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Banner day for WSU at Board of Public Works meeting By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—The city’s Board of Public Works met yesterday to determine the fate of the Westfield State University (WSU) banners that hang throughout the city. The Board of Public Works voted yesterday to keep 12 banners on Western Avenue and three on Thomas Street during their meeting, though with caveats. The board wants to make sure that the banners are taken care of and the ordinance that they fall under is followed by WSU. “I’m voting ‘yes’ with two provisions,” board secretary Jack Campaniello said during the meeting. “They can only be on poles in front of their property and it’s not up to the residents to let them know if they’re ragged.” Two board members—Campaniello and Thomas Pereira—voted in favor of the banners under the conditions listed above, while one member, John Sullivan, voted against them. “I don’t understand why the neighborhood is so distressed about this but I’m going to vote negative,” Sullivan said. Sullivan cited the facts that the letters they received in favor of the banners were not mostly from residents, but rather from university staff. Also, he said that he voted against because of how ward four city councilor Mary O’Connell, who was opposed to the banners, was treated during a visit to WSU to discuss the banners. The banners have been the topic of some debate over the past month, after their presence was brought to the board to be discussed Jan. 11. At the center of the debate were two city councilors, ward 4 councilor O’Connell and at-large councilor, and city council president and WSU employee Brent Bean, as well as Frank Mills, a resident of Westfield. The banners first appeared about 10 years ago, and have been hanging along Western Avenue and Thomas Street, as well as some in the downtown area of the city. The banners became an issue when the university has been noncompliant with a city ordinance regarding banners and some of the banners reportedly became torn and tattered. The university has been noncompliant since 2011. According to the ordinance, any banners that are to be hung in the city must be permitted through the Department of Public Works every year. Additionally, the banners are supposed to be taken down in December each year, and remain down until March of the following year. These two See Banner, Page 3

The banners in question from Westfield State University, with one in the forefront and another in the background of the photo, both hanging from telephone poles.

By GREG FITZPATRICK Correspondent SOUTHWICK – The town-wide water meter project is continuing to progress. According to Southwick DPW Director Randy Brown, the contractor, East National Water, moved onto the fourth region last week. The fourth region consists of the north eastern section of town. East of College Highway including the streets that are north of Feeding Hills Rd. Residents in the fourth region can call East National Water to set up an appointment. Also, any residents that are in regions one, two, or three, and still haven’t set up an appointment to get their water meter replaced, can still do so. Brown wanted to make the community aware that East National Water is also accepting appointments on weekends. Any interested individuals would have to call the office of East National Water and request a weekend appointment. Not only do weekend appointments give residents more flexibility for scheduling, it could potentially help speed up the project completion. “We want to get this wrapped up by spring time,” said Brown. The Westfield News first reported on the water meter project on Sept. 17. It was noted that the current meters at the residences are up to 20 years old. At a town meeting two years ago, Brown was able to secure local appropriated funds of up to $1.4 million for this project. It is mandatory that every home throughout Southwick gets their old water meter replaced with a new one. Nearly 2,600 water meters will be installed in total. Any residents in the four regions that need to make an appointment can contact East National Water at (800)-252-8556. Any questions or thoughts for the DPW, Brown can be reached at 413-569-3040, ext. 308.

Dates announced for refugee informational meetings

A panel discussion regarding refugees will occur on March 6 at the First Congregational Church in Westfield.

By GREG FITZPATRICK Correspondent WESTFIELD – Last Thursday morning’s snow storm postponed the community gathering at the First Congregational Church in Westfield regarding refugees. It was supposed to be the third informational hearing that has been hosted by W.A.R.M. (Welcoming Assistance Refugees Ministry). The meeting was set to provide those in attendance with more knowledge about Islam and the faith of the many arriving refugees in our local area. The guest speaker for this particular event was going to be Aida Mansoor, who is the co-founder of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. The coalition tries to bring respect and understanding between all faiths. The series of meetings that W.A.R.M. has planned over the last few months are important to them and the event with Mansoor will not be forgotten. Shirely Anderson, a member of W.A.R.M., says at this time, the meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday April 6 at the First Congregational Church in Westfield. However, those interested in attending these meetings will not have to wait until April as a panel discussion will be held on

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Home invasion suspect arraigned in court By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD—A man who was a suspect in a September home invasion was arraigned in court last week. Jaquon M. Jones, 22, of Springfield, was arraigned at Westfield District Court Feb. 10, after he was arrested following an investigation by Westfield Police detectives. Jones is accused of being part of a breaking and entering on Dry Bridge Road in September 2016, which resulted in police chasing the vehicle Jones was allegedly in after the theft and the vehicle crashing and suspects fleeing on foot.

Jones was arraigned on charges of breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime for a felony, larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property over $250. He was held in lieu of a $500 cash bail following arraignment. According to the police statement of facts at Westfield District Court, Jones has a lengthy history of criminal complaints, including breaking and entering and larceny charges. The statement of facts reported that Jones has been arraigned 74 times in Massachusetts, with 25 of those arraignments being for burglary or larceny and has been found guilty in 16 of those cases. The docu-

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ment also said that Jones was a suspect in several other burglaries in the western Massachusetts and Connecticut area. Also according to the statement of facts, the vehicle that Jones is alleged to have been in following the burglary reportedly had stolen items from the home that was broken into. Additionally, police reported in the statement of facts that Jones had allegedly left behind in the vehicle hospital discharge paperwork and a temporary driver’s license that both bore his name. Fingerprints See Suspect, Page 3


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Now that the House One Budget (also known as the The district does have a currently available alternative Governor’s Budget) is out, the school committee has begun under the regional agreement. This option takes the overall reviewing town assessments. Overall, state revenue remains assessment and breaks it down strictly by student percentfairly stable but given the ongoing lawsuit with Worthington age (i.e., as long as each town meets the state’s ‘minimum’ over funding owed the district, which hasn’t historically spending, there is no other relation to the state’s formula). been paid, we reduced anticipated revenue for that item. In This year that would make the town assessments even more addition, the state decreased minimum contributions across disparate and would give the three towns even greater all towns resulting in an increase in their above minimum decreases (increasing the decrease in assessments by up to contribution. When everything is considered, we anticipate 12 times the current assessment) and the other three towns that the overall assessment for the six towns will be up by even larger increases. Under this option, Russell’s increase 2.71% or $245,688. If we had Worthington’s contribution for would grow from $194,664 to $698,285 and Huntington’s what we feel they owe for retiree costs, the overall assessassessment would increase by over $90,000. Given that all ment increase would only be $160,298 – essentially one six towns would need to agree to the alternative assessment DR. DAVID percent. method, it would be unlikely that Russell and Huntington HOPSON You’ll recall, as projected in earlier correspondence (and would agree to this scenario. posted on the website and superintendent’s blog in the We’ve also heard much discussion about using a five-year beginning of January); the overall expenditure budget is up approxi- rolling average for assessments, even though this option is not currently mately one percent (1%) from the current budget ($159,386). The pro- outlined in the regional agreement; however, this option appears to make jected budget for next year is $1,787,006 less than the FY’09 budget, some sense. Two towns would see an increase over the existing method does not include a number of items that have been recommended by but still pay less than the current year (Blandford and Middlefield) while various groups, and includes nearly a million dollars in increased costs to two towns would see higher assessments (Chester and Montgomery) the district (major cost increases come from insurance, out of district over the current year. Huntington’s assessment would drop $68,231 from tuition, and meeting the needs of students who require specialized ser- the current model but would still increase from the current year by vices). $57,747 and Russell’s assessment would drop $74,285 from the current While all of our towns’ face various financial challenges, the current model but still see an increase of $120,379 from the current year. As we assessments vary dramatically from town to town based primarily on the move forward through the next several weeks, I’m sure that we’ll see percentage of students each town has in the district. Thus we have three some ongoing discussions regarding this option. towns with decreases in overall assessments (ranging from -1.76% to The different assessments based upon these three methods of calculat-5.94%) and three towns with increases in their overall assessments ing individual town assessments can be found on the district website (ranging from 1.38% to 9.51%). Once again this shows the inconsistency under school committee presentations. I hope that this will give everyone over time of the existing formula for setting town assessments and the some detailed information to consider as we move forward in approving rapid swings that often occur when student numbers change from year to next year’s budget for the Gateway District. year.



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ODDS & ENDS Bad hair day: Student suspended for dying his hair pink GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi high school student who dyed his hair pink was suspended for violating the district’s dress code policy. Timothy Jenkins is a freshman at Gulfport High School. He tells WLOXTV that 250 classmates have signed a petition to change the requirement that hair be a natural-looking color. A statement from the district says dress code policies are reviewed annually and are handled openly in a process that includes business leaders, parents, students and educators. Jenkins says he got multiple warnings before his suspension, with school officials saying it distracted other students. His mother, Sheryl Jenkins, says the policy infringes on his rights and her right as a parent to decide what’s best for her child.

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

Book Worms WESTFIELD — On February 16 from 4-5pm Book Worms will be held at the Boys’ and Girls’ Library at the Westfield Athenaeum. 1st and 2nd grade students are invited to join us as we read and discuss a book together, play games and do fun activities based on the book. The first 10 people to register get free copies of the book to keep! Register for this program by stopping by the library or calling 5626158 x5.


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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2017. There are 319 days left in the year. n Feb. 15, 1867, “On the Beautiful Blue Danube,” a waltz by Johann Strauss (the Younger), was publicly performed for the first time by the Vienna Men’s Choral Society, garnering a polite, if decidedly less than enthusiastic, audience response. (A revised orchestral version proved much more successful.)

making one pound equal to 100 new pence instead of 240 pence.


In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.

In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain.

In 1992, a Milwaukee jury found that Jeffrey Dahmer was sane when he killed and mutilated 15 men and boys. (The decision meant that Dahmer, who had already pleaded guilty to the murders, would receive a mandatory life sentence for each count; Dahmer was beaten to death in prison in 1994.)


In 1764, the site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau.

In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later. In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrendered to Japanese forces during World War II. In 1952, a funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s King George VI, who had died nine days earlier. In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium. In 1967, the rock band Chicago was founded by Walter Parazaider, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Lee Loughnane (LOK’nayn), James Pankow and Robert Lamm; the group originally called itself The Big Thing. In 1971, Britain and Ireland “decimalised” their currencies,

In 1982, 84 men were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a fierce storm.

In 2002, a private funeral was held at Windsor Castle for Britain’s Princess Margaret, who had died six days earlier at age 71.


National Guardsmen in Humvees ferried food, fuel and baby supplies to hundreds of motorists stranded for nearly a day on a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 78 in eastern Pennsylvania because of a monster storm. The U.S. Mint unveiled the new presidential $1 coin. Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans died in Los Angeles at age 92.


Congressional negotiators sealed an agreement on legislation to renew a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more. In defiant swipes at its foes, Iran said it was dramatically closer to mastering the production of nuclear fuel even as the U.S. weighed tougher pressure on the Tehran government.


President Barack Obama opened a meeting in Rancho Mirage, California, of leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, calling the landmark gathering on U.S. soil a reflection of his personal commitment to an enduring partnership with the diverse group of countries. Taylor Swift’s “1989” brought the singer her second Grammy Award win for album of the year; Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars earned top record for “Uptown Funk,” while Ed Sheeran won song of the year for “Thinking Out Loud.” Vanity, a Prince protege who renounced her sexy stage persona to become a Christian minister, died in Fremont, California at age 57. Her real name was Denise Matthews.


Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 95. Actress Claire Bloom is 86. Author Susan Brownmiller is 82. Songwriter Brian Holland is 76. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 73. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 73. Actressmodel Marisa Berenson is 70. Actress Jane Seymour is 66. Singer Melissa Manchester is 66. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 64. “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is 63. Model Janice Dickinson is 62. Actor Christopher McDonald is 62. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 58. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 58. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 57. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 57. Actor/comedian Steven Michael Quezada (TV: “Breaking Bad”) is 54. Country singer Michael Reynolds (Pinmonkey) is 53. Actor Michael Easton is 50. Rock musician Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool) is 46. Actress Renee O’Connor is 46. Actress Sarah Wynter is 44. Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is 44. Actress-director Miranda July is 43. Rock singer Brandon Boyd (Incubus) is 41. Rock musician Ronnie Vannucci (The Killers) is 41. Singersongwriter-musician Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) is 37. Actress Ashley Lyn Cafagna is 34. Blues-rock musician Gary Clark Jr. is 33. Actress Natalie Morales is 32. Actress Amber Riley is 31.





