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Disabilities Commission seeks more spots By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Westfield Commission for Citizens with Disabilities last night approved small changes to a letter it will be sending out to Ward 2 City Councilor Ralph Figy regarding a lack of handicapped parking spots on Elm Street. Commission Chairwoman Madeline Nicoletti said she reached out to Jeffrey Dougan, assistant director for community service in the Massachusetts Office on Disability, who said he knows of no other city or town within the Commonwealth that doesn’t have handicapped parking on it’s main streets. The issue came about after a Planning Commission meeting which addressed the proposed Senior Center. “A gentleman with ALS came to us and asked how he could go about getting a handicapped parking space on Elm Street,” Nicoletti said of the incident which spurred the letter to Figy. “He said he would park behind the Westfield Gas and Electric building, but the walk would tire him out so, that he wouldn’t have the energy to go inside to pay his bill.” Nicoletti added that the citizen, who chose to remain anonymous, is aware that he can use a credit card to pay his G&E bills from home, but he wants to “remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.” The commission approved the letter to Figy, but not before making slight edits to language in the second paragraph regarding potential legislation requiring handicapped parking spaces. Comissioner John Velis stated that the sentence in question wasn’t accurate. “I don’t think it’s misleading, but the fact of the matter is that it (the legislation) hasn’t happened yet, and as of now, it’s not enforcable,” Velis said. “We don’t want to give off the impression that it’s a foregone conclusion, that it’s been formally adopted.” The newest member of the commission, Agma Sweeney, stated that the language shouldn’t be the issue. “Don’t even bring up the legislature. It’s more ‘Westfield wants to be ahead of other communities in terms of accessibility,’” she said. “We’re very forward about bike trails and walkability and accessibility (in the city), but it was overlooked. Nobody mentioned in public hearings that theres no accessable parking all along the incredible improvements that we’ve done (downtown). I think it was just an ommission.” The changes were approved unanimously by the commission, which also consists of Andrea Pianka, Norman Smith, and Matthew Reinhagen, in addition to Nicoletti, Sweeney, and Velis. Smith was also nominated and voted in unanimously to return to his former post as secretary last night by the commission.

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Planners balk at motel conversion

The present two-lane Route 57 highway at the Southwick / Agawam town line.

(File photo

by Frederick Gore)

Local pols make pitch for 57 expansion By Peter Francis Staff Writer HOLYOKE – Following an appearance at the Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s Incite Information Lunch at Holyoke’s Delaney House yesterday, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Richard Davey met with Senator Don Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield) and aides for Representative Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick) to discuss the dormant Route 57 expansion project. The extension of Route 57 was split into several phases by the Commonwealth years ago. Since the town of Southwick, as well as the cities of Agawam and West Springfield, would be impacted, Mayors Richard Cohen of Agawam and Ed Sullivan of West Springfield were also at yesterday’s meeting. The meeting came several weeks after MassDOT Administrator Frank DePaola sent a letter to the Western Massachusetts Electric Company saying he was “not interested” in purchasing land WMECO has been holding for the state under the assumption that the DOT would make good on it’s promise to expand the state highway. “We are at a major crossroads in the way we fund our transportation system,” Davey said yesterday afternoon. “The need for improvements will always be greater than the resources available.” “Working with our partners in the Legislature, we are anticipating new revenues from a pending transportation bond bill that will help us fund a list of projects that we spent over two years prioritizing,” Davey

said. “We also face uncertainty over a November ballot referendum that would repeal the gas tax index to inflation. This is a critical component of long-term transportation planning as indexing the gas tax protects its future purchasing power and ensures it remains a viable source of revenue.” Davey added that the state doesn’t have the revenue to finance the full extension of Route 57 right now, but “we fully understand the regional economic value this project has. With that in mind, we will explore whether there are any smaller, incremental steps we can possibly take in the meantime.” “We had a good turnout (for the meeting), it was good to have (Richard) Cohen, Ed (Sullivan), and Doug Seibert (Southwick DPW). There was a lot of historical knowledge in the room,” Humason said after the meeting. “Davey didn’t make any promises, but he’s hopeful that we can preserve the land, and that future governors and DOTs will pick up the project.” “We have the land permitted,” Humason said. “We’re already generating jobs and revenue (along 57). It would open up the area for development, housing and job creation. It would enhance the economy for southwestern Massachusetts.” Humason said that the group will be drafting a letter to Davey to be sent at week’s end stressing the economic impact of an extension and emphasizing the fulfillment of the state’s promise when the highway was built. “The fear is, when the Commonwealth makes a promise, you can’t believe it. We See Route 57, Page 7

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Planning Board voted to continue the public hearing on a proposal to convert a former Southampton Road motel into efficiency apartments when other property owners raised a number of concerns and questions. Rui Baltazar submitted a special permit application to convert the motel at 480 Southampton Road into a 14-unit efficiency apartment complex. Typically, conversion petitions only involve the Planning Board’s review of the parking requirement of two spaces per unit. The motel has not be in operation for five years but the questions and concerns raised during the public hearing last night may initiate a more detailed review of the project. Principal Planner Jay Vinskey said the board has the authority to require a detailed site plan for the conversion project. Speakers raised concerns about population density if the small efficiency apartments are rented by couples with children and said the project may have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhood. “How many people will there be in each unit?” Tina Stevens, who owns the abutting property to the south of the motel, asked. “Will couples, children or pets be allowed? Those are very tiny units that don’t have the space to accommodate many people.” Bob Goyette, owner of the nearby See Motel, Page 3

The Westfield Planning Board discussed last night a special permit for the Country Court Motel to be converted into efficiency apartments. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Hydrant access a safety issue

