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VOL. 83 NO. 11

Ronald Bryant, president and chief executive officer at Noble Hospital, presented a PowerPoint presentation at the Transforming the Heathcare System in Western Massachusetts symposium at Westfield State University last night. The symposium was sponsored by Noble Hospital and the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Noble sponsors health symposium including health professionals and local employers. McCaffrey spoke about how the region is transforming its healthcare. “We’re really looking at taking care of a population of people’s health and wellness,” said McCaffrey. “Everything now is based on fees for service. We have started using a global budget and taking a team approach to care.” McCaffrey said this model – called Patient Centered Medical Home – brings together all the people involved in a person’s care and coming up with an upfront cost for the required services. In addition to reaping overall savings, this approach provides better care for the patient. McCaffrey used the example of a person needing a hip replacement.

Those involved in the care of that patient, from the surgeon to the skilled nursing facility needed for rehab, would get together with the patient to go over the care. Then, if a patient had questions after the meeting, they could go to a care manager who has been involved from the beginning. McCaffrey said all involved in the care of that patient would be working together. This, she said, would mean no more duplicate tests for bloodwork, etc., which would mean cost savings overall for insurance companies and patients. “We have already started this and patients say, for reasons they can’t put their finger on, that their experience is just better,” said McCaffrey. See Health Symposium, Page 3

Commission commends licensees By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The License Commission routinely conducts informational hearings to determine if a licensed establishment violated the state law or commission policies to ensure the good order and public safety. Last night the commission requested three licensees to discuss situations documented in Westfield Police Department reports involving intoxicated subjects and disturbances. What is unusual is that last night the commissioners commended the licensees for the action taken by management and staff to deal with those situations.

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Transforming the Heathcare System

By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A symposium on transforming the healthcare system in western Massachusetts last night featured a panel of local health experts. Presented by the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, the event took place at Westfield State University and was sponsored by Noble Hospital. Speakers included Noble Hospital President and CEO Ronald Bryant, Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas, Chief Operating Officer and incoming Chief Executive Oficer of Health New England Maura C. McCaffrey, and Jean Yang, the executive director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority. The event drew about 100 people,

“If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much.”

Bill Boisseau, the owner of the 7B’s pub on Southampton Road, appeared before the board to explain an incident in which a patron, asked to leave the establishment, pulled a fire alarm near the exit. That incident was recorded on a new security video system. Officers responding found an intoxicated subject sitting in a car waiting for someone to come to take him home. Officers transported the subject. A second subject was located sleeping in a vehicle at a nearby commercial garage. The Commission commended Boisseau for taking the initiative and making the investment to have the security system installed at his business.

Lori Lucia, the owner of Shenanigan’s at 150 Elm Street, appeared to discuss action taken following a disturbance in the Franklin Street municipal parking lot, located behind the bar. The police reported gathering of 30 to 40 young adults shortly after the bars closed. Lucia said that she hired additional staff, “doormen to ensure that patrons leave quietly.” The commission commended Lucia because “the action taken by you is what we would have recommended,” Chairman Christopher Mowatt said. Commissioner Edward Diaz said that See Commission, Page 3

Westfield State’s legal bills mount

Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle reacts to a question during a meeting with the Westfield State University Board of Trustees this summer. Dobelle was questioned on expenses incurred for trips, lodging, and meals related to the university. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University’s legal battle against its own president is expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The university’s top financial officer told trustees yesterday that $500,000-plus in bills already received from the Boston law firm of Fish & Richardson will likely double, and could reach $1.5 million. Kimberly Tobin, interim vice president for administration and finance, recommended that trustees consider transferring $1.2 million from reserve accounts to pay legal bills. University spokeswoman Molly Watson said the money will not come from student programs or services. Former President Evan Dobelle resigned Nov. 8, ending a three-month legal battle with trustees and the state Higher Education Commissioner over what some considered extravagant spending on travel and other perks. Dobelle defended the spending, saying he was simply promoting the university.

By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A Springfield man was held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail yesterday after a Saturday incident in Huntington which saw the State Police Special Tactical Operations team utilized on Searle Road. A spokesperson from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Mary Carey, reported yesterday afternoon that a team of malefactors used a ruse to get a Searle Road resident out of his home where he could be set upon by crow bar wielding assailants and robbed in what she pointed out was not a random event. Carey reports that a female party knocked on the door of the victim Saturday morning and said she had a problem with her car. The resident apparently attempted to help the woman but, Carey reports, when he returned to his home with the woman, he was beset by two masked men who “struck the resident on the head and body with crow bars” while demanding money and marijuana, Carey reports. The resident was able to flee from his assailants and was assisted by a neighbor. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center by Westfield Fire Department ambulance where, Carey reports, he was treated for “a broken arm and multiple lacerations to his face and skull.” In Huntington, one suspect, later identified as Andrew J. Przybyla, 26, of 14 Lorraine St., Springfield, approached the neighbor while holding bags of contraband from the residence and brandishing a handgun but turned away and fled on foot while his two confederates fled in the car. Carey does not explain how Przybla was apprehended but a representative of the State Police Office of Media Relations said yesterday morning that the tactical team was called to duty. The website of the Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team notes that the team “is prepared to respond at any time See Home Invasion, Page 5

Police Academy offers ‘inside look’ By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Westfield residents will have an opportunity to get “an inside look at law enforcement” when the Citizens Police Academy is offered in the city next month. Sgt. Eric Hall, commander of the community policing unit of the city’s police department, said that the 13th police academy will begin in the city on Feb. 4 and the 12-week course will conclude with a graduation ceremony April 22. “The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in our community,” said Hall, and to help participants better understand the working of the city department. The academy students will learn from police executives and veteran officers who will cover topics including criminal law and the criminal justice system, patrol procedures, defensive tactics, use of force guidelines and code enforcement. The instruction will be on Tuesday evenings at the Washington Street police headquarters from 6-9 p.m. but a segment on firearm safety will require one Saturday class at the firing range. Other segments will cover subjects such as child abuse and domestic violence, drug identification, crime scene evaluation, financial crime and fraud. The academy program will also inform participants about special programs including the community policing effort and the school resource officer program. “We decided it’s time to do it again,” Hall said, since the course has not been offered in the city for six years. He said that he will coordinate the program but that guest instructors with specialized experience in the police department and the court will present most of the classes. In addition to the firearms segment at the firing range, Hall said that there is likely to be at least one field trip, probably to the new dispatch center located at Barnes Airport. He said that he hopes that the participants will graduate with “a better understanding of how the criminal justice See Police Academy, Page 5


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WESTFIELD — The CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors announces that students applying for 2014 scholarships must file online. Through the new website, http://csfwestfield.dollarsforscholars.org, students will have the ability to create online profiles, which allow them to apply for and be matched to multiple scholarships for the 2014 school year. The student dashboard on the website will give students and their parents one stop shopping for chapter scholarships, educational resources, opportunities and events. We encourage prospective college students to begin developing online profiles now, to assure that you are alerted about scholarship opportunities in advance of deadlines. Soon we will announce the date by which applications for CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars scholarships must be submitted.

Society will host “Civil War Hit Parade” on Thursday, January 23 at 12:30 p.m. This special concert will feature historical stories and songs from the Civil War. Mr. Richard Spencer will be our guest presenter. Please note that the concert will be held at the Southwick Town Hall Auditorium at 434 College Hwy in Southwick. All are welcome to join us for this entertaining afternoon concert.

Barn Homes for Cats

WESTFIELD — Westfield Homeless Cat Project is looking for barn homes for outdoor cats. These cats are spayed/neutered and up-todate on vaccinations. Call/text Kathy at 413388-0020 or email at catlady1951@comcast. net.

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SOUTHWICK — Southwick-On-Stage announces a director’s search for the 2014 season. The theatre group plans to produce two shows. Both shows will be presented on the stage at the Southwick Town Hall. The first show will be: ‘On Golden Pond’, by Ernest Thompson (first produced in 1979) and the second production (pending licensing approval) will be a musical “The Fantasticks’, music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones. Interested parties should contact the theatre group via their website: southwick-onstage.org or contact Joan Perkins-Smith at 413-569-1572 and select ‘Opportunities’ and ‘Directors’.

SOUTHWICK — A special collection housed in the Children’s Room helps families to cope with various challenges and issues. The Bibliotherapy Collection consists of fiction and non-fiction titles to read to your children regarding physiological changes, keeping safe, coping with learning disabilities and starting middle school. These titles cover subjects such as welcoming a new baby, potty training, bullying, diabetes, death and dealing with our feelings. On the shelves, you can easily find them with a reddish orange sticker on the spine of the book. For more information on these resources as well as Children’s Programs, visit the Children’s Room or call us at 413-569-1221x4.

Glaze donate to Beveridge Pavilion Fund John W. Glaze and his wife Shirley presented Robert McKean, Managing Director a check for $100,000 for the Stanley Park new Beveridge Pavilion fund prior to John’s recent passing.  Stanley Park is grateful to John and Shirley for their generosity and kindness to Stanley Park. (Photo submitted by Stanley Park)

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WEATHER DISCUSSION Expect steady rain midday and into the afternoon with temperatures in the middle 40s. Rain tapers off to showers this evening, possible wet snowflakes could mix in over the hills, but drier weather arrives after 11pm with some clearing as well. Overnight lows drop into the mid 20s so plan for some some icy spots by tomorrow morning. Early fog Wednesday will reveal a mix of sun and clouds for the rest of the day. Highs tomorrow jump into the middle and possibly upper 40s.

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Chihuahua, bright collar help collar burglar PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Chihuahuacarrying burglar was collared after detectives spotted the pooch in its owner’s yard, less than a mile away, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators don’t know why the Chihuahua was brought along, said Lt. Tommy Carnline, spokesman for the department. “We have no clue. We have no idea. People do the strangest things,” he said Monday in a brief phone interview. But the dog caught the eye of a homeowner who zipped home Saturday to check an alarm and saw someone jump out of his window. “The complainant described the clothing the suspect was wearing but most noticeable was the blonde Chihuahua dog with a teal green collar he was carrying,” Carnline wrote in a news release. The suspect was identified before deputies See Collar, Page 5

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TODAY IN HISTORY

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2014. There are 351 days left in the year.

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n Jan. 14, 1964, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, in a brief televised address, thanked Americans for their condolences and messages of support following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, nearly two months earlier.

On this date: In 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War. In 1814, the Treaty of Kiel ended hostilities between Denmark and Sweden, with Denmark agreeing to cede Norway to Sweden, something Norway refused to accept. In 1900, Puccini’s opera “Tosca” had its world premiere in Rome. In 1914, Ford Motor Co. greatly improved its assembly-line operation by employing an endless chain to pull each chassis along at its Highland Park plant. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca. In 1952, NBC’s “Today” show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or “communicator.” In 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married at San Francisco City Hall. (The marriage, however, lasted only about nine months.) In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama

with the pledge, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” — a view Wallace later repudiated. Sylvia Plath’s novel “The Bell Jar” was published in London under the pen name “Victoria Lucas,” less than a month before Plath committed suicide. In 1969, 27 people aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, off Hawaii, were killed when a rocket warhead exploded, setting off a fire and additional explosions. In 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1989, President Ronald Reagan delivered his 331st and final weekly White House radio address, telling listeners, “Believe me, Saturdays will never seem the same. I’ll miss you.” In 1994, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an accord to stop aiming missiles at any nation; the leaders joined Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk in signing an accord to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.

Ten years ago:

Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow (FAS’-tow) pleaded guilty to conspiracy as he accepted a ten-year prison sentence. (He was actually sentenced to six years and was released in Dec. 2011.) J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. struck a deal to buy Bank One Corp. for $58 billion. A female Palestinian suicide bomber killed three Israeli soldiers and a private security guard at a Gaza crossing. U.N. officials announced that Libya had ratified the nuclear test ban treaty. President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond. Death claimed actress Uta Hagen in New York at age 84 and actor Ron O’Neal in Los Angeles at age 66.

Five years ago: Freshly returned from a tour of war zones and global hotspots, Vice President-elect Joe Biden told President-elect Barack Obama that “things are going to get tougher” in Afghanistan. A French court acquitted six doctors and pharmacists in the deaths of at least 114 people who’d contracted brain-destroying Creutzfeldt-Jakob (KROYTS’felt JAY’-kuhb) disease after being treated with tainted human growth hormones. Actor Ricardo Montalban died in Los Angeles at age 88.

One year ago: Lance Armstrong ended a decade of denial by confessing to Oprah Winfrey that he’d used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Veteran stage and film actor Conrad Bain, 89, died in Livermore, Calif.