Continued from Page 1 points however, WSU was neglectful of, not renewing permits or taking them down each year. And it is for these reasons that O’Connell has questioned the banners. In a previous meeting with the Board of Public Works, O’Connell said that she wants the university to comply with the ordinance and that the ordinance is meant to be followed by everyone. Regarding Mills, he came out against the banners and was more vocal about his opposition. “I’m opposed to the signs,” Mills said at the previous meeting. “It’s a residential A neighborhood and I don’t feel the college is in any way an enhancement to a residential neighborhood. I don’t feel we should reward them when they’ve been out of compliance.” A residential A neighborhood is “intended to accommodate single family detached dwellings at a higher density than the agriculture district,” according to section 3-50 of the city zoning ordinance.

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Continued from Page 1 Thursday March 9. Anderson says that one aspect of the meeting will have a representative of the Westfield Public Schools to speak about the process of local refugees getting their children into the schools and acclimating them to being a child in this area. More information on the panel discussion will be announced as it gets closer to the date. The last informational meeting was held on Jan. 12 at the American Inn in Southwick. The meeting was called “Welcoming Newly Arrived Families: The Settlement Process”. The guest speakers were Mohammed Najeeb and Liliya Pantus, who are members of Ascentria, which is a local organization that helps refugees with their new life in America. For information on the upcoming events in March and April, contact Anderson at 998-3760.


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allegedly belonging to Jones were also found in and on the vehicle. The Dry Bridge Road home invasion occurred on Sept. 21, 2016. According to police at the time, the suspect vehicle was stopped around 9 p.m. on Sept. 21 for an unrelated cause, and the suspect vehicle had fled from police. Police proceeded to chase the vehicle until in crashed into a utility pole in West Springfield. The suspect, who police allege was Jones, then fled the scene on foot and police could not apprehend him at the time of the crash. Jones is expected back in court March 13.









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Russell Council on Aging The Russell COA will host a February Social, Sunday, February 26th from noon - 3:00 p.m. at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell, MA. The COA will hold a Chinese Raffle and Bake Sale, and sell Lunch fares to help support the Russell Senior Center Programming.  The lunch menu will include hot dogs, chips, soups, chili, beverages, and more.  The prices for lunch will vary.  Tickets for the Chinese Raffle will be $1 for 1, $5 for 7, and $10 for an arm length.  Basket themes include Date Night, Gardening, Winter Survival, For Kids Only (3+), Automotive, plus many more.  This event is open to the public and offers something for everyone and fun for the whole family! For more information, please leave a message on the Russell COA information/reservation line at (413)862-6205, or e-mail Carrie Florek at

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





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My Turn By Michael J. Albano The History and Ideals of Representative Government Demand Regional Diversity be reflected by our Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Massachusetts citizens of all cultures have a right to demand representation at all levels of government. Respect for and adherence to law depend upon it. Make no mistake about it—Our Supreme Judicial Court makes law. Its Justices develop, refine and establish State Constitution Law and the Common Law. Few would disagree that the Justices of Supreme Judicial Court must reflect the makeup of the citizenry it governs. In the 21st Century, and dating back to Colonial times, our Supreme Judicial Court has included distinguished Western Massachusetts Justices. In fact, our high court has never been without a Western Massachusetts Justice. Indeed, in recent years, no less than 3 of the 7 Justices hailed from Western Massachusetts—Justice Roderick Ireland, a Springfield native, Justice John Greaney, a Westfield native, and Justice Francis Spina, a Pittsfield native. Over centuries, Massachusetts Governors have fulfilled the ideal of regional diversity by nominating many distinguished Western Massachusetts Justices to the high court. They include: Justice Daniel Dewey, born 1766 Sheffield, practiced in Williamstown, Massachusetts, treasurer of Williams College, as member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council 1809-1812; Justice Simeon Strong born, Amherst, 1735, practiced in Amherst; Justice Reuben Atwater Chapman born 1801 from Russell, practiced in Westfield, Monson, and Ware, before settling in Springfield.; Justice Marcus Perrin Knowlton, born 1839, served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, in Wilbraham, admitted to the bar in 1862 in Hampden County, where he made his residence in Springfield. He was elected to the City Springfield Council, and also represented Springfield in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as well as the Massachusetts Senate. Also, Justice Charles Allen, born 1827, and practiced law at Greenfield; Justice John Crosby, born 1859 in Sheffield, practiced in Pittsfield, member Pittsfield; Justice Charles Devens Jr., born, 1820, general in the Union Army, admitted to the bar in Franklin County; Francis Quirico, born 1911, Pittsfield; City Solicitor Pittsfield 1948; John M. Greaney, born 1939, Westfield, Massachusetts, graduate Westfield; Justice Francis X. Spina, born 1946 Pittsfield, graduate Amherst College; Western Massachusetts Legal Services, Assistant City Solicitor in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Second Assistant District Attorney in Berkshire County; Justice, Berkshire County Massachusetts Superior Court; Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, born 1944 in Springfield. Regional diversity is mandated at all levels of the Massachusetts Trial Court. Pursuant G. L. c. c 211B, § 10, Regional Administrative Justices for 11 regions geographic of the Commonwealth. Each geographic region contains one or more County Superior Courts and District Courts. This regional approach is in recognition of the importance of regional balance. It would be unthinkable—not to mention contrary to law and long-established practice, to select Regional Administrative Justices, and trial judges, from just one region of the Commonwealth. As we all know, the members of our State Legislature and Senate, which like the Supreme Judicial Court, make and shape our law, are selected with geographic balance. No one would dispute that different regions of the Commonwealth represent different sectors in our society, with a differing cultures, values and points of view. One size does not fit all. All segments of society must feel represented in all three forms of government. The Governor must not depart from history. I expect he will continue the tradition of appointing qualified Western Massachusetts candidates to the Supreme Judicial Court. Michael Albano is a former Member of the Governor’s Council. He also served as the 52nd Mayor of Springfield.

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Trump knew Flynn misled WH weeks before ouster: officials By JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House officials said Tuesday. Flynn was interviewed by the FBI about his telephone conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., a sign his ties to Russia had caught the attention of law enforcement officials. But in the White House's retelling of Flynn's stunning downfall, his error was not that he discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian before the inauguration — a potential violation of a rarely enforced law — but the fact that he denied it for weeks, apparently misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other senior Trump aides about the nature of the conversations. White House officials said they conducted a thorough review of Flynn's interactions, including transcripts of calls secretly recorded by U.S. intelligence officials, but found nothing illegal. Pence, who had vouched for Flynn in a televised interview, is said to have been angry and deeply frustrated. "The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable incidents is what led the president to ask General Flynn for his resignation," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday, one day after the president asked Flynn to leave. Flynn, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, said Monday "there were no lines crossed" in his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The explanation of the episode left many questions unanswered, including why Trump didn't alert Pence to the matter and why Trump allowed Flynn to keep accessing classified information and taking part in the president's discussions with world leaders up until the day he was fired. White House officials also struggled to explain why Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway had declared the president retained "full confidence" in Flynn just hours before the adviser had to submit his letter of resignation. Later Tuesday, The New York Times reported that U.S. agencies had intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team. Current and former U.S. officials, who spoke to the Times anonymously, said they found no evidence that the Trump campaign was working with the Russians on hacking or other efforts to influence the election. The White House shakeup, less than one month into Trump's tenure, marked another jarring setback for a new administration already dealing with tensions among top aides and a legal fight over the president's travel ban order. Flynn's firing also heightened questions about the president's friendly posture toward Russia. Democrats called for investigations into Flynn's contacts, and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress needed to know whether he had been acting with direction from the

In this image made from a video taken on Dec. 10, 2015 and made available on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, US President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow. Flynn, who resigned following reports that he misled White House officials about his contacts with Russia, was seen attending the 10th anniversary of the Russian television network RT in 2015 where Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech. A US official has told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia after US intelligence reported that Russia had interfered with the US elections. (Ruptly via AP) president or others. Trump initially thought Flynn could survive the controversy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the president's views, but a pair of explosive stories in The Washington Post in recent days made the situation untenable. As early as last week, he and aides began making contingency plans for Flynn's dismissal, a senior administration official said. While the president was said to be upset with Flynn, he also expressed anger with other aides for "losing control" of the story and making his young administration look bad. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received "incomplete information" from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night. Pence learned about the Justice Department warnings to the White House around the same time. The officials and others with knowledge of the situation were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity. Ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration, Pence and other officials insisted publicly that Flynn had not discussed sanctions in his talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. On Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates contacted White House counsel Don McGahn to raise concerns about discrepancies between the public accounting and what intelligence officials knew to be true about the contacts based on routine recordings of communications with foreign officials who are in the U.S. The Justice Department warned the White House that the inconsistencies would leave the president's top national security aide vulnerable to blackmail from Russia, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion. The president was informed of the warnings the same day, Spicer said. Flynn was interviewed by the FBI around the same time, according to a U.S. official was briefed on the investigation. It was not immediately known what questions the FBI asked of Flynn or what he told law enforcement officials. McGahn, along with chief of staff Reince Priebus and strategist Steve Bannon, also questioned Flynn multiple

times in the ensuing weeks, a White House official said. Top aides also reviewed transcripts of Flynn's contacts with the ambassador, according to a person with knowledge of the review process. At the same time, the official said Trump aides began taking steps to put some distance between the president and Flynn. CIA Director Mike Pompeo and retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, a top Flynn aide, started taking part in Trump's daily security briefings. Top Trump advisers quietly met with Vice Admiral Robert Harward last week and spoke with the former Navy SEAL again Monday, the White House official said. Harward is seen as the top contender for the job, though former CIA Director David Petraeus and Kellogg, who has temporarily stepped into the role, are also under consideration. Spicer said other "questionable incidents" had contributed to Flynn's firing. According to one person with knowledge of the matter, those incidents included Flynn seeking a security clearance for his son during the transition. At the time, it was Pence who was again put in the position of defending Flynn on television, saying he had not sought a clearance for the retired general's son. A U.S. official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition. Spicer said Flynn was not discussing sanctions at the president's behest. Before he resigned Monday night, Flynn told the investigative news nonprofit affiliated with the website The Daily Caller that he and Kislyak spoke only generally about the Russian diplomats expelled by President Barack Obama as part of the previous administration's response to Moscow's interference in the U.S. presidential election. "It wasn't about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out," Flynn said. "It was basically: 'Look, I know this happened. We'll review everything.' I never said anything such as, 'We're going to review sanctions,' or anything like that."



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DA: 3 brothers to face new charges after assault victim dies HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say three brothers face more serious charges in the death of a man who was assaulted and robbed in Holyoke last week. Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni says the victim, identified as 25-year-old Adam Rei of Springfield, died Tuesday as a result of his injuries. Rei was found unconscious on a sidewalk last Wednesday. Three days later, state and local police arrested 22-year-old Joseph Rivera and 31-year-old Roberto Rivera, both of Holyoke, and 32-year-old Edwin Rivera, of Mars Hill, North Carolina. The brothers were originally ordered held on 25,000 bail on charges of assault and battery and unarmed robbery. Gulluni says the suspects will now be arraigned on charges related to murder. It was not immediately known if the men had retained attorneys.


