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The Westfield News Serving Westfield, Southwick, and the surrounding Hilltowns TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013

VOL. 82 NO. 301

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Council adopts state mutual aid law

City saves buying local By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A series of municipal green energy projects recently took advantage of the services of local companies, enabling the city to save money and help the local economy. The city insisted upon the use of Mestek/ HB Smith water boilers, drywalling from Bryco Construction, electrical work from Elm Electric, and wood/millwork from Westek for these projects, chief among them repairs being made to City Hall. Multinational conglomerate Siemens oversaw the installation of 18 boilers, 14 HB Smith boilers and four additional Mestek Hydrotherms, being placed in various city buildings. “We worked on new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with Siemens,” said Paul Asselin, a service manager with Elm Electrical. “To make the buildings are more energy efficient, we installed new frequency drives, so the building’s fans won’t be on full blast all the time, and their speed can be adjusted.” “It’s been good for us. It’s been keeping people working,” he said, adding that former Westfield Vocational-Technical High School students have worked with Elm to renovate their alma mater. “We’ve also replaced windows at both buildings, to make them tighter.” When asked how Elm was able to secure the contract for the City Hall and Westfield Voc-Tech green energy projects, Asselin said that they were put up for a public bid and Elm’s low numbers and proven track record with Siemens was what got them the contract. “We’re fortunate to have the numbers we had and to be able to work with the city,” he said. “And we’ve worked with Siemens in the past, so that, plus our good numbers, did it for us.” “We have a good relationship with Siemens,” reiterated Erik Pederson of Elm Electrical. “They’re very specific and they See Buying Local, Page 3

Southwick Fire Chief Richard Anderson, foreground, checks his watch after a fire inspector activates a pull box alarm at Woodland Elementary School. Contractors have installed a talking alarm system that will verbally inform everyone of the emergency. Checking the system in the master control room. left, is Southwick Fire Inspector Ralph Vecchio and Mark Parent, foreman of Schmidt Electric. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

SFD works closely on campus overhaul By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – The Southwick Fire Department has been working almost daily at the site of the campus renovation in Southwick. The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District renovations include updates throughout Woodland Elementary and Powdermill Middle schools, as well as updates and a new wing at the high school. Since the project began over the summer, Fire Chief Richard Anderson and other inspectors have been on site almost daily. Anderson said the updates to the fire alarm system and addition of a sprinkler system will be a life-saving measure, but they require a lot

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of oversight and inspection. “We work hand in hand with Building Inspector Denis Gaido,” said Anderson. “He has been very involved with us from the beginning.” Inspectors must test alarms regularly during construction. “No matter what, they have to be working,” Anderson said. At Woodland there is a split system and Anderson said the two systems need to “talk to each other,” which involves numerous tests and inspections. “We also made sure the panels are being put in a place that is safe and accessible,” he said. See SFD, Page 3

John Cullinan, a Westfield State University Alumni executive member, left, presents a donation to Ed Fournier, executive director of the Westfield Soup Kitchen, during a brief ceremony Monday. The donation will be used for the Westfield Soup Kitchen general fund. (Photo

Gail LaGasse, right, executive director of the Westfield Salvation Army Service Center, accepts a donation from John Cullinan, a Westfield State University Alumni executive member, during a brief ceremony at the 12 Arnold Street location Monday. Proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Kettle Drive fundraiser. (Photo by Frederick

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By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The City Council voted to accept a state law that formalizes mutual aid agreements which emergency responders have had in place informally with neighboring communities for decades. The council, on a unanimous voice vote, adopted provisions of Massachusetts General Law (MGL), Chapter 40, Section 4J which extends the city’s mutual aid capability statewide. The law extends mutual aid beyond police and fire mutual aid and states: “There shall be a statewide public safety mutual aid agreement to create a framework for the provision of mutual aid assistance among the parties to the agreement in the case of a public safety incident. The assistance to be provided under the agreement shall include, but not be limited to, fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, transportation, communications, public works, engineering, building inspection, planning and information assistance, resource support, public health, health and medical services, search and rescue assistance and any other resource, equipment or personnel that a party to the agreement may request or provide in anticipation of, or in response to, a public safety incident.” Ward 1 Councilor Christopher Keefe, who as Legislative & Ordinance Committee chairman introduced the motion Thursday night, said “this just formalizes” the mutual aid agreements already in place. “It smooths out jurisdictional and financial issues,” Keefe said Monday. “If there is a forest fire and we need equipment that we don’t have, like an all-terrain pumper, but another communities does, we can borrow it and personnel to work it.” Keefe said the state law also defines liability between the host community and those providing mutual assistance for injuries to personnel or equipment damage. “It’s all spelled out in the law,” Keefe said. “The law goes into effect 30 days after the City Council President (Brian Sullivan) and Mayor (Daniel M.) Knapik sign the agreement, which should happen by the end of January.” Emergency Management Director Jim Wiggs said that the law also provides the city with a list of equipment available in other communities which have adopted the local option of the mutual aid law statewide. “The advantage is that in the event of a major emergency and we need equipment, we can get it from across the state,” Wiggs said. There is a list of equipment inventory and points of contact available to the city, much of it coordinated through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency located in Framingham, Wiggs said. “The cost of personnel and equipment is contained in guidelines already in place under MEMA policies,” Wiggs said. “Every way I’ve looked at it, there is no downside.”

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Noble VNA looks to make a difference As the colder weather quickly approaches, Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services recognizes the unmet need of hungry residents in our community, and wishes to make a small difference in the lives of some of our neighbors. During the months of November and December, the staff of Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice collected nonperishable food items in order to create gift baskets with fresh turkeys for patients and their families in need. The staff created 15 total gift baskets, which were distributed to selected patients and families in the community. The staff hopes that the gift baskets will help families who need a boost during the holiday season. David M. Mol, President and CEO, stated “We are so grateful for the continued dedication and support of our staff in this endeavor. Our agency strives to provide the utmost quality of life for our patients and their families. We hope that these gifts will enhance the lives of those patients in need.” Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit home care and hospice agency based in Westfield, Massachusetts. Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice has the mission of providing comprehensive, quality home health care and support services, for the purpose of restoring, advancing, and maximizing the level of independence to individuals and families in their place of residence. We believe that all patients will thrive in the comfort of their own home and attain the highest quality of life while respecting their need for dignity and compassionate care. The organization provides home health services and hospice care to over 1,300 patients and their families per year, primarily in their homes, throughout Hampden County in Western Massachusetts. Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice was established in 1986 and is Medicare/Medicaid certified and accredited by the Joint Commission, a health care quality-monitoring organization. For more information, please visit http://www. or call 413-562-7049.

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Judge: NC possum drop allowed to go on RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge says the annual New Year’s Eve possum drop can go on as planned in a North Carolina town. The judge says he won’t block the organizer of a mountain town’s celebration from getting a state permit allowing him to capture a possum and lower it in a cage at midnight. Attorneys for the Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court in Raleigh on Monday. The animal-welfare organization sought to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown. A PETA lawyer says the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum’s nerves and health. The state commission issued a permit Friday allowing the organizer to capture the animal. The judge ruled the show in Brasstown can go on.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2013. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve!


n Dec. 24, 1913, 73 people, most of them children, died in a crush of panic after someone falsely called out “Fire!” during a Christmas party for striking miners and their families at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Mich.

On this date: In 1524, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama — who had discovered a sea route around Africa to India — died in Cochin, India. In 1814, the War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent. In 1851, fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes. In 1863, English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, author of “Vanity Fair,” died in London at age 52. In 1865, several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tenn., called the Ku Klux Klan. In 1871, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt. In 1906, Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to transmit the human voice (his own) as well as music over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe as part of Operation Overlord. In 1951, Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the first opera written specifically for television, was first broadcast by NBCTV. In 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve telecast. In 1980, Americans remembered the U.S. hostages in Iran by burning candles or shining lights for 417 seconds — one second for each day of captivity. In 1993, the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, who blended Christian and psychiatric principles into a message of “positive thinking,” died in Pawling, N.Y., at age 95.

Ten years ago:

A roadside bomb exploded north of Baghdad, killing three U.S. soldiers in the deadliest attack on Americans to that time following Saddam Hussein’s capture. Air France canceled several flights to the United States after U.S. officials passed on what were termed “credible” security threats.