Today’s Birthdays: Blues singer Clarence Carter is 78. Singer Jack Jones is 76. Singersongwriter Allen Toussaint is 76. Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond is 74. Actress Faye Dunaway is 73. Actress Holland Taylor is 71. Actor Carl Weathers is 66. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 66. Movie writer-director Lawrence Kasdan is 65. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd is 62. Rock singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 55. Movie writer-director Steven Soderbergh is 51. Actor Mark Addy is 50. Fox News Channel anchorman Shepard Smith is 50. Rapper Slick Rick is 49. Actor Dan Schneider is 48. Actress Emily Watson is 47. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes is 47. Rock musician Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne Band) is 47. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 46. Actor Jason Bateman is 45. Rock singer-musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 45. Actor Kevin Durand is 40. Actress Jordan Ladd is 39. Retro-soul singer-songwriter Marc Broussard is 32. Rock singermusician Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) is 32. Actor Zach Gilford is 32. Rock musician Joe Guese (The Click Five) is 31. Actor Jonathan Osser is 25.


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Government Meetings NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGs

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 WestfielD Conservation Commission at 6:30 pm Cultural Council at 7 pm Cable Television Commission at 7 pm

Granville Fire at 7 pm

Tolland Conserv Comm Open Office Hours & Business Meeting at 12 pm

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Westfield Airport Commission at 7 pm

* MONDAY, JANUARY 20 Jean Yang, left, executive director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, Maura C. McCaffrey, center, chief operating officer and incoming chief executive officer, Health New England, and Lynn Nicholas, right, president, Massachusetts Hospital Association, all speakers at the Transforming the Healthcare System in Western Massachusetts symposium at Westfield State University, listen to a PowerPoint presentation by Ronald Bryant, not shown, president and chief executive officer, Noble Hospital. The event was sponsored by Noble Hospital and the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Health Symposium Continued from Page 1 Nicholas spoke about the recent history of the transformation and outlined some of the legislation that has made Massachusetts a leader in healthcare. She said the Affordable Care Act – nicknamed ObamaCare – is not unlike what the Commonwealth has already put into place. “With all the changes coming with the Affordable Care Act, it’s more reason for us to come together,” she said. Yeng said Massachusetts already has 97 percent of its residents covered by

some form of health care. The Affordable Care Act should help the state come closer to closing the gap on the remaining three percent because some people not eligible for Mass Health would be eligible for “ObamaCare.” Yeng also said Massachusetts is leaps and bounds above the rest of the country and she was happy to see the commonwealth moving forward and local communities, hospitals, insurance providers and care givers coming together. “I’m very proud of the work being

done and I’m thankful for the collaborators here,” said Yeng. Bryant gave the audience on overview of Noble Hospital and recent improvements, including a permanent MRI, urology department, and Noble Express Care. He also said the hospital saw a profit the past two years for the first time in many years. Bryant also touted the hospital’s economic impact to the region, which is $164 million.

Granville Monday Night Meetings in Town Hall 7pm-8:30pm Planning Board

Tolland LEGAL HOLIDAY Town Hall Closed All Day Men’s Coffee at PSC Building at 7:45 am * Call ahead for meetings due to observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Volunteer tutors, teachers needed WESTFIELD - Are you a community member, parent, or college student? Do you have some extra time and a desire to help children? An hour a week can truly make a difference to help Westfield schools! Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield (VIPS) would like to match YOU with a request for help from one of our schools. Volunteers work at assignments at the request of and under the direction of a staff person. VIPS is currently searching for volunteers at the following locations: Highland Elementary School requests a mentor/tutor to work with a 2nd grade Nepali student between for ½ hour between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Paper Mill Elementary School is searching for assistance during lunch times any day Monday through Friday and any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Grade 5 is looking for a Math helper from 10:10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. or a Grade 3 class is looking for Math assistance from noon to 1 p.m. any day. A 3rd grade student needs organization assistance for 30 minutes at 9:30 a.m. one or more times weekly. Training is provided as needed. VIPS will work with you to match your availability and school preference. All interested in volunteering must complete an application, a Criminal Offender Records Information form and training before they can begin to volunteer. Training appointments are available at mutually convenient times to the volunteer and VIPS staff. Please call VIPS at 572-6345 or email vips@schoolsofwestfield.org to make an appointment or for further information.

‘Noodlers’ Club WESTFIELD - During the morning hours, when children are busy studying at school, there is another group who refers to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield as their second home. They dub themselves the “Noodlers” and they have been active members since the building opened in 1991. From 7:30 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. this energetic group of senior citizens can be found walking in the gym, swimming laps or simply splashing around in the pool. On any given week day 15 to 20 “Noodlers” can be found at the club enjoying their morning workout. Our “Noodlers” regularly organize coffee hours and holiday parties here at the club to celebrate ET 16 the friendship they share. S The club provides a friendly environment for adults and seniors to stay active and feel like they belong. Just like our youth members, our seniors refer to each other as their second family. With an annual membership fee of $125.00 for adults and $99.00 for seniors, the club invites the community to take advantage of its resources. Anyone interested in adult and senior memberships and programs offered from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. please Love, Mom, Destiny, Dale contact Lerryn at 562-2301. and Grandma & Grandpa

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Commission Continued from Page 1 the parking lot is used by patrons of several liquor serving establishments, all of which close at about the same time. “I don’t want to throw everything onto you,” Diaz said. “There are several establishments in that area and nearby housing occupied by college students. That whole parking lot is an issue, so the police are patrolling it often. There is no way to pinpoint where that that crowd came from.”

Melissa LaPointe, the owner of the Maple Leaf on Arnold Street appeared before the commission to discuss the third incident, a fight in which patron punched another patron and quickly left the establishment. Both patrons are Southwick residents. Staff immediately reported the incident to police and provided a description of the black GMC pick-up truck which was located within several minutes on

School Street by responding officers. A Southwick man was charged with assault and trespassed from the bar. “This discussion is to find out how you are doing with the patron increase since the closing of Tommy D’s,” Mowatt said. “Thanks for coming in to give us an update. You have done a good job with how quickly you notified the police.”

Mass. picks leader of medical marijuana program BOSTON (AP) — The administrator of community health care programs has been selected to lead the state’s medical marijuana program. The state Department of Public Health on Monday named Karen van Unen executive director of the program. Officials say Van Unen was selected for her extensive experience in public health, nonprofit management and patient access. She previously served as chief operating officer at DotWell in Dorchester, which coordinates community and public health programs for more than 40,000 people in the Boston neighborhood. Van Unen is a board member and past

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Councilor Harris: Monitor City Spending On January 8, it was reported by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that our city, like most in our state, is facing severe financial stress due to the cost of future retirement benefits. Michael Widmer, the group’s president, also implied that there will be little money available for future wage and benefit increases for our highly dedicated municipal workforce. The average Westfield homeowner has experienced a 23 percent tax increase over the last five fiscal years. As I indicated repeatedly during my 2013 campaign, I intend to monitor municipal spending very closely. I will oppose CINDY HARRIS any spending request which appears to be excessive. I will do everything possible to maintain Community Development’s emphasis on the goal of bringing market rate housing to our city, especially where it involves the conversion of any city property to a residential use. Peter Miller, our

I’m disappointed The Westfield News did not report on the new residential property tax rate that went into effect for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The rate was communicated with the property tax notifications received several days ago. The FY 2014 residential rate of $18.18 / $1,000 of assessed property value is 8.7 percent. higher than the FY 2013 residential tax rate of $16.72 / $1,000 of assessed value. Granted, the city did lower assessed values, however, not nearly at the same percentage. Thus, yes, higher taxes again in Westfield. Be wary of the shell game. Make your voices heard. I am a disabled person, living alone, 85-years-old, and I recently got my tax bill. I was appalled at what they are asking us. Those people that voted for our illustrious mayor deserve what they get: more taxes, more taxes, more taxes. That’s all that man has on his mind is raise the taxes, raise the taxes. I feel very sorry for the retired and for the handicapped because we’re not getting anything out of any of this, but of course our illustrious mayor is. I hope this gets into the PulseLine. I doubt that it will but I sure hope it will. Just give people an update, please. On the next election, which is very far off, please don’t put that man back in office because those that voted for him are getting exactly what they deserve: more taxes. For the latest news on the tax rate, read Dan Moriarty’s January 7 story, “Council drops levy issue,” here: http:// thewestfieldnews.com/?p=68781 The first week of December I paid The Westfield News bill for 12 weeks. I have the return check so I know it was cashed. Since Christmas I have had 4 times the paper has not been delivered, 3 on weekdays (one being 1/10/14) and once on Saturday 1/11/14. One of the weekdays I would concede to because the roads were a bit dicey. The other days there was absolutely no reason not to deliver the paper. There also has been no attempt made to deliver the missed papers on the following day. Not delivering the papers at all tells me it might be time for a new carrier who cares about their job. Failure to deliver the paper even though it might be a day late, is nothing but the height of laziness. Hi there, PulseLine! Listen, my husband and I bought a small home here in Southwick and we have two children of school age. We bought the house because we figured our children will have a nice open area to have fun, and there’s farmland around and they can sort of, you know, play outdoors. To my surprise, the town of Southwick doesn’t have an outdoor skating rink, with all the land they have here. They don’t have an outdoor skating rink. They don’t have a pool for the kids in the summer. And I don’t understand this. What is wrong with the town of Southwick? They don’t want the kids on the lake. We tell our kids: “Stay off the lake. Don’t go near the lake. Don’t go on the lake in the winter.” And the kids have nothing to do in Southwick unless you put them in the car and traipse them to Westfield to an indoor arena, which costs money and, as parents, we don’t always want to go that far in the winter. We want to drop the kids off at a skating rink right here in Southwick. So, why doesn’t somebody make one? I was told by the selectmen’s office: “Yes, you can go to Westfield to Amelia Park.” Well, Amelia Park costs money. It also only has skating at certain times and it is indoors. Not everybody always wants to skate indoors. So, what we’d like to see is a skating rink in Southwick. Or is Southwick a little bit too lazy to put up a skating rink? After all, it is only water. And, by the way, Southwick, how about a pool at Whalley Park this summer for our kids? Not everybody owns a pool at their home and we don’t want our kids always swimming in the lake, thank you very much. So, it would be nice if there was something for the kids to do. Years ago, when I was younger, we always had a skating rink – everywhere. Mostly every town had one. Well, Southwick, why don’t you stop being lazy and build the kids a skating rink here in Southwick? It only takes a couple days and water and all you have to do is plow it off, which isn’t very hard with the equipment you have. Thank you. You people should be ashamed about what is being printed in the Westfield newspaper about Domus, Incorporated. Domus, Incorporated helps people get on their feet. Look what they do in the community. When they built that new house on Main Street they used all local tradesmen to build that house. They didn’t go out of the area to bring somebody else in. The strict policies they have with their tenants. The good they do with AA, a soup kitchen, a food bank on their properties. Now this woman wants to help teenagers that are homeless. Are you willing to take a homeless teenager into your house and help them? If not, you should not be saying anything bad about what Domus is doing for people. Please make sure that you understand that what you are referring to are PulseLine comments not articles written by The Westfield News reporting staff. Join the conversation at pulseline@thewestfieldnews.com

Community Development Director, stated last fall that the median household income in our community is $54,000-$13,000 below Agawam’s $67,000. In addition, Moody’s, according to the Westfield News, expressed concerns about our “declining wealth” indicators during their last underwriting of our bond debt. Hopefully, the focus on market rate housing will be maintained during 2014, a non-election year. I am convinced that your new city council consists of 13 individuals who intend to work together in an effort to maintain, and improve whenever possible, our great, livable small city. Cindy Harris At-large Councilor Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not the staff, editor, or publisher of the Westfield News.