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Police Logs WESTFIELD Major crime and incident log Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 3:52 p.m.: Fraud, walk-in. Police received a report of a possible theft through fraudulent activity on a PayPal account. However, police reported after investigating that there was no theft because the items purchased were flagged and returned back, thus no loss. 5:58 p.m.: Accident, Union Street and Springdale Road. Police received a report of a 2005 Chevrolet Town and Country that struck a deer. No humans were injured but the deer was reportedly severely injured. Police opted to put the deer down. The driver opted to keep the remains of the deer. 9:39 p.m.: Unwanted guest, Big Y, East Main Street. Police received a report for two people who were requesting rides from random people, and when they were not provided a ride the two would use foul language to address the declinations. Police arrived and one party opted to leave, but the other, Jessica L. Belisle, 28, of Southampton, reportedly refused to leave. Belisle also reportedly provide police with false identification when asked, but she was reportedly wearing an ID around her neck. Police arrested Belisle on three arrest warrants, and upon bringing her to the police station for booking police reported that Belisle allegedly spit on an officer, thus resulting in an additional charge of assault and battery on a police officer. 11:57 p.m.: Accident, Chapel Street. Police received a report from an owner of a vehicle who reported that their vehicle was struck while it was parked but there was no idea who did the damage. Police reported it as a hit-and-run accident.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Feb. 7, 2017 Seth R. Lombard-Hawthorne, 23, of 5 Meadow St., Westfield, was held in lieu of $1,000 bail pending a March 7 hearing after being arraigned on a charge of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, brought by Southwick Police. Charles R. Henderson, Jr., 26, of 197 Highland St., Keene, was held in lieu of $500 bail pending a March 7 hearing after being arraigned on charges of larceny from a building, breaking and entering a building in the nighttime for a felony and vandalizing property, brought by Westfield Police. Bethany F. Corbett, 48, of 255 Dickinson Hill Road, Russell, was released on her personal recognizance pending an April 4 hearing after being arraigned on a charge of larceny over $250, brought by Westfield Police.

Feds charge 23 with trafficking in heroin and fentanyl BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say more than 20 people from Massachusetts and Rhode Island have been arrested on drug trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston announced Tuesday that the Drug Enforcement Administration along with state and local police conducted 12 searches in Boston, Fall River, New Bedford, Bridgewater and Providence, Rhode Island. Court documents allege 23 suspects were involved in two drug trafficking operations, one based in Boston and the other in the Taunton area. They’re charged with conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb says the defendants knew they were distributing “potent and potentially lethal” drugs. Twenty-one suspects were ordered held following initial court appearances in Boston on Tuesday. Two others remain at large.

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Stephen M. Parker TUJUNGA, CA – Stephen M. Parker 60, (1956-2017) of Tujunga Ca, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife Laura and brother Ricky on February 2, 2017. Stephen was born in Vallejo CA to the late Milo Parker Sr. and Patricia (Cote’) Parker. Stephen grew up and attended Westfield schools. In 1978 Stephen moved back to CA. Steve loved and enjoyed all that California had to offer. He was active in the NHRA before he became ill, and loved to travel overseas with his wife and best friend Laura. Steve never met a stranger and had the incredible ability to make friends where ever he went. It was amazing how many friends Steve amassed while living in CA and traveling throughout the world. Stephen is survived by his mother Patricia of Westfield, wife Laura (Anderson) of Tujunga mother in-law Linda Anderson of North Hollywood his son Jason of Chester MA, daughter Christine Onessimo of Windsor CT, stepson Chris King of CA, sisters Linda (Paul) Turner of Alexander VA, Sharon (John) Smithies of Westfield, brothers Ricky (Judy) of Westhampton Brian (Wanda) of Springfield, six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Stephen was preceded in death by his father Milo A. Parker, brother Milo A. Parker Jr, and his nephew Israel Parker. Stephen’s family would like to personally thank all his friends that cared for Steve during his sickness. Each and every one of you made our and his live so much easier. THANK YOU for your compassion and loving care you provided! Steve loved to laugh, so if you would, spend time with friends and laugh in his memory.


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WESTBOROUGH – David B. Crosier, 67, of Westborough, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in New Hampshire. He was the beloved husband of Mary-Jo (FitzGerald) Crosier for the past 42 years. Born in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late Hubert and Mary (Murchie) Crosier. He was raised and educated in Westfield and was a graduate of Westfield Vocational High School. He also attended and graduated from AIC in Springfield and Western New England College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He proudly served with the U. S. Marine Corps. David was currently an Executive Vice-President of New Balance and previously had worked for Sealed Air Corp, Staples and Digital Equipment. He was very proud of his career and never considered it work but more of a passion, he always stayed on the forefront of business trends. He was a member of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Westborough and St. Mary’s Church in Westfield. He enjoyed spending time at his summer home in East Otis, MA boating and jet-skiing. He had a love for classic cars, playing pool, skiing and fishing. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family at home, on vacations and in the Berkshires. In addition to his wife he is survived by three children, David G. Crosier of Haverhill, Michael F. Crosier of Millville and Kathleen C. Latraverse and her husband, James, of Hopkinton; two brothers, Bruce Crosier and his wife, Ellen, of Shrewsbury and Richard Crosier of Westfield; two sisters, Donna Grimsley of Westfield and Susan Crosier of W. Springfield and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Hubert, Michael, Beverly, Diane and Sandra Crosier. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 30 Bartlett St., Westfield. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Friday, February 17, from 4 to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01753 or Donate by phone: (800) 3803071 or to Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Rd., Hopkinton, MA 01748





FOODTRAVEL Melania Trump says she’ll keep predecessor’s produce garden

This December 2016 photo shows barbacoa beef tacos in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Mia via AP)


Slow-cooker Barbacoa beef tacos

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama’s garden stays. First lady Melania Trump says through a spokeswoman that she is committed to preserving gardens at the White House, including the bountiful one planted by her immediate predecessor. “As a mother and as the first lady of this country, Mrs. Trump is committed to the preservation and continuation of the White House gardens, specifically First Lady’s Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden,” Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a senior adviser to the current first lady, said in a statement. The first lady and President Donald Trump have a 10-year-old son, Barron. Mrs. Obama planted the garden on the South Lawn in 2009 as one of her first big projects and as the foundation for her signature initiative, “Let’s Move.” She sought through the program to reduce childhood obesity by emphasizing good eating habits and exercise. Several times a year during her tenure as first lady, Mrs. Obama ventured down to the garden to help with plantings and harvests. The garden produced hundreds of pounds of fruit and vegetables yearly. Some of it was used to feed the Obama family, as well as guests attending White House events, such as state dinners. Some of the sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, lettuces, herbs and other crops were given to neighborhood food kitchens. Mrs. Obama said at the eighth and final planting last spring that the garden had exceeded expectations by sparking a national conversation about people’s eating habits and stoking renewed interest in community gardening. She referred to the 2,800-square-foot plot as “my baby” and expressed hope for its continued presence at the White House. “Hopefully, there will be other administrations who come in and they take up this project and continue to make this a part of the White House tradition,” Mrs. Obama said last April. A month before Trump won the Nov. 8 election, Mrs. Obama

By KATIE WORKMAN Associated Press Barbacoa beef, or pork or lamb or goat, is by definition slowly cooked meat. The word is Mexican, and originally referred to a cooking method by which parts of an animal were wrapped in leaves, and steamed and smoked simultaneously over fire. The dish came to America from Mexico by way of Texas, and is very much a part of Mexican immigrant and Tex Mex culture, as well as the cuisine of Mexico. So the notion of making it in a slow cooker is simultaneously radical and obvious. And the resulting meat is flavorful and tender, begging to be stuffed in a soft taco with toppings. Leftovers might be used in chili, stews, enchiladas, burritos or quesadillas; a couple of cups of shredded, cooked beef in the fridge are a springboard for any number of dinners later in the week. This type of onetwo-punch cooking is very rewarding. So throw that big chunk of beef into the slow cooker with a nice battalion of seasonings, shred up the soft meat, heat some tortillas in the microwave, oven or a skillet, and have yourself a delicious little winter taco feast. ———

In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, a new paver etched with markings "White House Kitchen Garden" is seen at the entrance to the White House Kitchen Garden at the White House in Washington. Michelle Obama's garden can keep churning out vegetables at the White House. That's the official word from the Trump White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) dedicated an expanded and improved garden with hopes of cementing it as her legacy. The additions include a wooden arbor for an entrance, wider bluestone walkways, wooden tables and benches. An inscribed stone at the entrance says: “White House Kitchen Garden, established in 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama with the hope of growing a healthier nation for our children.” She also announced $2.5 million in private donations to maintain and preserve the garden. In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, an arbor adorns the entrance to the White House garden at the White House in Washington. Michelle Obama's garden can keep churning out vegetables at the White House. That's the official word from the Trump White House. First lady Melania Trump says through a spokeswoman that she is committed to preserving and continuing White House gardens, and specifically mentions Mrs. Obama's "kitchen" garden. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

SLOW COOKER BARBACOA BEEF TACOS Serves 8 Start to finish: 10 hours, 20 minutes (10 hours of which are hands off) ——— 1 2 1/2 pound eye of round beef 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo puree 1 onion, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon kosher salt Juice of 2 limes 1/4 cup cider vinegar 3 cups beef or chicken broth 3 bay leaves Warmed corn or flour tortillas to serve ——— Optional toppings: Salsa (tomato or tomatillo) Sour cream Shredded cheddar, or crumbled queso fresco, goat cheese, or feta Diced avocado Slivered red onion ——— In a large, heavy skillet over high heat, heat the oil. Sear the beef on all sides until browned. Meanwhile, combine the chipotle puree, onion, garlic, chili powder, cloves, salt, lime juice and vinegar in a slow cooker. Add the broth and the bay leaves. Cook on low for 10 hours, until the meat is falling-apart tender. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and let it sit for about 20 to 30 minutes, then pull it apart using two forks. Meanwhile, pour the cooking liquid into a tall container and put it in the fridge. When you have pulled apart the meat, take out the liquid and skim off any fat that has risen to the top. Rewarm the sauce if needed and drizzle the shredded meat with some of the cooking liquid until nicely moistened but not dripping. Serve with warmed tortillas and whatever toppings you like. Note: Reserve the rest of the cooking liquid; you can use it in soups, stews or chili. ——— Nutrition information per serving: 323 calories; 76 calories from fat; 9 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 82 mg cholesterol; 896 mg sodium; 25 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 36 g protein.

Southwick Senior Center Trip 36th Garden & Flower Show SOUTHWICK — Leave the Southwick Senior Center at 10:00am on Thursday February 24, 2017 for the 36th Garden & Flower Show at the CT Convention Center. The individual Cost is $19.00pp. Stop for a later afternoon lunch at GIO’s Pizzeria on your way home (at your own expense).

Southwick Senior Center Trip Winter Wildlife Eagle, Ducks & Seals Cruise SOUTHWICK — Essex River Boat Cruise & CT River Museum. Friday March 10, 2017. Leave the center at 7:45am Cost is $23.00 Start by going on the cruise, then stop at 32 Main Coffee for lunch, then go to CT River Museum.

Carnival expanding its cruises to Cuba MIAMI (AP) — Carnival is expanding its cruises to Cuba so that it can keep up with strong demand. The cruise operator had its first sailing to Cuba in May 2016 with its Fathom brand. That brand will sail from Miami to Cuba through May. In June, the Carnival Cruise Line brand will start sailing to the country. Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said in a written statement on Tuesday that the company is optimistic that it will be granted approval by Cuba for additional Carnival Corp. brands.



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This undated photo shows a flowering cherry tree in the Bronx borough of New York. George Washington could never have cut down a cherry tree like the one depicted because our showy flowering cherries are Asian species, which didn't arrive in the U.S. until the late 1800s. (Lee Reich via AP)

What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.) By LEE REICH Associated Press Washington's birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then admitted to it, I find myself wondering what kind of a cherry it could have been. (The story, incidentally, may be apocryphal. It was reported by Mason Locke "Parsons" Weems for his 1802 book, "Life of George Washington: With Curious Anecdotes, Equally Honorable to Himself and Exemplary to his Young Countrymen," but has never been decisively confirmed.) POSSIBLE CHERRIES FELLED BY GEORGE That cherry tree could well have been something akin to the sweet cherries we can buy or grow today. Sweet cherries (Prunus avium), sometimes called bird cherries or, in their wilder state, mazzard cherries, were among the plants ordered from Europe by the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1629. By 1650, there was a cherry orchard in Yonkers, New York, and before the end of that century, there were plantings in Rhode Island, Maryland and Virginia. Those cherry trees became so abundant that by 1749 Peter Kalm wrote that "all travelers are allowed to pluck ripe fruit in any garden which they pass by, provided they do not break any branches; and not even the most covetous farmer hindered them from so doing." So it is not unlikely that Washington had a few sweet cherry trees planted at his farmstead along the shores of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.

