. It’s the first time the technology has been used for routine disease surveillance, looking for people with matching strains who may have gotten sick from the same source. If this pilot project works, the CDC says it sets the stage to eventually overhaul how public health laboratories around the country keep watch on food safety, and to use the technology more routinely against other outbreaks. “Genome sequencing really is the ultimate DNA fingerprint,” said George Washington University microbiologist Lance Price, who uses it to study the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and says the CDC’s move is long overdue. Especially in foodborne outbreaks, the technology will increase investigators’ ability to nab the right culprit, he said. The faster that happens, the fewer people may get sick. “This is going to change everything as far as source attribution,” Price added. “Recalls are expensive, the industry doesn’t like them,” and they’ve got to be accurate. Today’s standard tests sometimes miss linked cases or provide false leads. For example, U.S. officials in 2012 initially thought a salmonella outbreak in the Netherlands, associated with smoked salmon, was linked to cases here. Later sequencing showed the bugs were differ-


This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Heather Carleton pulling up results of Listeria bacteria DNA while demonstrating a whole-genome sequencing machine called a MiSeq in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (AP Photo)

ent. “The current methods of subtyping salmonella aren’t very good,” said epidemiologist David Boxrud of the Minnesota Department of Health, part of a pilot Food and Drug Administration network that has begun sequencing that germ and certain others when they’re discovered in food. State labs in Arizona, Florida, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Washington also participate. Sequencing also promises to reveal drug resistance and how virulent a germ is more quickly than today’s tests, and track how it’s spreading from one person to another through tiny genetic changes that act like footprints. Key to making it work is the computing power of a massive federal database being used to store the gene maps, said Duncan MacCannell, the CDC’s senior adviser for bioinformatics. It’s one thing to analyze bacterial DNA culled from a few dozen sick people during an outbreak, and

another to compare samples from thousands. Until recently, the CDC didn’t have the “tools and approaches to make sense of this much data,” he said. The listeria project began as officials were investigating some sick Maryland newborns and their mothers. Genome sequencing showed those cases were linked to a California death, helping investigators determine which foods to focus on, said Dr. Robert Tauxe, CDC’s leading foodborne disease sleuth. Standard tests prompted recall of the FDA’s suspect, a brand of Hispanic-style cheese. Last month, the government announced that sequencing also confirmed listeria from the recalled cheese matched germs from the patients.

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One of the senators who signed that letter, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, said in a statement Monday that he was glad the Obama administration heeded their call. “In many parts of the country, including New York, Medicare Advantage works very well,” Schumer said. Analysts have said the government’s preliminary forecast from February would translate into actual funding cuts ranging from 3 to 6 percent. Changes in funding can depend on where the plan is located and its quality rating, among other variables. Now, Medicare Advantage plans may see a drop of only 1 percent to 3 percent, Eyles said. The government is still scaling back funding for the coverage, but it also made some adjustments to how plans are compensated for the health status of their enrollees, Eyles said after a preliminary analysis of Medicare’s latest numbers, which were released after Wall Street closed on Monday. Medicare said Monday the final rate announcement “sets a stable path” for Medicare Advantage plans.

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Westfield catcher Connor Sullivan returns to the plate against Holyoke Monday at Mackenzie Field. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Chris Riga slides head first into first base in the top of the second inning. Riga was out Westfield pitcher Kenny Mclean on the play. (Photo by Chris delivers a pitch. (Photo by Chris Putz)


Baseball whips into action By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer The Westfield area has good reason to celebrate today. Two Whip City baseball teams – Westfield and St. Mary – and Gateway all enjoyed victories Monday. Westfield 5, Holyoke 3 HOLYOKE – Westfield pitcher Kenny Mclean took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and the Bombers went on to defeat host Holyoke 5-3 Monday. Jake Toomey went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, and stole home for Westfield. Bombers’ Chris Sullivan finished 2-for-4, and Ashton Kennedy was 2-for-3 with a double. Brent Houle closed out the seventh inning on the mound for the Bombers (2-1). Westfield was coming off a 10-2 win over Northampton, a game in which starting pitcher Matt Irzyk struck out seven batters and walked two. Houle (2-3, 2 RBIs), Toomey (2-4), and Chris Riga (double, triple) were the offensive standouts in that effort. Gateway 10, Granby 2 GRANBY – The Gateway Regional High School baseball team may have been sheltered inside all of spring training, surrounded by wet, snowy fields but they played as hot as the summer sun on opening day. Curtis Dowers pitched five solid innings for Gateway, allowing two runs (both unearned) on four hits and six walks, striking out six batters. Brett Turbin provided two solid inning of relief. He allowed just two hits, struck out one, and walked one. Gateway’s top four batters in the lineup had monstrous days at the plate.