A fire hydrant remains buried on School Street Monday. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – “It always a good idea” to shovel out fire hydrants because if a house is burning every second it takes to get water flowing onto the fire reduces the risk of “loss of property and possible loss of life” said Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Egloff, the fire prevention officer for city’s fire department. “The snow’s starting to pile up” he said, and even the hydrants that have a flag attached to mark their locations under the snow, “they’re getting harder to see.” He said that firefighters can quickly exhaust the 750 gallons of water carried by a pumper truck, and if firefighters cannot tie into a hydrant promptly, any time when water isn’t flowing from the hoses can add to the destruction wrought by a

fire. He said that the firefighters use a sophisticated geographic information system to locate fire hydrants “but in the real world when they (hydrants) are in(side) snow banks, they’re very hard to find” so a homeowner’s best fire protection tool may be a shovel used to clear access to a hydrant. Egloff points out that, due to the exigencies of public snow removal efforts, city workers and contractors are exempted from the prohibition against plowing or piling snow on hydrants but residents aren’t. “A homeowner cannot snowblow snow on to a hydrant”, he said, although a plow operator may legally bury one.

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Students experience Costa Rica WESTFIELD– This winter, Westfield State University offered a J-Term course that sent fourteen students to Costa Rica in January to study the diverse ecosystems and organisms of the country. Students that participated in the course experienced different types of forests and mangroves in Costa Rica as well as a variety of tropical organisms. The students learned about conservation issues such as tropical reforestation in Costa Rica. The course was led by Dr. Tim Parshall, PhD., associate professor of biology and environmental science. This wasParshall’s fifth study abroad course. “This is my fourth time to Costa Rica and I’ve taught one course in Belize,” Dr. Parshall said. “Every time you go abroad it’s an equally amazing experience, but there’s something different for you every time.” The students’ main focus of study was the tropical ecosystems they traveled to throughout the course. The class visited the Tirimbina Rainforest, the Monteverde Cloud forest Reserve, and Manuel Antonio National Park. Katie Boothe ’14, an environmental science major, enjoyed the variety of locations the course took them to. “We began in the city of San Jose,then traveled to Tirimbina, Monteverde, San Gerardo Field Station, and ended in Tamarindo which is on the Pacific side of the country,” Boothe said. “While in Tamarindo we learned about many conservation issues: endangered sea turtle eggs, water usage, and mangrove declination.” Forest conservation was a pivotal course objective for the study abroad class. Costa Rica has one of the highest deforestation rates in Central America and one of the lowest percentages of rainforests that are still intact. Some of the biggest efforts in Costa Rica are to reverse the negative and harmful effects that pollution and agricultural lifestyle have created in the country.

Dr. Parshall has some expertise in this field of forest conservation, particularly in Costa Rica. “I work with a colleague from Costa Rica, Deborah Hamilton, and she works with a conservation group there,” Dr. Parshall said. “Basically, they plant trees in empty cow pastures in an attempt to reforest the plowed area and I evaluate the data to see how the tree is growing and if reforestation will be possible in that area.” With Dr. Parshall’s knowledge on the topic and some first-hand experience, the students became aware of some of the serious conservation issues happening in Costa Rica.The students also studied many organisms thriving in the nature of Costa Rica. Both by exploring the forests and touring some of the biological field stations, the students witnessed those animals in their natural environments. “I think one of the highlights of the trip was when the group watched an endangered Green Sea turtle come up onto one of the beaches and lay its eggs,” Dr. Parshall said. “We stayed there for hours just to watch the whole process of it.” This study-abroad course, and others like it, fulfills both a biology lab requirement and a major requirement for biology and environmental science majors but the course is not limited to these majors. “Any student can appreciate the beauty of another country,” Boothe said. “I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to hike in the rainforest and experience the beauty. One day those forests might not be there anymore, so as many people as possible need to experience it.” This study-abroad course and all international courses are handled by International Programs, located in the Parenzo Hall Lobby at Westfield State University. For more information on study-abroad opportunities, please contact International Programs at (413) 572-8819 or email them at IPO@westfield. Westfield State’s Costa Rica study abroad group in front of a waterfall at the San Gerardo Field Station. (Photo submitted)


Odds & Ends THURSDAY


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The first half of the day will be dry with mostly cloudy skies, but from Noon until 5 PM expect a rain/snow/sleet mix across. Generally, temperatures will top out in the mid-30s this afternoon. There will be mostly sunny skies Thursday morning. Since we’ll have plenty of sunshine tomorrow, temperatures will warm into the low-40s! Plan for a a soggy end to the week! Rain will be in the forecast from start to finish on Friday with highs in the upper-40s.

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Burglary suspect arrested after leaving wallet at scene DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say a teenager who burglarized a Dallas police officer’s apartment, taking his service weapon and ammunition, was apprehended after he lost his wallet as he fled. Police reports say two witnesses chased 18-year-old Adrian Jimmerson when he was seen Feb. 13 carrying a pillowcase full of items. The suspect dropped the pillowcase as he jumped a fence, but his pants ripped and his wallet fell to the ground. A school identification card also was found. Jimmerson was arrested the next day. He was being held Tuesday at the Dallas County jail on a charge of burglary of a habitation, with a bond of $10,000. A phone message left with his public defender, Frank Douglas, was not immediately returned.

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2014. There are 315 days left in the year. n Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, clearing the way for the U.S. military to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans during World War II.