The legendary felled tree also could have been a tart cherry (P. cerasus). Though native to the Caucasus Mountains, this tree has been grown in many different places. The ancient Romans knew eight different varieties, and by the 17th century, 24 varieties were being grown in England. Colonists in Massachusetts planted tart cherries (the variety "Red Kentish"), so this tree also may have made its way in the nursery trade south to Virginia. CHERRIES THAT GEORGE COULD NOT HAVE FELLED One thing is certain: Washington's famous cherry tree could not have been one of the ornamental types commonly planted these days. These non-fruiting cherries originated in Asia and were introduced into America only about 100 years ago. The most famous of these species is perhaps the Yoshino cherry (P. x yedoensis), which fringes the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. Other Asian species introduced around the turn of the last century include the Higan cherry (P. subhirtella), the Sargent cherry (P. sargentii) and, perhaps the most widely planted today, the Japanese flowering cherry (P. serrulata). NATIVE CHERRIES Besides exotic introductions, the Eastern United States was full of wild, native cherry trees. Our native pin cherry (P. pennsylvanica, but also called bird cherry) is not much more than a bush. And if George had cut down a chokecherry (P. virginiana), another native species, his father probably would not have


been riled. The tree doesn't grow very large and the fruit, to quote William Ward (1634), "so furre the mouth that the tongue will cleave the roof." Good wildlife food, though, both of these species. Also abundant — I am looking at three large, wild trees from my window as I write — is our native black cherry (P. serotina), also known as the rum cherry. This species is sometimes called the American sweet black cherry, but "sweet" is a stretch. Fruits of some trees have respectable flavor, but it's accompanied by bitterness. Colonists did eat the fruit or, more often, mix it with rum into a cherry liqueur. Black cherry fruit is enjoyed by birds and some humans, and the tree can be attractive, especially in a few months, when the branches will be drooping with long, white racemes of flowers. The best part of the black cherry tree is the wood, a hardwood which with some sanding and then oil or varnish takes on a soft brown finish, with just a hint of red.

National Guard Recruiters To Hold School Vacation Week At the Boys’ and Guardex In Agawam Informational Girls’ Library at the Westfield Athenaeum February 24, 11am-12pm: Sparky’s Puppets presents “Old Event for Interested Individuals Favorites” Sparky’s Puppets will perform “Old Favorites” at AGAWAM—Wondering how to pay for college? Looking for job skills to make you more marketable to employers? Interested in serving your community and country? The Massachusetts Army National Guard may have the answers. Recruiters from Western Massachusetts will conduct an informal information session, also known as GuardEx, at the Agawam Armory at 140 Maynard Street on February 22, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The GuardEx is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the National Guard, its mission and the benefits available to those who serve. Also, attendees have the chance to talk to recruiters about available jobs, college benefits, the enlistment process, and get an up close look at weapon systems, equipment and vehicles. In addition to training in well over a 100 different job skills, members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard enjoy a 100% tuition and fee waiver at 28 Massachusetts State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges. The Massachusetts Army National Guard, The Nation’s First, is the oldest military organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1637, the Massachusetts National Guard has consistently answered the call and participated in each of our nation’s conflicts.

School Vacation Week At the Boys’ and Girls’ Library at the Westfield Athenaeum February 23, 10-11am: STEAM Program. Learn about animals, their tracks, and other nature signs from a park ranger. We will also have fun animal-themed games and activities. Ages4 and up. Register in the library or call 5626158 x5

School Vacation Week At the Boys’ and Girls’ Library at the Westfield Athenaeum February 23, 3-4pm: Crafternoons at the Library Join our special guest craft person to make beaded bracelets, one for you and one for you to give as a gift for someone special. All materials are provided free of charge. This program is for children ages 4 and up. Please register in the library or call 562-6158 x5

By DONNA BRYSON Associated Press DENVER (AP) — It was Miaofan Chen's first trip away from her native China. At lunch with us in Denver, she looked so bemused that I had to ask: "Is this the first time you've had a hamburger?" "No," said the 15-year-old. "It's the first time I've had such a BIG hamburger." That encounter with supersized American portions was one of many observations that students from abroad have shared with us. Miaofan, from Hefei in eastern China, was the latest of a half-dozen young people from around the world who've called our guest room home. Needless to say, we learn as much from them as they do from us. Our interest in hosting international visitors comes from our own experiences abroad. My husband, daughter and I returned to the U.S. in 2012 following my two decades as an Associated Press correspondent on three continents. People welcomed us in their hometowns around the world. Even now when we vacation, we meet strangers who offer menu recommendations in Brazil or Slovenia, or who help us navigate subways in Moscow or Tokyo. Hosting foreign students lets us pay those debts forward.

the Westfield Athenaeum. Mother Goose will share some of her rhymes and will introduce the stories. Meet Little Red Riding Hood, see the Little Red Hen bake a loaf of bread, offer the Three Little Pigs some building advice, watch the Three Billy Goats Gruff meet the troll, and help the little old lady who’s baking a Gingerbread Man by giving her some make-believe ingredients - and a pinch of magic - for the cookie dough! Sparky’s Puppets have been dramatizing favorite children’s stories in schools and libraries throughout New England for over 37 years. Each show features colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. Register for this event by telephone 562-6158 x5 or stop by the library. The first 20 families to register will receive a copy of one of these classic stories to take home. This program is generously sponsored by a grant from the CFCE. Granville-Tolland Lions Club 17th Annual Edward Gogal Memorial Scholarship Dinner The Granville-Tolland Lions Club will be holding its 17th Annual Edward Gogal Memorial Scholarship Dinner on Saturday, February 25, -  5:00 to 7:00 PM. Dinner (all you can eat) includes the following: spaghetti, meatballs &sauce, garlic bread, salad, soft drinks, and desert. This event will be held at the Granville Federated Church - 16 Granby Road, Granville,, Ma. Donations: Adults $9, Seniors $7, Kids 6 to 14 $6, Kids 5 and under Free   A Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Chocolate Program at Southwick Public Library     Do you like chocolate? Do you enjoy tea? Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations will be presenting her “Pleasant Pairing: Tea and Chocolate” program on Saturday, February 25th at 11 a.m. in the Southwick Public Library’s Community Room. Learn about the health benefits and history of tea and dark chocolate; sample teas, tea-infused foods, and chocolate; browse an antique lace and teapot display; test your knowledge with trivia games, and more. All adults interested are requested to call the library at 569-1221 ext. 2 or let them know at the Circulation Desk when visiting the library if you plan on attending.

It's also a way to connect with the world from our front door and see our country through another's eyes. An Iraqi student who stayed with us for two weeks was surprised to see people in wheelchairs going to work or school in Denver. Not that her own country, wracked by decades of war, doesn't have people disabled by injury or disease. But in Baghdad, she said, they're hidden away. She helped me see that I'd taken for granted the progress here for Americans with disabilities. The State Department-backed Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program and local partner WorldDenver kept this Iraqi teen busy meeting with local development groups. Other organizations have taken our visitors to basketball games, to mountain retreats and downtown for scavenger hunts. Often our visitors go to school with our daughter. But I sometimes think our main contribution as hosts is giving them time to rest and reflect. We share meals and show off Denver, including my favorite view of the Rockies, which happens to be from soccer fields near my house. Guests help make pancakes on Sunday mornings. We've sent a French student to work out with our daughter's swim team and a Brazilian to her piano practice. Miaofan went ice skating with us, and handled her first time on the ice with as much aplomb as she'd shown eating a hamburger the size of her face.

ENGLISH, FOOD AND LOGISTICS All our guests knew English well enough for daily interactions. Any young person willing to embark on these trips has the pluck and flexibility to meet us more than halfway when it comes to navigating cultural differences. But these are teenagers. The one place where courage has failed a guest or two has been at the table. I once Googled "hunger strike" to reassure myself that a particularly picky eater could survive the week on only blueberries and coconut water. And pancakes. Hosting opportunities have been easy for us to arrange through our daughter's public magnet school, the Denver Center for International Studies. Students there can study Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese (my daughter's choice), Lakota or Spanish and have rich opportunities to experience the world through classes, clubs, travel and hosting. A school staff member helps connect organizations with host families. We just check her calendar to see whether we can fit in a visitor. Organizers have accommodated our preferences for girls around our daughter's age and for one guest at a time. So far, we've opted to host stays of just a few weeks to fit our busy schedules. Also, if my pancakes fail, at least the guest won't be hungry for long.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO HOST Contact your child's school or one nearby. They might have, or be willing to establish, ties with an organization that recruits host families through schools. Among them are the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation, which focuses on U.S.-China relations, and Global Ties U.S., which connects Americans with people around the world. Organizations you can approach directly include Adolesco, which matches families but lets them work out their own schedules for visiting. Among the best-known organizations that bring young people to the United States are AFS-USA and Rotary International. Groups offer deep and broad support. Rotary, for example, provides a list of questions in English and in two dozen languages ranging from Afrikaans to Turkish that they suggest hosts and guests answer together the first night. I suppose it's too late to go over Rotary's expectation-setting — including bedtimes — with my own child. Education First brings young international travelers together in New York for orientation before dispersing them to families across the country. The group orientation eases culture shock as they try new foods together and get used to hearing English. Organizations say these small interactions can have outsized results. Alyssa Fox, a homestay manager for Sister Cities International, which emerged from an Eisenhower White House conference on citizen diplomacy, describes their goals this way: "Achieving peace and creating connections, one person, one community at a time."



Gun owners angry after UMass rejects youth shooting program

No designer babies, but gene editing to avoid disease? Maybe By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect designer babies any time soon — but a major new ethics report leaves open the possibility of one day altering human heredity to fight genetic diseases, with stringent oversight, using new tools that precisely edit genes inside living cells. What's called genome editing already is transforming biological research, and being used to develop treatments for patients struggling with a range of diseases. The science is nowhere near ready for a huge next step that raises ethical questions — altering sperm, eggs or embryos so that babies don't inherit a disease that runs in the family, says a report Tuesday from the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine. But if scientists learn how to safely pass alterations of the genetic code to future generations, the panel said "germline" editing could be attempted under strict criteria, including that it targets a serious disease with no reasonable alternative and is conducted under rigorous oversight. "Caution is absolutely needed, but being cautious does not mean prohibition," said bioethicist R. Alta Charo of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "This committee is not saying we will or should do germline — heritable — editing. What we are saying is that we can identify a set of strict conditions under which it would be permissible to do it," Charo added. "But we are far, far away from being ready to try." Genome editing should not go beyond healing the sick and enhance traits such as physical strength, what's commonly called "designer babies," the panel stressed. But the public should get involved in these debates now, to say what might one day be acceptable. The long-awaited report offers advice — the prestigious academies cannot set policy. But it is considered a step toward creating international norms for responsible development of this powerful technology. The U.S. National Academies and its counterparts in Britain and China have been holding international meetings with the hope of doing just that. "Genome editing is a new tool for gene therapy and it has tremendous promise," Charo said. But, she added, it has to be pursued in a way that promotes well-being and is responsible, respectful and fair. Genome editing is essentially a biological version of cutand-paste software, allowing scientists to turn genes on or off, repair or modify them inside living cells. There are a few older methods but one with the wonky name CRISPR-Cas9 is so much faster, cheaper and simpler to use that it has spurred an explosion of research. Under development are ways to treat a range of diseases from sickle cell and hemophilia to cancer. In lab experiments using human cells or animals engineered with humanlike disorders, scientists are unraveling how gene defects fuel disease — and are even trying to grow transplantable human organs inside pigs. That kind of research is very promising, is adequately regulated today and should continue at full speed, the National Academies panel concluded. When it comes to the more sci fi-sounding uses, it's quite possible scientists will learn how to perform germline editing in five to 10 years, said panel co-chair Richard Hynes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Safety is one reason for caution, he said, as scientists will have to learn whether editing one gene has unwanted downstream effects. Some critics argue that families plagued by inherited diseases already have other alternatives — adopt, use donated eggs, or undergo in vitro fertilization and discard resulting embryos that inherit the bad gene. But Charo noted that sometimes parents carry two copies of a lethal gene, guaranteeing any children inherit it. Others oppose the discarding of embryos for religious reasons. For some families, "you can see there would be strong arguments for doing it" if the other criteria are met, said Robin Lovell-Badge of Britain's Francis Crick Institute. Some countries prohibit any germline editing research. Others, such as Britain, allow laboratory research with genome editing in embryos, not for pregnancy but to understand human development. In the U.S., scientists can perform laboratory embryo research only with private, not government, funding. Any attempt at pregnancy would require permission from the Food and Drug Administration, which is currently prohibited from using federal funds to review any such request. "The bottom line is there is no planetary government with enforcement power," Charo noted Tuesday.