Westfield’s Rachel Swords prepares to lay down the bunt during Monday’s game against Amherst. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Bombers, Rams softball victors Westfield’s Chris Riga slides head first into first base in the top of the second inning. Riga was out on the play. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Lead-off batter Johnny Haskel went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, batted in one run, and stole three bases. No. 2 hitter Justin Edinger was 2-for-4 with two runs, one RBI, and two stolen bases. No. 3 batter Geoffrey Sobotka went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Clean-up batter Curtis Dowers finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases. But that was not all. Gators’ Calvin Dowers (2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI), Ethan Gamble (hit, RBI), and eighth grader Everett Warren (hit, 2 RBIs, run) helped out in the attack. “All around, we did pretty well,” Gateway coach Gary St. Peters said. “I’m very happy with that being basically our second time seeing live pitching, other than a scrimmage with St. Mary on Sunday. Defensively we were pretty good too. I’m very pleased with the way we are playing so far. The kids are coming together as a team.” St. Mary 7, Sci-Tech 6 SPRINGFIELD – St. Mary exploded for five runs in the second inning, and held off a late rally by Sci-Tech to win its high school baseball opener, 7-6, Monday at Forest Park. Harry Reed and Matthew

Hannoush provided the only hits in the top of the second inning, courtesy of a double and single, respectively, as St. Mary took advantage of several Sci-Tech miscues. St. Mary pitcher Alex Lapier struck out six batters, and allowed just two earned runs. He also doubled at the plate. Matthew Hannoush (2-for4, run scored), Charlie White (hit, walk, RBI), Ryan Gendron (hit, walk, run), Shawn Gezotis (run, 2 RBIs), and Brendan Gawron (RBI, walk) were the offensive leaders Monday for St. Mary. LATE RESULTS Saturday, April 5 Monument Mountain 9, Southwick-Tolland 1 SOUTHWICK – Monument Mountain racked up 11 hits in a nine-run effort at Southwick. The Rams managed just three hits, one apiece from Vinny Fortini, Brian Sheil, and Eddie Martinez. Jake Goodreau had an RBI. “Monument hit the ball well,” Southwick coach Tim Karetka said. Karetka said Southwick’s six fielding errors also proved costly, but added: “We’re taking nothing away from them – they’re a very good team.”

By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Westfield rallied from deficits of 4-0 (first inning) and 5-4 (second), scoring four unanswered runs (three of which came in the fifth inning) in an 8-5 win over visiting Amherst Monday. Jules Sharon (2-for-4), Maddy Atkocaitis (1-3, home run, 4 RBIs), Analise Eak (2-4), Maddy Brockney (1-3, RBI), and Vicki Camp (2-2, RBI) provided the bulk of the Westfield offense. “Overall, it was a good showing,” Westfield coach Joe Stella said. “The kids were down early … and we came back, so that’s very good.” Bombers’ pitcher Sarah McNerney struck

out eight batters, allowed eight hits, and walked two. Southwick-Tolland 10, Easthampton 5 EASTHAMPTON – Southwick-Tolland Regional freshman pitcher Emily Lachtara recorded 11 strikeouts, and the Rams’ offense piled up the runs on the road Monday. Sydney Rogers (3-for-5, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored), Alyssa Kelleher (2-5, 2 runs), Katelyn Sylvia (3-4, run, RBI), and Morgan Harriman (3-5, 3 RBIs) belted out the hits for Southwick (2-0). Lachtara scattered five hits in a complete game effort on the mound. She allowed just one earned run – the other four were unearned – and walked one.

Westfield starting pitcher Sarah Westfield center fielder Lexi Minicucci makes McNerney delivers during the second an out during the first inning of Monday’s game inning during yesterday’s game against against visiting Amherst. (Photo by Frederick Gore) Amherst. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

St. Mary catcher Brendan Gawron holds up his mitt to show the umpire the ball after St. Mary scores one of several runs in a high successfully tagging out the Sci-Tech baserschool baseball game against Sci-Tech unner in Monday’s game at Forest Park in Springfield. (Photo by Chris Putz) Monday at Forest Park. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Maddie Brockman, left, covers first base with the out on Amherst base runner Justine Bohl. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Bombers blast Hurricanes

Several members of the St. Mary baseball team look on from the dugout. (Photo by Chris Putz)

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By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer AMHERST – The Westfield High School boys’ lacrosse team pulled off a big, big win Monday, routing host Amherst 17-3. Matt Chlastawa (7 assists) and Sam Scarfo (3 assists) scored four goals apiece to lead Westfield. Bombers’ Matt Gentle (2 assists) netted a hat trick, Ben Geschwind had two goals and one assist, and Garrett Fitzgerald, Luke Chlastawa, Justin Halls, and Noah Swords each recorded one goal. Jake Cupak made 11 saves in net for Westfield. Halls collected one save in the fourth quarter relief.