Five years ago: A man dressed in a Santa Claus suit shot his way into the Covina, Calif., home of his former in-laws and set it on fire, killing nine people (the attacker, identified as Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, committed suicide the next day). The Federal Reserve granted a request by the financing arm of General Motors to tap the government’s $700 billion res-

cue fund, bolstering GM’s ability to survive. Army Capt. Moussa Camara, the leader of a coup in Guinea, entered the country’s capital, hours after saying his group would hold power until elections in two years. Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter died in London at age 78.

One year ago: An Afghan policewoman walked into a high-security compound in Kabul and killed an American contractor, the first such shooting by a woman in a spate of insider attacks by Afghans against their foreign allies. An ex-con gunned down two firefighters in Webster, N.Y., after luring them to his suburban Rochester neighborhood by setting a car and a house ablaze, then took shots at police and committed suicide while several homes burned. Death claimed actors Charles Durning, 89, and Jack Klugman, 90.

Today’s Birthdays: Songwriter-bandleader Dave Bartholomew is 93. Author Mary Higgins Clark is 86. Federal health official Anthony S. Fauci is 73. Recording company executive Mike Curb is 69. Rock singer-musician Lemmy (Motorhead) is 68. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is 67. Actor Grand L. Bush is 58. Actor Clarence Gilyard is 58. Actress Stephanie Hodge is 57. The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is 56. Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 56. Actor Anil Kapoor is 54. Actor Wade Williams is 52. Designer Kate Spade is 51. Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 50. Actor Mark Valley is 49. Actor Diedrich Bader is 47. Actor Amaury Nolasco is 43. Singer Ricky Martin is 42. Author Stephenie Meyer is 40. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 39. Actor Michael Raymond-James (TV: “Once Upon a Time”) is 36. Rock singer Louis Tomlinson (One Direction) is 22.




Soldiers’ Home reaches 92 percent vaccination rate HOLYOKE – The Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke vaccinated 92 percent of all employees against influenza this season, establishing a new record at the home. The rate is particularly impressive considering that on average, nationwide, a little more than half of all health care providers in long-term care facilities receive flu vaccinations. According to a December report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, 62.9 percent of health care providers are vaccinated. In Massachusetts, which has the highest rate of vaccinations of all states, 58 percent of Massachusetts residents receive influenza vaccines, and 85 percent of acute care hospital workers. “We are very proud of our success and it really speaks volumes about our employees and their dedication to our health care mission in providing care to the veterans of our Commonwealth with honor and dignity in the safest possible environment,” said Paul Barabani, superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home. Vaccinations began in September. In addition to employees, the Soldiers’ Home vaccinated 96 percent of all longterm care veteran residents. An outreach campaign that included weekly bulletins, staff meetings, one-on-one discussions with employees, and a robust incentive program helped ensure strong compliance, said the home’s medical team. Most importantly, staff members at the Soldiers’ Home know that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The flu vaccination rate is, therefore, a top patient-safety goal.

“We spent considerable effort to ensure our employees understand how important the influenza vaccination is for not only the health of the veterans we are honored to care for but also for their own health and that of their families,” said Dr. David Clinton, the home’s medical director. “Our entire care team – clinical staff and non-clinical staff – know that influenza can be extremely dangerous for our elder veterans. We take the threat seriously, and I believe that was the key to such a high compliance rate.” Receiving the vaccine is critical in limiting the spread of influenza since employees at the Soldiers’ Home work in such close proximity to elder veteran residents and can readily spread the infection from patient to patient, said Kris Dziok, a registered nurse and the home’s infection preventionist. “Our employees know that adults who are 65 years of age or older are more likely to suffer flu-related complications if they get sick from influenza,” said Dziok. “For us, it’s critical for our ability to care for our veterans and the best way for us to prevent the flu from spreading.” The Soldiers’ Home also offered incentives such as the opportunity for any employee receiving the flu vaccine to enter a raffle drawing for donated prizes. For reaching 70 percent compliance, each employee who received the flu shot could pick up a Massachusetts lottery ticket. For reaching 80 and 90 percent compliance, vaccinated employees will get a chance to win an Apple iPad and a one-night stay at an area resort. The drawing takes place on Monday.

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In addition, the Home’s leadership team decided to allow staff members to opt out of receiving the flu vaccine for ethical or personal reasons, but required that those who did opt out to wear a mask when within five feet of a veteran resident for the entire flu season, which runs through March 31. The requirement applies to everyone from housekeeping, dietary, and administrative staff to nurses and doctors. “We pride ourselves in how closely everyone works with our veterans each and every day,” said Dziok. “There is therefore a considerable opportunity for potential exposure to influenza, which is why we take this so seriously.” The flu resulted in 381,000 hospitalizations across the nation last season, according to the December CDC report. More than 6.6 million illnesses were prevented last season due to the flu vaccine. Typically flu season in New England begins in November, increases in January, and peaks in February or early March. It takes about 10 days for a person who has been vaccinated to develop effective resistance against the flu. For more information about the flu, visit Established in 1952, the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is a state-operated and fully accredited health care facility serving Veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Soldiers’ Home offers veterans quality health care, including full-time residential accommodations, an on-site dental clinic, a veterans’ assistance center, and a multiservice outpatient department.




Westfield on-street snow parking bans WESTFIELD — A reminder to motorists that the city of Westfield has a snowstorm on-street parking ban ordinance during plowable snowstorms. • The ordinance states that it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to park such vehicle on any city street from the beginning of a snow storm until after the storm ceases, and the plowing has been completed on the streets, unless such period is extended by order of the mayor or superintendent of public works or their designee. • To assist motorists with compliance of the city’s snowstorm parking ban ordinance, a parking ban will be ordered. Motorists must obey the order and not park on the streets until it is lifted, or until the storm ceases and the plowing has been completed on the street in question, otherwise they will be subject to towing, and a parking violation. • When a snowstorm is anticipated to begin during the night, motorists who park their vehicles overnight on the street should move their vehicles off the street prior to retiring for the night. • Compliance with the city’s snow parking ban order will permit city streets to be efficiently plowed, and prevent motorists from receiving parking violations. • Motorists may call the following offices for confirmation of an on-street parking ban order: Police Dept. – 413-562-5411 – ext 8 Public Works – 413-572-6267 Parking Clerk – 413-572-6202 – press 2 • Announcement of an on-street parking ban is reported by the following: • Local cable access channel 15 •TV stations WWLP 22, WGGB 40 and CBS 3 • Local radio stations, WMAS, WHYN, WNNZ.

SFD Continued from Page 1 Anderson said he is extremely happy the schools will all Anderson said the department inspects buildings throughout have sprinklers. town annually to ensure they are up to code and the alarm “Last year there were over 150 fires in schools across systems are in place. While conducting the inspections at town Massachusetts, so having that sprinkler system in the next few businesses, the SFD also works on pre-plan maps. years is a hug thing for us,” Anderson said. “All our children “The daytime staff is working on pre-plans on community will be protected in school with sprinklers.” structures,” said Anderson. “We are working on having the The new alarms and sprinklers will bring the three schools maps on laptops.” up to code. Until they are complete, the SFD is working with The maps will give firefighters knowledge of a building staff on evacuation routes, which have changed to accommo- before entering it when responding to a call. date renovations. Anderson said there are pre-plans for the schools as well.

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Mass. mom, boyfriend in court over missing boy FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mother and her boyfriend are due in court as police and relatives continue searching for the woman’s 5-year-old son. Elsa Oliver of Fitchburg is charged with reckless endangerment of a child and being an accessory after the fact. Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a child. They’re being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

Oliver’s son, Jeremiah, was last seen by relatives in September and is feared dead. Authorities learned about the boy’s disappearance only recently. Oliver and Sierra are due in Fitchburg District Court n today. The Telegram & Gazette ( ) reports that police are contacting area tattoo parlors about a tattoo of a butterfly on Oliver accompanied by the date Sept. 25, 2013.