On this date: In 1473, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. In 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio’s borders and constitution. In 1864, the Order of the Knights of Pythias, an international, nonsectarian fraternal organization, was founded in Washington, D.C. In 1881, Kansas prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. In 1934, a blizzard began inundating the northeastern United States, with the heaviest snowfall occurring in Connecticut and Massachusetts. In 1945, during World War II, some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they began a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. In 1959, an agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence. In 1964, the French movie musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”

premiered in France. In 1976, calling the issuing of Executive Order 9066 “a sad day in American history,” President Gerald R. Ford issued a proclamation confirming that the order had been terminated with the formal cessation of hostilities of World War II. In 1984, the Winter Olympics closed in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China’s major Communist revolutionaries, died at age 92. In 2008, an ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him.

Ten years ago:

Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was brought to court in handcuffs, charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader’s colossal collapse. (Skilling was later convicted of 19 counts and sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison, but a federal judge in 2013 shaved a decade off that sentence, which means Skilling could be released by 2017.) The AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.

Five years ago:

President Barack Obama made a quick visit to Canada, his first trip outside the U.S. since taking office; he reassured Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the U.S. was not cultivating a protectionist streak despite its economic difficulties. A jury in Moscow voted

unanimously to acquit three men in the killing of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

One year ago:

The United Nations said the number of U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan had risen sharply in 2012 compared with 2011. A bail hearing began in Pretoria, South Africa, for double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, charged with killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day; the defense said Pistorius had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder while prosecutors said he had deliberately opened fire on Steenkamp as she cowered behind a locked bathroom door. Donald Richie, a Tokyo-based expert on Japanese cinema, died at age 88.

Today’s Birthdays:

Singer Smokey Robinson is 74. Actress Carlin Glynn is 74. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 72. Singer Lou Christie is 71. Actor Michael Nader is 69. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 66. Actor Stephen Nichols is 63. Author Amy Tan is 62. Actor Jeff Daniels is 59. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 58. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 57. Actor Ray Winstone is 57. Actor Leslie David Baker (TV: “The Office”) is 56. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 55. Britain’s Prince Andrew is 54. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 52. Singer Seal is 51. Actress Jessica Tuck is 51. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 50. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 49. Actress Justine Bateman is 48. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 47. Actress Bellamy Young is 44. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 39. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 29. Actress Victoria Justice is 21.



Mass. court: Warrants needed for some cell records BOSTON (AP) — Law enforcement in Massachusetts must get a search warrant before obtaining cellphone records to track someone’s movements in most cases, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled 5-2 against prosecutors who wanted a murder suspect’s cellphone records over a two-week period admissible as evidence. The court ruled that obtaining cell site location information over such a long period without a warrant based on probable cause was an invasion of privacy and a violation of the state Declaration of Rights. Cell site location information shows which cell towers a user’s phone communicates with at the beginning and end of a call, giving that person’s approximate location. “Even though restricted to telephone calls sent and received (answered or unanswered), the tracking of the defendant’s movements in the urban Boston area for two weeks was more than sufficient to intrude upon the defendant’s expectation of privacy,” the majority said in the ruling. Suffolk County prosecutors argued that the information was received from a third party, a cellphone company, and was not specific enough to amount to an invasion of privacy. The ruling came in the case of Shabazz Augustine, a suspect in the August 2004 slaying of his ex-girlfriend. Authorities obtained cellphone company records to try to determine Augustine’s whereabouts in the days before and after Julaine Jules was killed. The evidence was suppressed after a Superior Court judge ruled that obtaining the records amounted to a “warrantless search.” Suffolk County prosecutors appealed. Augustine was indicted in July 2011 and remains in custody awaiting trial. “This decision is an enormous victory for everyone who cares about privacy,” said Matthew Segal, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which argued the case before the court. “It says that people can have a constitutionally protected privacy interest in information about them even if that information is in the hands of a third-party service provider like their cellphone company,” he said. The decision leaves open a short window of time in which the records can be obtained without a warrant but does not specify exactly how long, he said. He also noted that the Massachusetts decision is at odds with the federal government’s justification for National Security Agency metadata collection— that the information is coming from third parties, specifically cellphone companies. The Suffolk district attorney’s office said it was pleased the case had made it so far through the court system. “This is a key victory for prosecutors, who appealed the judge’s order to the high court,” the office said in a statement. “Notably, while the majority decision lays out a framework that now requires a search warrant to obtain such evidence instead of a court order, Suffolk prosecutors have been taking that tack for years and no other cases are expected to be implicated.” The dissenting opinion drew a distinction between the two types of cell site location information. The second type is called registration cell site location information, which is closer to GPS tracking.



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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 BLANDFORD Board of Health Meeting at 6 pm Finance Committee at 7 pm

HUNTINGTON Selectboard at 5:30 pm Conservation Commission at 7 pm ZBA at 7 pm Finance Committee

Mass. casino regulators weigh community petitions BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts gambling regulators agreed today to designate Longmeadow as a surrounding community for a proposed $800 million resort casino in Springfield, but they rejected similar petitions from Northampton and Hampden. The state’s 2011 gambling law makes communities located near casinos eligible for funding — provided by the developer — to mitigate any negative impacts on traffic or other municipal resources. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed to give Longmeadow, which borders Springfield, surrounding community status after hearing about a traffic study that pointed to a likely increase in congestion on Route 5 and other roadways in the town if the casino proposed by MGM Resorts is built. The company previously rejected Longmeadow’s request for $1 million in upfront compensation from MGM. The two sides now have 30 days to negotiate an agreement or submit to binding arbitration from the commission. “We are hopeful that the next 30 days will include factbased and data-driven discussions that will result in a fair agreement,” Michael Mathis, incoming president of MGM Springfield, said in a statement. In unanimously rejecting Northampton’s petition for surrounding community status, the panel said the city — located about 20 miles from Springfield — would likely benefit from increased tourism if the casino was built, offsetting any negative impacts. “I don’t see the case made for Northampton’s claim that it will be adversely affected by the operation of the casino,” said James McHugh, one of the five commissioners. Hampden also was turned down for surrounding community status. The commission encourages casino developers to attempt to reach agreements on their own with surrounding community applicants, and MGM has previously done so with Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Ludlow and Wilbraham. The company also has been in talks with the city of West Springfield. MGM is the only applicant for the sole resort casino license in western Massachusetts. The commission is expected to decide whether to award the license by May 30.