Sarah Gillett Services accepting Grant Requests Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, Inc. is currently accepting preliminary Grant Requests from non-profit organizations providing services to the elderly residents of the greater Westfield area. The filing deadline is March 1, 2017. Since the Sarah Gillett Trust was established in 1971, thousands of dollars have been awarded each year to those non-profit organizations in the greater Westfield area that are serving the elderly populations within this location. Preliminary applications should include the specific amount desired, with a brief, one page explanation of the services the organization would provide. No brochures or lengthy descriptions of the organization should be provided at this time. Shortly after the filing date of March 1st, qualifying applicants will be contacted and an appointment for an interview with the trustees will be established. Interviews are generally set for Thursday afternoons between 2:15 PM – 5:00 PM. Preliminary Grant Requests are to be mailed to: The Sarah Gillett Services For The Elderly, Inc. P.O. Box 1871 Westfield, Ma 01086

AMHERST (AP) — A group representing gun owners says a "social bias" against firearms was behind a decision by the University of Massachusetts to nix a 4-H youth program that teaches competitive shooting sports. A university center runs Massachusetts 4-H. University officials tell the Hampshire Gazette (http://bit. ly/2lKWvNY ) they decided against the program because they wanted to develop a broader youth development initiative that includes instruction in hunting and fishing. Some version of the 4-H shooting sports program is offered in every state except Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Supporters say it emphasizes safety. The head of The Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, Jim Wallace, says the program would not have cost UMass anything and would have served more than 1,000 young people. He says UMass has a bias against "gun-owning families and their children."

Parents of transgender students appeal to Trump on bathrooms By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of parents across the country have called on President Donald Trump to embrace Obama-era protections for transgender students that call for letting them use school bathrooms in accordance with their gender identity. In a letter, sent to the president by the Human Rights Campaign late Tuesday, more than 780 parents stressed that "all students deserve equal access to a safe, welcoming school and a high quality education no matter who they are." The call follows a decision by the Trump administration last week to abandon a defense of the guidelines issued by the Obama administration. A court issued an injunction against those guidelines last summer in response to a lawsuit filed by 13 states. President Barack Obama appealed the injunction, but the Trump administration decided to back off from the appeal. Parents of transgender students say that revoking the right of students to use school bathrooms according to their gender identity amounts to discrimination and it creates a hostile learning environment for transgender students. "These policies are wrong, they hurt our children, and they violate the principle of equal education," the letter said. Conservative activists firmly oppose the idea, saying it endangers the privacy and safety of other students. Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has not voiced a position on the bathrooms controversy other than to say that she is against discrimination and will support all students. During the election campaign Trump said that transgender students can use the bathroom they like.

Sen. Warren calls for probe of ties between Trump and Russia BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for a bipartisan probe into the any ties between the Trump administration and Russia. The Massachusetts Democrat made the comment in a string of tweets she fired off Tuesday following the resignation Monday of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia. Warren said the removal of Flynn is a win for American values, but said he shouldn't become a scapegoat. Warren said President Donald Trump owes Americans a full accounting of his administration's dealings with Russia, both before and after the election, including when White House officials first realized Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia's ambassador and if other contact occurred during the campaign. Fellow Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Markey is also calling for an investigation.

Man pleads guilty to making threats against Boston mosque BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down New England's largest mosque and making other threats against Muslims. Patrick Keogan, of Wilmington, entered guilty pleas Tuesday to four federal charges, including threatening to injure and intimidate another person and to damage and destroy a building. Prosecutors say Keogan posted an image depicting a mosque in flames on the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center's Facebook page in 2015 with the message: "Burn your local mosque." Authorities say he posted the same image on the Islamic Society of Northeastern University's Facebook page and made other statements supporting mosque burning. Sentencing is scheduled for May 15. Under a plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending a sentence of up to 4 years and 9 months. Keogan's lawyer declined to comment.

Audit: voting law imposes unfunded mandate on cities BOSTON (AP) — Auditor Suzanne Bump has determined portions of the state's early voting law impose an unfunded mandate on local governments and those costs should instead be picked up by the state. Bump looked into the law at the request of Woburn and 0xford. Bump pointed to a requirement that cities and towns set up polling locations during the early voting period prior to the November election. The locations must be staffed and provide privacy for voters. In 2016, Woburn reported spending more than $5,400 to meet the law's requirements. Oxford reported spending nearly $1,500. Woburn and 0xford can use Bump's finding to ask for a court-ordered exemption to the law until state funding is provided. Overall, Bump estimated that municipalities spent nearly $720,000 to meet early voting requirements last year.

Disney increasing park tickets for certain times of year By TERRANCE HARRIS Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World and Disneyland are increasing single-day tickets at certain times of the year and setting expiration dates on tickets in hopes of preventing overcrowding during the theme parks' busiest times, company officials said. The single-day ticket prices are either staying the same or increased no more than $5 under the new price structure that went into effect Sunday. Last year, Disney rolled out a pricing plan that allows visitors to view a planning calendar from eight to 11 months out to determine which days are considered "value," ''regular" or "peak" times. Visitors pay more on "peak" days, which are the busiest times as forecast by park officials. Disney is hiking its prices following a 5 percent decline in attendance at its U.S. theme parks during its most recent quarter that included the holiday season. The goal of the varied price structure is to give park visitors an incentive to come during times that are not "peak" so that the experience can be better enjoyed by all, officials said. There have been times during holiday and spring break where the crowds have been so large that Disney has had to stop selling tickets. "Our pricing provides guests a range of options that allow us to better manage demand to maximize the guest experience and is reflective of the distinctly Disney offer-

National Guard Recruiters To Hold Guardex In Agawam Informational Event for Interested Individuals AGAWAM—Wondering how to pay for college? Looking for job skills to make you more marketable to employers? Interested in serving your community and country? The Massachusetts Army National Guard may have the answers. Recruiters from Western Massachusetts will conduct an informal information session, also known as GuardEx, at the Agawam Armory at 140 Maynard Street on February 22, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The GuardEx is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the National Guard, its mission and the benefits available to those who serve. Also, attendees have the chance to talk to recruiters about available jobs, college benefits, the enlistment process, and get an up close look at weapon systems, equipment and vehicles. In addition to training in well over a 100 different job skills, members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard enjoy a 100% tuition and fee waiver at 28 Massachusetts State Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges. The Massachusetts Army National Guard, The Nation’s First, is the oldest military organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1637, the Massachusetts National Guard has consistently answered the call and participated in each of our nation’s conflicts.

ings at all of our parks," said Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler. Starting Sunday, "value" days for Magic Kingdom cost $107 for adults and $101 for children, a $2 increase. During "regular" time, park visitors pay $5 more with prices jumping from $115 for adults to $109 for children. The "peak" prices remain the same at $124 for adults and $118 for children. At Disneyland, prices for single-day tickets also increased by $2 to $5. The regular price of admission at the Anaheim, California, park rose to $110, up from $105, beginning Sunday. A single-day ticket during peak periods climbed to $124 from $119. And the value ticket costs $97, up from $95. At Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, "value" one-day tickets are now $99 for adults and $93 for children, which is a $2 bump for both. "Regular" times for adults are $107 for adults and $101 for children, and "peak" tickets jumped to $119 and $113, respectively for adults and children. The new prices represent a $5 increase across the board during "regular" and "peak" seasons. All tickets now have expiration dates. In the past, only one-day and Florida resident tickets had expiration dates. Also guests will be able to save $20 on multiday tickets when they purchase them in advance. Park visitors can purchase the multiday tickets online at any time prior to entering the park to receive the savings.

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





Gabriel Piepergerdes goes up for a shot. (Photos by Marc

Rodney Bernard tries to turn the corner around Northampton defenders.

Gabriel Piepergerdes tries to avoid the block.


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Saving the best for last By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer WESTFIELD – It is apparent that the Westfield High School boys’ basketball team has saved the best for last. Westfield came together for one of its largest victories of the season Tuesday night, a stunning 69-56 win over visiting Northampton. The Bombers’ 17-0, second-quarter run – also a season-best – proved to be the difference. “We wanted this more than anything,” said Westfield guard Rodney Bernard, who finished with a game-high 21 points. “We have faith that we are going to make the playoffs.” Westfield ran its record to 8-9 overall. The Bombers need just two wins in their final three games to earn a tournament berth. Northampton (12-5) has already earned its spot in the postseason. “Northampton is a very good team,” Westfield coach Joe Balestracci said. “They are well coached and play hard. Our goal was to make some shots, play some ‘D’ and see if we would get to be where we needed to be.” Both teams’ offenses sputtered early, but Westfield exploded in the second quarter.

Scott Walsh got it started with a two-point basket to cut Westfield’s early second quarter, four-point deficit in half, pulling his team within 16-14. Aidan Dunn (9 points) followed with another two as the Bombers began to build momentum. Westfield continued to string together one point after another. Gabe Piepergerdes (15 points) dropped in three straight buckets, including two 3-pointers within a 22-second span. Bernard made 3-of-4 free throw attempts, courtesy of a technical foul. A Javier Santos’ two completed the 17-0 run. The Bombers led 29-16. “That gets everybody hyped,” Piepergerdes said of the offensive outburst, noting the infectious play among his teammates and how they fed off the energy of the crowd. “We were just cruising from there.” Westfield held a double-digit lead for much of the remainder of the contest, even building a 21-point lead early in the third quarter after a Bernard three. Northampton went on a 9-0 run to pull within 45-33 with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, but a steal and

Aiden Dunn works in to get a basket. (Photos by Marc St.Onge)

Luis Castro underhands it for the basket.

lay-in from Bernard with 3:19 left put momentum back on Westfield’s side. Northampton cut its deficit to single digits with five minutes remaining in regulation. A big 3-pointer from Piepergerdes and three made free throws by Dunn – he was fouled shooting from beyond the arc – sealed the victory.

Tigers rally past Saints Westfield Technical Academy 69, St. Mary 51 Westfield Tech rallied from a 14-2 deficit to defeat St. Mary on senior night. The Tigers received major contributions from several players. Mark Klyuchits led Westfield Tech with 14 points, Tyler Starzyk scored 12, Skyler Bishop notched a double-double (11 points, 15 rebounds), Vlad Biley finished with 10 points and nine assists, and Tim Shevchenko chipped in nine points and nine boards. “I give St. Mary’s a lot of respect,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said.

“They came out hard at us in the beginning and kept fighting.” We had a very slow start not playing for six days,”Dulude added. “Our kids picked up some energy out of nowhere.”

Mastello explodes in Gators’ loss Franklin Tech 54, Gateway 39 Gateway’s Shane Mastello delivered a monster effort, scoring 27 points and hauling down 19 rebounds. The Gators held Franklin Tech’s leading scorer to just 14 points. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Beavers block Gators Putnam 56, Gateway 12 Three players scored in double digits – Brianna Metellus (18 points), Angelica Peguero (14), and Chadiah Haywood (10) – to lead Putnam. Gateway’s Bryanna Fellows had six.