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This is in response to the letter to the editor written by Steve Dondley. I would like to know if you filed a complaint in June or not. It looks as though one paragraph states that you did not and the next paragraph states that you did. Also, if Mr. Flaherty asked the law department if what he was doing was legal and they gave him the thumbs up, I think that we have a problem in the law department. You also speak of being forwarded emails that you constitute as hard evidence. Who forwarded these emails to you? Does the public have access to the emails of all the councilors without having to go the FOIA route? I spoke to you in the summer face to face while you were running for a city council position yourself. I was clear to me that you were no fan of Mr. Flaherty. In your letter you speak of all the councilors but you call Mr. Flaherty by name. I knew of the open meeting laws to some extent and I want to thank you for teaching me more. I also want to commend you for keeping an eye on this issue for all the citizens but I hope this is not just a personal issue that you can expand to encourage others to have the same thoughts as you do toward Mr. Flaherty. Like him or not, I believe that he is good in his own right at trying to keep money in my pocket as opposed to going to taxes. In the the online versions of Dan Moriarty’s stories on this topic there are links to the letter from the Attorney General regarding the complaint made this summer. http://thewestfieldnews. com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/OML-2013-183-WestfieldCity-Council-1.pdf Hello! Just to let people know I won $7,000 tonight. All I had to do was give them my credit card number, bank account number and my social security number. Of course I said “Oh! Thank you! But I didn’t enter a contest.” And I hung up. So please tell people that there is a scam here in Westfield going on, OK? Thank you very much. Westfield and Holyoke do not technically border Springfield but MGM is negotiating with Holyoke for a surrounding casino agreement, so I ask why is Westfield not negotiating for its share of a casino proposal or is there something not being said in the secret city of Westfield? Thank you for taking this call. When we inquired earlier this month, Community Development Director Peter Miller was planning to meet with City Solicitor Sue Philips to discuss this. If something came of that discussion, he would be in touch with us. Steve Dondley sounds like a disgruntled sore loser. He’s complaining about one of the most open, honest, communicative city councilors I’ve ever seen. Any citizen can file open meeting law violation complaints. I have been following the City Councils attempts to try to lower our tax increases. The City has to slow down their spending to be more in touch with the general growth rate of its tax base. The economy is not growing as planned with the city’s current spending levels and spending must be adjusted downward. I believe we took on too much spending on the downtown without considering the long term requirement to maintain this massive implementation of downtown infrastructure improvements. The numbers in revenue growth are just not there to sustain such a spending increase. The city is going to have to throttle back their spending requirements accordingly. If City government is to continue their spending increases then maybe they should consider a per capita user tax for every man woman and child in the city. The home owners and business owners cannot be expected to fund this exorbitant rate of spending anymore. Join the conversation, email @



On Friday, November 8th, Julia Sottile, a senior English major at Westfield State University, received the 2013 Dickens Scholarship Award at the Gerald Charles Dickens performance held at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School. (Photo submitted)

Westfield State student awarded 2013 Dickens Scholarship Award WESTFIELD — On Friday, November 8th, Julia Sottile, a senior English major at Westfield State University, received the 2013 Dickens Scholarship Award at the Gerald Charles Dickens performance held at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School. The scholarship was established through the vision and generosity of five local business men and awarded for the first time this year. Michael Knapik, Director for Advancement and Community Relations at Westfield State University, presented the $750 scholarship award on behalf of the Westfield State Foundation. Sottile also received a copy of A Christmas Carol presented by actor and producer Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-grandson of author Charles Dickens. To be considered for the 2013 Dickens Scholarship Award, students had to submit a 500-word essay reflecting on the themes in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and how they are relevant to their own life experiences and personal development. In addition to the quality and originality of the essay, students’ overall academic achievement was also considered in the selection process. Emily Todd, chair of WSU’s English department, spoke highly of Sottile’s essay. “She really is a fabulous first winner for this award. She related to the novel in new ways, and her essay was quite moving.” In her essay, Sottile relates her upbringing to the challenges the Cratchit family faces in A Christmas Carol: “I do not regret my limited possessions, for I can focus on those around me instead. I do not resent those who spend money freely and value material things. Instead, I am content in knowing that, as the Cratchit family did, love, gratitude, and kindness toward others is infinitely more rewarding than anything money can buy.” If you would like to donate to the Dickens Scholarship for Literature, donations can be sent to Westfield State Foundation, PO Box 1630, Westfield, MA 01086-1630.

Julia Sottile In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a powerful message of appreciation is developed throughout. By being forced by the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future to see life in different perspectives, Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed from a greedy, bitter man to a charitable and kind individual. The novella’s main character sees the lives of those less fortunate than him financially and sees himself as a young boy with the strong values he had since lost. Furthermore, he becomes privy to what those around him think of him. In the first chapter of the story, Scrooge’s nephew greets him with a pleasant countenance, questioning how he can be so grumpy at that time of year. Scrooge is equally confused by his nephew’s joy: “Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough,” to which he is asked in response, “Come, then…What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.” Already, it is hinted at that happiness does not come from monetary gain or security. Growing up in a family of six in a tiny house, swallowed by debt, there was a lot to be worried about, even during the holiday season. Unlike most children, I dreaded getting Christmas presents because I knew my parents could not afford them. I could only ever think of what they were sacrificing. To this day, I still struggle with the guilt brought on by receiving gifts, a side-effect of my upbringing. However, I always adored the holiday season. What I loved, though, was the intangibles, the moments more massive in importance than could ever fit in a stocking. I looked forward to bickering about which Christmas tree would look best in our home, how badly we sang along with the holiday songs, decorating sugar cookies, and reciting all the lines of the classic movies. I loved how my family would bundle up in the living room, filling the house with laughter and warmth. When my dad moved out and suddenly it was just my mom supporting the family, the truly important things in life became even clearer to me. She had four jobs, still does, and yet was so good to everyone. In this way, she reminds me of Tiny Tim. No, she is not physically impaired, nor is she ill. She is comparable to the character in that she has been dealt so much adversity, yet her kindness still shines through. She is the most selfless person I have ever known. While she could not buy me fancy things or take me on trips, every moment she was not working, she was showing her love through spending time with us. From her, I learned all of my values about how to treat others and appreciate what I have. I would be lying if I said that I never feel bitter about not being well off financially. There are many situations where I miss opportunities because I cannot afford to do what others can. I know I will spend much of my life stressed about having the money to get by, just as my mother does. Sometimes, it hurts. However, I do not regret any of it. During his enlightening experience, Scrooge asserts, “Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ’em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.” I don’t need to be rich to have something to offer to the world. I have plenty. Ultimately, I do not regret that tiny living space without any privacy. I am closer to my family than a lot of other people are because of it. I do not regret my limited possessions, for I can focus on those around me instead. I do not resent those who spend money freely and value material things. Instead, I am content in knowing that, as the Cratchit family did, love, gratitude, and kindness toward others is infinitely more rewarding than anything money can buy.

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Dear Editor— I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? Virginia O’Hanlon Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in

fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.


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Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found. The nationally representative survey shows fathers’ involvement has increased since the government first asked in 2002, coinciding with research since then that bolsters the benefits of hands-on fathering. The results are encouraging and important “because others See Dad Myths, Page 7

In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, file photo, Matt Redmond, 3, and his father, Mike, ride a sled down a hill after an overnight snowfall in Baltimore. According to a government survey released on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, the detached dad is mostly a myth. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found. The nationally representative survey shows fathers’ involvement has increased slightly since the government first asked in 2002, coinciding with research since then that bolsters the benefits of hands-on fathering. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


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Heart woes can spike this time of year LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — ‘Tis the season — for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year. It’s not just a Western phenomenon; recent research in China found the same thing. The increase includes fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and a less serious condition dubbed “holiday heart syndrome” — an irregular heartbeat caused by too much booze. Reasons for the seasonal increase are uncertain. Theories include cold weather, overindulgence and stress. “The other day we had three heart attacks come in within four hours,” said Dr. Charles Davidson, chief of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s cardiac catheterization services. The hospital’s usual rate is two or three a week. American Heart Association spokesman Dr. Richard Stein, a cardiologist at New York University’s medical center, said most studies investigating holiday heart trends have found a statistical increase in heart attacks and other problems — not a giant surge but worth noting just the same. It happens in cold climates, sometimes when sedentary people or those with heart disease take on too much snow shoveling, or spend too much time outdoors. Cold weather can constrict arteries, increasing demand on the heart, he said, But it also happens in warm places. Flu season coincides with winter holidays and Stein said that might be a factor since the virus can cause inflammation that also can stress the heart.