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WESTFIELD Off-Street Parking Commission at 7 pm Flood Control Commission meeting cancelled

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 BLANDFORD Library Trustees Meeting at 7:30 pm

WESTFIELD Personnel Action Committee at 6 pm

SOUTHWICK Capital Expenditures Committee at 6:30 pm

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Motel Continued from Page 1 Heritage Homes Inc., questioned if the septic system in place for the motel is sufficient to accommodate the daily use of residents at the 14-apartment complex. “I ask the board to continue this hearing and ask for a formal plan. This chicken scratch is too challenging to know what’s going on,” Goyette said. “This is a detriment to the area. Efficiency apartments are not conducive. Ask for a plan or vote against it.” Other speakers question if the motel rooms meet the criterion of an efficiency apartment since they are not equipped with a kitchen. Wayne Weatherwax, a resident of Hopkins Road, said he is concerned about the impact of the conversion on the neighborhood directly behind the former motel. “You need to disapprove this until (Baltazar) comes back with a concrete plan,” he said. Several members of the board said that a “more defined plan” is needed to allow review of the special permit application and that the board needs information from the Health and Building departments on the definition and requirements needed for the conversion into efficiency apartments. The hearing was continued to March 18.

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Volunteer Tutors Needed WESTFIELD - Are you a community member, parent or college student? Do you have some extra time and a desire to help children? An hour a week can truly make a difference to help Westfield schools! Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield (VIPS) would like to match YOU with a request for help from one of our schools. Volunteers work at assignments at the request of and under the direction of a staff person. VIPS is currently searching for volunteers at the following locations: Highland Elementary School requests a mentor/tutor to work with a 2nd grade Nepali student between for ½ hour between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Paper Mill Elementary School

is searching for assistance during lunch times any day Monday through Friday and any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Grade 5 is looking for a math helper from 10:10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. or a Grade 3 class is looking for math assistance from noon to 1 p.m. any day. A 3rd grade student needs organization assistance for 30 minutes at 9:30 a.m. one or more times weekly. Training is provided as needed. VIPS will work with you to match your availability and school preference. All interested in volunteering must complete an application, a Criminal Offender Records Information form and training before they can begin to volunteer. Training appointments are available at mutually convenient times to the volunteer and VIPS staff. Please call VIPS at 572-6345 or email vips@schoolsofwestfield. org to make an appointment or for further information.

Yarn Donations Needed WESTFIELD - The “Sassy Stitchers” knit and crochet group at the Westfield Council on Aging is seeking yarn or monetary donations for their involvement with two local programs, “Project Linus” and “Comfort Covers.” The mission of Project Linus is to provide a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill or traumatized through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. Lap blankets and shawls are given to seriously ill hospice patients through the Comfort Covers program. Donations of brand new, full skeins of washable yarn or monetary donations for the purchase of yarn will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Tara LeBlanc at 562-6435 for additional information.




Good morning! I was just wondering if you could answer a question as to why they are putting in the Pennysaver about Dr. Kroiak announcing his new location with Dr. Frangie when he’s been retired for over a year now and they’re still announcing he’s at his new location. Does the man have to die before they take his advertisement out of the paper? I hope you have a good day and you can answer that. Thank you much. Bye. Dr. Frangie purchased the medical practice of Dr. Krawiec and is now seeing all of his patients. Good morning. I wanted to thank you for the beautiful pictures of the Westfield High National Honor Society induction ceremony and also for the winter birds. I thought those pictures were beautiful. Thank you so much. Bye. Kacey Bellamy from Westfield is on the Olympic Womens’s Ice Hockey Team. They have played great and are going to be playing for a gold medal this week. As I read tonight’s newspaper, I see no coverage of this. I think the Westfield News should be reporting this, covering the story, and announcing when the games are. Dedication, hard work, and talent has earned her a position on the team. In all my years in Westfield I know of no other person from Westfield who has competed for gold in the Olympics. An honor like that should be on the front page of the paper instead of the usual same old stuff. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of “news” other than scores from the games. With Kacey and her parents being in Russia, they are unable to be reached and not able to comment. Once we’re able to speak with a family member we will have more.