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FRIDAY April 11


MONDAY April 14

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ V TENNIS at Renaissance, Blunt Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE vs. East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ V TENNIS at Chicopee Comp, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE vs. Longmeadow, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE vs. Longmeadow, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ V LACROSSE vs. Northampton, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE vs. Northampton, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V TENNIS vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at West Springfield, Mitteneague Park, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL at West Springfield, Mitteneague Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 4 p.m. BASEBALL vs. Taconic, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Taconic, WHS, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE at West Springfield, Clark Field, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL at Sci-Tech, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE at Northampton, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL vs. Taconic, 4:30 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Taconic, 4:30 p.m. BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL at Sci-Tech, 5:15 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE at Northampton, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL at Rhody Invitational, Time TBA

BASEBALL vs. Longmeadow, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V TENNIS vs. West Springfield, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL vs. Hampshire, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Hampshire, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Longmeadow, WHS, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V LACROSSE at South Hadley, S.H. Middle School, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ V LACROSSE vs. St. Mary’s, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV LACROSSE at South Hadley, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV VOLLEYBALL at Minnechaug, 4 p.m. BOYS’ V VOLLEYBALL at Minnechaug, 5:15 p.m. GIRLS’ JV LACROSSE vs. St. Mary’s, 5:30 p.m.


SOFTBALL vs. Mohawk, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Mohawk, 4 p.m.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD at Monson, Moriarty Field @ Granite Valley Middle School, 3:45 p.m. BASEBALL at Ware, Memorial Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Ware, 4 p.m.

BOYS’/GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD at Monson, Moriarty Field @ Granite Valley Middle School, 3:45 p.m. BASEBALL vs. Greenfield, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at Gateway, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Greenfield, 4 p.m.

SOFTBALL vs. Smith Academy, 4 p.m. JV SOFTBALL vs. Smith Academy, 4 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL at Lee, Maple Street Complex, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at McCann Tech, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Lee, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL at Holyoke Catholic, Sarah Jane Field, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Holyoke Catholic, Anniversary Field, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL vs. Sci-Tech, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL vs. Southwick, 4 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ LACROSSE vs. Granby, Boardman Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ TENNIS vs. West Springfield, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ TENNIS at Holyoke Catholic, Jones Point, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ LACROSSE at Wahconah, Nessacus Middle School Field, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL vs. Sabis, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. BOYS’ TENNIS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL vs. Sabis, Westfield Middle School North, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL at Granby, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ LACROSSE at Westfield, 4 p.m. BOYS’ TENNIS vs. Sabis, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m. JV BASEBALL at Granby, 4 p.m. BOYS’ LACROSSE at Belchertown, 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ TENNIS vs. Turners Falls, Municipal Tennis Courts, 4 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL JV BASEBALL vs. Hopkins Academy, Jachym Field, 3:30 p.m. BASEBALL vs. Hopkins Academy, Bullens Field, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL vs. Pathfinder, Whitney Field, 4 p.m.

BASEBALL at Commerce, Van Horn Park, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL at Franklin Tech, 4 p.m.

WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY SCHEDULES 2014 Westfield State Softball Schedule

Men’s Golf 2014 Spring Schedule Day DATE OPPONENT TIME April 15 MASCAC Championships Tuesday Blackstone National 10:00 Country Club, Sutton, Mass. Thursday April 17 Western New England University Invitational Veterans Memorial Golf 10:00 Course, Springfield Monday April 21 Assumption College Invitational Heritage Country Club, 10:00 Charlton, Mass. Tuesday April 22 Elms College Invitational Westover Country Club, Granby, Mass. 10:00

Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field DAY DATE OPPONENT



April 12


Westfield, MA


April 19

Springfield College Invitational

Springfield College


April 26

MASCAC/Alliance Championships

UMass Dartmouth

New England Division 3 Championships

Springfield College


May 2-3


May 9-10


Westfield State


May 15-16

ECAC Division 3 Championships

RPI, Troy, NY


May 22-24

NCAA Division 3 National Championships

Ohio Wesleyan

2014 Westfield State Lacrosse Schedule DAY DATE OPPONENT


DAY Tuesday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Friday Monday Wednesday Saturday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

DATE OPPONEN April 8 SMITH (2) April 10 KEENE STATE (2) April 12 at Worcester State (2) April 15 at MCLA (2) April 18 at Framingham State (2) April 21 SALEM STATE (2) April 23 SPRINGFIELD (2) April 26 FITCHBURG STATE (2) May 1 May 2 May 3 May 4

TIME 3:30 3:00 12:00 2:00 2:00 12:00 3:00 12:00 MASCAC Tournament MASCAC Tournament MASCAC Tournament MASCAC Tournament

Westfield State 2014 Baseball Schedule Day DATE OPPONENT



April 9

at Nichols



April 10




April 12

at Worcester State (2)



April 15

at MCLA (2)



April 16




April 8




April 10

at Keene State



April 12




April 18

at Framingham State (2)