In this Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dr. Jason Cabler and his wife, Angie, get ready for a holiday party at their home in Hendersonville, Tenn. Dr. Cabler, 46, suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day in 2012 while lifting weights in the exercise room in their home. Studies indicate heart troubles, including fatal heart attacks, spike this time of year, especially on Christmas and New Year’s. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Stein recommends the usual preventive advice, including flu shots, avoiding excessive eating and drinking, and getting enough exercise throughout the season. David Phillips, a sociologist at the University of California’s San Diego campus, has long studied when people die. His research, based on millions of death certificates nationwide, shows that cardiac deaths including fatal heart attacks increase almost 5 percent on Christmas Day, the day after and on New Year’s Day. Deaths from other causes also increase at holiday time, but not as much, he has found. Phillips estimates that there are 2,000 extra deaths each year, mostly from heart-relat-

ed problems, linked with Christmas and New Year’s. He says hospitals’ holiday staffing is a factor, with fewer doctors and nurses working and the most senior employees often on vacation. Also, he said, in the rush leading up to the holidays, people tend to ignore symptoms and put off going to the doctor — which can be dangerous if heart problems or other serious illnesses are brewing. His advice? Head to the emergency room with lifethreatening symptoms such as chest pain, unexplained falls, numbness or tingling. But for non-emergencies and elective surgeries, you might want to consider holding off until hospital staffing is back to nor-

mal. Nashville dentist Jason Cabler fell victim last year. After opening presents on Christmas morning with his wife and two teens, Cabler headed downstairs to lift weights in his basement gym when he started to feel a little odd, including tightness in his chest. “I said, ‘I’m just having an off day, I’ll just work through it,’” he recalled. But when his symptoms got worse, he climbed upstairs and asked his son to drive him to the hospital. By then he was feeling nauseous and sweating profusely. Ten minutes later he was in a hospital emergency room. Doctors diagnosed a See Heart Attack, Page 7

New ALLERGY Study: Nuts in pregnancy do not raise allergy risk MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer A new study gives reassurance that women who eat nuts or peanut butter during pregnancy are not raising the risk that their children will have nut allergies. Kids whose moms ate nuts most often were actually less likely to have problems consuming them, researchers found. Peanut allergies are on the rise and affect up to 2 percent of the population in the United States and other Western countries. Women were once advised to avoid nuts in pregnancy to avoid triggering allergies in their offspring, but that advice was later rescinded. Studies went back and forth, and some even suggested that avoiding nuts during pregnancy increased a child’s chances of being allergic to them. The new research supports that theory. It involves more than 8,000 children born to female nurses in a long-running U.S. study that periodically asked questions about diet and health habits. Doctors and tests confirmed that 140 children had allergies to peanuts or tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds or pecans. Fiftyeight had mothers who were allergic to nuts, and 82 did not. Looking at this second group, researchers found that children whose moms ate nuts at least five times a month were 69 percent less likely to have nut allergies than those whose moms rarely ate nuts. “Our study adds to the evidence that early exposure to allergens might be a way that you induce tolerance,” but is not the kind of research that can prove cause and effect, said Dr. Michael Young, a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School Merry Christmas from and Children’s Hospital Boston. He led the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. A big caveat: Researchers had no information on fathers’ nut allergies, which could pass to a child. Allergies can be inherited, “but the maternal component seems to be more 78 Franklin St. 303A Springfield St. Agawam, MA Westfield, MA relevant” than the father’s genes, Young said. 413-562-5988 413-786-6988 In any case, the results support the advice that women WALK-INS WELCOME should not restrict their diets in pregnancy unless they are MEN • WOMEN •CHILDREN allergic to nuts, Dr. Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern University wrote in a commentary in the journal. (Free wash with every haircut) Peanuts are a good source of protein and folic acid, which helps prevent certain birth defects, Gupta noted. “MothersTuesday Senior Discount $9.00 to-be should feel free to curb their cravings with a dollop of Perm, Haircut Color & peanut butter!” Highlights The Food Allergy Research and Education, a New YorkO $ based nonprofit group that advocates for people with aller00 off R gies and gets some funding from industry sources, sponsored off WITH COUPONWITH COUPONthe work but had no role in designing or running the study. EXP 1/31/14 EXP 1/31/14



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Heart Attack Continued from Page 6 heart attack and implanted two stents to open blocked artery. Cabler was just 45, had always been healthy and active, so the diagnosis was a surprise. So was learning about the possible seasonal connection. Now he says the stress of running around buying gifts and braving holiday crowds might have been a factor. Doctors also found he had high cholesterol and triglycerides, prescribed medicine and recommended cutting down on fat and sugar. Cabler said he’s trying to cut the stress this holiday season — buying fewer gifts and spending more time at home. “We’re keeping it a little more low-key,” he said. Then there’s “holiday heart syndrome,” a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation brought on by too much alcohol. It involves irregular contractions in the heart’s upper two chambers that patients often

feel as palpitations, a funny fluttery sensation in the chest, or chest pain. It’s like the heart’s rhythm has gone “haywire,” according to a report last year in the Harvard Heart Letter. “People who come in with this, they’re shocked that it happened,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a heart specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and editor-in-chief of the Harvard Heart Letter. Many aren’t chronic drinkers and “may not realize that excess drinking at the annual Christmas party has its own risks,” he said. The condition typically happens in otherwise healthy adults, and resolves within 24 hours, though teens aren’t immune. Medical literature includes a “holiday heart” report from doctors at Miami Children’s Hospital involving a 16-year-old boy who developed atrial fibrillation after a drinking bout — his blood alcohol level was slightly higher than the legal limit.

Dad Myths Continued from Page 6 have found the more involved dads are, the better the outcomes for their children,” said researcher Jo Jones of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. She coauthored the report released Friday. More academic success, fewer behavior problems and healthier eating habits are just some of the ways fathers’ involvement has been linked with children’s well-being. “Times have changed,” said Robert Loftus, 34, of Yonkers, N.Y. He quit a sixfigure sales job a year ago to care for his two young children while his wife works full time. “We’re trying to rethink our priorities and family seems to be the No. 1 priority whereas in the past maybe people were more focused on career.” The results build on volumes of research showing changes in the American family since the baby boom years and before, when women were mostly stay-at-home moms and dads were the major breadwinners. As those roles shifted, so did the view that moms are the only nur-

turers. University of Chicago sociologist Jennifer Bellamy, who also studies fathering, said some old stereotypes persist, “that dads are sort of the copilots in their families,” absent or less involved than moms. But she said the survey confirms that fathers “are quite involved in a variety of different and important ways.” The study involved nearly 4,000 fathers aged 15 to 44 who were interviewed in person between 2006 and 2010. One caveat: They self-reported their involvement, without input from their partners or others. Most men were married or living with a partner. Key findings among fathers living with children younger than 5: —9 in 10 bathed, diapered, helped them use the toilet or get dressed at least several times weekly. —Even higher numbers played with them and ate meals with them that often. —Almost 2 out of 3 read to them at least several times weekly. Among dads living with kids aged 5-18:

—More than 9 out of 10 ate meals with them at least several times weekly and talked with them about what happened during the kids’ day that often. —Almost 2 out of 3 helped with homework several times weekly. —About half took their kids to or from activities that often. Overall, almost 90 percent of dads said they thought they were doing at least a good job of fathering. The researchers noted that during the study years, 45 percent of U.S. men — 28 million — aged 15 to 44 had a biological child. About the same number had a biological, adopted or non-related child living with them or an adopted or biological child living elsewhere. Survey questions were based on whether dads were living with their biological or unrelated kids, or apart. Most lived with their kids. Not surprisingly, men who didn’t were less involved with parenting activities. Even so, several times weekly, at least 1 in 5 still managed to help bathe, diaper, dress, eat or play with their kids.

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Fathers of older children were generally less involved than those with kids younger than 5 but that’s at least partly due to the changing nature of parenting as children mature. The survey suggests black fathers may be more involved than whites or Hispanics with some activities, including homework, but Jones downplayed racial differences and said some were not statistically significant. Men with at least some college education were generally more involved with their kids than less educated fathers. The CDC did a similar survey in 2002 that showed slightly less father involvement. Previous CDC surveys relied only on mothers’ responses about family life so aren’t comparable. A national parenting survey by University of Maryland researchers found that in 2000, married U.S. fathers spent about two hours weekly interacting with their kids

aged 18 and younger, more than double the time spent in 1965. Dr. David Hill, a Wilmington, N.C., pediatrician and author of “Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro,” said the survey echoes what he’s seen among his patients’ fathers. Increasingly, fathers rather than mothers take their kids to the doctor, he said. Some “are anxious about changing a diaper,” he said, but the study offers reassuring evidence “that everybody’s doing this.”

Men weren’t asked about employment, or whether they were stay-at-home dads, who still are rare though their ranks have increased. Census numbers show almost 190,000 nationwide last year versus 93,000 in 2000. Those numbers only include men whose wives have been employed for at least one year Loftus, the New York stayat-home dad, said he feels lucky to be able to be such a hands-on father. “I’m doing the most important job in the world,” he said.