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The GOP’s search for an exit By Burgess Everett A group of Senate Republicans is meeting quietly to plot an unusual strategy: passing a top Democratic priority. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has vowed to press the GOP on unemployment benefits — forcing them to keep taking votes on a bill to extend aid to the long-term unemployed. But Republicans have rejected it twice since the program expired on Dec. 28. Sens. Dan Coats of Indiana, Rob Portman of Ohio, Dean Heller of Nevada and Susan Collins of Maine want a deal that could bring the Democratic drumbeat to an end. They gathered last week to plan how to revisit the cause when the Senate returns next week, hoping they can get Democrats to agree to their policy changes and finally move the red-hot issue off the Senate’s plate. “We’re still working on the same thing, which is solving the problem,” Portman said in an interview Tuesday. “I continue to believe that we can solve this if Democrats want to.” The political maneuvering is a reminder that voting down money for a government program might be good politics for hard-liners running on slashing deficits and spending, but for centrists, especially those from states where jobless rates remain high, looking unsympathetic to the long-term unemployed is a big risk. That explains the nuanced positions of senators like Coats, who has surprised Democrats by engaging in the unemployment debate last week. “The substance is there for an agreement,” Coats said optimistically, adding that his constituents have big questions about how long these benefits should be extended, which drives his view on the issue. “There’s a question mark in terms of how much longer can we keep doing this? Or should we keep doing this?” Coats said. “If we do extend it, they want to see reforms.” Before the Senate broke for recess last week, the Republican group began floating a proposal to Democrats that would retroactively revive benefits for 90 days, paying for it by cracking down on people receiving both unemployment and disability benefits and changing federal pension programs. In addition, the GOP wants to at least vote on amendments to reform the program, such as a ban on people receiving benefits once they’ve received “suitable” offers of work and job training programs. Of course, just because lawmakers are talking about a deal doesn’t mean that an agreement is imminent. Negotiators were See Jobless Benefits, Page 8

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Allie fundraiser Westfield Republican Dan Allie, center at podium, is surrounded by family, friends and supporters during a fundraiser at the East Mountain Country Club, Tuesday evening. Allie will be on the ballot in the special election in April to fill the vacant seat of former State Rep. Donald Humason Jr., who moved on to the state Senate. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Governor’s budget neglects mental health By Susan West CEO, Carson Center for Human Services Governor Patrick received largely positive reviews for his recently announced final budget plan for fiscal year 2015. Most observers praised the budget plan for its even-handed treatment of state services and new funding for the beleaguered child welfare agency. But behind the numbers rests a frayed safety net for thousands of Bay State families who have been needlessly placed at risk. Following years of level funding and underfunding, the Governor’s proposed budget for the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (DPH/BSAS) actually cuts spending at a time when demand for its services has never been higher. As providers of critical services for men, women and children with behavioral health disorders, we see that the need for these services is greater than ever in Massachusetts. Currently, 50.9% of adults in Massachusetts living with a mental illness do not receive treatment. Of the 37,000 youths per year in Massachusetts reporting at least one Major Depressive Episode, less than half received treatment each year between 2008 and 2012, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The SAMHSA report provides dramatic context for the gap between need for behavioral health services and access to those services. The report found that, from 2008-2012, nearly 200,000 Massachusetts residents were found to have a serious mental illness. In every community we see the effects on individuals and families who suffer from mental health and addiction disorders but cannot get access to the help they need. Coupled with that obvious need is the turmoil created by new state and federal health insurance laws and rules, which have created uncertainty for both patients and providers. In the Greater Westfield area, The Carson Center for Human Services serves a growing population of clients. When the funding and services are there, we can make a dramatic difference in peoples’ lives. When it’s not, unfortunately, we see the dev-

astating effects on families and communities. People can’t work, they can’t get through the day, and they have nowhere to turn for help. Too often, they end up in hospital emergency rooms, or local jails. Despite the obvious need for behavioral health services, Governor Patrick proposed cutting funds for successful programs. If implemented, his cuts to DMH would force 250 adults and 215 kids and families to lose services that enable them to live independently in their homes and communities. Hundreds of families whose stability is tied to these services would be thrown into turmoil. Another 100 individuals currently languish in DMH inpatient facilities, although they have been deemed “discharge ready.” But the state does not have sufficient funds to provide community placements. In the area of addiction services, the Governor proposed cutting $3 million from the BSAS, and $300,000 from the successful jail diversion program for individuals addicted to opiates. The lack of access to services shows up most dramatically in the field of addiction treatment. While 7.7 percent of residents aged 21 and older reported heavy alcohol use within the prior month, 95.8 percent did not receive treatment for alcohol abuse. A snapshot of a single day helps illustrate the demand for addiction services. On a single day in 2012, 45,727 people were in treatment for substance use in Massachusetts. Forty-eight percent were being treated for drug use only, but 14.2 percent reported treatment for alcohol use only and 37.2 percent received treatment for both drugs and alcohol use. Clearly, there is a gap between available funds and the need for services. But that frayed safety net has ensnared huge numbers of men, women and children who can be reached and helped with a balanced approach to budgeting at the state level. It’s up to the Legislature to reverse Governor Patrick’s cuts and demonstrate Massachusetts’ commitment to the individuals and families who rely each day on the caregivers, counselors, and community based programs that enable them to live healthy, productive lives.

States defend turf from feds on data breach rules By Jessica Meyers With no federal law on data breaches, most states created their own rules to ensure companies alert residents when hackers seize their personal information. But as massive breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus revive congressional interest in a national notification standard, states are warning Washington: Don’t trample on our turf. “States have been the leaders, the cops on the beat defining what is reasonable and not reasonable for their own states and heading up investigations on data breach cases for as long as there have been such things,” said Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler. “It’s almost always a local issue. … We actually get things done.” All sides agree a federal standard that requires companies inform consumers about breaches would enhance the current patchwork of state laws. The consensus ends there. State attorneys general, especially in places with strong data breach regulations, see a federal law as the baseline. They want to keep their own rules in place, especially if a national standard is weaker. And they’d like to preserve their authority to enforce any data breach regulations — state or federal — in their own jurisdictions. But retailers, banks and tech firms argue the multitude of state rules burdens companies and makes it difficult to do business. They view a single, national standard as the goal. “The biggest problem is the inconsistencies,” said Joseph Rubin, who heads federal government affairs for TechAmerica. “There may be a state law where you have to notify a state AG before you notify customers or the notice that you send out has to contain different types of information depending on the state [customers] live in. … It becomes relatively cumbersome.” States vary on what they consider a harmful breach, when to tell customers about an incident and whether rules should apply to both digital and physical theft of data. Only Alabama, Kentucky, New Mexico and South Dakota have no breach notification laws. This state-federal tension has played out before. The issue crops up every time Washington turns its attention to breaches, though lawmakers have repeatedly failed to pass legislation. The current batch of data security and breach bills on Capitol Hill — five in the Senate and one in the House — would preempt state laws to varying degrees. The federal government regulates data security in only a clus-