Young adults make up one-fourth of enrollees By Kyle Cheney and Jason Millman Politico.com Just under a quarter of Obamacare sign-ups so far have been in the critical 18-to-35-year-old age range, the Obama administration revealed Monday, the first time officials have given demographic data about health plan enrollees. The administration had set a goal of around 38 percent to 40 percent of the enrollees in that age bracket by the time the signup season ends March 31. The administration’s monthly enrollment update showed 2.2 million people had picked health plans in the federal or state health exchanges from Oct. 1 through Dec. 28. It’s not yet clear how many have paid their first monthly premium, a requirement before coverage can begin. An additional 3.9 million people have been deemed eligible for Medicaid. More than half of those who have signed up are between 45 and 64, an age range that tends to be sicker and costlier to cover, according to the enrollment figures released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services. Young adults have to sign up in sufficient numbers to keep premiums in check and the health insurance market stable. Administration officials say the trends are going in the right direction at the midway point in enrollment. “We are confident, based on the results we have now that we’ll have an appropriate mix,” said Mike Hash, director of HHS’s Office of Health Reform. The HHS data also showed that nearly four in five of the new sign-ups have been deemed eligible for premium subsidies. Republican leaders in Congress quickly pounced on the data to suggest Obamacare had fallen short once again. “No group has been hit as hard by the Obama economy and Obamacare as America’s young people. After seeing massive premium increases and failed bureaucracy in the Obama administration, it’s no wonder they are staying away,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. House Speaker John Boehner’s office said the figures prove the health law has been “a bust so far.” “When they see that Obamacare offers high costs for limited access to doctors — if the enrollment goes through at all — it’s no surprise that young people aren’t rushing to sign up,” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck. Administration officials insisted the age disparity was expected at this midpoint. Younger people, they argued, tend to procrastinate or at least wait until the bugs get worked out of the sign-up system, while older and likely sicker people were more motivated to get covered, despite the flaws in HealthCare.gov and some state-run exchanges. A senior administration official said that enough younger people already had enrolled to avoid an insurance “death spiral” — which would make insurance costs skyrocket. Citing a Dec. 17 report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation on insurance markets and youth enrollment, which he said basically found “that even if you only have 25 percent of your marketplace, of your composition being 18 to 34, that essentially takes death spiral off the table, that essentially you have a sustainable marketplace and that premiums would only be affected by a couple of percentages per person.” Advocates for youth enrollment agreed. Monday’s HHS

report “suggests we’re on the right track,” said Aaron Smith, executive director of Young Invincibles, which backs the president’s heath care law. But some health insurers are getting nervous. Humana on Thursday warned investors that its enrollment mix is “more adverse than previously expected.” The figures are a snapshot of the first Obamacare beneficiaries, whose coverage went live on Jan. 1. In general, the administration was bullish about the new numbers, saying they tracked closely with Massachusetts’s experience with its 2006 health care law. “It is a brand-new day for health care for millions of Americans,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a conference call with reporters. About 60 percent of people signing up for exchange coverage are picking “silver” plans, which typically cover 70 percent of a person’s health care costs. Cheaper bronze plans accounted for 20 percent of sign-ups, while 20 percent picked richer gold and platinum plans. As a rule, the higher-cost plans include broader networks of doctors and hospitals and lower co-pays and deductibles. Just a little more than 20,000 people had signed up for catastrophic health plans, which until recently were available only to people under 30 or older people who couldn’t find coverage under an affordability threshold in the law. The administration last month said it would also allow people whose health plans had been canceled to purchase catastrophic coverage this year. The data released by the administration does not specify how many of the enrollees were previously insured, how many people have sought exemptions from the coverage mandate and the number of people who have actually paid their first premium. Some states running their own insurance exchanges are reporting the number of people who’ve paid their first monthly premium. For instance, Rhode Island on Monday said that 11,770 people had signed up, including about 2,000 people who hadn’t yet paid through the first week of January. HHS also said that 54 percent of enrollees were women, with a sharper disparity in some Southern states that have been particularly resistant to the president’s health care law, including Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. There, about 60 percent of all new enrollees were women. Federal officials said they couldn’t explain the wide variation. Likewise, some states featured a far older enrolling population. About two-thirds of sign-ups in Arkansas, West Virginia and Wisconsin are between 45 and 64 years old. Maine (64 percent) and Ohio (61 percent) weren’t far behind. Federal health officials suggested “underlying demographics” could be influencing the age mix in those states. “West Virginia is a state that has an older population,” said Nancy Delew, HHS acting deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. “We expect that they might have an older share of enrollees.” The District of Columbia’s exchange has the highest proportion of younger enrollees — though just 3,043 had picked exchange plans by the end of December, according to HHS numbers. Thirty-seven percent are in the 26-34 age group, and 20 percent are in the 35-44 age group. Reid J. Epstein contributed to this report.

$1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled By David Rogers Politico.com House-Senate negotiators rolled out a $1.1 trillion spending bill Monday night — a giant package that fills in the blanks of the December budget agreement and promises to restore some order to government funding over the next year. Under pressure from Republicans, the measure keeps a tight rein on new funding for Wall Street regulators and effectively freezes appropriations for President Barack Obama’s health care program at the reduced, post-sequester level. But the White House retains the flexibility to find the financing it needs to implement the health exchanges and appears satisfied to have avoided the most contentious restrictions proposed by conservatives. Among his other domestic priorities, Obama secured significant new funding he has wanted for pre-kindergarten education initiatives, albeit more through existing programs like Head Start than the new format he envisioned. Indeed, the new $8.6 billion funding level for Head Start reflects one of the biggest investments in the bill — an estimated $1 billion, or 13 percent, increase over current funding and $612 million over its initial 2013 enacted appropriation. At the same time, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) came away with two coal-related riders, one affecting mountaintop mining regulations and the other challenging new Export-Import Bank guidelines on the financing of coal-fired power plants overseas. One legislative provision that all sides embraced would exempt disability pensions for veterans from a cost-of-living cut included in the December budget deal. The very evident give-and-take caps more than six weeks of often intense bargaining within the Appropriations Committees and sets the stage for what the leadership hopes will be a rapid series of floor votes sending the bill on to Obama by this weekend. “This bill is a compromise, but it reflects Republican priorities and holds the line on spending in many critical areas,”

Rogers said. His Senate counterpart, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), more colorfully described the deal as an end to “shutdown, slowdown, slam-down politics.” And speaking for the White House, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell suggested lawmakers get on with it. “The administration urges Congress to move quickly to pass it,” Burwell said. To avoid any threat of a shutdown, the House will first take up a short extension of the current stopgap continuing resolution on Tuesday — moving the deadline back three days to Saturday. This should buy sufficient time for the House to act on the larger omnibus bill Wednesday. And Senate Democrats See Spending Bill, Page 8

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Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 2:33 a.m.: breaking and entering, King Street, a caller reports she returned home to find her front door wide open and her jewelry, television and other electronic devices missing, the responding detective reports that entry appears to have been gained via the front door; 2:41 a.m.: accident, Shaker Road, a caller reports a head-on crash with airbag deployment, the responding office reports an operator who had been southbound on Shaker Road reports that he lost control of his vehicle on the icy roadway and crossed the center line to enter the path of an opposing vehicle, a passenger in one of the cars was transported to Noble Hospital where she was treated and released, both vehicles were towed to the police impound yard; 7:08 a.m.: vandalism, Elm Street, a caller reports the tires of his vehicle were slashed while it was parked in an Elm Street parking lot; 7:12 a.m.: larceny, The Willows Apartments, 19 Lockhouse Road, a resident came to the station to report that a registration plate was stolen from her vehicle some time after noon Friday; 11:37 a.m.: breaking and entering, Mechanic Street, caller reports that he and his college roommates have been away since shortly before Christmas and he returned to find the door to their residence had been forced open and was ajar, the responding officer reports he inspected the residence with the caller and found that bedroom doors had been kicked in, a space heater and a video game system with games were found to have been stolen but since not all the residents had returned a complete list of stolen property could not be immediately generated, the resident said that the occupants had taken most of their valuables with them when they left for vacation; 3:07 p.m.: assault, Mill Street a call reports her 7-year-old son was assaulted by a 14-year-old girl at a commercial play facility, the responding officer reports the woman said that the girl grabbed her son’s arm, the officer reports he was able to speak with the girl and her mother, the girl said that the boy and other children were kicking her and she grabbed his arm when he did not stop after she asked him to; 6:55 p.m.: building check, Main Street, a patrol supervisor reports he observed a screen door for a sliding glass doorway was out of place, the officer checked and found no sign of forcible entry; 9:25 p.m.: assist motorist, Montgomery Road, a patrol officer reports he stood by while the occupants of a vehicle changed a tire which had been flattened when it struck a pothole on Notre Dame Street; Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m.: building check, Jefferson Street, a patrol officer reports that his check of a vacant commercial building revealed that measures to secure the building have been compromised and he found a male party sleeping inside, the man admitted that he had been told previously to stay out of the building, Sean M. Pirnie, 36, of no fixed address, was arrested for trespass; 4:06 a.m.: larceny, Springfield Road, a loss prevention employee from a Springfield Road department store reports

Peabody officer cleared of sex assault charges LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A Peabody police officer has been acquitted of charges that he sexually molested his former stepdaughter starting when she was 10 or 11 years old and showed her and another girl Internet pornography. Frederick Wojick was found not guilty by a Lawrence Superior Court jury on Monday of nine counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of disseminating obscene material to a minor. The allegations came to light in 2012. The 49-year-old Wojick said in his own defense that the allegations were not true, but the result of a vendetta by the girl who was angry that Wojick did not intervene when her boyfriend was arrested for drunken driving. Wojick’s lawyer says his client is “relieved” by the verdict and wants his job back.

Berkshire County real estate seller using drones RICHMOND, Mass. (AP) — A Berkshire County real estate company is using a new tool to market its high-end properties — aerial drones. Tucker Welch Properties on Monday rented a small unmanned aerial vehicle to buzz over a 27-acre property in Richmond occupied by the Inn at Richmond and the Berkshire Equestrian Center. It’s on the market for $5.9 million. The drone flew high enough to provide a unique view of the equestrian center’s riding ring, and low enough to fit under the ceiling of a main room at the 1771 inn. The drone’s owner, Terry Holland, tells The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1lZnK2i ) he planned to use the footage to create a two-minute video that those interested in the property could access online. Drones have been used to market luxury properties in other areas of the country.

Funeral set for teen who had aging disorder SHARON, Mass. (AP) — A Foxborough teenager whose battle with a rare genetic condition that accelerates the aging process inspired professional athletes and spurred medical research is being laid to rest. A funeral for 17-year-old Sam Berns is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Temple Israel in Sharon. Berns died Friday of complications from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, commonly known as progeria. The Progeria Research Foundation was founded by his parents. Berns was diagnosed with progeria when he was 22 months old. His parents founded the nonprofit foundation after encountering a lack of information and research on the condition. Berns became the subject of an HBO documentary, “Life According to Sam.” The exposure has brought greater recognition to the condition, which causes musculoskeletal degeneration, cardiovascular problems and other symptoms associated with aging.

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Home Invasion that a shoplifter has been detained in the store, the responding officer reports an employee said that he had observed a suspect place items with a total value of about $75 in her purse and accosted the woman when she attempted to leave the store without making payment, the employee asked that police assist as he serves the suspect a ‘No trespassing’ order, the officer witnessed the service of the order and transported file copies to the police station; 8:17 a.m.: animal complaint, Pearl Street, a caller reports taking custody of a stray dog, a check of the dog’s tags did not determine its home, an animal control officer responded to take custody of the pet; 12:18 p.m.: larceny, Main Street, a resident came to the station to complain that he inadvertently left money in a self checkout lane at a Main Street supermarket and found it gone when he returned, the responding officer reports the man said that he had used his debit card in the self checkout line at the supermarket and in his haste to move on forgot to take the $40 ‘cash back’ from the dispenser, the money was gone upon his return, the caller said, and had not been surrendered in the store; 2:17 p.m.: assault, East Mountain Road, a resident came to the station to complain that a known person used a vehicle to assault her, the responding officer reports the complainant said that she had been using her best friend’s SUV when she observed her friend’s former boyfriend was following and tailgating her, the woman said that she knew that the man is the defendant of an abuse prevention order vis-a-vis the owner of the vehicle and tried to speed up to avoid hm but he followed and bumped the SUV with his vehicle nearly causing her to lose control and causing her back and neck pain, the woman said that she stopped and confronted the man when he also stopped, the woman said that man was obviously surprised that she had been operating the SUV instead of his former girlfriend and fled, the officer reports that he applied for a warrant on charges of violation of a protective order, assault and battery and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, in addition the officer requested that the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoke the man’s license as an immediate threat to the safety of motorists; 7:06 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, North Elm Street, a patrol officer reports a routine check of a vehicle seen operating on North Elm Street revealed that the plates on the vehicle had been issued for an different car, that the owner’s license had been revoked and that the owner was the subject of an outstanding warrant, Amanda L. Eicher, 26, of 5 Chapman St., Southwick, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating motor vehicle with suspended registration, operating a motor vehicle without a license in her possession, a number plate violation to conceal identification and on the warrant; 8:53 p.m.: larceny, Samaritan Inn, 7 Free Street, a caller reports cash was stolen from his bed at the shelter, the responding officer reports that the man said that he has been saving money in a box he keeps in his bed at the shelter and when he returned to the shelter after supper Sunday he found that the cash, almost $600, had been stolen, the man suggested a specified fellow shelter resident is responsible but did not have any evidence to support his suspicion.

Continued from Page 1 to any crisis statewide involving the use or threatened use of deadly force.” The examples cited on the website of challenges the team is prepared to meet include “wooded searches for armed subjects.” Przybla was taken into custody and arraigned yesterday in Northampton District Court on charges including breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony while armed, home invasion, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery while masked, larceny of a drug and assault with a dangerous weapon. Bail was set at $100,000 which, the probation department reports, Przybla did not immediately post. He is due in court Feb. 12 for a probable cause hearing, Carey reports.

Police Acedemy Continued from Page 1 works.” The academy is limited to 20 participants who must be at least 18-years-old and be a resident or employed in the city. In addition, participants may not have had any felony arrests or any misdemeanor arrests within a year of application. Applications and additional information is available at the department, located at 15 Washington St., or directly from Hall who can be reached at 642-9383 or at e.hall@cityofwestfield. org Applications must be received prior to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, in order to be considered.