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Noble Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Program receives donation from Luso Federal Credit Union WESTFIELD, MA - Noble Hospital is happy to announce a donation of $3,600 from Luso Federal Credit Union to the Comprehensive Breast Program.For the fifth straight year as part of its annual International Credit Union celebration, Luso Federal Credit Union and its members generously contribute to local breast cancer research. During October 2013, Luso sponsored various fundraising efforts to raise money for breast cancer research including holding a Dough Raiser at Uno’s on Boston Road in Springfield, MA, selling Taste of Western MA coupon books, selling member-designed t-shirts, and accepting donations for its calendar of “Thanks”giving. On behalf of its members and community supporters, Luso is pleased to present a check for $3,600 to the Comprehensive Breast Program at Noble in the hopes that one day this disease-which touches nearly everyone in some way-may be eradicated. The Pink WAY (Women Around You) is a breast cancer support group that meets monthly at Noble Hospital. This year’s 4th annual

Breast Cancer Event dinner dance raised $11,000 for the Comprehensive Breast Program at Noble Hospital. If you would like more information about The Pink WAY or Noble’s Comprehensive Breast Program, please visit Noble Hospital is proud to be your community hospital. Noble Hospital is 97 bed community-based hospital located in Westfield, Massachusetts. The employees of Noble Hospital are committed to a CARES philosophy - treating the community with Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Satisfaction. Noble Hospital has achieved the highest overall patient satisfaction scores in the Pioneer Valley region according to HCAHPS/Press Ganey inpatient satisfaction survey data for the last year. For more information, please visit www. For more information on Noble Hospital (L-R) Allison Gearing-Kalill, VP of Community Development at Noble Hospital; Maureen events or press releases, please contact the Ender, The Pink WAY (Noble’s breast cancer support group); Sharon Dufour, Luso Federal Community Development Office at info@ Credit Union; Dr. Steven Schonholz, Director of the Comprehensive Breast Program at or 413-568-2811 x5520. Noble Hospital; Robyn Hersey, The Pink WAY; Leonor Salvador, The Pink WAY.

Vets return to streets to reach the homeless KEVIN FREKING Associated Press CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights. Now, he has a family, a home and a job — helping homeless veterans get off the streets, like he did. Dyer is part of a team of veterans, some formerly homeless themselves, that the state of Massachusetts has hired to get veterans off the streets in the Boston area. Typically, they spend one day a week roaming the city's storefronts, alleys and shelters, which is what he was doing one recent morning outside Boston's South Station. "I guess you could call this my home for about a month," he reminisced. The rest of the week is spent making sure those who have found housing are staying the course. The Veterans Affairs Department, which funds the effort, is considering doubling the size of the team in the coming year. President Barack Obama's administration has pledged to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. And while the rate has been dropping, time is running short. So communities such as Boston are aggressively hitting the streets with offers of housing, treatment and hope. Using formerly homeless veterans such as Dyer and team leader Christopher Doyle helps them make inroads with a community that often is distrustful of people who haven't experienced what they've been through. "When they say, 'Oh, you don't know what I'm talking about,' I can say, 'Yeah, I do, because I was there myself,'" said Doyle, who at one point lived in a VA homeless shelter with about 180 other veterans before landing a job with the state. ——— James Harrington appears to be one of the program's success stories. Harrington estimates that he was homeless for nearly a dozen years. At first, he said, he lived in vacant apartment complexes that were under construction. Then he spent most of his nights at Logan International Airport. He arrived at his new one-bedroom apartment in February with nothing but his door keys and a backpack. It took him about a month to get used to the feeling that he could stay — if he wanted to. "You're so used to living so many years in someone else's domain," said Harrington, 66, an Army veteran who served stateside during the Vietnam War. "There was this expectation that someone's going to be coming through the door because they really own the place that you're in." Harrington takes great pride in turning his new apartment into a home. He found a couple of Ethan Allan end tables that neighbors were going to throw away. Carly Brown, a VA social worker, drove him to a local furniture bank where he picked out a sofa and a bed. And Doyle chipped in as well, giving him an RCA television. Now just look at the place, Harrington beams. "Where are you going to find something better than this?" said Harrington. "You're not." A voucher from the federal government pays $981 of the veteran's monthly rent. He uses his Social Security and a VA pension to pay another $221 himself. Doyle checks on him weekly to make sure he's OK. "I sometimes just talk to him about the last movie he watched," Doyle said. "It's to show I have an interest in his life." Doyle said he believes that regular visits from a fellow veteran make it harder for his clients to give up and go back to their old life. "It's easy to put someone into an apartment, but it's not as easy to keep them in one," Doyle said. "A lot of these guys do have mental

In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 photo, homeless Korean War veteran Thomas Moore, 79, adjusts his hat while wrapped in a blanket on a sidewalk in Boston. Moore, who said he accidentally killed his best friend with a phosphorous grenade during one firefight and spent months afterward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, also said he has no interest in getting a government-subsidized apartment. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

health issues or substances abuse issues. Sometimes, that's the reason they do the right thing because they know I'm going to come see them." ——— The federal government estimates that the homeless rate among veterans has dropped by about 25 percent in the past three years, but nearly 58,000 veterans remain on the streets or in temporary shelters on any given night. "I have said from the beginning, the climb will get steeper the closer we get to the summit," Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said earlier this year in Washington. "All the easy cases will have been housed. In the end, we will have the toughest, most difficult cases to solve — some prior failures, some behavioral problems, even some serious mental health issues." VA officials point to Boston as a model for what can be done when local and federal organizations work together. Their focus is to get chronically homeless veterans into a house or apartment as soon as possible instead of putting them into temporary or emergency shelters for months at a time. Then, once the vet gets into a house, officials arrange the support services the veteran will need to stay there, such as substance abuse counseling and job training. Typically, the federal government pays most of the cost for the home through a voucher. Local officials and nonprofits also help coordinate the support services that are, again, mostly paid for through the VA. "When you put housing as the priority, the treatment and everything else comes along in a much more effective way because they're getting their most basic needs met first," said Vincent Kane, director of the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, which conducts policy analysis and research. "They're not worried where their next meal is coming from or what roof will be over their head that night." To estimate the number of homeless veterans, the federal government relies on an annual count that takes place in January. Thousands of volunteers, government employees and nonprofit workers search their local streets, parks and shelters in an effort to count the number of homeless people. The latest count in Boston estimated 458 homeless vets on any given night in 2013, a drop of 15 percent over the past three years. That's not as steep as the national drop, but VA officials in Massachusetts said that's partly because their outreach efforts have helped them find homeless people who previously would have gone uncounted. Kane said veterans are key members of its homeless outreach teams in communities such as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Denver. ——— Doyle and Dyer met each other at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Doyle, who served in the Army during the first Gulf War, overheard Dyer speaking about his experiences in Afghanistan and decided to approach him and offer a friendly ear. Dyer had drug problems before he entered the Army. After his discharge, Dyer said, his

drug use intensified. "It's just so much easier to use, you think, because you've totally given up on yourself," he said. "You've given up on life. You're pretty much pissed that you woke up." His health went downhill and he eventually was hospitalized with kidney failure. He woke up to find his father sitting next to his bed. Dyer said he saw how badly he was hurting his family and resolved that his spiral was over. Doyle, meanwhile, kept tabs on Dyer's progress and eventually asked him to join the veterans' homeless team. Dyer said the job helps him stick with his recovery. "If you're not out there helping somebody, the chances of staying in recovery and staying clean, really, aren't that good," he said. "I found that out personally." ——— Most of the team's clients have drug and alcohol issues that require counseling and treatment. Harrington said he's never had a problem with drugs or alcohol and said his problems were financial. He said in recent years he spent most of his nights at the airport. At dawn, he'd head over to the Boston Public Library. One night, an airport worker brought in a social worker from the VA to talk to him. The VA helped him get a pension to supplement his Social Security. It also helped him land a government voucher. He marveled at the support he's received. "They had a whole team of support people, like, if you need furniture, they get you furniture. If you need food, they'll bring food to you," Harrington said. But other cases are much tougher — the chronic homeless that Shinseki referred to. At Boston's Emmanuel Church, Bryant Draycott says he's been told he is No. 5 on the list to get a government voucher that would let him live in an apartment. The Navy veteran said he'll take help, but only on his terms.