ter of industries, such as hospitals and banks. It does not have laws covering retail breaches, a void that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) insists threatens the economy. “If consumers lose faith in businesses’ ability to protect their personal information, our economic recovery will falter,” he said at a recent hearing with Target and Neiman Marcus officials. “American consumers deserve to know when their private information has been compromised and what a business is doing in response to a cyberattack.” Leahy last month reintroduced a data breach measure. The incidents at big-name companies may have turned data breaches back into a national issue, but state officials note a substantial impact on mom-and-pop stores and neighborhood credit unions. “Centralizing it in Washington creates problems because I don’t think the [federal government] will be concerned with all the data breaches in states,” said Ryan Kriger, Vermont’s assistant attorney general in the public protection division. The Federal Trade Commission can bring cases against companies that fail to protect customer information, but it can’t slap sharp penalties on them. Even now, the agency faces a lawsuit that could strip its limited authority. Federal officials often rely on states for assistance in breach investigations. A contingent of state leaders, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, have agreed to help with the Target probe. “I would welcome strong and comprehensive federal legislation in this area, particularly given the national scope of some of the data breaches we have seen, and unfortunately, are likely to see again,” Jepsen said in a statement. But he said it would be “counterproductive to reduce the number and effectiveness of regulators who can combat data breaches” and called any dismantling of state authority a “critical mistake.” The National Conference of State Legislatures supports a federal breach notification law as long as states can enforce it and nothing pre-empts their ability to adopt stronger rules. And it does not appear that position will shift. “State AGs really, really hate pre-emption of state laws because they feel they know consumers and residents best,” said Divonne Smoyer, whose law firm, Dickstein Shapiro, works with state attorneys general. “That is not going to change materially.”


Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 12:06 a.m.: disturbance, Green Avenue, a caller reports a disturbance but said she cannot talk because the other party can hear her, the responding officer reports he found that the male party appeared to be the aggressor in an incident in which the woman was punched, slapped and pushed off the bed, Thomas D. Nomakeo, 42, of 17 Green Ave., was arrested for assault and battery in a domestic relationship; 8:09 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Main Street, a traffic enforcement officer reports a traffic stop, the operator’s license was found to be suspended and a criminal complaint was filed, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 9:11 a.m.: found property, East Silver Street at Noble Street, a resident came to the station to surrender a registration plate found at the intersection of East Silver and Noble streets, the responding officer reports the owner of the plate did not make a timely response to a message left for him and the plate was stored for safekeeping; 12:11 p.m.: larceny, Springfield Road, a caller from a Springfield Road department store reports employees are watching a female party who is shoplifting, the responding officer reports the suspect was served with a ‘No trespassing’ order; 2:02 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Mountain Road, a patrol officer requests a tow for a vehicle found to have expired registration, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 2:34 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Main Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired and non-renewable, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 3:24 p.m.: larceny, Union Street, a caller from a convenience store reports a customer stole a carton of cigarettes, the responding officer reports the clerk said that a customer asked for a carton of cigarettes and she put one on the counter but when she turned to get another item the customer fled with the carton, an area search did not yield a suspect; 3:39 p.m.: fire, Crown Street, a caller reports a fire in a detached garage, the responding deputy fire chief reports the fire started around a wood stovepipe which went through the exterior wall, the owner contained the fire with three handheld extinguishers but it got into the walls which had to be opened up in order to extinguish the fire; 4:36 p.m.: disturbance, Elm Street, a caller reports he was assaulted by his wife, the responding officer reports the caller said that an argument with his wife developed while they were in their vehicle and the woman exited but the man said that she returned to scratch his face, the officer saw signs of injury consistent with his account, Carmen Nereida Vergne, 27, of 13 King Avenue, was arrested for assault and battery in a domestic relationship; 5:13 p.m.: larceny, Southampton Road, a caller reports money was stolen from a vending machine, the responding officer reports the caller said that a couple opened a vending machine and left with the cash it had contained, the caller said that he followed the couple into the parking lot and recorded the registration number of the pickup truck they left in, an officer spoke with the vehicle owner who acknowledged that he had been in the parking lot but denied going inside, the case was referred to the detective bureau; 6:23 p.m.: animal complaint, Queen Street, a caller reports taking custody of a stray shepherd mix dog, the animal control officer transported the dog to the municipal animal shelter; 8:10 p.m.: disturbance, Otis Street, a caller reports her boyfriend is “out of control” and left marks on her chest when he grabbed her, the male party called the dispatch center a few minutes later and said that he did not assault the woman, the responding office reports the man said that his girlfriend attacked him when he tried to leave and showed the officer scratches and minor injuries consistent with his account, Lisa M. Haflich, 29, of 26 Otis St., was arrested for assault and battery in a domestic relationship; Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 2:50 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Southampton Road, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop for speeding and found that the operator displayed the classic symptoms of alcohol intoxication, the man failed a field sobriety test and was found to be in possession of a substance found to be a Class B drug, Robert L. Hiner, Jr., 38, of 58 Mechanic Street, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and possession of a Class B drug, during the booking process the man was found to be in possession of prescription medication for which he had no prescription and he was also charged with possession of a Class E drug; 7:22 a.m.: sidewalk complaint, Casimir Street, an anonymous caller reports the sidewalks have not been cleared at a Casimir Street address; 9:32 a.m.: larceny, Holland Avenue, a caller reports her car was stolen, the responding officer reports the victim said that she parked her car in the parking lot at her building about 5 p.m. and was gone in the morning, the officer reports the woman said that the car had not been locked and one of her sets of keys may have been in the vehicle, see 8:52 p.m. entry; 3:25 p.m.: violation of a protective order, Russellville Road, a caller reports a family member twice violated the ‘No contact’ clause of an active protective order by calling her from Virginia, a criminal complaint was filed; 8:52 p.m.: recovered motor vehicle Bates Street, a resident called to report that the motor vehicle she reported stolen earlier in the day has been recovered on Bates Street, the woman said that the keys are in the vehicle and there is no new damage.