Collar Continued from Page 2 spotted the dog in another yard, he wrote. That homeowner told investigators the dog was hers, and she had been letting 19-year-old Kyle Chase Rabalais of Pineville stay at her house. Carnline said Rabalais was arrested soon afterward and booked with burglary, criminal damage and theft, and on previous warrants accusing him of theft, criminal damage, forgery, failure to pay a fine and contempt of court — the last because he didn’t show up for a hearing. He did not know whether Rabalais, who was held in lieu of $27,000 bond, had an attorney. “This is Rabalais’s 20th booking in the Rapides Parish Detention Center in less than a year,” Carnline wrote.

29-year-old man slain in Lynn LYNN, Mass. (AP) — A weekend shooting in Lynn has turned into a homicide investigation. Authorities say 29-year-old Hery Aquino died Sunday night at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston from injuries suffered in the shooting several hours earlier. Police responding to reports of a shooting found the victim at least one or two gunshot wounds to the head. No one has been charged with the shooting, but police did arrest an 18-year-old man who was seen fleeing in the general area at the time. Jacquan McKenzie was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to trespassing and firearms charges. The Daily Item (http://bit.ly/1hT0Ucm ) reports that although a gun was found in the area, McKenzie’s lawyer said the weapon has not been connected to her client and questioned the probable cause for holding him.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 Joseph Deauseault, 48, of 12 Green Pine Lane, was enjoined by Judge Philip A. Beattie from abusing the victim when he placed him on pretrial probation for six months after Deauseault was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police. John S. Kirwan, 39, of 27 Morris St., pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon brought by Westfield police and was placed on probation of one year. He was assessed $50. In a separate case also brought by Westfield police, Kirwan submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of violation of malicious destruction of property valued more than $250 and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one year. Mark Ethier, 48, of 93 Meadow St., pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery on a police officer and was sentenced to an 18 month term in the house of correction, suspended, with probation for one year. He was assessed $50. He submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for two charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and a charge of disorderly conduct and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for one year. In two separate cases also brought by Westfield police, Ethier submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection sticker and those charges were continued without a finding with probation for three months. In each case he was assessed $50. Matthew P. Crawford, 29, of 11 Pleasant St., Huntington, was released on his personal recognizance pending a March 21

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hearing after he was arraigned on charges negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation brought by State Police. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 Jennifer Costa, 29, of 216 Pearl St., Springfield, was released on her personal recognizance pending a March 27 hearing after she was arraigned on a charge of violation of a harassment prevention order brought by Westfield police. Raymond M. Boissonault, 23, of 49 Lowell St., West Springfield, saw there charges of home invasion, three charges of firearm armed kidnapping, three charges of armed and masked robbery and a charge of conspiracy to violate drug laws dismissed after was indicted and arraigned for the same offenses in superior court. Missy C. Stoddard, 32, of 16 Washington St., saw a charge of violation of an abused prevention order brought by Westfield police dismissed at the request of the alleged victim. Bryan J. Reno, 24, of 9B Union Ave., was held in lieu of $200 cash bail after he was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and larceny of property valued more than $250 brought by Westfield police. Sean M. Pirnie, 36, of no fixed address in Westfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of trespass brought by Westfield police and was sentenced to a ten day term in the house of correction. Ashley M. Cos, 21, of 400 Loomis St., was released on her personal recognizance pending a March 27 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of receiving stolen property and larceny of property valued less than $250 brought by Westfield police.

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Gov’t shutters medical-alert scam aimed at seniors MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state regulators have shut down a multimillion-dollar scam that they said duped seniors into turning over their credit card information in exchange for purportedly free medical-alert devices. The business blasted seniors across the U.S. and Canada with robocalls claiming that they were eligible to receive a free alert system purchased by a friend or relative. Once the person agreed to receive the device, they were transferred to an operator who took their billing information and immediately began

charging them for the service. Government officials said Monday that they received more than 66,000 complaints about the scam, which deliberately targeted the elderly. “You call enough older consumers and you will find someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s,” said the Federal Trade Commission regional director Steven Baker in a press conference. “These people knew they were dealing with people who weren’t all there and they took their money.” Medical alert systems are designed to help seniors get quick assistance in the event of an emergency. The devices usually consist of a necklace

or wristband with an emergency button that contacts a company dispatcher. The scam was not connected with any actual manufacturers of medical alert devices. The makers of Life Alert had sued the business for using its “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” phrase on the robocalls. FTC officials said the business collected more than $13 million in commissions for selling the devices over two years, though it’s unclear how much consumers actually lost. Many victims never actually received the equipment. The business’ assets have been turned over to a receivership under a court-autho-

rized restraining order, with the aim of returning as much money to consumers as possible, officials said. Operating under more than a dozen corporate names, including Worldwide Info Services and The Credit Voice Inc., the business employed more than 100 people and maintained half-a-dozen addresses across Florida. Prosecutors said the business appeared organized specifically to evade law enforcement. A joint complaint filed by the state of Florida and the federal government charges the business and its owners with violating laws governing telemarketing and misrepresenting facts, including falsely telling

CDC: U.S. is ‘in the thick’ of flu season, cases up ATLANTA (AP) — Flu season is ramping up, with illness widespread in at least 35 states. That’s up from 25 in the previous week. A flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency’s weekly report released Friday shows “We’re in the thick of flu season.” The CDC’s Lyn Finelli says the season likely hasn’t peaked, but that it’s too soon to know if it will be worse than normal. The numbers aren’t as high so far as last year, when flu season started early. Flu usually peaks in January or February. The number of people seeking medical care for the flu climbed to more than 4 percent of all doctor visits last week, a near doubling from two weeks earlier.

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rity officers can’t make arrests - the bill comes at a time when reports of gunmen going into workplaces or schools leads newscasts or get splashed across the front pages. “I think the issue’s big in America today, and I think people want to feel secure when they go to public places,” Kruse told an Indianapolis television station early last year. While that’s certainly a threat now firmly planted into the national consciousness Lutheran Hospital last year conducted a “live shooter” exercise - it’s not the sole reason Rhoades wants a police force at Parkview campuses. One of the top concerns in health care, Rhoades said, is workplace violence stemming from several factors, not just a one-shooter scenario. Employees may find themselves in domestic situations in which angry spouses or lovers come to the hospital. There are also people on the prowl to steal prescription drugs, with the dependency for Americans on those drugs skyrocketing. And then there is the violence that can spill into emergency rooms after a shooting. It’s not unheard of that shooting victims brought to hospitals are followed by people trying to kill them. “We do have a process in place to limit the risks,” Rhoades said about dealing with violence at the hospital. Still, though Parkview campuses have not dealt with a catastrophic situation like a shooter taking out multiple people, or a lot of instances of violence, that’s no reason to not put more safeguards in place. “We’re not doing this to be reactive,”

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that some fear could compromise care for Medicare recipients, the Obama administration is proposing to remove special protections that guarantee seniors access to a wide selection of three types of drugs. The three classes of drugs — widely used antidepressants, antipsychotics and drugs that suppress the immune system to prevent the rejection of a transplanted organ — have enjoyed special “protected” status since the launch of the Medicare prescription benefit in 2006. That has meant that the private insurance plans that deliver prescription benefits to seniors and disabled beneficiaries must cover “all or substantially all” medications in the class, allowing the broadest possible access. The plans can charge more for costlier drugs, but they can’t just close their lists of approved drugs, or formularies, to protected medications. In a proposal published Friday in the Federal Register, the administration called for removing protected status from antidepressants, antipsychotics, and immunosuppressant drugs. The proposal said that status it is no longer needed to guarantee access, would save millions of dollars for taxpayers and beneficiaries alike, and could help deal with the problem of improperly prescribed antipsychotics drugs in nursing homes. But advocates for patients are strongly criticizing the idea, saying it could potentially limit access to critically needed medications for millions of people. “We are disturbed by this,” said Andrew Sperling, legislative advocacy director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “This is a key protection. It’s a cornerstone of what has made the benefit work for people with mental illness.” Sperling said that patients with mental health issues often have to try a variety of drugs before they find the right one for their condition. He questioned whether the change would help crack down on the problem of improperly prescribed antipsychotics, saying it amounted to a blunt instrument. The National Kidney Foundation also voiced worries. Legislative policy director Tonya Saffer said transplant patients often depend on combinations of medication, so having the broadest possible choice is crucial. “Covering all immunosuppressant

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Samantha Black, security dispatcher, sits in the Parkview Health hospital security control room, where she monitors about 200 cameras plus keeps track of the locations of the two emergency medical helicopters, Jan 2, 2014, in Fort Wayne, Ind. A survey by an online security magazine recently ranked Parkview Health as one of the most secure hospitals in the nation. (AP Photo/The Journal Gazette, Samuel Hoffman)

Japan files complaint against Novartis over Diovan TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s health ministry said Thursday it has filed a criminal complaint against Novartis Pharma, alleging exaggerated advertising for the heart condition and blood-pressure lowering drug Diovan. Novartis Pharma K.K., the local unit of Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis AG, issued an apology on its website for “troubles and concerns” over the advertising. It said the company takes the issue very seriously and is cooperating with authorities. The ads cited clinical studies conducted by two Japanese hospitals that included false data. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a notice it suspects Novartis continued using ads citing the studies after learning data in them had been manipulated. Novartis has denied it was aware of the problem, and says studies have confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the drug. Diovan, also known as valsartan, is a blockbuster drug for Novartis that is sold around the world. Separately, state and federal prosecutors in New York allege in a civil case against the U.S. arm of Novartis that it paid kickbacks to a specialty pharmacy in exchange for recommending refills of a blood transfusion drug it produces.

Fort Wayne hospital wants own police force JEFF WIEHE The Journal Gazette FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — It employs more than 100 security officers, many of whom are retired police officers or sheriff’s reserves. It also uses more than 200 cameras trained on various doors, hallways and open spaces throughout its six main campuses plus two other sites. So it’s not surprising that a survey by an online security magazine recently ranked Parkview Health as one of the most secure hospitals in the nation. Still, the health network is taking advantage of a new law to beef up its security even further. Parkview officials are on the cusp of becoming the first hospital in the state to have its own police force. It’s something hospitals in other states already have. And the creation of such a police force comes at a time when the city has seen a near-record number of homicides - mainly due to gun violence, The Journal Gazette reported (http://bit. ly/1a2lVyY ). There are also many shooting victims who survive and end up at hospitals, sometimes with the potential to bring street violence through the doors behind them. A police force will add to security, Parkview officials said, bringing a uniformed presence inside the hospitals. “Our vision is to be the gold standard in health care security,” said Tom Rhoades, the health network’s director of security. The bill allowing hospitals to have a police force was written by Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn. Calling for these police officers to have full police powers while on hospital grounds - secu-

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This photo taken Jan. 8, 2014 shows Steve Bosshard, right, handing over a specially prepared box of food to Gordon Hanson, left, at a food bank distribution in Petaluma, Calif., as part of a research project with Feeding America to try to improve the health of diabetics in foodinsecure families. Doctors are warning that the federal government could be socked with a bigger health bill if Congress cuts food stamps — maybe not immediately, they say, but if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Doctors say cutting food stamps could backfire WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors’ offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes and developmental problems for young children down the road. The doctors’ lobbying effort comes as Congress is working on a compromise farm bill that’s certain to include food stamp cuts. Republicans want heftier reductions than do Democrats in yet another partisan battle over the government’s role in helping poor Americans. Food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, feed 1 in 7 Americans and cost almost $80 billion a year, twice what it cost five years ago. Conservatives say the program spiraled out of control as the economy struggled and the costs are not sustainable. They say the neediest people will not go hungry. The health and financial risks of hunger have not played a major role in the debate. But the medical community says cutting food aid could backfire through higher Medicaid and Medicare costs. “If you’re interested in saving health care costs, the dumbest thing you can do is cut nutrition,” said Dr. Deborah Frank of Boston Medical Center, who founded the Children’s HealthWatch pediatric research institute. “People don’t make the hunger-health connection.” A study published this week helps illustrate that link. Food banks report longer lines at the end of the month as families exhaust their grocery budgets, and California researchers found that more poor people with a dangerous diabetes complication are hospitalized then, too. The researchers analyzed eight years of California hospital records to find cases of hypoglycemia, when blood sugar plummets, and link them to patients’ ZIP codes. Among patients from lowincome neighborhoods, hospitalizations were 27 percent higher in the last week of the month compared with the first, when most states send out government checks and food stamps, said lead researcher Dr. Hilary Seligman of the University of California, San Francisco. But hospitalizations didn’t increase among diabetics from higher-income areas, she reported Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs. Seligman couldn’t prove that running low on food was to blame. But she called it the most logical culprit and said the cost of treating hypoglycemia even without a hospi-

talization could provide months of food stamp benefits. “The cost trade-offs are sort of ridiculous,” Seligman said. She is working on a project with Feeding America, a network of food banks, to try to improve health by providing extra, diabetes-appropriate foods, including fresh produce and whole-grain cereals and pastas, for diabetics at a few food banks in California, Texas and Ohio. Last year, research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts estimated that a cut of $2 billion a year in food stamps could trigger in an increase of $15 billion in medical costs for diabetes over the next decade. Other research shows children from food-insecure families are 30 percent more likely to have been hospitalized for a range of illnesses. But after a temporary boost in benefits from the 2009 economic stimulus, children whose families used food stamps were significantly more likely to be well than kids in low-income families that didn’t participate, Children’s HealthWatch found. About half of food stamp recipients are children, and 10 percent are elderly. How much would be cut from the food-stamp program ranges from $400 million a year in a Senate-passed farm bill to $4 billion a year in the House version. Congressional negotiators now are eyeing about $800 million a year in cuts. That would be on top of cuts in November, when that 2009 temporary benefit expired. According to the Agriculture Department, a family of four receiving food stamps is now getting $36 less a month. The average household benefit is around $270. Since then, food banks are reporting more demand because people’s food stamps aren’t stretching as far, said Maura Daly of Feeding America. Conservatives pushing the cuts say they want to target benefits to the neediest people, arguing that those who are truly hungry should have no problem getting assistance if they apply. The final bill will most likely crack down on states that give recipients $1 in heating assistance in order to trigger higher food stamp benefits, a change that wouldn’t take people completely off the rolls. The bill will also likely add some money for food banks and test new work requirements for recipients in a few states, a priority for many Republicans. “While this program is an important part of our safety net, our overriding goal should be to help our citizens with the education and skills