"I'm the vet. They're not," he said. "You want to give me a room? You want to give me an apartment? OK, I'll stay there for at least a couple of days. I'll give it a try for a week. If I don't like it, I'll tell you what you can do with it." And another thing, don't use the word homeless in his presence. "To me, personally, I hate that word. I refuse to use the term homeless. With me, I'm on vacation." Draycott estimates that he's been on vacation for about eight years. "And loving every minute of it," he said. ——— Then there's Thomas Moore, 79, who has no interest in getting a government-subsidized apartment. He said he was willing to accept a blanket from the social workers who visit him, but when they broach the idea of housing, "I try in a kind way to back off." He demonstrates just how difficult it will be for the Obama administration to reach its goal, despite all the assurances that it's on track. Sitting on the sidewalk a block from Boston's most luxurious shopping boutiques, Moore described having a "nervous breakdown" as a 17-year-old serving on the front lines in Korea. He said he feels responsible for the death of his best friend during one firefight and spent months afterward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He said he underwent numerous shock treatments. When he gets tired of living on the street, he said, he'll rent a cheap hotel room for a month. "There's something about the rough edge of living out here that distracts me from my inner life," Moore said. Despite Moore's insistence that he doesn't want their help, the veterans' homeless team doesn't plan to quit asking him if he's changed his mind. "You don't know when it's going to be that day when somebody says I'm done living like this and accepts the help," Dyer said.

In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 photo, Dave Dyer, a Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services peer specialist, speaks with a reporter at a homeless shelter in Cambridge, Mass. Dyer is one of seven formerly homeless vets that the state of Massachusetts has hired to work with the homeless in the Boston area. Typically, they spend one day a week roaming the city’s streets and shelters to make contact and provide assistance to homeless veterans. Fellow outreach team leader Christopher Doyle, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)





The Westfield Bombers try to get their offense going against a stout Chicopee Comp defense Monday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield’s Chris White, right, attempts a jump shot over a fast-approaching defender. (Photo by Chris Putz)

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CHICOPEE – The Westfield High School boys’ basketball team has hit a road block of sorts. Westfield fell to the host Chicopee Comp Colts 61-35 Monday to fall to 1-3. The Bombers, who graduated 10 seniors and are playing with an entirely new starting five, committed 21 turnovers. “We took a couple of steps back,” Westfield coach Bill Daley said. “We have a young group of guys who had been getting better. Today was not one of those days.” Chicopee Comprehensive moved the ball well, and converted a decent percentage of shots.

The Colts opened the game on a 13-2 run, led 20-12 after one quarter, and reeled off the last seven points of the first half and the first seven points of the third quarter. Westfield was coming off a 65-57 loss to Medford Saturday, a game in which the Bombers turned over the ball 28 times. “We need to get better,” coach Daley said. “We’re going to keep plugging away.” Smith Voke 55, St. Mary 23 Sam Thresher scored a team-high 11 points to lead St. Mary.

St. Mary guard Bryce Kibbe, left, battles a pair of Smith Vocational defenders during the third period St. Mary senior Brendon MicKclay, center, battles a Smith of last night’s game. (Photo by Vocational defender during last night’s game in Westfield. Frederick Gore)

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Bombers’ Manny Golob attempts a free throw. (Photo by Chris Putz)

St. Mary senior guard Sam Thresher, right, leaps to the outside for the shot as a pair of Smith Vocational defenders attempt the block. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

St. Mary eighth-grader Jake Butler looks for the net as a Smith Vocational defender, rear, moves in for the block during last night’s game at Westfield Middle School South. (Photo by Frederick Gore

Kline scores, injured for WHS

Dowers’ bros power Gators

Gateway’s Calvin Dowers, center, battles for the rebound during last night’s game against visiting McCann Tech in Huntington. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

HUNTINGTON – The Dowers brothers are proving to be quite super on the hardwood this winter. Curtis Dowers and Calvin Dowers combined for 51 points to help power Gateway to a 68-53 home win over McCann Tech Monday night. Curtis pumped in 30 points, had six assists and five steals; Calvin finished with 21 points and six assists. Justin Edinger (7 points, 8 rebounds) and Mike Arel (5 points, 10 rebounds) also played well for the Gators. “It was a pretty competitive game up until the third quarter,” Gateway coach Mike O’Connell said. “But we had a great third quarter.” The Gators outscored McCann Tech by nine points to take a commanding lead en route to the double-digit victory. McCann Tech’s Shane Fuller also scored 30 points, converting three 3-pointers and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.

WESTFIELD – Westfield senior Greg Kline scored one goal before suffering a likely season-ending injury in the Bombers’ 2-0 win over the Longmeadow Lancers Saturday. Kline was injured upon crashing into the boards against the Lancers. He was transported to Noble Hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg. Mike Santinello also scored for the Bombers, who return to action Thursday against Agawam at the Olympia in West Springfield at 8:30 p.m. Gateway’s Curtis Dowers, left, leaps for the net as McCann Tech’s Collin Racette, rear, watches during the first period of Monday night’s game. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Gateway’s Mike Arel, rear, leaps for the shot as a pair of McCann Gateway’s Jake Merritt, rear, attempts to dribble past McCann Tech’s Renmer Vincent during last night’s game in Huntington. (Photo by Frederick Gore) Tech defenders look for the block. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Rams roll over Pioneers THREE RIVERS – The Southwick-Tolland Regional High School girls’ basketball team enjoyed another victory. McKenzie Sullivan and Morgan Harriman scored 16 points apiece to lead Southwick past host Pathfinder, 50-35, Monday. Katelyn Sylvia chipped in nine for the Rams. “The shooting for Southwick was very good,” Southwick assistant coach Rick Harriman said. The Rams shot better than 50 percent from the field. JUNIOR VARSITY Southwick 35, Pathfinder 12 Bri Bourassa and Haley Parker scored eight points apiece, and Sam Peruse added six points for Southwick. The Rams’ defense smothered the Pathfinder Pioneers throughout the entire game.

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Westfield State University hold clinic for Olympic hopefuls WESTFIELD – The Westfield State University women’s basketball team recently held a clinic for Westfield area children and adults with developmental disabilities. The

skills clinic was coordinated by WSU women’s basketball head coach Andrea Bertini and Mary Paquette, the community liaison for Multicultural Community Services

(MCS). MCS is an agency that helps children and adults with developmental disabilities, and it has worked with colleges over the years on different programs. Under Coach Bertini’s direction, the women’s basketball team held a short skills clinic for the MCS clients, who were able to interact with WSU team members during and after the

session. Paquette noted that some of her clients belong to Special Olympic basketball teams and would greatly benefit from seeing and interacting with coaches and players from the college ranks. “I believe that this clinic will not only enrich our clients lives but also those of your student-athletes and coaches,” said Paquette.

2013-14 High School Winter Standings GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 2-1 Southwick 3-0 St. Mary 0-3 Gateway 0-0 BOYS’ HOOPS Westfield 1-3 Southwick 0-2 Westfield Voc-Tech 0-0* St. Mary 0-2 Gateway 2-1 HOCKEY Westfield 0-0*

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Westfield State University women’s basketball players made some new friends at their skills clinic.

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AMERICAN CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .733 410 318 7-0-0 4-4-0 8-3-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 .533 310 315 4-3-0 4-4-0 7-4-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 .467 270 380 6-2-0 1-6-0 4-7-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 .400 319 354 4-4-0 2-5-0 5-6-0 1-3-0 3-2-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .667 361 326 5-2-0 5-3-0 8-3-0 2-2-0 5-0-0 .400 346 371 2-5-0 4-4-0 5-6-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 .267 237 419 1-7-0 3-4-0 4-7-0 0-4-0 3-2-0 .133 266 412 1-7-0 1-6-0 2-9-0 0-4-0 1-4-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .667 396 288 7-0-0 3-5-0 7-4-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 .533 303 318 6-2-0 2-5-0 6-5-0 2-2-0 3-2-0 .467 359 363 4-3-0 3-5-0 5-6-0 2-2-0 3-2-0 .267 301 386 3-5-0 1-6-0 3-8-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 West Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .800 572 385 7-1-0 5-2-0 8-3-0 4-0-0 4-1-0 .733 406 278 5-3-0 6-1-0 7-4-0 4-0-0 2-3-0 .533 369 324 4-3-0 4-4-0 5-6-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 .267 308 419 3-4-0 1-7-0 4-7-0 0-4-0 1-4-0

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W 10 8 7 4

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W L T 12 3 0 11 4 0 8 7 0 4 11 0

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N.Y. Jets 24, Cleveland 13 Cincinnati 42, Minnesota 14 Tennessee 20, Jacksonville 16 Arizona 17, Seattle 10 N.Y. Giants 23, Detroit 20, OT San Diego 26, Oakland 13 Pittsburgh 38, Green Bay 31 New England 41, Baltimore 7 Philadelphia 54, Chicago 11