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U.S. Sen. Markey to unveil gun control legislation BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning to unveil a new gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence. The bill will focus in part on requiring handgun technology designed to increase safety. Markey is also planning to call for more federal funding for gun violence research. The Massachusetts Democrat plans to outline the bill Wednesday at Project R.I.G.H.T., which promotes neighborhood stabilization and economic development in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston. Markey has been a proponent of tougher gun laws and a vocal critic of the National Rifle Association. Any gun control measure will likely face an uphill battle in Congress. The Senate last year rejected a bill requiring tighter background checks for gun buyers and a ban on assault weapons. That bill was filed in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 Timothy J. Shea, 36, of 67 S. Maple St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one year. He was assessed $600, ordered to complete a Driver Alcohol Education Program at a cost of $567.22 and his license was suspended for 45 days. He was found to be not responsible for a motor vehicle lights violation. John J. Beltrandi IV, 34, of 190 Pontoosic Road, saw a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police dismissed at the request of the victim when she asserted her marital privilege and refused to testify. Barrett R. Wadsworth, 48, of 229 Luce Road, Williamstown, was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 16 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and speeding brought by Westfield police. Thomas D. Nomakeo, 42, of 17 Green Ave., was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 9 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police. Emily E. Grimm, 33, of 11 Main St., Huntington, was released on her personal recognizance pending a May 9 hearing after she was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding brought by State Police. Carmen N. Vergne, 27, of 13 King Ave., was released on her personal recognizance pending a May 9 hearing after she was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police. Lisa M. Haflich, 29, of 26 Otis St., was released on her personal recognizance pending an April 16 hearing after she was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police. Robert L. Hiner, 38, of 58 Mechanic St., was released on his personal recognizance pending an April 4 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, possession of a Class B drug, possession of a Class E drug and speeding brought by Westfield police.

Unconscious woman found at Auburn Mall AUBURN, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating after a woman was found unconscious and bleeding under a car in the parking lot at the Auburn Mall. Authorities responding to 911 calls found the woman at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. No additional details, including the woman’s name and age, were immediately released. Mall management said in a statement that they are cooperating with the investigation.

Lowell woman dissuades insistent snow shoveler LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Police in Lowell say a man who demanded money for shoveling the driveway of an elderly couple who hadn’t asked him to do so was chased away when the 79-year-old woman answered her door holding a gun. Police say the man knocked on the door of the woman and her 81-year-old husband at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and forcefully asked for payment for shoveling. They told him to leave, so he banged on the door harder. Police tell The Sun (http:// that the woman came to the door again, this time holding a gun at her side. She never pointed it, just told the man to go away. She was licensed to carry the gun. Police found the man, talked to him and the couple, and didn’t bring any charges.

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Overgrown vegetation grows where a house once stood on the north side of the present Route 57 near the Southwick / Agawam town line. The home was purchased and razed to make way for the expansion of Route 57. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

Route 57 Continued from Page 1 overpromise and underperform, and that’s not a good way to be,” said Humason. “It goes on with roads, transportation, for regional school districts…” Boldyga has also been critical of the handling of the situation by Beacon Hill. “The big concern is that, when the land was initially perserved, a lot of people were bought out and had to vacate their homes, and there’s nothing worse than that,” said Boldyga, whose entire district is served by Route 57. “It’s a travesty. Governor (Deval) Patrick and his administration have shown they have no interest in this and aren’t going to keep the promise. It’s sad.” Regarding the potential for future administrations to reevaluate the project, Boldyga is cautiously hopeful. “We’ll never know,” he said. “It comes down to funding, and we never know what the

next administration will do.” Davey also said the Pochassic Street Bridge project in Westfield is “on target for June.” Davey also sees the potential to build a new exchange between Exits 2 and 3 on the Massachusetts Turnpike, a 29-mile stretch of road between Lee and Westfield that would service the hilltowns west of the Whip City. “It’s perfectly appropriate to have that discussion,” Davey said. “The tolls on Exits 1 through 6 were put back in to pay for projects like this.” While Davey stated that there is nothing planned at this moment regarding a new exit, he did say that prodding from the public is important in getting any transportation initiative off the ground. “Some of our best ideas don’t come from us,” he said.