April 15

at Bridgewater State



April 21




April 17

at Western Connecticut



April 23

at Keene State



April 24




April 26




April 27

at Curry



May 1

Conference Tournament


Wednesday April 23




at Mass. Maritime


April 26


April 29

MASCAC Tournament Quarterfinals


May 2

Conference Tournament



May 1

MASCAC Tournament Semifinals


May 3

Conference Tournament



May 3

MASCAC Tournament Championship


May 4

Conference Tournament



TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 - PAGE 11


WHS sweeps Athol

By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Westfield High School boys’ volleyball might have been slow out the gate at home against Athol Monday, but the Bombers soared at the end. Westfield scraped together a two-point victory in the first set en route to a 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 win over Athol. It was a back and forth first set. “We were pretty fortunate to take (that first set),” Westfield coach Tyler Wingate said. “We were a little sloppier than I would have liked, but we ended up winning that close set. It was a little bit of a wake-up call for our guys to be a little bit sharper and more on top of things.” The Bombers (3-1) claimed a seven-point win in the middle frame. “Our efficiency on offense increased, we started to get some more digs on defense, and our overall play was a little bit better,” coach Wingate said. The third set was a bit closer, but it was the same outcome.

Westfield High School’s John Bucko, rear, leaps for the block as a pair of Athol High School players attack. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield High School’s Eric Shilyuk, rear, leaps for the block during yesterday’s match against visiting Athol. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield High School’s Dan Charvet, rear, sets up for the block against visiting Athol. (Photo by

Westfield’s Isaiah Headley, left, battles an Athol player.

Frederick Gore)

Frederick Gore)