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they need to get back on their feet so that they can provide for themselves and their families,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., when the farm bill was on the House floor last summer. Democrats and anti-hunger groups opposing the reductions have said that cutting food stamps could worsen health and raise health costs for the poorest. “Food is medicine,” says Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, who has led the Democrats’ defense of the food stamp program. “Critics focus almost exclusively on how much we spend, and I wish they understood that if we did this better, we could save a lot more money in health care costs.” Dr. Thomas McInerny, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said too often, poor families buy cheap, high-calorie junk food because it’s filling, but it lacks nutrients needed for proper child development. The two main consequences are laterin-life diabetes, and iron deficiency that, especially in the first three years of life, can damage a developing brain so that children have trouble learning in school, he said. “The children may not look malnourished the way children in Third World countries look,” he said, “but they are malnourished.”

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By Jennifer Giffune, R.D., L.D.N. You are having a bad day; feel sad, lonely, angry, bored, weak. Things are not going the way you wanted them to and you wish things were different. When dealing with a difficult time in your life, do you turn to food? Sometime eating well beyond feeling full? If you do, you may be an “emotional eater”. Why do we turn to food? Obviously, we think it will make us feel better. At that moment, the smooth, sweet, creamy or salty flavors do fill us with immediate pleasure. The goal is to defeat those negative emotions. In the long run this becomes a way to sabotage your efforts to be healthy. Emotional eaters don’t break out the veggie platter, right? No, the foods of choice are packed full of fat, salt, sugar, and are high in calories. The end result is that your weight goes up and up. Then you feel bad… and then you emotionally eat… it is a vicious cycle and it needs to be broken. Emotional eating is not a given. The good news is that you can take control. It will take work, but in the end, the results will make you feel wonderful about yourself. Before you do anything else, get a physical ~ it may not be a matter of emotions running your life. There may be a physical issue that needs addressing. Afterward, if you get a clean bill of health, then it is time to deal with emotional eating. Here are some tips to follow before your next bite: Stop & think: Take about 15 minutes and sit down and think about whether you are truly hungry. A growling stomach and slowly developing feelings of hunger means you are really hungry. Cravings come on quickly, and pass, if not fed, in about 15 minutes. Hydrate yourself: Adults often do not perceive thirst. While you are thinking about whether or not you are truly hungry, have a glass of water. If you were thirsty, this will suffice and you will not need to eat. Learn what your triggers are: Take several days and keep a food record. Track everything- food & drinks plus dates, time, amounts, how long it took to eat and

how you were feeling. You are looking for patterns that lead to emotional eating. Plan: Key to avoiding emotional eating is planning ahead. For example, if you know that you emotionally eat as soon as you get home after work due to stress, have a small healthy snack waiting in the car. Before you turn the key, perhaps you eat a fruit and small packet (1 ounce) of nuts. Find non-food comforts: Take some time when you are having a calm day, and write down a list of non-food comforts. It may be that you have immediate comforts such as picking up a phone and calling friends. You may also have comforts that take more effort such as meditating or doing yoga. If it tempts you – get rid of it: If you can’t be around a chocolate bar without taking a bite, don’t have it in your possession (not in the house, freezer or car). If you would have to go out to get a comfort food, chances are you will “make do” with another action. Don’t go hungry: Skipping meals are an emotional eater’s worst form of self-sabotage. Daily have three meals and two snacks. Every 2–3 days make some ready-to-eat healthy snacks such as cut up veggies with yogurt dip, airpopped popcorn (use “spray” margarine to flavor), and sugar-free jello.

Make healthy eating a lifestyle: Consistent healthy food choices (85-95 percent of the time) are essential to reaching a healthy body weight, and combating emotional eating. Choose good carbs (e.g. whole grains, vegetables, and fruit), lean protein (e.g. poultry, fish, soy, and lean meats), heart healthy fats (e.g. nuts, seeds and oils), and low-fat dairy (e.g. skim/1 percent milk and yogurt). Pay attention to portions, and eat slowly. Get moving! Exercise is a stress reliever and mood elevator. Include all types of exercise (aerobic, strengthening and flexibility), and aim for 3–6 days a week. When you workout, you sleep deeply, feeling more rested in the morning… able to face whatever challenges life throws at you. It is important to remember that no one is perfect. Aim for healthy eating 85-95 percent of the time. During those times when you give in to your emotions, let it go. Move forward, instead of dwelling on past choices you made. At your next meal, snack or scheduled exercise session, just go on as planned. Finally, if you find that you cannot stop emotional eating on your own, consider seeing a therapist (psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker) to face your feelings and to get tools to exert control. ——— Jennifer Giffune, R.D., L.D.N. is a freelance author, professional speaker and nutrition counselor. She currently is providing nutrition counseling services for Hampden County Physician Associates at their offices in Westfield, Southwick, Feeding Hills and West Springfield. If you would like to schedule a counseling session with Jennifer, please call (413) 786-1500.

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Obituaries Elizabeth Laudato WESTFIELD - Elizabeth (Gallo) Laudato passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 in a local nursing home. Born and raised in Westfield, she was a lifelong resident and a 1931 graduate of Westfield High School. Elizabeth was a communicant of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church and a member of the Rosary Sodality. She was also a member of the St. Rocco’s Womens Club, Westfield. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Laudato in 1998. She leaves her son, Charles J. Laudato and Betty-Jo of Westfield; her daughter, Nancy Trotman and husband David of Westfield and her daughter-in-law, Eileen (Sullivan) Laudato; 8 grandchildren and 17 greatgrandchildren. Her funeral will be held Thursday at 9:00 a.m. from the Robert E Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main Street (Route 20) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, all in Westfield. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, P.O. Box 489, Westfield, MA 01086.

Hospital Security Continued from Page 6 Rhoades said about hiring police officers. “We’re doing this to be proactive.” Lutheran Hospital does not plan to create a police force but currently employs security officers as well as off-duty Fort Wayne police officers. Lutheran also has spaces for those off-duty officers where they can prepare reports or do other work while giving them a prominent view of what’s going on throughout the hospital. A Parkview police force would not be there to only enforce the law, Rhoades said. Officers can help with emergencies - such as getting an ambulance to the right place, or helping get patients to and from the Samaritan helicopter. Many of the officers Rhoades will hire are expected to have law enforcement experience, he said. Others who are not already full-fledged officers will be sent to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, where many of the state’s police officers are trained. These officers - Rhoades wants to hire 18 in all - won’t strictly be there to enforce and shouldn’t be feared within the hospital walls. “A lot of people think of police as people who enforce,” said Rhoades, himself a retired officer from the Fort Wayne Police Department. “Our police officer roles will break down to about 90 percent securing and protecting, 10 percent enforcement,” he said.

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Former Mass. attorney general, House Speaker Quinn dies at 85 STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Robert Quinn, the former state attorney general and Massachusetts House speaker, who helped create the University of Massachusetts and toughen environmental protections in the state, has died. He was 85. Quinn died after collapsing early Sunday morning at his Falmouth home and being rushed to a nearby hospital, his law partner James Morris confirmed. Morris said Quinn had recently moved back into the two-family home where he was raised in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. “That’s where he was most at home,” Morris said. “He was thrilled to be there, he was in heaven.” Quinn served in the state House of Representatives from 1957 until 1969, the last two years as speaker. His gave his name to the Quinn Bill, which gives police with college degrees higher pay. He was attorney general from 1970 until 1974, when he lost in the Democratic primary for governor to Michael Dukakis. Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn called Quinn a “political leader of intelligence and integrity ... remembered for his decency and commitment to fairness and rule of the law.” Quinn also helped found the University of Massachusetts-Boston and served as chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley said Quinn opened the doors of urban public higher education to

drugs is very important for the patient and very important to protect the transplanted organ from rejection,” Saffer said. The proposal could lead to “patients having to go through multiple channels to try and get a drug,” which would put patients at risk, she added. In the proposal, the administration said the new policy was developed after careful consultation with a broad range of experts. The three other types of drugs that have protected status — for cancer, HIV/AIDS and preventing seizures — would remain protected. If adopted in the coming months, the new policy could take effect as early as 2015. The administration estimates it could save the taxpayers a total of $720 million by 2019. Beneficiaries may also be able to save. That’s because the drug plans can drive a harder bargain for manufacturer discounts when a drug is not protected. “The circumstances that existed when this policy was originally implemented have changed dramatically in the more than seven years the program has been in operation,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in its proposal. “We are concerned that requiring essentially open coverage of certain classes and categories of drugs presents both financial disadvantages and patient welfare concerns ... as a result of increased drug prices and overutilization,” the proposal added. A leading industry analyst said the proposal would represent a significant change for Medicare’s prescription benefit, which is highly popular with beneficiaries. “It is a weakening of a patient protection,” said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalare Health, a market analysis firm. “I’m not sure that Medicare saves money from this kind of a change,” he added. “Other elements of the program may have a cost increase if people are not using medications in the right way.”

Massachusetts gas prices down BOSTON (AP) — The price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Massachusetts had dropped 3 cents in the past week. AAA Southern New England reports Monday that gas has fallen to an average of $3.44 per gallon, which is still a penny higher than a month ago but and a penny higher than at the same time last year. Despite the drop, the current price in Massachusetts is 13 cents higher than the national average. The AAA survey found a 31-cent price range for self-serve regular, from a low of $3.29 a gallon to a high of $3.60.

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In this Oct. 19, 2005, file photo former Massachusetts House Speaker Robert Quinn sits at the Statehouse during the 375th anniversary of the Great and General court of Massachusetts in Boston. Quinn died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 in Falmouth, Mass. He was 85. (AP Photo/Julia Malakie, File) obtain associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees or master’s degrees in criminal justice. Morris, who formed the law firm he ran with Quinn in 1979 “on a handshake,” said Quinn had an early brush with death when was attending Boston College. He said he fell ill one day, was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and spent the next two years fighting off the disease and

recovering at the old Boston Sanatorium. Morris said that experience helped color Quinn’s outlook on life, his ability to befriend people of all walks of life and his loyalty to friends and family. “Here’s a man I’ve known intimately for 40 year. Here’s a person who’s 100 percent dedicated to his family, to his religion and to his friends,” Morris said.