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Northampton attempts to block this shot by Westfield guard Rodney Bernard. Bernard went on to score 21 points in leading the Bombers to victory Tuesday night.(Photos by Marc St.Onge)






Wednesday, Feb. 15 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Feb. 16 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Minnechaug, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Commerce, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Falcons Winter Classic, Smith Academy High School, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Falcons Winter Classic, Smith Academy High School, 7:15 p.m.

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


Wednesday, Feb. 15 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampden Charter School of Science, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Chicopee Comp, Fitzpatrick Ice Arena, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Greenfield, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Franklin Tech, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Easthampton, Amelia Park, 8 p.m. *Saturday, Feb. 18* BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at South Hadley, Fitzpatrick Ice Arena, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Mount Everett, Berkshire School, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, Westfield Middle School South, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, Westfield Middle School South, 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Greenfield, Amelia Park Arena, 2 p.m.

WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY Wednesday, Feb. 15 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Feb. 16 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Vocational, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Vocational, 5 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Vocational, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 21 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pathfinder, 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Wednesday, Feb. 15 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Feb. 17 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Monson, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Monson, 7 p.m. *Sunday, Feb. 19* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY at Minnechaug, Olympia Ice Center (West Springfield), 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Academy, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 22 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Mohawk, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Feb. 24 No Sports Scheduled *Sunday, Feb. 26* JV BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. Amherst-Pelham, Cyr Arena, 5:30 p.m.

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‘Backward season’, forward success By CHRIS PUTZ Staff Writer CHARLEMONT – Despite the strange trajectory of the high school ski season that was, one constant remained – the success of the Westfield and St. Mary ski teams. The high school ski season was a wintry mess. A half-dozen Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference regular season races were postponed due to snow, sleet, and rain. The chaotic nature of the season, thanks to Mother Nature, resulted in the eighth and final regular season race being scheduled this Thursday. Before that could occur, there was just an individual championship to be held. “It was a little backwards of a season, but it is what it is,” Westfield ski coach Monique Piotte said. Westfield’s Rebecca Stephens and Grace O’Connor sat atop the leaderboard all season. When they sat down at the completion of Tuesday’s PVIAC Individual Championships, they graced two of the three top spots again. Stephens finished second overall on the hill among the girls with a combined time of 1:06.81, and O’Connor was third (1:07.05). Teammate Lauren O’Connor finished just

outside the top 10 in the combined results at 11th overall. Westfield boys’ skier Jacob Stephens was ninth (1:08.50). St. Mary’s Matthew Masciadrelli managed to navigate his way through a field of 150 skiers to capture the Giant Slalom championship, and third place in the combined results (1:03.98). He was fifth on the Slalom. “We made some adjustments to tactics given the soft snow and he put down a great run,” St. Mary ski coach Andy Lussier said regarding Masciadrelli. Jack Masciadrelli was sixth overall (1:06.84) for St. Mary. Saints’ Nate Bonini placed eighth (1:08.29). St. Mary eighth grader Chloe Lussier also cracked the top 10, finishing eighth (1:11.16) thanks to a fifth place finish in the slalom and 10th place GS. “She really brought it today and left nothing on the hill,” coach Lussier said of his young, talented skier. “She’s another one of our athletes who is peaking at the right time. …We are peaking at the right time with the state meet just around the corner. They are all skiing great right now, and with confidence.”

Montreal Canadiens fire Therrien, hire Julien as coach By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer In the midst of losing their grip on first place, the Montreal Canadiens abruptly fired coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday and hired Claude Julien in hopes of getting their season back on track. Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement two days into his team’s bye week. Julien was fired as coach of the Boston Bruins last week and predictions that the veteran wouldn’t be out of work for long proved true. At 1-5-1, the Canadiens are the NHL’s worst team since the start of February, including a 4-0 loss to the Bruins. They next play Saturday against Winnipeg. Therrien, 53, was in his fifth season of his second tour of duty as Canadiens coach and had three playoff appearances with a trip to the 2014 Eastern Conference final. They missed the playoffs last season after goaltender Carey Price injured his knee in November. Owner Geoff Molson tweeted Tuesday afternoon: “Michel Therrien, merci beaucoup pour tout, thank you for giving everything you had to our team.” Therrien went 194-121-37 as coach of the Canadiens this time around. He was also fired and replaced by Julien 46 games into the 2002-03 season. This time, it took 58 games. “The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him,” Bergevin said in a statement. “I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction.” That will come from Julien, who returns to Montreal, where he coached from 2003-2006. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 and was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL until last week. Julien has coached 997 regular-season games and will hit the 1,000 milestone behind the Canadiens’ bench on Feb. 23. Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz joked that Julien would find another job within five minutes. It took seven days. The Canadiens had to get permission to speak with Julien before hiring him because the 56-year-old was still under contract. “Claude Julien is an experienced and well-respected coach with a good knowledge of the Montreal market,” Bergevin said. “Today we hired the best available coach and one of the league’s best. I am convinced that he has the capabilities to get our team back on the winning track.” The Canadiens are atop the Atlantic Division with 70 points at 31-19-8 and have a six-point lead on the Bruins and Ottawa Senators. But they’ve played six more games than Ottawa and have struggled lately despite getting Alex Galchenyuk and other previously injured players back in their lineup.

N AT I O N A L H O C K E Y L E A G U E GP Washington 56 Pittsburgh 55 Columbus 55 N.Y. Rangers 56 Montreal 58 Ottawa 54 Boston 58 Toronto 55 Philadelphia 56 N.Y. Islanders 55 Florida 54 New Jersey 56 Buffalo 57 Tampa Bay 56 Carolina 53 Detroit 56

W 39 35 35 37 31 29 29 26 27 25 24 24 24 25 24 22

Minnesota Chicago San Jose Anaheim Edmonton St. Louis Nashville Los Angeles Calgary Vancouver Winnipeg Dallas Arizona Colorado

W 37 35 34 30 30 29 27 28 28 25 26 22 19 15

GP 56 57 57 58 57 56 56 55 57 57 59 58 55 54

EASTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 11 6 84 192 121 24-5-1 15-6-5 11-6-5 13 7 77 197 155 23-3-3 12-10-4 13-5-0 15 5 75 177 136 19-8-1 16-7-4 9-6-1 18 1 75 192 147 18-11-1 19-7-0 11-7-0 19 8 70 165 150 18-7-4 13-12-4 11-3-5 19 6 64 145 146 16-9-6 13-10-0 8-9-1 23 6 64 157 155 15-13-0 14-10-6 15-6-1 18 11 63 172 162 14-9-4 12-9-7 12-5-2 22 7 61 147 168 17-9-4 10-13-3 6-8-1 20 10 60 162 165 18-8-6 7-12-4 7-6-4 20 10 58 134 153 14-10-3 10-10-7 9-7-5 22 10 58 131 159 12-10-4 12-12-6 7-5-2 23 10 58 141 161 13-10-4 11-13-6 9-10-3 24 7 57 154 160 14-10-2 11-14-5 9-5-3 22 7 55 140 156 17-6-1 7-16-6 6-12-2 24 10 54 141 169 11-12-5 11-12-5 6-9-5 WESTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 13 6 80 187 130 19-7-1 18-6-5 12-4-3 17 5 75 166 147 18-7-4 17-10-1 13-8-1 18 5 73 156 135 18-7-2 16-11-3 10-7-3 18 10 70 152 147 17-6-3 13-12-7 11-3-4 19 8 68 162 148 14-10-3 16-9-5 12-4-3 22 5 63 161 165 17-9-4 12-13-1 9-9-2 21 8 62 158 151 16-7-6 11-14-2 12-8-1 23 4 60 138 136 15-8-1 13-15-3 8-6-0 26 3 59 149 164 14-14-0 14-12-3 9-9-2 26 6 56 135 164 17-8-3 8-18-3 8-7-1 29 4 56 171 187 14-14-1 12-15-3 14-7-1 26 10 54 160 187 15-9-6 7-17-4 8-13-4 29 7 45 131 174 12-13-3 7-16-4 7-11-5 37 2 32 109 184 7-19-1 8-18-1 6-13-0

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games N.Y. Rangers 3, Columbus 2 Arizona 5, Calgary 0 Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 0 New Jersey 3, Colorado 2 Toronto 7, N.Y. Islanders 1 Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2 Winnipeg 5, Dallas 2 Anaheim 1, Minnesota 0 Edmonton 5, Arizona 2 Wednesday’s Games Toronto at Columbus, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Colorado at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. Colorado at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

WINTER ’16-17 HIGH SCHOOL STANDINGS BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY Westfield 12-5 St. Mary 5-5-1 GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY Longmeadow (WHS Co-Op) 7-5-1

BOYS’ BASKETBALL Westfield 8-9 Southwick 9-7 Gateway 4-11 Westfield Technical Academy 3-11 St. Mary 2-15

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Westfield 3-14 Southwick 10-6 Gateway 7-10 Westfield Technical Academy 1-12 St. Mary 2-12

TUESDAY’S RESULTS BOYS’ BASKETBALL Westfield 69, Northampton 56 Westfield Technical Academy 69, St. Mary 51 Franklin Tech 54, Gateway 39 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Beavers block Gators Putnam 56, Gateway 12

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Dear Annie By ANNIE LANE

Overlooked Friend Dear Annie: I am so upset I’m beside myself. Every time I think about it, I get so angry I could spit! A neighbor and walking buddy of mine for many years, “Marie,” died last year, and no one in our circle of friends knew about it. We knew she was in failing health with Alzheimer’s disease, but no one knew she was as bad off as she must have been. All contact we had with her was through her husband, “Bill,” who had assured us that other than her ability to remember, she was fine. One day, I was driving past the house of Marie’s sister, “Nancy,” and stopped as Nancy and her husband were coming down the driveway. They confided that their brother-in-law never invited them to visit, and sometimes he even sent them away if they dropped by. However, I would often see Bill’s side of the family visiting. What’s really got me going is that last week, there were two obituary notices in the local paper. One stated that Marie died last year and that a memorial service was to be held at a veterans cemetery later that day. The second announced Bill’s death and said he would be receiving military honors at the same cemetery, inviting all their friends and neighbors to attend to honor Bill and pay their respects. Because of the short notice, I wasn’t able to attend. I feel bad for Marie and Bill’s family, but even if I could have gone, I’m not sure I would have liked going to honor her husband. Marie was kept pretty isolated from us most of the time, and her husband walked with us when he could, much to our dislike. He was a very controlling and verbally abusive husband, selfish and self-centered. He would constantly monitor my friend’s food intake. Ugh -- it’s got me going again. How can I pay respects to someone I had no respect for whatsoever? What should I say to his family members if I see them? There’s already a “for sale” sign on the lawn. -- Feeling So Bad Dear Feeling: I am so sorry for your loss. If you see his family members, stop and talk to them, but only with words of compassion. Don’t vent to them about Bill and how angry you are over his treatment of Marie. They are grieving a beloved member of the family. I think that what is causing you the most anger is the feeling that your friend was forgotten. Try organizing a way to remember Marie. Perhaps you and your other walking buddies could pool money to sponsor a bench or another memorial marker in her name, or you could all organize a walkathon to raise money to help victims of domestic violence. To anyone who suspects that a friend is being abused: Please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233. Dear Annie: Let me add my voice to all the others I hope are telling you just how wrong you were to advise “It Was ‘Only’ Sex” not to tell his adult son his true biological origins. People always deserve to know their true biological heritage, for reasons too obvious and incontrovertible to list. In fact, informing the son is the only decent reason for this wife to have caused such great pain by telling her husband at this late date. She has several people to ask forgiveness of, including the other siblings. -- Mental Health Professional Dear Mental: Thank you for weighing in, and I have heard from others voicing similar opinions. My only caveat is that if this man decides to tell his son, I think he should implore his wife to be on board. It would be best for the two of them to sit all the kids down together so they can work through the pain of the revelation as a family. Otherwise, it might splinter them. Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators. com. To find out more about Annie Lane and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at


TV Sports Tonight Wednesday, Feb. 15 COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. CBSSN — LIU Brooklyn at St. Francis Brooklyn 6:30 p.m. FS1 — Xavier at Providence SEC — Arkansas at South Carolina 7 p.m. BTN — Maryland at Northwestern ESPN2 — Iowa St. at Kansas St. ESPNU — Cincinnati at South Florida ESPNEWS — Temple at East Carolina 8 p.m. CBSSN — Creighton at Seton Hall 8:30 p.m. FS1 — St. John’s at Butler SEC — Alabama at Missouri 9 p.m. BTN — Indiana at Minnesota ESPN2 — Duke at Virginia ESPNU — Oklahoma St. at TCU 10 p.m.