Napier brings it home for UConn

12 N.C. State 74

16 Mt. St. Mary’s 64

12 Xavier 59

First Round Dayton, Ohio

16 Cal Poly 81

11 Iowa 65

16 Texas Southern 69

11 Tennessee 78

Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Second Round

Third Round

Third Round

1 Florida 67

Sweet 16

1 Arizona 68

Sweet 16

Arizona 84


Florida 61 16 Albany (N.Y.) 55 8 Colorado 48 9 Pittsburgh 77

16 Weber State 59

Arizona 70

Florida 79

Elite Eight

Elite Eight

Florida 62

Arizona 63

8 Gonzaga 85 Gonzaga 61 9 Oklahoma St. 77

Pittsburgh 45

5 Oklahoma 75 Steph.F. Austin 60

ND St. 44

12 Steph.F. Austin 77

12 N. Dakota St. 80

Final Four

4 UCLA 76

Arlington, Texas



6 Ohio State 59

Florida 53

4 San Diego St. 73

SD St. 64

Wisconsin 73

S. Diego St. 63 13 New Mexico St. 69


6 Baylor 74


3 Syracuse 77 14 Western Mich. 53

Creighton 55

Dayton 52

7 Oregon 87

Wisconsin 64

Oregon 77

10 Stanford 58

10 BYU 68

2 Kansas 80

National Championship

Stanford 72

2 Wisconsin 75

Wisconsin 69

Wisconsin 85 15 American 35

Kansas 57

UConn 60

1 Virginia 70


Kentucky 54


9 G. Washington 66

Memphis 60

16 Cal Poly 37

Kentucky 74

Virginia 59

8 Memphis 71

8 Kentucky 56 Kentucky 78 9 Kansas State 49

Kentucky 75

MSU 54

5 St. Louis 83

5 Cincinnati 57 Spokane

12 N.C. State 80

12 Harvard 61 4 Michigan St. 93

Louisville 66 13 Manhattan 64

MSU 80

EAST North Carolina 83

UConn 63

Kentucky 74


11 Tennessee 86

Tenn. 71

Iowa State 76

3 Duke 71

3 Iowa State 93 14 N.C. Central 75

Mercer 63

Iowa State 85

7 UConn 89

7 Texas 87

Michigan 72 Texas 65

10 St. Joseph’s 81

10 Arizona St. 85

2 Villanova 73 15 Milwaukee 53

14 Mercer 78

UConn 81 Villanova 65

2 Michigan 57

Michigan 73


UConn 60 UConn 77


6 UMass 67 Tennessee 83 Raleigh

San Antonio

6 North Carolina 79 11 Providence 77

4 Louisville 71

Louisville 69

MSU 61


St. Louis 51

Harvard 73

13 Delaware 78

1 Wichita State 64 St. Louis

Wichita St. 76

Virginia 78 16 Coastal Car. 59


Stanford 60

15 Eastern Kent. 69

3 Creighton 76 14 La-Lafayette 66

Syracuse 53

7 New Mexico 53 St. Louis

11 Nebraska 60

Baylor 52

Dayton 82

San Antonio

Baylor 85

Dayton 55 11 Dayton 60


San Diego

5 VCU 75

13 Tulsa 59

Second Round

San Diego

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shabazz Napier walked slowly through the hallway of the stadium — the tears still drying, the twine from the cut-down net still hanging around his neck. “Bittersweet. Bittersweet. Bittersweet,” he said, over and over again. Bitter because it’s over. Sweet because UConn won it all after being left behind and told to go away. Napier turned in one final masterpiece as a college player Monday night, lifting the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and bringing home a championship hardly anyone not wearing a UConn uniform thought was possible. “It’s unbelievable because those guys, my players, stayed with the program,” coach Kevin Ollie said. Led by 22 points from Napier, 14 points from Ryan Boatright and strong defensive games from both, the Huskies (32-8) won it all a short year after they were barred from March Madness because of academic problems. That triggered the departure of five players, and coach Jim Calhoun left because of health concerns. For those who remained, it stoked a fire no one could put out. “You’re looking at the hungry Huskies,” Napier told the crowd and TV audience as confetti rained down. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is what happens when you banned us.” UConn never trailed in the final. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (2911) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left. But Aaron Harrison, who pulled out wins with clutch 3-pointers in Kentucky’s last three games, missed a 3 from the left corner that would’ve given the Cats the lead. Kentucky never got that close again. One key difference in a sixpoint loss: Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws — a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, including Lasan Kromah’s two to seal the game with 25.1 seconds left.

16 Albany (N.Y.) 71

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“It was a good test for us,” Wingate said. “(Athol’s) a great defensive team. They frustrated us at times but we ended up with a pretty solid effort in those second and third sets to close it out.” Several players helped spur Westfield’s victory, including John Bucko (14 kills, 3 blocks), Chris Paradis (36 assists), Eric Shilyuk (11 kills, 6 digs), and Ivan Zuev (22 digs). Notes: At every home game this season, the Westfield boys’ volleyball team will be collecting donations to benefit the local Food Bank. Every member of the team is also doing volunteer work at the Food Bank throughout the course of the high school spring season.

Michigan 79 15 Wofford 40 AP

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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

If I could do it all over again ... Dear Annie: My mother is approaching 80, and after raising three of us, she is in declining health. My brother and sister live near Mom, but I couldn’t handle big-city life, so after I married, we moved to my wife’s hometown. I don’t drive, so visiting my family always means relying on my wife, and she is perpetually late. And the drive there involves much shouting, as she blames me for our “being tardy.” She also controls the checking account and gives me a small allowance and a low-limit credit card, and I don’t have the authority to call to check the balance or raise the limit. I inherited a fair amount of money from my uncle, and my wife and I turned it into a successful business, but we work day and night. My wife decided not to have kids in order to dedicate all of our time to making money. That leaves my brother and sister to take care of all of our mother’s needs. My sister-in-law recently called and blasted me for doing so little. I knew she was right, as my brother had just accompanied the ambulance to the hospital (again) in the middle of the night. My mother recently told me that she has rewritten her will to give the bulk of her sizable estate to my sister and brother. She also said that whatever I do inherit shouldn’t go to my wife or her family. I told her to put my brother in charge of my share, because he will follow her instructions. I guess what I’m really saying is that money isn’t everything. While I enjoy the benefits of our income, I am jealous of my friends and family who have children. I’m sorry, Mom. If I could only do it all over again, I would. -- A in P Dear A.: It’s good that you recognize your siblings’ contributions, but please don’t throw up your hands and say there’s nothing you can do. You can do plenty. Why does your wife handle all the money in your household? Are you irresponsible? If not, this is controlling and could be abusive. You also allowed her to control the decision not to have children. If you don’t like these arrangements, why do you permit them to continue? Stop being a passive bystander in your own life. Get counseling and figure out what you want and how to get there. Dear Annie: I supplement my granddaughter’s education with “extras,” such as teaching her foreign languages and music. I would love to teach her cursive writing this summer. As an educator, it saddens me that this beautiful skill is being lost in the schools amidst other things deemed more important. Where does one get materials to use when teaching cursive? I imagine a lot of us would love to know. -- Grandmother Dear Grandmother: We think this is a terrific idea. While there are a number of downloadable forms online, you can also go to any school supply store for workbooks that help teach cursive. And your local library or bookstore will have suggestions and materials. All it takes is a patient teacher and a willing student. Dear Annie: After reading the letter from “Heartbroken Parents in Vermont,” I realize that I am not alone in this terrible situation. I have not heard from my daughter in more than a year. I sent emails (no response) letting her know I was thinking about her and that I’m here if she needs me. But the last time I sent an email, it bounced back. There are moments when the pain is unbearable and the worry consumes me, but I try to keep my mind busy with work. I realize that for now, this is what she wants, but it doesn’t take away the terrible ache in my heart. -- Suffering Alone in Montreal Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