Sunday’s Games St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 13 Indianapolis 23, Kansas City 7 Denver 37, Houston 13 Buffalo 19, Miami 0 Carolina 17, New Orleans 13 Dallas 24, Washington 23

Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington

W L 9 6 8 7 6 9 3 12

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W L T 11 4 0 x-Carolina New Orleans 10 5 0 4 11 0 Atlanta Tampa Bay 4 11 0 Chicago Green Bay Detroit Minnesota

W L 8 7 7 7 7 8 4 10

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W L T 12 3 0 11 4 0 10 5 0 7 8 0

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .600 418 360 4-4-0 5-2-0 8-3-0 1-3-0 3-2-0 .533 417 408 5-2-0 3-5-0 7-4-0 1-3-0 5-0-0 .400 274 377 3-4-0 3-5-0 5-6-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 .200 328 458 2-6-0 1-6-0 1-10-0 2-2-0 0-5-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .733 345 221 7-1-0 4-3-0 8-3-0 3-1-0 4-1-0 .667 372 287 7-0-0 3-5-0 8-3-0 2-2-0 4-1-0 .267 333 422 3-4-0 1-7-0 3-8-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 .267 271 347 3-5-0 1-6-0 2-9-0 2-2-0 1-4-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .533 417 445 5-2-0 3-5-0 4-7-0 4-0-0 2-3-0 .500 384 400 4-3-1 3-4-0 5-5-1 2-2-0 2-2-1 .467 382 362 4-4-0 3-4-0 6-5-0 1-3-0 4-1-0 .300 377 467 4-3-0 0-7-1 3-7-1 1-3-0 1-3-1 West Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .800 390 222 6-1-0 6-2-0 9-2-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 .733 383 252 6-2-0 5-2-0 8-3-0 3-1-0 4-1-0 .667 359 301 6-1-0 4-4-0 6-5-0 4-0-0 2-3-0 .467 339 337 5-3-0 2-5-0 4-7-0 3-1-0 1-4-0

Monday’s Game San Francisco 34, Atlanta 24 Sunday, Dec. 29 Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GP Pittsburgh 39 Boston 37 37 Tampa Bay Washington 37 38 Montreal Philadelphia 37 Detroit 39 Toronto 39 38 N.Y. Rangers New Jersey 38 Ottawa 39 37 Columbus Carolina 37 Florida 38 38 N.Y. Islanders Buffalo 37

W 27 25 23 19 22 17 17 18 18 15 15 16 14 14 11 10

L 11 10 11 14 13 16 13 16 18 16 17 17 15 19 20 24

EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA 1 55 121 88 2 52 106 77 3 49 106 87 4 42 117 112 3 47 96 84 4 38 93 104 9 43 99 108 5 41 106 113 2 38 88 102 7 37 92 99 7 37 111 126 4 36 101 106 8 36 86 105 5 33 88 123 7 29 96 129 3 23 66 105

Sunday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 4, Minnesota 1 Vancouver 2, Winnipeg 1 Monday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 2, Toronto 1, SO

Home 17-3-0 15-3-2 14-3-1 12-8-1 12-7-2 11-7-0 6-10-6 12-8-1 8-10-2 7-5-4 8-10-4 9-8-2 7-8-4 7-8-3 5-7-7 7-12-2

Away 10-8-1 10-7-0 9-8-2 7-6-3 10-6-1 6-9-4 11-3-3 6-8-4 10-8-0 8-11-3 7-7-3 7-9-2 7-7-4 7-11-2 6-13-0 3-12-1

Div 12-4-0 10-5-0 10-3-0 8-5-1 4-3-1 7-5-2 6-5-3 4-5-2 5-6-2 7-6-1 8-3-3 7-6-1 7-6-0 5-7-1 3-8-3 5-10-1

Calgary 4, St. Louis 3, SO San Jose 5, Colorado 4, SO Buffalo 2, Phoenix 1, OT Anaheim 3, Washington 2 Columbus 4, Carolina 3 Ottawa 5, Pittsburgh 0

GP 39 Anaheim 39 Chicago Los Angeles 38 St. Louis 36 37 San Jose Colorado 36 Vancouver 39 36 Phoenix Minnesota 39 Dallas 36 Winnipeg 39 Nashville 37 Calgary 37 Edmonton 39

W 27 26 25 24 23 23 22 19 20 18 16 16 14 12

L 7 7 9 7 8 10 11 10 14 12 18 17 17 24

WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA 5 59 127 98 6 58 145 107 4 54 106 76 5 53 128 85 6 52 121 94 3 49 106 88 6 50 106 93 7 45 111 110 5 45 88 96 6 42 106 107 5 37 103 116 4 36 85 109 6 34 95 118 3 27 101 135

Home 13-0-2 13-2-5 13-5-2 14-3-2 13-1-3 12-5-1 11-5-3 10-3-2 14-3-2 7-4-4 8-8-4 8-8-3 7-7-3 6-11-1

Away 14-7-3 13-5-1 12-4-2 10-4-3 10-7-3 11-5-2 11-6-3 9-7-5 6-11-3 11-8-2 8-10-1 8-9-1 7-10-3 6-13-2

Div 7-0-2 8-6-1 8-3-1 10-0-1 9-2-2 9-4-1 5-4-3 6-5-2 8-4-1 4-7-3 3-11-3 6-6-0 4-5-2 1-7-2

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

N.Y. Islanders 3, Detroit 0 Tampa Bay 6, Florida 1 Philadelphia 4, Minnesota 1 Chicago 5, New Jersey 2 Boston 6, Nashville 2 Edmonton 6, Winnipeg 2

Dallas 5, Los Angeles 2 Tuesday’s Games No games scheduled Wednesday’s Games No games scheduled

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION d-Indiana d-Miami Atlanta d-Toronto Charlotte Washington Detroit Boston Chicago Cleveland New York Brooklyn Philadelphia Orlando Milwaukee

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf 23 5 .821 — 6-4 W-3 13-1 10-4 16-3 21 6 .778 1½ 7-3 W-5 14-2 7-4 15-6 15 13 .536 8 6-4 L-1 11-4 4-9 9-7 11 15 .423 11 4-6 L-1 4-8 7-7 6-8 14 15 .483 9½ 6-4 W-1 8-9 6-6 12-9 12 13 .480 9½ 5-5 W-3 6-5 6-8 10-8 14 16 .467 10 4-6 W-1 6-10 8-6 13-6 12 17 .414 11½ 5-5 L-3 7-8 5-9 9-10 10 16 .385 12 3-7 W-1 7-5 3-11 9-9 10 17 .370 12½ 5-5 L-2 8-5 2-12 7-13 9 18 .333 13½ 5-5 W-1 4-10 5-8 9-10 9 18 .333 13½ 4-6 L-3 5-8 4-10 5-11 8 20 .286 15 2-8 L-1 7-8 1-12 7-11 8 20 .286 15 2-8 L-3 5-9 3-11 6-11 6 22 .214 17 3-7 L-1 3-11 3-11 6-17

d-division leader Sunday’s Games Indiana 106, Boston 79 Toronto 104, Oklahoma City 98 L.A. Clippers 120, Minnesota 116, OT Monday’s Games New York 103, Orlando 98 Detroit 115, Cleveland 92

Charlotte 111, Milwaukee 110, OT Miami 121, Atlanta 119, OT Indiana 103, Brooklyn 86 Dallas 111, Houston 104 Memphis 104, Utah 94 San Antonio 112, Toronto 99 Phoenix 117, L.A. Lakers 90 Golden State 89, Denver 81 New Orleans 113, Sacramento 100