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city residents. “We will miss Bob dearly, but we are gratified that he was able to see the university he helped found mark its 50th anniversary this year,” Motley said in a statement. Quinn was ridiculed at the time for wanting to build a university campus on the site of a former dump, but he pushed ahead anyway, Morris said. As attorney general, Quinn led a multistate challenge to the federal government’s ability to drill for offshore oil, created the state’s first Environmental Protection Division, and established the New England Organized Crime Intelligence System. “We will miss his vision and leadership, and I will miss his friendship and sound advice,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said. House Speaker Robert DeLeo described Quinn as “a gentleman who treated people with kindness and respect.” “As a former House Speaker, he possessed a special love for the House of Representatives,” DeLeo said. “He served as an invaluable source of institutional knowledge and advice and was a person I could count on.” Quinn, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1955 after attending Boston College, also served on the board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. The Quinn Bill, first passed by the state Legislature in 1970, calls for participating municipalities to give salary increases of 10 percent to 25 percent to police officers who

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are hoping that there will be sufficient Republican support to avoid major battles over cloture Thursday and Friday. This remains a tight time frame, but the rewards are substantial for both parties. And there is a genuine hunger to build on the December budget deal and not risk another government shutdown akin to last October’s. Already, a long-anticipated farm bill has gone off the tracks since lawmakers returned from the holidays. If the omnibus were to fail as well, it would be a huge black eye for both parties. One positive sign came from Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the ranking Republican on Appropriations. In anticipation of the filing, he met with his fellow Republicans on the panel. Shelby said later he would support the bill and asked his colleagues to support it as well. “I’m on board,” Shelby told POLITICO. “If the House comes with a big vote, we’ll get a big vote, too.” “It’s not everything anybody wanted, but we’ve been working hard at it, and it will lead us, hopefully, to regular order.” In loving memory of

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As the former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee — and an ardent opponent of the Dodd-Frank reforms — Shelby left an imprint seen in the tight budgets for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The administration appears to have avoided restrictive riders proposed in the House, but the price is far less money than the president wants. CFTC would be held to $215 million, or $100 million less than requested. The SEC’s budget is set at $1.35 billion — $32 million less than requested. As drafted, the package fully respects the contours set in December but adds hundreds of pages in detail, spelling out where the dollars will actually go. Literally every corner of the government is affected, and the numbers offer a snapshot of new and old priorities competing for limited funds. Community development funds would be held to $3.03 billion, for example. The newer and popular TIGER grant program in the Transportation Department is promised a more robust $600 million — a 20 percent increase. Despite late-breaking support from Republican business lobbies, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew lost out in his bid to secure new money to meet U.S. pledges to the International Monetary Fund. At the same time, the bill provides $3 billion for migration and refugee assistance — a big increase spurred by the flood of families fleeing the violence in Syria’s civil war. Agencies like the Food and Drug Administration emerge more than intact after the sequestration cuts last March. FDA is slated to receive $2.51 billion, or 8 percent above its current funding level. The amount is even modestly higher than what Congress approved last spring. Similarly, the Energy Department’s Office of Science budget grows to $5.07 billion, a number that

recaptures what was lost under sequestration and adds another $205 million. The National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are less fortunate. NIH ends up with $29.9 billion, a $1 billion increase over its current funding but still $714 million below where it was before the automatic cuts last spring. NSF also falls short, with a $7.2 billion budget that is about $68 million below where it had been. In NIH’s case, the squeeze is because it must compete in an arena where the Department of Health and Human Services needs new resources to care for poor, unaccompanied minors coming across the southern border from Latin America. The number of these migrants has more than tripled in recent years, and the Obama administration has stepped up efforts to provide housing and place the children with families rather than assign them to detention facilities. But the costs are significant, and the $868 million in the draft bill is more than double the 2013 appropriation and significantly above the president’s initial request. In the Interior Department chapter, there is a similar competition between added firefighting funds and the PILT program, payment-inlieu-of-taxes for Western towns surrounded by federal lands. Negotiators had to find a way to make room for an extra $636 million to battle fires while also restoring the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget to $8.2 billion — a $299 million increase over the post-sequester level. PILT was caught in the middle, but the Appropriations leadership said it has been assured that authorizing committees like Senate Finance will come up with an answer before the next PILT payments are due this spring. Taken as a whole, these numbers define a new plateau — some would say realism

— for the remainder of Obama’s presidency. Nonemergency appropriations are capped at $1.012 trillion, as prescribed in December. These dollars are paired with about $91.7 billion in overseas contingency funds — chiefly for military operations in Afghanistan but also to help address the soaring number of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war. The so-called OCO funding meets the target set in the House Republican budget resolution last spring. But the total is about $7.2 billion higher than Obama’s 2014 request, and it shows the extra latitude House Republicans will allow to help the Pentagon adjust to the downward spiral now in its base funding. The Pentagon’s base budget is expected to drop to $487.4 billion — $24 billion below what the House approved last July and about $20 billion above what was threatened by another round of sequestration this month. When the OCO funding is counted, the total comes to about $572.6 billion. But that is still about $35 billion below the Pentagon funding approved for 2013 before the first round of automatic cuts last March. What’s most telling is to compare the numbers now with spending levels six years ago for fiscal 2008 — the last full budget cycle under Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush. Total discretionary spending for 2008 was $1.176 trillion, more than half of which, or $642.1 billion, was designated for the Pentagon and military operations — in Iraq then as well as Afghanistan. That left $534.4 billion among the 11 other appropriations bills, almost exactly what will be the case now in the 2014 omnibus. The big difference is inflation. And when the Bush dollars are adjusted upward to reflect changes in the cost of living since 2008, it shows that Obama will be left with about 10 percent, or $53 billion, less than his predecessor.


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WHS tracks down 3-0 By Chris Putz Staff Writer NORTHAMPTON – The Westfield High School girls’ indoor track and field team is off and running. Westfield defeated Central 70-24 late Friday evening to improve to 3-0. Mackenzie Millikan won the mile (6:15.18) and helped the 4×400 relay team (Millikan, Abby McCarthy, Katrina Arona, Kyra Schoenfeld) finish first for the Bombers. Jessie Pratt (55-meter dash, 7.76), Morgan Sanders (55meter high hurdles, 9.35), Julia Santangelo (600-meter run, 1:57.32), Allyson Morin (1000 meters, 3:17.97), Julie Guarente (2 mile, 14:09.02), and Emily Ann Andrews (high jump, 4-6) all won for Westfield. Morin recently committed to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a Division 1 NCAA incoming cross country and track and field athlete in fall 2014. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY Groton-Dunstable 3, Westfield 1 Chris Sullivan scored the lone goal on a power play for Westfield, which fell to 2-2-2 overall with the loss at Amelia late Friday night. Conner Sullivan and Mike Santinello assisted on the play. GIRLS’ HOOPS Gateway 45, Commerce 38 Chelsea Derrig scored a team-high 14 points to lead Gateway to its fourth straight victory, following an 0-2 Westfield’s Mackenzie Millikan leads the way on the team’s winning start to begin the 2013-14 regular season. All four Gators’ 4x400 meter relay team at Smith College in Northampton late Friday. wins came last week (vs. Commerce, Dean Tech, St. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Mary, Pioneer Valley Christian School). Gateway (4-2), which is in the midst of playing seven games in nine days, next plays at Pathfinder Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY Leominster 3, Cathedral 1 Annie D’Mario scored Cathedral’s only goal on a pass from Katelyn Joyal. Lilly Delaney scored a second- and third-period goal to help spur a Leominster rally. Cathedral goalies Lexi Levere (no goals allowed) finished with seven saves, and Kaylee Basile had five. GIRLS’ HOOPS Southwick-Tolland 41, Turners Falls 28 Jackie Maziarz (10 points), Mackenzie Sullivan (9), and Ashley Shea (7) led Southwick, which improved to 7-0 with Friday night’s victory. “Our team came out a little flat, but it was a very teamoriented game,” Southwick assistant coach Rick Harriman said. “Everyone had a hand in helping us overcome (a lack of emotion).” JV RESULTS Southwick 44, Turners Falls 26 Alyssa Cournoyer had eight points, and Amber Nobbs and Stephanie Devine each chipped in seven for Southwick. “It was one of the better teams we played even though the (score) doesn’t show it,” said Harriman, the team’s JV head coach. “Our shots fell; theirs didn’t. It was a tough team and a good test.”

Lancers top Bombers By Chris Putz Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Three players scored in double digits to lead Longmeadow on the road at WHS. “They just played a very good defensive game,” Westfield coach Ralph Loos said of his team’s 47-34 home loss Monday night. “We turned the ball over way too much. That was the story of the game.” Alicia Arnold led Westfield with nine points, followed by Jules Sharon, who finished with eight.

Westfield’s Jules Sharon, right, controls the ball past Longmeadow’s Teagan Northup. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Becca Sullivan, left, and Longmeadow’s Ally Mishol, right, battle for the rebound during last night’s game in Westfield. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Lexi Minicucci, foreground, leaps past Longmeadow guard Katie Fydenherez during the second period. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Alicia Arnold, right, dribbles past Longmeadow’s Rachel Wetstone during last night’s game. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Westfield’s Beka Santiago, center, attempts to break through the defense of Longmeadow’s Teagan Northup, left, and Ally Mishol, right, during the first period of last night’s game in Westfield. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES TUESDAY January 14

WEDNESDAY January 15

INDOOR TRACK at East Longmeadow, Smith College, Northampton, 3:45 p.m. SWIMMING vs. Longmeadow, 4 p.m. SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) vs. Auburn, Cyr Arena, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY FRIDAY January 16 January 17 WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

WRESTLING at Ludlow, 7 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOCKEY at Simsbury, International Skating Center, 7:30 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Northampton, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Northampton, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY January 18

MONDAY January 20

BOYS’ V HOCKEY at Westborough, North Star, 7 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK at Agawam, Smith College, Northampton, 3:45 p.m. SWIMMING vs. Amherst, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Belchertown, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY at Minnechaug, Olympia Ice Center, West Springfield, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Belchertown 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Amherst, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) at Walpole, Cyr Arena, 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 19 BOYS’ JV HOCKEY at Longmeadow, Cyr Arena, 6 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Belchertown, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Belchertown, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Hampshire, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Monson, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Cathedral, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Monson, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Cathedral, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Easthampton, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Easthampton, 7 p.m.

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, 6:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Commerce, 5:30 p.m.

SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Sci-Tech, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Franklin Tech, 6:30 p.m.

WRESTLING at Ludlow Duals, All Day

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 6:30 p.m.

WESTFIELD VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS at St. Mary, Wesfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Westfield Voc-Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY at Greenfield, Collins/Moylan Arena, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Westfield VocTech, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Joe’s, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ V HOCKEY vs. Easthampton, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 10 a.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Gateway, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Gateway, 6:30 p.m.

WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY SCHEDULES

Ice Hockey DAY Tuesday Thursday Thursday Saturday Thursday Saturday

DATE OPPONENT Jan. 14 at Southern New Hampshire Jan. 16 SALEM STATE Jan. 23 at Fitchburg State Jan. 25 at UMass Dartmouth Jan. 30 WORCESTER STATE Feb. 1 PLYMOUTH STATE

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DATE Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Feb. 27 March 1

OPPONENT at Salem State WORCESTER STATE MCLA at Fitchburg State at Framingham State BRIDGEWATER STATE at Western Connecticut SALEM STATE at Worcester State at MCLA FITCHBURG STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAC Semi-finals MASCAC Championship

TIME 3:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 7:00 7:30 3:00 7:30 3:00 TBA TBA TBA

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Sunday Jan. 19 Jan. 25 Saturday Saturday Feb. 1 Friday Feb. 14 Saturday Feb. 15 Sunday Feb. 16

Feb. 8 Feb. 15 Feb. 20 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 March 1 March 4 March 8

at Salem State FITCBHURG STATE UMASS DARTMOUTH at Worcester State PLYMOUTH STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship

5:35 7:35 7:35

NFL PLAYOFF GLANCE Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 Seattle 23, New Orleans 15 New England 43, Indianpolis 22 Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco 23, Carolina 10 Denver 24, San Diego 17 Conference Championships

(CBS) San Francisco at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2

At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, Jan. 19 New England vs. Denver, 3 p.m.

Women’s Swimming & Diving DAY

Saturday Saturday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday

TIME

BRIDGEWATER STATE at University of Saint Joseph (CT) WESTERN CONNECTICUT New England Championships New England Championships New England Championships University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

1:00 1:00 1:00

in the next

American Profile

Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track and Field DAY DATE OPPONENT Jan. 18 Coast Guard Invitational Saturday Jan. 25 Springfield College Invitational Saturday Feb. 1 Dartmouth College Invitational Saturday Feb. 8 MIT/Boston University Invitationals Saturday Saturday Feb. 15 MASCAC/Alliance Championships Feb. 21-22 New England Division III Finals Fri.-Sat.

Place New London, CT Springfield Hanover, N.H. Boston Southern Maine MIT (M); Springfield (W)

Fri.-Sat Feb. 28 All New England Championships March 1 March 7-8 ECAC Division III Championships Fri.-Sat March 14-15 NCAA Division III Championships Fri.-Sat.

Boston University Reggie Lewis Center @Devaney Center Lincoln, NE

Women’s Basketball DAY

DATE OPPONENT

TIME

Tuesday

Jan. 14

at Castleton State

6:00

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Jan. 18

at Salem State

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Jan. 21

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TBA

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TBA

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Rams, Saints battle By Chris Putz Staff Writer PALMER – It was a bumpy trip for the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School team on the road Monday. Southwick put together a

25-23 halftime lead at Palmer, but fell in the end 50-44. Laurence Johnson led the Rams with 17 points (four 3-pointers). Chris Turgeon had 13. Kyle Ingram (18 points)

and Troy Remillard (14) led Palmer. Pioneer Valley Christian School 69, St. Mary 60 St. Mary missed a 3-point shot trailing by five with about a minute remaining in

Southwick-Tolland’s Nick Masserelli (10) defends the ball. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Southwick-Tolland and Palmer met in a boys’ basketball game Monday night. (Photo by Chris Putz)

regulation before falling to PVCS at Westfield Middle School South. Sam Thresher scored a game-high 39 points for St. Mary. Saints’ Drew Collins had nine. “It was a major improvement for us,” said

St. Mary coach Joe Molta, whose Saints lost the first meeting with PVCS by nearly 50 points (84-37). “We can certainly feel good about that.”