HINTS FROM HELOISE DRAIN CLEANER Dear Heloise: Could you please repeat your recipe for drain cleaner? I am hoping to avoid a clog by cleaning them regularly. -- Jessica H. in Tennessee Jessica, it is a great idea to clean your drains every few weeks to help avoid a bigger problem, and I would be happy to help you with that! The recipe for drain cleaner is simple: Pour 1/2 cup or so of baking soda down the drain. Then pour 1 cup of vinegar down, and listen to the bubbling. Let sit about 15-30 minutes. Turn on the hot water for a few seconds, then run cold water for about a minute. This method will not work to unclog a sink, but if you do it regularly, it should help prevent a clog. Want my other homemade cleaning recipes? Just order my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions to get them all. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Got a little mold in your bathroom? Put hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) in a spray bottle and spray the areas of mold to clean. -- Heloise P.S.: Be sure to turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom to help remove moisture when you shower. Or at least open a window, and keep the bathroom door open after showering to let the moisture escape.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, April 8, 2014: This year you open up to new possibilities. There seems to be an element of drama mixed in with your charisma and high creativity. As of mid-July, you will be close to unstoppable in whatever you do. Think in terms of accomplishing one of your long-term dreams. If you are single, new doors open up to you, which allows different people to enter your life. You could find yourself drawn to someone you normally would not be attracted to. This experience will be an eye-opener. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy more time away together this spring. To onlookers, you will appear to be newlyweds. You certainly will be acting like it. LEO adds to the fun of nearly any situation. 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 You’ll see a definite improvement from yesterday, as far as people’s moods go. You are capable of unusual understanding, so use those skills today to help someone get past a restriction. This person will not be able to thank you enough. Tonight: Ever playful. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH Stay on top of a domestic matter, regardless of what happens. You could feel overburdened by an offer that actually could be more of a problem than a solution. You could have difficulty telling the other party “No thank you.” Start practicing. Tonight: Happy at home. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Handle a situation before it gets too overwhelming. You have a lot to do, but know that a partner will lend a hand. Express your determination by tapping into your ingenuity. Be more forthright with a child or new friend. Tonight: Out and about. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH Be aware of the costs of proceeding as you have been. Someone you care about finally will share why he or she is so irritable. You might want to express your understanding, even though you have much more to say. Avoid pushing this person away. Tonight: Out shopping. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You beam and draw positive results, especially with a legal or travel matter. Someone at a distance could play a significant role in upcoming plans. You might be feistier than you realize. Be careful with a domestic issue. Tonight: Do what makes you happy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH You might feel a little down or taken aback by a situation that surrounds you. One-on-one relating could provide important information that will allow you to make a better decision. Do not fight about a financial issue; instead, find a way to solve it. Tonight: Visit over dinner. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might want to defer to others with a personal matter right now, especially if your temper is short. Realize what is going on with your long-term goals. Use caution with money commitments. Tonight: Have a quiet chat with a close friend. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You could be concerned about a boss or parent. You often worry about this person’s judgment. Know that you can’t change the path that he or she is on. Express your acceptance, and hopefully the same attitude will be extended to you. Tonight: Count on a late night. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Reach out to someone at a distance who helps you relax and adds to your creativity. Be more forthright with how you handle a personal situation. Detach and worry less about others’ reactions. Tonight: Relax to great music. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You could see a situation arise with a partner that involves money and choices. You might feel confused about your direction and your needs. Ask questions, and you will find direction and clarity. The other party will give you powerful feedback. Tonight: Dinner for two. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH You’ll find others to be quite sure of themselves as they approach you. One-on-one relating will provide you with important information, as long as you can detach. Try to see the big picture. Investigate alternatives that sur-



round a purchase. Tonight: Sort through offers. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You have a lot to get done, and you will achieve the results you want. You could be taken aback by what a partner says, but make a point of not focusing on his or her mood. Your natural charisma will speak to others. Tonight: Put your feet up.

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The City of Westfield is seeking applicants to fill several skilled seasonal positions for the Parks and Recreation Department. Posted April 8 and will close April 22 with selections made by April. Positions $11.00 These positions are seasonal with no benefits. (Subject to funding)

HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP FUNDS As of April 9, 2014, the City of Westfield through its Office of Community Development, is accepting applications for the development of rental or homeownership projects for federal HOME Investment Partnership funds. The deadline for application for this funding round is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014. Either on or before that date, the City shall accept applications at the Office of Community Development, 59 Court Street, Westfield, MA. No applications will be accepted for this round after that date.

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2013 CHEROKEE 17ft. Wolf Pup, fully self contained camper, super light weight, pulls with 6 cylidner. Used on 4 weeks. Bathroom, queen heated bed, plus dinette, heat and hot water, AC, microwave, stove, refrigeratThe City is strongly encouraging or, TV, stereo, retrackable awndevelopers to submit small scale ing. Like new. $10,900. Southprojects. All applications must wick (774)810-0926. conform in every respect to all HOME regulations established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development 0180 Help Wanted (HUD). Applications that do not conform to HUD regulations will not be reviewed. All applicants should be aware that federal MECHANIC – Full-time fleet lead-based paint regulations will mechanic for 30 school buses apply to all projects funded un- and vans, full benefits. Valid MA CDL license and computer exder this NOFA. perience required. Please send The application format is the resume and letter of interest by ONESTOP application, the 4/22/14 to: Stephen Presnal, Commonwealth’s affordable Southwick-Tolland-Granville Rehousing application. The applic- g i o n a l S c h o o l D i s t r i c t , 8 6 ation is accessible on Mass Powder Mill Road, Southwick, Housing Investment website: MA 01077. EOE. In making funding decisions, the City will give preference to projects that redevelop foreclosed and/or distressed properties and that can demonstrate a high degree of readiness.