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Portland 23 5 .821 — 8-2 W-1 11-2 12-3 12-5 Oklahoma City 22 5 .815 ½ 9-1 L-1 13-1 9-4 15-4 d-San Antonio 22 6 .786 1 7-3 W-1 10-3 12-3 12-5 d-L.A. Clippers 20 9 .690 3½ 8-2 W-5 12-2 8-7 14-3 Phoenix 17 10 .630 5½ 8-2 W-3 10-4 7-6 14-8 Houston 18 11 .621 5½ 5-5 L-1 11-4 7-7 9-9 Dallas 16 12 .571 7 6-4 W-1 11-3 5-9 9-9 Golden State 16 13 .552 7½ 5-5 W-2 9-4 7-9 13-12 Denver 14 13 .519 8½ 3-7 L-4 7-6 7-7 7-11 L.A. Lakers 13 15 .464 10 4-6 L-2 7-6 6-9 8-12 Minnesota 13 15 .464 10 4-6 L-2 8-4 5-11 6-10 New Orleans 12 14 .462 10 4-6 W-1 7-5 5-9 5-12 Memphis 12 15 .444 10½ 3-7 W-2 6-10 6-5 7-12 Sacramento 8 19 .296 14½ 4-6 L-1 5-11 3-8 6-14 Utah 8 23 .258 16½ 4-6 L-1 3-10 5-13 5-16 Tuesday’s Games No games scheduled Wednesday’s Games Chicago at Brooklyn, 12 p.m. Oklahoma City at New York, 2:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers, 5 p.m. Houston at San Antonio, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Unreasonable? Dear Annie: I’m a 26-year-old female and have been engaged to a wonderful man for the past year. We had plans to marry after he graduates in June with his master’s degree. The problem started when on several occasions my girlfriends and I went out to the bars and danced until the wee hours. During one of those nights, I had a few too many drinks and ended up kissing one of the guys I was dancing with. My fiance found out about it from a mutual friend, and now he wants to break off our engagement. He feels this was cheating and that I have betrayed his trust. Is this cheating, or is he being unreasonable? -- Heartbroken Dear Heartbroken: While it may not be as serious as sleeping with another guy, that kiss was still a betrayal. And if you enjoy going out to bars in order to dance with other guys and drink so much that you cannot control your behavior, it doesn’t sound as if you are ready to get married. Imagine how you would feel if your fiance behaved this way. You owe him a sincere apology and a promise to curtail your drinking. We hope he is willing to give you another chance. But if you cannot understand or admit that your behavior was inappropriate, please let him find someone else who shares his values. Dear Annie: I am a woman in my 60s and have been married to my second husband for more than a year. We are both widowed. I have one married daughter, and my husband has two sons, one of whom is married. Our marriage is wonderful. The problem is my husband’s 28-year-old daughter-in-law. She is overweight, and her skin sags everywhere. You can see her backside, and her pants are very low in the front, so her stomach hangs over. You can tell her to pull up her pants, but she claims she is “in style.” She apparently doesn’t dress like this in front of her parents. What should be done? -- Patty in Peoria Dear Patty: By you? Nothing. She is not your child and apparently is disinclined to listen to your opinion about her appearance. If you invite her to a place with a dress code, inform her what that is. But if you criticize the way she dresses, she could start avoiding you, creating all sorts of problems between your husband and his son. Please tolerate what you can. Dear Annie: I feel moved to respond to the letter from “Betrayed,” whose husband refuses to have sex but watches plenty of porn. There are always two sides to every story. My wife and I have been married for 16 years. While we were dating, she was sexually aggressive, experimental, provocative and playful. Now the story is different. Of course, with the children around, sex requires planning. But when I began going to bed early, she started going to bed late. When I went to bed late, as instructed, she went to bed early and “wasn’t in the mood.” Sessions with three different psychologists ended the same way. In each case, she said, “I don’t want to go back. I am being picked on.” I’ve tried asking what I can do differently to make her happy, but she has no suggestions. Now she finds fault with everything I do. Two years ago, I developed erectile dysfunction. The prescription drugs work fine, but her lack of interest means the last bottle of Viagra remains untouched. Pornography is evil and disgusting and is certainly no answer. But I have no other answers. Life is complex, and sometimes you limp along as best you can. -- T. 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 Old Stamps Take a New Route Dear Readers: A recent column told you how to send your CANCELED STAMPS to Stamp Camp USA to be used and recycled by young people. Sadly, the organization has shut its doors. I’ve written about this worthwhile group for years. Many wrote that the stamps were either being returned or forwarded to a new address. So, here is the Heloise update: Stamps for Stamp Camp USA are being directed to the American Philatelic Society. APS is the largest nonprofit organization that uses stamps in educational programs across the country, such as Stamps Teach (Stamps in the Classroom), All Star Stamp Clubs, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and more. After receiving donated stamps and envelopes with stamps still attached, they are distributed to stamp collectors, teachers, postal historians and even the general public. So, keep collecting those stamps, office supplies or even cash donations and send to: APS Youth Programs, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823. For more information on this wonderful organization and all that it does, go to www.stamps. org. -- Heloise P.S.: Hey, office folks! How about saving up a boxful from your work and sending them on?


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH You will have your hands full, whether you are entertaining or just catching up others’ news. What you are doing won’t feel like fun. Later today, you will experience a real sense of excitement as you see what is heading your way. Tonight: Leave cookies out for Santa! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You seem to have no problems solving others’ problems. You know that there is always a solution. A loved one could be overserious, and you might attempt to lighten up the conversation. Friends will drop by, so let spontaneity rule. Tonight: A change of pace. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Stay close to home, and you will finish the lion’s share of the work. Your ability to understand what is going on is important. In the next day or two, you will try to explain this situation to someone else. Your creativity emerges later today. Tonight: Get into the moment. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Make calls, especially to those at a distance whom you might not be able to reach later. Your creativity tends to help others relax. They know that you can help them handle whatever comes their way. Tonight: Go caroling. Get into the spirit of the holiday! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHH Your instincts will help you grasp a problem and read between the lines. You have a lot to get done. Make a call to a loved one who often feels left out or lonely. A discussion could help lift this person’s spirits. Tonight: Head home with anticipation. You will feel like a kid! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Your spark ignites other’s spirit and energy. You could be surprised by what spontaneously erupts. Reach out to someone who might be depressed or sad. Realize that you can break through this person’s defenses. Tonight: Share a holiday treat with a loved one. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might want to understand what is ailing you. Maybe you need to take a nap or drive around in order to relax. Call or visit with a friend. You will feel inspired and happier because of this person, who is much more into the spirit of the moment. Tonight: All smiles. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Make a point to go along with what others want to do. You could be overwhelmed by a last-minute request or phone call. A loved one could appear, which will make you smile from ear to ear. A serious talk should be postponed. Keep the mood light. Tonight: Where others are. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You might want to get past a problem. Take a stand and deal with a family member who could be overexcited. Invite a close friend over for eggnog and maybe a game of Scrabble. Tonight: Join friends, whether you’re at church, caroling or maybe just visiting. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You are able to express your caring in a manner in which others don’t feel threatened. Focus on a get-together with friends and loved ones. You might not be the host, but you might feel like it, since you probably will know everyone. Tonight: Listen to a friend’s story. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH A partner could come forward with a lot of expectations. Know that you can do only so much. Resist worrying about a friend’s comment. You will hear from this person soon enough, and you’ll see how you might have misunderstood his or her words. Tonight: Swap gifts.



PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH At the present moment, others seem to want you to join them. Do not stand on ceremony, but understand that you might have to postpone a long-distance call. Stop by a friend’s house and wish this person a special Christmas. Tonight: Don’t be alone. Be where others are.







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

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

Girl scouts seek board of directors members Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) is seeking innovative, dynamic and thoughtful leaders to serve on its Board of Directors. This is a two year term commitment beginning in April of 2014. GSCWM Board of Directors is a vital, engaged group of volunteers who routinely open doors and make major decisions on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. Members possess the ability to see the big picture, the willingness to promote the mission of Girl Scouts, and the capability to serve GSCWM with their time,

talent, resources, and enthusiasm. The Girl Scouts strive to build a diverse board, representing all girls that bring its vast knowledge and experience to the table to fulfill the organization’s mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. A referral form can be found on the website  or you can contact GSCWM CEO Pattie Hallberg at who is happy to provide more information about the organization, the duties and responsibilities of our Board Members, Board Development Committee members or other governance volunteers.  Candidates need not have experience with the Girl Scouts to volunteer. Referrals for qualified prospects are welcome.  

Recycle for enrichment WESTFIELD - Your cans and bottles can help provide enrichment and cultural opportunities for Westfield Public School students. Westfield VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) supports the students and staff of all Westfield Public School by funding projects and supplies outside the traditional school budget. Teacher Mini grants allow students and teachers to expand their horizons through dynamic projects and meaningful interactions with our community. To find out more about the projects your cans and bottles have funded, visit select Volunteer and then WHIPS. Your cans and bottles help fund these unique experiences for our students. If you would like to donate your cans and bottles, they can be picked up. Call Kevin or Dawn Mederios at 572-1324 or you may drop them off at 36 Crown Street in Westfield. We sincerely thank the people who continue to save and donate to us.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

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AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Licensed and fully insured. Call Stuart Richter (413)297-5858.

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Home Improvement 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. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973.

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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.

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House Painting COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ doors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Joe (413)454-8998.

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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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