Felix powers Westfield State University past Bridgewater BRIDGEWATER – Junior center Gabby Felix (Springfield, Mass.) notched a doubledouble with a career-high 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Westfield State University women’s basketball team to a 61-53 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) win over host Bridgewater State University on Saturday afternoon at the Tinsley Center. Westfield improves to 8-5 on the season and 2-0 in the MASCAC, while Bridgewater slips to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Felix connected on 11 of 23 field goals attempts and five of her 20 boards came off the offensive glass. She also added two blocked shots and a steal. Sophomore guard Vanessa Conceicao (New Bedford, Mass.) came off the bench to lead the Bears with 14 points and three boards in 19 minutes, while fellow reserve Jennie Lindland (Edgartown, Mass.) added 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks and three steals in 20 minutes. The Bears’ bench outscored the Owls’ reserves by a margin of 29-6, however the BSU starters combined to score just 24 points. Junior guard Jen Ashton (Beverly, Mass.) added 13 points, five assists and five steals for Westfield, while sophomore guard Keri

Doldoorian (Whitinsville, Mass.) chipped in with ten points and six rebounds. The Owls forced 21 turnovers and held the Bears to just 18 made field goals (18-for-59). Bridgewater held a 23-19 advantage at the break as both teams shot just 24% from the floor. Trailing 17-16, the Bears held the Owls to just two point over the final 6 ½ minutes of the opening stanza. A Conceicao three-pointer followed by back-to-back baskets from Lindland gave BSU the four-point lead at the intermission. Lindland notched eight of her 11 points in the first half. A Tatyana Belizaire (Cambridge, Mass.) layup to open the second half gave the Bears their biggest lead of the game at 25-19. The Owls would respond with an 8-0 run capped off by an Alyssa Darling (Palmer, Mass.) three-pointer to jump ahead 27-25. A Conceicao driving layup and a Lindland free throw put the Bears back on top, 28-27, with 15 minutes remaining. That would be the last time Bridgewater would lead in the game. The Owls would hold the Bears scoreless over the next five minutes and scored the next seven points on a pair of layups by Felix a jumper by Ashton and a Tayler Travis (Somerset, Mass.) free throw to take control of the game. Bridgewater pulled to within three points

on two occasions over the final eight minutes, but Felix answered both times with easy layups and the Bears missed six free throws during that span. Neither team shot the ball particularly well throughout the contest. The Owls shot 31% (22-71) from the floor, 18% (2-11) from three point range and 56% (15-27) at the free throw line. The Bears finished with shooting figures of 31% (18-59) from the field, 20% (4-20)

from behind the arc and 65% (13-20) at the charity stripe. Westfield held a 51- 47 rebounding advantage including a 19-11 edge on the offensive boards. Both teams are on the road on Tuesday evening. The Bears travel to MASCAC rival Framingham State University to take on the Rams at six, while the Owls (6:00) head to non-conference foe Castleton State College for a six o’clock game with the Spartans.

2013-14 High School Winter Standings GIRLS’ HOOPS Westfield 4-3 Southwick 7-0 St. Mary 0-5 Gateway 4-2* BOYS’ HOOPS Westfield 2-4* Southwick 1-6 Westfield Voc-Tech 1-1* St. Mary 1-5 Gateway 5-1 HOCKEY Westfield 2-2-2 St. Mary 2-1 BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 6-0 GIRLS’ SWIMMING Westfield 5-0-1 BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0*

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 3-0 BOYS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0* GIRLS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0* WRESTLING Westfield 0-1 Southwick-Tolland 0-0* Gateway 0-0* *No Report

Monday’s Results GIRLS’ HOOPS Longmeadow 47, Westfield 34 BOYS’ HOOPS Palmer 50, Southwick-Tolland 44 PVCS 69, St. Mary 60

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Indiana 29 7 .806 — 8-2 W-1 18-1 11-6 21-5 d-Miami 27 10 .730 2½ 6-4 L-2 16-3 11-7 17-8 d-Toronto 19 17 .528 10 8-2 W-3 9-8 10-9 14-10 10 5-5 L-1 14-5 6-13 13-10 Atlanta 20 18 .526 Washington 17 19 .472 12 5-5 W-1 7-9 10-10 14-10 12 7-3 L-1 11-8 6-11 14-11 Chicago 17 19 .472 Detroit 16 22 .421 14 3-7 W-2 7-12 9-10 14-11 New York 15 22 .405 14½ 6-4 W-5 7-12 8-10 12-12 Brooklyn 15 22 .405 14½ 6-4 L-1 10-9 5-13 9-14 Charlotte 15 23 .395 15 2-8 L-3 8-11 7-12 12-12 Cleveland 13 24 .351 16½ 3-7 L-1 10-8 3-16 9-18 Boston 13 26 .333 17½ 1-9 L-9 8-11 5-15 10-12 Philadelphia 12 25 .324 17½ 4-6 L-4 7-11 5-14 7-14 Orlando 10 28 .263 20 2-8 L-8 7-11 3-17 8-13 Milwaukee 7 30 .189 22½ 1-9 L-6 3-14 4-16 6-20 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-San Antonio 30 8 .789 — 8-2 W-5 15-5 15-3 19-6 d-Portland 28 9 .757 1½ 6-4 W-2 15-4 13-5 14-7 Oklahoma City 28 9 .757 1½ 6-4 W-1 16-3 12-6 17-7 d-L.A. Clippers 26 13 .667 4½ 6-4 W-3 17-3 9-10 17-7 Houston 25 14 .641 5½ 7-3 W-2 15-5 10-9 13-11 Golden State 25 14 .641 5½ 9-1 W-1 12-4 13-10 15-12 Dallas 23 16 .590 7½ 7-3 W-3 14-6 9-10 13-12 Phoenix 21 16 .568 8½ 4-6 L-3 12-5 9-11 16-11 Denver 19 18 .514 10½ 5-5 L-1 11-8 8-10 10-14 Minnesota 18 19 .486 11½ 5-5 L-1 11-7 7-12 7-14 Memphis 17 19 .472 12 6-4 W-2 9-12 8-7 10-15 New Orleans 15 22 .405 14½ 2-8 L-6 9-8 6-14 7-17 L.A. Lakers 14 23 .378 15½ 1-9 L-4 8-10 6-13 9-17 Sacramento 13 22 .371 15½ 6-4 W-3 9-13 4-9 8-15 Utah 13 26 .333 17½ 6-4 W-1 8-11 5-15 8-18 d-division leader Sunday’s Games Sacramento 124, Cleveland 80 Memphis 108, Atlanta 101 San Antonio 104, Minnesota 86 Monday’s Games Toronto 116, Milwaukee 94 Houston 104, Boston 92 New York 98, Phoenix 96, OT Washington 102, Chicago 88 San Antonio 101, New Orleans 95 Dallas 107, Orlando 88 Utah 118, Denver 103 Tuesday’s Games Sacramento at Indiana, 7 p.m.

New York at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Chicago at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Miami at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Memphis at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Portland, 10 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

GP Pittsburgh 47 Boston 45 Tampa Bay 46 Washington 45 46 Montreal N.Y. Rangers 47 Philadelphia 46 Detroit 46 Toronto 47 Columbus 46 Ottawa 46 New Jersey 47 Carolina 46 N.Y. Islanders 47 45 Florida Buffalo 44

W 33 29 27 22 26 24 23 20 22 22 20 19 19 18 17 13

L 12 14 15 16 15 20 19 16 20 20 18 18 18 22 21 26

EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA 2 68 152 112 2 60 129 98 4 58 134 112 7 51 136 135 5 57 117 107 3 51 118 124 4 50 121 129 10 50 118 127 5 49 128 143 4 48 129 131 8 48 131 146 10 48 108 117 9 47 111 130 7 43 130 152 7 41 105 139 5 31 77 121

Home Away Div 19-3-0 14-9-2 15-5-0 18-4-2 11-10-0 11-6-0 14-5-2 13-10-2 10-3-1 14-8-3 8-8-4 9-5-2 14-7-3 12-8-2 6-4-2 10-10-3 14-10-0 6-8-3 12-8-0 11-11-4 8-6-2 6-10-7 14-6-3 7-5-4 15-10-1 7-10-4 6-5-2 11-9-2 11-11-2 10-7-1 11-10-4 9-8-4 10-4-3 10-6-6 9-12-4 9-6-3 10-9-5 9-9-4 9-7-1 7-9-7 11-13-0 3-10-3 9-9-4 8-12-3 7-9-1 9-12-3 4-14-2 5-10-3

GP Anaheim 48 Chicago 48 St. Louis 44 San Jose 46 Colorado 45 Los Angeles 47 Vancouver 47 Minnesota 48 Phoenix 45 Dallas 45 Nashville 47 Winnipeg 48 Calgary 46 Edmonton 48

W 35 30 31 28 28 28 24 25 21 20 19 20 16 15

L 8 8 8 12 12 14 14 18 15 18 21 23 24 28

WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA 5 75 161 119 10 70 175 132 5 67 161 99 6 62 148 116 5 61 132 115 5 61 120 96 9 57 123 115 5 55 118 119 9 51 134 141 7 47 127 139 7 45 109 141 5 45 133 146 6 38 103 144 5 35 126 169

Home Away Div 19-0-2 16-8-3 12-1-2 16-3-6 14-5-4 9-6-2 17-3-2 14-5-3 13-0-1 16-2-3 12-10-3 12-3-2 16-6-3 12-6-2 10-5-2 16-6-3 12-8-2 10-3-1 12-6-5 12-8-4 6-6-4 16-6-2 9-12-3 9-7-1 12-7-3 9-8-6 8-6-4 9-7-5 11-11-2 5-7-4 11-10-4 8-11-3 6-8-0 11-10-4 9-13-1 5-11-3 7-13-3 9-11-3 4-8-2 8-12-2 7-16-3 2-9-3

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games Buffalo 2, Washington 1, SO Toronto 3, New Jersey 2, SO N.Y. Islanders 4, Dallas 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1 Chicago 5, Edmonton 3 Minnesota 4, Nashville 0 Anaheim 1, Detroit 0 Monday’s Games Calgary 2, Carolina 0 Columbus 3, Tampa Bay 2 Winnipeg 5, Phoenix 1 Los Angeles 1, Vancouver 0

Tuesday’s Games Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. San Jose at Washington, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m. Phoenix at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 8 p.m. Ottawa at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.


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Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

What should I do? Dear Annie: I have been in a committed relationship for a year. Admittedly, my girlfriend and I (we are lesbians) rushed into things. We moved in together quickly when she broke up with her girlfriend of five years. After the first month, “Dennie” cheated on me with her ex. I wrote it off, but a few months later, she cheated again. I have generalized anxiety disorder and started to associate going to work with Dennie’s cheating, which made my work life miserable. Shortly after all of this happened, I emotionally cheated with an ex of my own. I admitted this to Dennie. She was angry and sad, but I said she should give me a second chance because I’d already given her two. I deleted my ex’s phone number and blocked her in all forms of communication. I recently found out that Dennie visited her ex when she was briefly in the hospital. It wasn’t cheating, but we had agreed that one of the conditions of continuing our relationship is that all contact with the exes must be stopped. One month later, Dennie cheated on me again with this same girl -- in our home. It’s hard for me to look at Dennie the same way. My head keeps telling me to let her go, but my heart isn’t ready. I’ve asked Dennie to go with me for counseling, but she says she wants us to work it out on our own. She says she isn’t the only one at fault. We’ve both made mistakes, but the difference is that I’ve learned from mine. I can’t continue unless we both can be faithful. What should I do? -- Cheated On Again Dear Cheated On: Dennie is not yet over her ex, and you seem well aware of it. You were her rebound. You desperately want Dennie to be someone she is not, and it isn’t working out. Unless you want your heart broken over and over, please let her go. Even if she doesn’t return to her ex, her next relationship might not be with you. If you can accept this outcome, you can move forward. Dear Annie: Growing up, I thought if I had siblings, I would have learned how to get along with others my own age. But now that I have reached the ripe old age of 70, I am grateful to have been an only child. Here’s why: There was enough money to send me to college. I have read countless letters in your column complaining about siblings and have listened to the complaints of my friends about theirs. I knew it was totally on me to make decisions about my parents’ health as they became unable to do so, with no arguments from siblings. So for your readers out there who are thinking of stopping after one child, I say good idea. -- Only Child in Massachusetts Dear Child: We are glad you have embraced your status. But for every person who is happy to be an only child, you will find others who could not imagine their lives without their loving siblings. Granted, people complain about their relatives, and when it comes to advice columns, you are more likely to read about problems. We know that siblings can drive you crazy -- so can spouses and parents. But a good relationship with a brother or sister can be a source of comfort throughout life. Dear Annie: “A Loving and Lonely Grandma” said her teenage granddaughter avoids her because of her raspy voice. At least one of the parents is complicit in the girl’s behavior. I can understand her being embarrassed. Teenagers can be embarrassed by your breathing. But sometime in the distant past, her parents should have stopped the behavior, saying, “How would you feel if someone treated you like that because you had a different voice?” It’s a teaching moment. -- S.B. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