Developers are required to submit three copies of the following sections: Section 1: Project Description Section 2: Development Team Summary Section 3: Sources and Uses Exhibit 1: Site Information Exhibit 6: Market Information and acquisition value Exhibit 7: Marketing Plan Exhibit 10: Sales Price and Affordability (if homeownership) All applicants must be in good standing with the City of Westfield.

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BASEBALL SUPERVISORS Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Supervising children in baseball and t-ball programs. Experience working with children and thorough knowledge of baseball and T-ball preferred. Hourly rate is $11.00 a hour. Evenings and Saturday morning April-June. Flexible schedule. Previous experience preferred. All applicants must submit to a CORI/SORI (A criminal back round check) and complete the Conflict of Interest Law form. Applications are available at:

City Hall Personnel Department 59 Court Street Westfield, MA 01085 Hours are from Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Please return all applications to Personnel Dept.) Any questions, please call Jim Blascak, Interim Director at (413)5726312. The City of Westfield is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/H

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ing plastics extruder in Westfield, MA is looking for experienced extrusion operators for the 7p.m. to 7a.m. shift.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience, preferably in plastic sheet extrusion, however operators in the paper industry will be considered. This position will be responsible for the safe and controlled start up, running and shut down of the extrusion lines as well as maintenance and upkeep of the lines and supporting manufacturing equipment. Tapco International offers a competitive salary and benefits package, a clean and safe work environment, and a rotating shift schedule that allows for 3-day weekends every other week. Resumes may be submitted to:


a Division of Tapco International 44 Greif Way Westfield, MA 01085 Attn: Personnel or to: KleerPayrollContact@


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Tapco International, a growing plastics extrusion manufacturer in Westfield, Ma, Is looking for experienced machine operators for the 7pm to 7am shift. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience, as a machine operator, preferably in plastics or paper manufacturing. This position will be responsible for the safe and controlled start up, running and shut down of the extrusion lines as well as maintenance and upkeep of the lines and supporting manufacturing equipment. Tapco International offers a competitive salary and benefits package, a clean and safe work environment, and a rotating shift schedule that allows for 3- day weekends every other week.

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DRIVERS/DELIVERY. Class A, CARPENTER'S HELPER with B,&,D. Call T.J. Bark Mulch for some finish carpentry experimore details (413)569-2400. ence. Work involves various tasks related to construction projects. You should have a valid driver's license, basic hand tools, good work ethics, be dependable and willing to EXTRUDER work. Apply at: 456 OPERATORS Southampton Road, Westfield EXPERIENCED MA Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (413)568Tapco International, a grow8614.


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Immediate opening for full time Customer Service Rep for a building material company. Retail sales experience preferred. Responsible for selling, stocking, loading, unloading merchandise and driving forklift. Heavy lifting required. Drug free work environment. Great benefits include Employee Stock Ownership Plan and health and dental insurance coverage. Apply online at: Send resumes to:

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Apply in person at: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. 58 Wyoming Street Ludlow, MA 01056 (413)589-0515

Part time seasonal position for loam, mulch and stone sales yard. Small local company seeking yard person to load product for customer and to make local deliveries. Days and hours of work are Monday, Wednesday and some Fridays 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Applicants must have knowledgeable experience operating Bobcat and Loader. Good driving history and references required. Interested parties may call:

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CLASSIFIED 0265 Firewood SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood. Stacking available. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts. Call for pricing. Hollister's Firewood (860)653-4950.

0285 Wanted To Buy PAYING CASH FOR COINS, stamps, medals, tokens, paper money, diamonds and jewelry, gold and silver scrap. Broadway Coin & Stamp, 144 Broadway, Chicopee Falls, MA. (413)5949550.

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EASTER BASKETS & BAKE SALE First Congregational Church of Huntington will hold a Fundraiser Saturday, April 12th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ove r 25 E aster baskets. Dessert pies, breads, fudge and other goodies. 6 Searle Road on Norwich Hill Huntington, MA (Via Routes 66 & 112) For information call Dianne (413)667-0140

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WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. $900/month includes h e a t a n d h o t w a t e r . N o n WESTFIELD, 1st floor, 1 bedsmoking, no pets. First, last, se- room, kitchen and bath. No pets. $595/month plus electric. First, curity. (413)519-8271. last, security. Call (413)2504811. WESTFIELD 2nd floor apartment, walking distance to center of Westfield and park. 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, washer/dryer WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bedhookup, gas heat. $1,000/month room, kitchen, living room, bath, plus utilities. No pets. Off street e n c l o s e d p o r c h . N o p e t s . parking. First, last, security. Call $795/month plus utilities. First, for appointment (413)210-1059. last, security. (413)250-4811.