CBSSN — San Diego St. at Utah St. GOLF 9 p.m. GOLF — LPGA Tour, ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, first round, at Adelaide, Australia NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Indiana at Cleveland 9:30 p.m. ESPN — New York at Oklahoma City NHL HOCKEY 8 p.m. NBCSN — St. Louis at Detroit 10:30 p.m. NBCSN — Florida at San Jose SOCCER 2:30 p.m. FS1 — UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, Leg 1, Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal FS2 — UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, Leg 1, Real Madrid vs. Napoli

On The Tube Disney drops YouTube’s PewDiePie over offensive videos LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, who goes by the name PewDiePie online, has been dropped from Disney's Maker Studios and YouTube has cancelled his reality series following a Wall Street Journal report that he made anti-Semitic videos. Kjellberg has amassed more than 53 million subscribers to his YouTube account and his videos routinely receive millions of views. Maker Studios says in a statement that Kjellberg has built his following by being "provocative and irreverent," but "clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate." YouTube tells The Wrap that it's cancelling the release of 'Scare PewDiePie' Season 2 and dropping his channel from Google Preferred. Kjellberg said in a Tumblr post Sunday that his content is entertainment and he didn't mean any offense. He says he doesn't support "hate-based groups." Kjellberg didn't immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.


Rachel Lindsay named ABC’s first black ‘Bachelorette’

HINTS FROM HELOISE APPLESAUCE IS COOKING! Dear Heloise: Can I substitute APPLESAUCE in place of cooking oil when baking items such as cakes or muffins? -- Paula S., Mission Viejo, Calif. You sure can! Applesauce makes a great substitute. For 1 cup of oil, replace with 1 cup of applesauce. Cakes will be sweeter and softer. And if you like cookies to have a cakelike consistency, try substituting applesauce. You might start using only 1/2 cup applesauce for a recipe and see how your family likes the taste and texture. Here’s to your good health! -- Heloise HOMEMADE PIZZA Dear Heloise: I save any leftovers, such as sausage, meatloaf, taco meat, etc. We then use these items for our homemade-pizza night. We have made some unique pizzas based on what was in the refrigerator/freezer. -- Julia T., Fort Wayne, Ind.



LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC has named a black woman as its "Bachelorette" for the first time in the show's history. Rachel Lindsay will lead the 13th season of "The Bachelor" spinoff. The announcement came Monday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The news is somewhat of a spoiler for fans of the ongoing season of "The Bachelor." The 31-year-old attorney from Texas has yet to be eliminated from the dating show, where she is competing for the affections of Nick Viall. Nevertheless, Lindsay told Kimmel on Monday that she's ready to find love and a husband. She also encouraged the audience to send any interested suitors to apply for the show. "The Bachelorette" begins airing on ABC in May.

Nielsen’s top programs for Feb. 6-12 NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 6-12. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

11. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 8.46 million. 12. "60 Minutes," CBS, 8.43 million.

1. "Grammy Awards," CBS, 26.07 million.

13. "MacGyver," CBS, 8.02 million.

2. "NCIS," CBS, 15.57 million.

14. "Kevin Can Wait," CBS, 7.91 million.

3. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 14.15 million.

15. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.76 million.

4. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 12 million.

16. "Mom," CBS, 7.57 million.

5. "Bull," CBS, 10.78 million.

17. "The Bachelor," ABC, 7.48 million.

6. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 10.65 million.

18. "The Great Indoors," CBS, 7.44 million.

7. "Grammy Awards Red Carpet," CBS, 10.07 million.

19. "Modern Family," ABC, 7.34 million.

8. "Hawaii Five-O," CBS, 9.86 million. 9. "This is Us," NBC, 9.57 million. 10. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 9.01 million.

19. "Superior Donuts," CBS, 7.34 million. ——— ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.



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AGNES Tony Cochran


RUBES Leigh Rubin

ARCHIE Fernando Ruiz and Craig Boldman


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Contract Bridge

By Jaqueline Bigar

DUSTIN By Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017: This year you move with deliberation and power. Communication takes unexpected twists and turns. You often might be surprised by what occurs. A person at a distance could play a more significant role in your life. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone by opening new doors and by exploring different cultures. If you are attached, don’t get caught up in figuring out who did what to whom. Mutual respect between you and your sweetie adds more glue and dimension to your bond. LIBRA encourages you to take risks! The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


Mark Buford

DOGS of C-KENNEL Mick and Mason Mastroianni

B.C. Mastroianni and Hart

ONE BIG HAPPY Rick Detorie

ANDY CAPP Mahoney, Goldsmith and Garnett

ZACK HILL John Deering and John Newcombe

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH A power play, and your unpredictable reaction to it, might define your day. How you deal with a friend or loved one easily could be colored by what occurs during the daylight hours. A partner will try to help you feel better. Tonight: Detach from an intense situation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You could feel as if your efforts don’t seem to get through to others. You might be upset by this, but remember to take a deep breath and think about what is happening. Gain insight from your reaction. You have the energy to handle a project on your own. Tonight: As you like it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH Listen to news more openly than you have in the past. The power behind a great idea makes it irresistible. Decide if you can work with the negative aspects. You’ll gain insight from a meeting into what is likely to work. Stay upbeat. Tonight: The party goes on and on. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH You have a tendency to dive into a situation and not be as difficult as others who are involved. You are more likely to work with a situation rather than buck it. Clearly, you have an advantage with that approach. Reach out to a friend for feedback. Tonight: Stay close to home. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Keep conversations active, and do not lose the pace you are maintaining. Someone at a distance could be unpredictable. You might wonder what is motivating this person. You seem to be lucky with your spontaneous choices. Tonight: A partner gives you an earful. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You might need to find out what is expected of you. Be willing to nix an idea that simply does not work for you. Knowing when to say “enough” is important. Don’t allow yourself to be backed into a corner by a loved one. Tonight: Do some shopping that you have been putting off. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You could be in a position where you are craving a change, but when it heads in your direction, your anxiety builds. You might wonder why you are putting up with what is going on around you. You likely won’t want to take any risks right now. Tonight: Be spontaneous. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH You might want to consider your options more carefully. Consider looking at all the different possibilities that head your way. You know what you want and why. Keep your eyes open but your mouth shut for the moment. Tonight: Be cautious about your spending. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Where your friends are is where you will feel the best. Even in a business meeting, you will feel the camaraderie among your associates. A child or loved one is full of surprises. Honor what is going on within your immediate circle. Tonight: Keep any negativity to yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Be willing to take a stand. You could discover that a loved one has a totally different perspective. Understand that your strength comes from merging different ideas together. Yet with a loved one, the situation and process might be harder. Tonight: Embrace the moment. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Pressure builds, and you might be more reactive or more controlling than you have been in a while. How it plays out depends on your personality. You have the advantage of detachment when making decisions. Check out information on your own. Tonight: Treat your mind. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH One-on-one relating takes you down a new path, where your eyes are



much more open. Honor fast changes, and be willing to look at situations in your life from this new perspective. Do not feel as if you must do anything about your new vision; just observe. Tonight: Be a duo.




James, Cavs hold off Wiggins, Wolves By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to turn back a charge from Andrew Wiggins and help the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Channing Frye had 21 points and 10 rebounds while starting for All-Star Kevin Love, who will miss at least the next six weeks after having surgery on his left knee. Kyre Irving scored 25 points for the Cavs and James sealed the victory with a stepback 3-pointer with two minutes to play. Wiggins scored 41 points against the team that drafted him and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 for the Wolves, who finished a six-game homestand at 2-4. The Wolves allowed Cleveland to shoot 51 percent and hit 13 3s. James tried to calm the Cavs on Tuesday morning when they found out they would be without Love for the stretch run in an Eastern Conference race that is suddenly tight with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards right on their heels.

He said that as long as he's on the floor, the Cavs will always have a chance to win, and no one doubts him. He took his time to get going, choosing to get others involved, including with a no-look pass through Wiggins' legs to a diving Derrick Williams for a layup in the second quarter. He threw down two soaring dunks later in the third and added a Jordan-like reverse layup as part of a highlightfilled night. The Cavs appeared to be pulling away when they opened a 14-point lead in the third quarter, but Wiggins exploded for 20 points in the period to make it a game. He hit a 3-pointer and beat the buzzer on a long 2 to tie it at 93 going into the fourth. Wiggins was chosen by the Cavs No. 1 overall three years ago, but that was before James made his surprising return to Cleveland. The Cavs traded Wiggins to Minnesota for Love and Wiggins has always given them his best punch. He entered the night averaging 27.6 points per game against them, his highest scoring average against any team in the league. The Wolves missed two

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W Golden State 46 San Antonio 42 Houston 40 L.A. Clippers 34 Utah 34 Memphis 34 Oklahoma City 31 Denver 25 Sacramento 24 Portland 23 Dallas 22 New Orleans 22 Minnesota 21 L.A. Lakers 19 Phoenix 17

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, looks on as Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins lays up during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION W Cleveland 38 Boston 36 Washington 33 Atlanta 32 Toronto 32 Indiana 29 Chicago 27 Detroit 26 Milwaukee 24 Charlotte 24 Miami 24 New York 23 Philadelphia 21 Orlando 21 Brooklyn 9


EASTERN CONFERENCE Pct GB L10 Str Home Away .704 — 8-2 W-2 23-5 15-11 .655 2½ 9-1 W-3 19-8 17-11 .611 5 9-1 W-3 24-7 9-14 .582 6½ 6-4 W-1 16-11 16-12 .571 7 4-6 L-3 18-10 14-14 .527 9½ 6-4 L-4 20-9 9-17 .482 12 4-6 W-1 16-11 11-18 .464 13 5-5 L-1 16-11 10-19 .444 14 3-7 W-2 14-14 10-16 .436 14½ 1-9 L-3 16-13 8-18 .429 15 8-2 L-2 13-14 11-18 .411 16 3-7 W-1 14-15 9-18 .382 17½ 4-6 W-3 13-16 8-18 .368 18½ 3-7 W-1 9-17 12-19 .164 29½ 0-10 L-13 7-23 2-23 WESTERN CONFERENCE Pct GB L10 Str Home Away .836 — 8-2 L-1 23-3 23-6 .764 4 6-4 W-1 19-6 23-7 .702 7 6-4 W-4 21-6 19-11 .618 12 5-5 W-3 17-8 17-13 .607 12½ 5-5 L-3 19-11 15-11 .596 13 7-3 W-1 18-10 16-13 .554 15½ 4-6 L-2 19-8 12-17 .455 21 5-5 W-1 15-12 10-18 .429 22½ 6-4 W-4 12-15 12-17 .418 23 5-5 L-2 14-13 9-19 .400 24 6-4 L-1 14-14 8-19 .393 24½ 4-6 W-1 14-15 8-19 .375 25½ 4-6 L-1 14-18 7-17 .333 28 3-7 L-1 12-14 7-24 .304 29½ 2-8 L-2 9-18 8-21

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open 3-pointers that would have tied the game in the final four minutes, but James hit his from deep and Williams got a steal and a layup to hold off the Wolves. TIP-INS Cavaliers: F Iman Shumpert played 25 minutes after missing the previous three games with a sprained left ankle. ... Williams scored 13 points off the bench against the team that drafted him No. 2 overall. ... Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 11 boards. Timberwolves: SG Zach LaVine had surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday to reconstruct the torn ACL in his left knee. He is expected to miss nine months while recovering. ... Ricky Rubio had 16 assists and eight rebounds, but was just 2 for 8 from the field. UP NEXT Cavaliers: Cleveland heads back home to face Indiana on Wednesday for its final game before the All-Star break. Timberwolves: Minnesota flies to Denver for a game Wednesday night in a key game for the Wolves against the Nuggets, who currently own the eighth seed in the West.