HINTS FROM HELOISE BIRDSEED BLUNDER Dear Heloise: I am getting married in a few weeks, and the location of the ceremony said we can’t throw birdseed. I know you shouldn’t throw rice, but I thought birdseed was OK. -- Helen in Illinois Helen, it’s a lovely idea, but birdseed can cause a big mess for them to clean up, and even can sprout weeds in their lawns. There are some other alternatives. Just check with the venue for any restrictions or recommendations it might have. Looking for help on other wedding-related issues? I have compiled all my favorite wedding hints into one pamphlet. To order, send $3 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Bridal, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Having your dress specially made? Why not buy an extra yard or two of fabric and save it for emergency repairs, or to make into a christening gown for your children? -- Heloise SOUND OFF RESPONSE Dear Heloise: I’d like to comment on a recent Sound Off about people standing in front of the upright freezer in a grocery store, causing the glass to fog up. I agree with the Sound Off. However, I’d like to offer a solution: If the freezer manufacturers would put nonglare glass in the doors, shoppers wouldn’t have to fight their reflections or the reflections of the background while looking on the freezer shelves for items. -- Sharon K., Morrilton, Ark.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH Pressure’s tendrils will find their way into the best of situations. As a result, many people might act in an odd or divisive manner. If you step back and observe what is happening, you could start laughing at everything that is going on. Tonight: Happy at home. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You might decide to head down a certain path only to discover that it is fraught with boulders. Rethink your choices. Make calls, and get feedback. Luck seems to appear just as certain issues dissolve. Tonight: Move quickly. Touch base with a loved one. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH Be smart when handling funds. Someone could make an appealing offer. This person’s words will mean nothing until you check out their validity. A friend who often shares some unique ideas could surprise you. Tonight: Take a hard look at your budget. Is it working? CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH You could be taken aback by someone’s childish behavior. You often put this person on a pedestal, but today he or she could fall off. Perhaps you have been projecting your own ideals instead of seeing reality. Take off your rose-colored glasses. Tonight: Make a caring gesture. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHH Continue to do your share of listening. Understand what your expectations are regarding someone you admire. This person could give you quite a jolt. Recognize what is happening below the surface, and act on those feelings. Tonight: Hopefully not to be found. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Move forward, and understand what a meeting and its message are really about. You know you can count on certain supporters; brainstorm with them more often. You might want to indulge a close loved one, but a partner could become jealous. Tonight: Where the action is. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHH Think twice before assuming the helm of the ship. Remember that many responsibilities come with this position. Recognize your limits. Know what can be done in order to salvage a rapidly deteriorating situation. Changes might profoundly affect you. Tonight: Start a project. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Reach out for a different perspective. Step back and take a look at the big picture. You will see matters in a new light after some reflection. Your decisions also will mirror a new and unique quality. Give yourself the luxury of choice. Tonight: Try a new type of cuisine. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You might believe all is well under the advisement of a partner, but you will discover otherwise. A child could become quite rebellious and difficult all of a sudden. Be more in touch with what your limits are. Tonight: Go along with a loved one’s suggestion. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH Someone might want to do things his or her way. Hand this person the reins and see what happens. Sometimes people just instinctively react to your position and determination. Let them walk in your shoes, and they will learn a lot. Tonight: Juggle different invitations. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Your decision to accomplish certain tasks demands focus. Some of you might want to screen your calls. Unfortunately, someone might misread your lack of availability and take it personally. Have a conversation, hopefully to cool this person down. Tonight: Head home. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Your imagination comes to

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January 14, 21, 2014

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CITY OF WESTFIELD ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS Hampden Division PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 50 State Street Springfield, MA 01103 Notice is hereby given that Pub- (413)748-8600 lic Hearings will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Docket No. HD13P2422EA 7:00 p.m. in Room 315 Municipal Building, 59 Court Street INFORMAL PROBATE Westfield, MA concerning the PUBLICATION NOTICE following: E-mail: dianedisanto@thewestfieldnewsgroup.com Estate of: The petition of FRANK DENANCY C. WACKERBARTH MARINIS who seeks dimensionAlso Known As: al special permits per Article III, NANCY CLARE Section 3-130.6(3) to allow a WACKERBARTH 0130 Auto For Sale 0180 Help Wanted side property line setback of less Date of Death: than 15’ and a special permit November 27, 2012 finding per Section 4-10(3) for $ CASH PAID $ FOR UN- WAITRESS WANTED. Apply in alteration in excess of 10% to al- To all persons interested in the WANTED & JUNK VEHICLES. person: Village Pizza, 251 Collow for expansions and con- above captioned estate, by Peti- Also buying repairable vehicles. lege Highway, Southwick, MA. struction of a pedestrian bridge tion of Nancy A. Petersen of C a l l J o e f o r m o r e d e t a i l s connecting 2 adjacent buildings Granville, MA a Will has been ( 4 1 3 ) 9 7 7 - 9 1 6 8 . under common ownership con- admitted to informal probate. trol. Subject properties known as 209 & 217 Root Road and loc- Nancy A. Petersen of Granated in the Industrial A and Wa- ville, MA has been informally TIMOTHY'S AUTO SALES. CLINICAL ter Resources districts. SOCIAL WORKER appointed as the Personal Rep- Stop by and see us! We might have exactly what you're lookresentativs of the estate to serve ing for, if not, left us find it for The petition of MICHAEL F. without surety on the bond. you! Bartlett Street, Westfield. W e s t e r n M a s s a c h u s e t t s TIERNEY who seeks a special Hospital is seeking a half permit and site plan approval The estate is being admin- (413)568-2261. Specializing in time C.S.W. The position reand per Sections 3-100.3(5) and istered under informal proced- vehicles under $4,000. quires a minimum of a Mas6-10.1 to convert a portion of an ure by the Personal Representter’s Degree in Social Work, existing building to residential ative under the Massachusetts a current and valid licensure use, and variance relief from Uniform Probate Code without as an LCSW, LICSW preSection 3-100.3(5) to allow said supervision by the Court. Inventferred and preferably two use to occur on the ground floor. ory and accounts are not re- 0180 Help Wanted years of social work experiSubject property known as 16 N. quired to be filed with the Court, ence in a hospital setting. Elm St (Old Train Depot) and but interested parties are enlocated in the CORE district. titled to notice regarding the adThe part time clinical social ministration from the Personal worker will join the small SoCLASSIFIED Westfield Zoning Board Representative and can petition cial Service department in a ADVERTISING EMAIL of Appeals the Court in any matter relating fast paced chronic care setMichael Parent, Chair to the estate, including distributing. The key functions are: dianedisanto@the tion of assets and expenses of westfieldnewsgroup.com administration. Interested parties Maintains documentation on are entitled to petition the Court WMH electric medical reDEADLINES January 14, 2014 to institute formal proceedings cord. Leads interdisciplinary and to obtain orders terminating team meetings. 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Equal Opportunity CNA/PCA available to do housewww.sarahgillett.org resentativs of the estate to serve www.indianrivertransport.com www.sarahgillett.org Employer/AA work, cooking meals, errands. without surety on the bond. Call Jean (413)231-7117. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts When it comes to 21st century multimedia platforms, “hyper local” is a Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventterm you hear a lot. ory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are enIt’s not a new idea. In fact, The Westfield News has been providing titled to notice regarding the adDid This readers with “hyper local” newsHow coverage of Westfield, Southwick, and ministration from the Personal HouseHelp Seniors? Representative and can petition the Hilltowns all along. Television, radio and regional newpapers only the Court in any matter relating toWant the estate, including distribuprovide fleeting coverage of local issues you care about. TV stations and To Know A Secret? tion of assets and expenses of Ask Interested Sarah. parties big newspaper publishers, after years of cutbacks and mergers, frankly administration. arewww.sarahgillett.org entitled to petition the Court aren’t able to provide in-depth coverage of smaller markets anymore. to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of PerThe Westfield News provides consistant But, day in and day out,www.sarahgillett.org sonal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A coverage of the stories you need to know about, that are important to copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the your city, town, neighborhood and home. Petitioner.

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WESTFIELD - Applications for the 33rd annual Colleen Contest are now available at the Sons of Erin Club located at 22 William Street, Westfield and also at Westfield High School, Westfield Voc-tech High School, St. Mary’s High School, Gateway Regional High School and Southwick-Tolland Regional School.   Applications must be postmarked by January 14. Interested contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 22, of Irish Heritage, have never been married and have no children.  Applicants must be a resident of Westfield, Southwick, Granville, Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Montgomery, Russell or a daughter of a member of the Sons of Erin.  The Colleen and her court will represent the Sons of Erin and Westfield at various events in 2014 including the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Among other prizes, the Colleen will receive a voucher for a trip to Ireland. The Colleen Ball will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Chez Joseph in Agawam, Ma.  Tickets will be available soon at the Sons of Erin.

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Westfield GED Program announces spring classes WESTFIELD -Westfield Community Education (WCE), an area community youth and adult, alternative evening education program of Domus Inc. will be holding an “Open Registration Night” on January 14 at the Westfield Athenaeum beginning at 5:30pm in the Lang Auditorium. Candidates will complete paperwork and take an assessment. Classes are 30 weeks in length and begin January 21. Three levels of classes are offered in addition to a Computer Literacy and Career Development course which are available to all residents of Greater Westfield. Classes are free with a small charge for the text To date this year, 44 area residents have received their high school equivalency diploma through WCE. For more information, contact 568-1044 or go to www.westfield-ged.org Sustaining support for WCE is provided by The Beveridge Family Foundation, the City of Westfield CDBG, the Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield Bank Future Fund, Easthampton Savings Bank, Kiwanis Club of Westfield, First Niagara Bank, Shurtleff Children’s Services, Western Mass Hospital, Berkshire Bank, and Babson Capital.

Museum passes/discounts SOUTHWICK - The Southwick Public Library and its Friends Association have 15 area passes/discounts available for check out to its adult patrons in good standing.   Each pass is allowed out for two days, may be checked out by a family once per month, and are $5 per day past due. The library’s passes/discounts include: the Springfield Museums, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, The New Children’s Museum in West Hartford and Roaring Brook Nature Center, Eric Carle Museum, Connecticut Trolley Museum, MA State Parks Pass, Connecticut Science Center, and the U.S.S. Constitution, Boston. The Friends of the Library passes/discounts include:  the Basketball Hall of Fame, Magic Wings, Mystic Seaport, New England Air Museum, Zoo at Forest Park, Holyoke Children’s Museum, and Norman Rockwell Museum.

Library sponsors 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 mixed-level 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 montgomerylibrary@yahoo. com.

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Applications WESTFIELD - The CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors announces that students applying for 2014 scholarships must file online. Through the new website, http://csfwestfield.dollarsforscholars.org, students will have the ability to create online profiles, which allow them to apply for and be matched to multiple scholarships for the 2014 school year. The student dashboard on the website will give students and their parents one-stop-shopping for chapter scholarships, educational resources, opportunities, and events. We encourage prospective college students to begin developing online profiles now, to assure that you are alerted about scholarship opportunities in advance of deadlines. Soon we will announce the date by which applications for CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars scholarships must be submitted.

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0340 Apartment WESTFIELD Large 3 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath on first floor. Lovely neighborhood off Western Ave. Hardwood and tile floors throughout. Newly renovated. Garage. Washer/dryer hookup in basement. $930/month. Dianna (413)530-7136.

END OF YEAR FIREWOOD SALE. Seasoned or green. Cut, split and delivered. Call for pricing after 7p.m. or before 11a.m. WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bed(413)627-9110. room, kitchen, living room, bath, enclosed porch. No pets. $825/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

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0340 Apartment WONDERFUL 1&2 bedroom apartments in beautiful downtown Westfield. Carpeting, AC, parking. Starting at $540/month. Call Debbie at (413)562-1429.

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0340 Apartment 1 BEDROOM, recently remodeled efficiency apartment. Quiet neighborhood, off street parking, appliances included, washer/dryer hookups. $600/month no utilities. First, last, security. Non smoker, no pets. (413)374-8803. 5 ROOM, 3 bedroom, completely renovated Westfield/Russell area, country setting. NEW stove, refrigerator and heating unit. Large yard, parking. $895/month. No pets please. Call today, won't last. (413)3483431. GRANVILLE, QUIET, SECURE location. 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, utilities, laundry hookups. $800/month. New Year's Special. (413)231-2015. WESTBRIDGE TOWNHOUSES, 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, full basement. $800/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295. WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity.

WESTFIELD 1 bedroom apartments, large closets, free heat and hot water included, laundry, parking. Possible pet. $785/month. (413)562-2266.

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