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ROOM TO RENT in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen and laundry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. $600/month, Westfield. (413)355-2338 or (413)5627341.

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WESTFIELD large, 1st floor, 2 bedroom apartment. Hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookups. Across the street from church, playground, school. Available May 1st. $900/month. First, last, security required. Call (860)3358377.





CARPET, LINOLEUM, CERAMIC TILE, HARDWOOD FLOORS. Sales, Service. Installation & Repairs. Customer guaranteed quality, clean, efficient, workmanship. Call Rich (413)530-7922.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years experience. Insured, reasonable prices. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625.

POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deicing cables installed. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

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

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DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Flooring/Floor Sanding Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973. A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR

JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, basements, drywall, tile, floors, suspended ceilings, restoration services, doors, windows, decks, stairs, interior/exterior painting, plumbing. Small jobs ok. All types of professional work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)364-7038.

decks and gutters. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. Call Gary Delcamp (413)569-3733.

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 !!

ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. 569-3066. (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in busiGutter Cleaning ness. RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED, REPAIRED. Antennas removed, chimChimney Sweeps neys repaired and chimney caps installed. Roof leaks repaired, vent HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. areas sealed. Sr. citizen discount. InChimney repairs and rebuilds. Stain- sured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson less steel caps and liner systems. In- Services. (413)596-8859 before 9p.m. spections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Hauling Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. #1 PHIL'S DUMP RUNS/DEMOLITION. Removal of any items in cellars, attics, etc... Also brush removal and small demDrywall olition (sheds, decks, fences, one car garages). Fully insured. Free estiT-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes- mates. Phil (413)525-2892, (413)265sional drywall at amateur prices. Our 6380. ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-8218971. Free estimates. A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard,


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scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377.

A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356.

Home & Office Cleaning CLEANING SERVICE. VERY REASONABLE - 8 years experience. We can help you keep your house in perfect condition. Satisfaction guaranteed. Free estimates. Excellent references. Call (413)455-9633.

Landscaping/Lawn Care S.E. LANDSCAPING. Lawn mowing, mulch, spring cleanups, gutter cleaning, pressure washing. Call (413)977-1105.


ABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. All brick, block, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump House Painting pumps and french drain systems inDELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for stalled. Foundations pointed and all your exterior home improvement ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERV- stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)569needs. Roofing, siding, windows, ICES-20 Years serving the Westfield 1611. (413)374-5377.

TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Tom (413)568-7036.

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R.J. FENNYERY HOME IMPROVEMENT'S. Professional roofing & siding contractor. All types of home repairs. Expert emergency leak repair. Reasonable rates. MA Lic. #CS066849. MA Reg. #149909. Call Bob (413)736-0276. RJFennyery. com

BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REMODELING.Kitchens, additions, Home Maintenance decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home Registered #106263, licensed & in- repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom reJIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior dis- sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. modeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs,

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NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768 At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're your color specialists! Brighten up your home for Spring! Get all your Roofing interior painting needs done now. ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your We paint and stain log homes. Call ROOFING needs! POWER WASH(413)230-8141. ING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof,

A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. Kendra now for a free estimate and All your carpentry needs. (413)386- decorating advice. (413)564-0223, 4606. Did your windows fail with the (413)626-8880. cold weather? Don't wait another year! Call Paul for replacement windows. KELSO FAMILY PAINTING. Filling Many new features available. Windows summer schedule for exterior painting, are built in CT. All windows installed by interior painting anytime. Call Kyle Paul, owner of Paul Maynard Con- (413)667-3395. struction. My name is on my work.

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count. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilLic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. ings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call (413)262-9314.

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

Tree Service A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log Truck Loads. (413)569-6104.

YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, caLawncare, (413)579-1639. bling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 569LAWN MOWING, Spring/Fall cleanups, hedge trimming and all your landscaping 0469. needs.(413)626-6122 or visit: CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert T&S LANDSCAPING. Highest quality, tree removal. Prompt estimates. lowest prices. Lawn mowing. Residen- Crane work. Insured. “After 34 tial\commercial. No lawns to small. years, we still work hard at being Weekly, biweekly. (413)330-3917. #1.” (413)562-3395.

PLUMLEY LANDSCAPE, INC. Call us today for all your landscape needs. Landscape design and planting, irrigation installation and repair, and complete winterization. No job too small. 35 years yard renovations. Drainage problems, profressional experience. (413)519- stump grinding, chipper service, bobcat 3251. service, gravel driveways, excavation and demolition, including getting rid of that unwanted pool. (413)862-4749.

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

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