By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Michael E. Coach to Mortgage 16 SM 012133 Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Nominee for RBS CitORDER OF NOTICE izens, N.A. and now held by CitTO: izens Bank N.A. f/k/a RBS Citizens, N.A., said mortgage dated June 6, 2011, and recorded in Angela A. Cooley the Hampden County Registry of Deeds, in Book 18795 at Page and to all persons entitled to the 119, as affected by an Assignbenefit of the Servicemembers ment of Mortgage dated DecemCivil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C.c. 50 ber 18, 2014, and recorded with said Deeds in Book 20569 at §3901(et seq): Page 428, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present U.S. Bank National Association, holder, for breach of the condias trustee for the holders of the tions in said mortgage and for First Franklin Mortgage Loan the purpose of foreclosing the Trust Mortgage Pass-Through same will be sold at Public AucCertificates, Series 2005-FF10 tion on March 1, 2017, at 10:00 AM Local Time upon the premises, all and singular the claiming to have an interest in a premises described in said mortMortgage covering real property gage, to wit: The land located at in Westfield, numbered 10 84 Ely Street, Westfield, in the Franklin Avenue, given by An- County of Hampden and Comgela A. Cooley to First Franklin a monwealth of Massachusetts, and described as folDivision of Nat. City Bank of IN, bounded lows;Being known and desigdated August 26, 2005, and re- nated at Lot #27 (twenty-seven) corded with the Hampden as shown on plan entitled "Street County Registry of Deeds in and Lot Layout Haven Heights, Book 15283, Page 263, As af- Westfield, Massachusetts for fected by a Loan Modification Kay-Vee Realty Company, Inc., 2" dated September Agreement dated January 20th, Section 1957 and recorded in the Hamp2010 recorded in said Registry den County Registry of Deeds in in Book 18158, Page 441, and Book of Plans 65, Pages 53 and now held by plaintiff by assign- 54; said lot being more particumenthas/have filed with this larly bounded and described as follows: NORTHERLY by Ely court a complaint for determina- Street, One Hundred Eighteen tion of Defendant’s/Defendants’ and 71/100 (118.71) feet; EASTServicemembers status. ERLY by land now or formerly of Keddy Builders, Inc. shown on said plan as"Haven Heights, If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military ser- Section 1", One Hundred Thirty and 0/10 (130.00) feet; SOUTHvice of the United States of ERLY by land now or formerly of America, then you may be en- Springfield Municipal Water titled to the benefits of the Ser- Works as shown on said plan, vicemembers Civil Relief Act. If Seventy Five and 86/100 (75.86) you object to a foreclosure of the feet; and WESTERLY by land or formerly of one Wilgus as above-mentioned property on now shown on said plan, Ninety and that basis, then you or your at- 97/100 (90.97) feet. Subject to torney must file a written appear- restrictions of record, insofar as ance and answer in this court at the same are in force and applicThree Pemberton Square, Bo- able. Subject to rights of the City ston, MA 02108 on or before of Westfield Gas and Electric Department et al, as set March 20, 2017or you will be Light forth in an instrument dated Auforever barred from claiming that gust 1, 1958 and recorded as you are entitled to the benefits of aforesaid in Book 2635, Page 572, insofar as the same may be said Act. in force and applicable. The description of the property conWitness, JUDITH C. CUTLER tained in the mortgage shall conChief Justice of this Court on trol in the event of a typographicFebruary 2, 2017 al error in this publication. For Mortgagor's Title see deed dated May 31, 2011, and recorded in Attest: Book 18795 at Page 117 with the Hampden County Registry of __________________________ Deeds. TERMS OF SALE: Said Deborah J. Patterson premises will be sold and conRecorder veyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and as(16-004984 OM) sessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid in cash, certified check, bank treasurer's or cashier's check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid in cash, certified check, bank treasurer's or cashier's check within thirty (30) days after the date of sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale.

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Marinosci Law Group, P.C. 275 West Natick Road, Suite 500 Warwick, RI 02886 Attorney for Citizens Bank N.A. f/k/a RBS Citizens, N.A. Present Holder of the Mortgage Telephone: (401) 234-9200 MLG File No.: 15-01174 A4608386

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Monday’s Games Philadelphia 105, Charlotte 99 San Antonio 110, Indiana 106 Memphis 112, Brooklyn 103 Orlando 116, Miami 107 Milwaukee 102, Detroit 89 Washington 120, Oklahoma City 98 Boston 111, Dallas 98 Denver 132, Golden State 110 L.A. Clippers 88, Utah 72 New Orleans 110, Phoenix 108 Atlanta 109, Portland 104, OT Tuesday’s Games Chicago 105, Toronto 94 Cleveland 116, Minnesota 108 Sacramento 97, L.A. Lakers 96 Wednesday’s Games Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Orlando, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Houston, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Memphis, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Denver, 9 p.m. Portland at Utah, 9 p.m. New York at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Atlanta at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Friday’s Games No games scheduled Saturday’s Games No games scheduled Sunday’s Games NBA All-Star game at New Orleans, LA, 8:30 p.m.

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Announcement The Southwick Recreation Center, Inc. will be holding its Annual Meeting on March 15, 2016 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be at the Southwick Recreation Center, Inc. 64R Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA. This meeting is open to the public.

AUTO FOR SALE TIMOTHY'S AUTO SALES. Stop by and see us! We might have exactly what you're looking for, if not, let us find it for you! Bartlett Street, Westfield. (413)568-2261. Specializing in vehicles under $4,000.

MOTORCYCLES & ATV’S MOTORCYCLE FOR SALE '09 Triumph Bonneville SE 865CC, New. 47 Miles. $5,500. 413-388-0113 - Westfield

Deputy Director of Public Works Schedules, directs and supervises crews engaged in repair and maintenance of streets and bridges, building and grounds maintenance of Town facilities, parks, and properties and oversees Vehicle Maintenance operations. Knowledge and experience with construction of municipal roads and drainage systems, building maintenance and budget preparation and bid specifications required. Additional information, job description and application may be obtained at www.granby-ct. gov or from the Town Manager’s Office, 15 North Granby Road, Granby, CT 06035 on Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on February 22, 2017.

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Business Directory A STEP ABOVE THE REST! JMF CHIMNEY SERVICE Repair your chimney before winter wreaks havoc. We do brick repair, crown seals and repairs. We also do stainless steel liner installs, as well as stainless rain caps. We sweep all flues. Free estimates provided. Call: 413-330-2186





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HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, (800)793-3706.

Forest Management 61 Plans Available 5 Generations of Forest Management & Service to the Community We deliver. Run by veterans. Green Meadow Lumber


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SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood Stacking available Cut, split, delivered (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts Call for pricing Hollister's Firewood 860-653-4950 or 860-250-4869

ELECTRICIAN JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC Senior discount. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. POEHLMAN ELECTRIC All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter de-icing cables installed. All calls answered! Best prices, prompt service. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years experience. Insured. Reasonable prices. No job too small. Lic# A7625.Call Tom Daly, (413)543-3100. FLOORING & FLOOR SANDING A RON JOHNSON's Floor Sanding, Installation, Repairs, 3 coats polyurethane. Free estimates. (413)569-3066.

HAULING A DUMP TRUCK Attic, cellars garages cleaned out. Wood and brush removal. Handy-Man services plus painting. Snowplowing. (413)569-0794 (413)374-5377

HOME IMPROVEMENT DAVE DAVIDSON: Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling "GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME" Complete Bath Renovations. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. MA. License #072233, MA.Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568 569-9973. www.davedavidsonremodeling. com

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

LETOURNEAU & SONS PAINTING ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! We are a family owned and operated, painting and home improvement company serving the Westfield area since 1986. We specialize in residential/commercial, interior/exterior painting and staining, ceiling and drywall repairs, water damage repair, exterior home repairs, and carpentry of all types including roof repairs. Call Bill for your FREE no obligation estimate (413) 977-9633 or (413) 562-5727

Purchasing standing timber and specializing in land clearing. Local company in business for 20+ years. Green firewood. Cut, split & delivered. Free delivery in Westfield area. Mixed hardwoods. $180 p/128 cf. 413-835-5491

All brick, block, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump pumps and french drain systems installed. Foundations pointed and stuccoed. Free estimates (413)569-1611 or (413)374-5377

PAINTING & WALLPAPERING HOME DECOR has been making beautiful new rooms for over 16 years. From cabinet makeovers to faux finishes, staging for sales and decorating advice for a new look. Call Kendra now for all your painting needs. Fully insured. Free Estimates (413)626-8880 or (413)564-0223 RAIN GUTTERS



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RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED & REPAIRED Chimneys repaired and chimney caps installed. Antennas removed. Roof leaks repaired, vent areas sealed. Senior citizen discount. Insured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson Services (413)596-8859 (before 9pm)

All your landscaping needs! Commercial and residential snow removal, spring cleanups, lawn services and more! Specializing in Hardscaping of patios/walkways/fire pits

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

Fully insured/Free estimates (413) 626-6122 or visit A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN Debris removal, landscaping, Fall yard cleanup, interior and exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462 ACCURATE LAWNCARE Leaf & Brush Removal Gutter Cleaning Trimming & Mowing, Snow Removal with Sanding Family owned & operated Call (413)579-1639 accuratelawncare2013

SNOWBLOWER REPAIR AFFORDABLE Snowblower/Lawnmower Service. Tune-ups/Repairs. FREE pick-up & delivery. Same day service available. 786-0022

Specializing in COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL property plowing, snow removal, de-icing, sand and/or salt. Reliable and experienced. NO DRIVEWAYS Call Tom: 413-244-3028

APARTMENT WESTBRIDGE MANOR WESTFIELD: 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, full basement. W/D hookup. $825/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295.

Westfield- 1 Bedroom , Second floor , hardwood floors, off street parking available, downtown area, close to bus route. Hot water included.

WESTFIELD- 3RD FLOOR, 3bedrooms, LR, kitchen and bath. $950/month plus utilities. First/last/security. 413-250-4811.

SNOWPLOWING G&G Services Plus SNOWPLOWING. Free Estimates Sidewalks & Walkways Residential Only. Westfield Area Service You Can Trust! Call Greg: 413-210-3024

WESTFIELD- 2ND FLOOR, one-bedroom, kitchen and bath. No Pets. $700 per month includes utilities. First, last, security. 413-250-4811.

WESTFIELD; 1st floor, 4-room apartment with enclosed porch. $825 p/month + utilities. First/last/security. 413-250-4811

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


TOP TRUCK SERVICES CORP. Family Owned Servicing Western Mass since 1998

Truck & Trailer Repair We repair Pick-ups, Vans, SUVs & Campers in addition to light, medium, and heavy duty diesel trucks. NAPA Truck Service Budget Truck Rental Location 24-Hour Emergency Service Fleet Repair MA Inspection Station "No truck or job too big or too small"

HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, refrigerator and microwave included. $475p/month. Call (413)531-2197.

BUSINESS PROPERTY FOR RENT - Commercial Property, 2 Spaces, 1,500 sq.ft. and 2,000 sq.ft., Clear span, 10' ceilings, Southampton Road, Westfield. Call (413)562-4246.


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TREE SERVICE A BETTER OPTION GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. (413)569-6104

WESTFIELD: 9 Room Contemporary in Ridgecrest/Munger Hill area, Built-in Pool, Hot tub, game room in basement, etc. For more information and open house dates go to: or call: 413-977-9349 For more photos, log onto See Classifieds

American Tree & Shrub: Removal, pruning, bucket/crane work. Stump grinding, light excavation and tree planting. Firewood Available Fully Insured, Free Estimates. 24-hour Emergency Services. Veteran Owned 40 yrs. Experience 413-569-0469


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KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS 30+ years experience for home or business. Discount off all fabrics. Get quality workmanship at a great price. Free pickup and delivery. Call (413)562-6639.

MOBILE HOMES LUDLOW: Miller Street. Cozy 1-bedroom, 12'x47'. Room to expand. Needs TLC. New furnace, $25,000. 413-593-9961 DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM

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