J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor Whether you’ll be hosting a crowd or watching solo, Oscar night calls for dinner with a bit of panache. So let’s reverse engineer this. To help you get in the mood, you’ll want to drink something with bubbles. Sparkling wine is the obvious choice, though don’t forget the sparkling cider for those abstaining. But you don’t have to sip them straight up. Sparkling wine and cider are delicious when doctored. For either, consider pureeing watermelon, then pouring the puree into ice cube trays and freezing. Drop one cube into each glass, then top with the sparkling beverage. Or for something more wintery, grab a jar of amarena cherries, an Italian treat of sour cherries packed in syrup. Drop one into each glass, then fill and sip. With the drinks sorted, we need something that works with bubbles. Fried food is perfect, but who wants to deep-fry at home? The other happy companion to bubbles is Asian food. So I created a simple teriyaki chicken that is served in lettuce wraps. The recipe comes together quickly, but has wonderful savory, yet light, flavors that work perfectly with your cocktails. TERIYAKI CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS Start to finish: 20 minutes Servings: 8 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 teaspoon fish sauce 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks 1 small yellow onion, quartered 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons cool water 1 head Boston lettuce, separated into leaves (or similar broad, tender lettuce) In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, ginger, garlic powder, hot sauce and fish sauce. Set aside. In a food processor, combine the carrots and onion. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the chicken, then pulse several times to begin chopping the chicken. Add the sauce, then continue pulsing just until the chicken is well chopped, but not ground. The pieces should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the chicken and cook, stirring often and breaking up any clumps, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. In a small glass, stir together the cornstarch and water, then add to the skillet. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer the chicken to one side of a serving platter. Arrange the lettuce leaves on the other side. Diners help themselves by spooning the chicken into individual leaves, using the leaves as they would a sandwich wrap. Nutrition information per serving: 190 calories; 60 calories from fat (32 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 70 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 18 g protein; 460 mg sodium.

A piece of land where a house once stood on the south side of Route 57 near the Southwick / Agawam town line is now overgrown with vegetation. The home was purchased and razed to make way for the Route 57 expansion project. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

Hydrant Access Continued from Page 1 If a resident who has just opened up a driveway which becomes blocked again when a snowplow comes down the street also has a fire hydrant in front of his or her house, not only does the resident have to go back to work to clear snow left by the plow in the driveway, he or she also has to again remove the snow from the hydrant. “Responsible residents shovel their hydrants,” Egloff said.

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Obituaries Wayne B. Barber

WESTFIELD -Wayne Bruce Barber, 68, a sixty five year Westfield resident, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Noble Hospital. He was born in Springfield on January 19, 1946, a son of the late Charles and Helen (Austin) Barber. He attended Westfield schools and was a graduate of Westfield Trade School and a communicant of St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish. He retired from the former Strathmore Paper Company after many years of service. Wayne enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether it be gardening, camping, wood working, creating his next big project, or just relaxing and enjoying a cold beverage on a warm summer day. His daughters will remember many childhood summer nights spent hunting night crawlers, learning to cast their very first bobber and line with the skilled fisherman. He taught them to bait their first hooks, ride their first bicycle, drive their first automobile, and how to root for the Patriots and Red Sox while watching their first professional sports game. Above all, Wayne instilled in them a sense of pride, loyalty, hard work, dedication, integrity, independence, and respect for themselves. Wayne will always be remembered for his wit and dry humor, his uncanny ability to make everyone laugh in any situation, his calmness and reason in times of strife or turmoil, and his ability to bring wisdom and order to life when it felt chaotic and overwhelming. He is survived by his beloved wife of forty six years, Lynda (Mucha) Barber; three daughters, Kimberly Barber of Westfield, Kelly Barber and her fiance Scott Slater of Connecticut, and Keri Barber of Washington State. He also leaves his brother, Donald Barber and his wife Rosalie of Russell; beloved sister, Beverly MacDonald of West Springfield, and will be sadly missed by his granddaughter, Kayla Barber and several nieces and nephews, including his feline companion, Timon. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Barber. Relatives and friends are requested to meet at St. Peter and St. Casimir Parish, 24 State Street, Westfield, on Saturday, February 22nd for period of visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. The Legacy Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be direction to the family to help defray expenses. Please visit for more information.

Joseph L. Mullens WESTFIELD - Joseph L. Mullens, born in Boston, MA, December 26, 1933, died Monday, February 17, 2014 in Agawam, MA. He was the son of the late Angus and Caroline (Warren) Mullens of Framingham, MA. Joe lived in the Framingham area for 25 years and attended the Framingham school system, graduating in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1954 thru 1956. He attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture through the University of Mass, graduating in 1959. He lived in Blandford, MA for 25 years before moving to Westfield in 1984. Joe worked at Laurel Hill Farm in Blandford for 17 years and was on the Blandford Volunteer Fire Dept. for 10 years, as well as being a member of the Blandford Police Dept. He served 4 years as the Chief of Police and was a member of the Massachusetts Chief of Police Association. He later worked at Commercial Distributing Co. of Westfield until he retired in 1995. Joe had a great interest and love of nature, the environment, hiking and snow shoeing. He leaves his wife, Carol of Westfield; five children, Regina A. Mullens of Westfield, Jane F. Mullens of Loyall, KY, James (Jay) Mullens of Blandford, Jody (Josephine) Mason also of Blandford and Shawn P. Mullens of Puyallup, WA; two stepdaughters, Donna Erickson and Susan Miller; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. He has a sister, Kathryn Spruill of Framingham and a brother, James Mullens, also of Framingham as well as a niece and a nephew. A great-granddaughter is due in June. The funeral will be Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from Firtion-Adams Funeral Service 76 Broad Street, Westfield MA with burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


Cora G. Decker WESTFIELD - Cora Grace (Karstetter) Decker was born on July 15, 1919 in Juniata, PA to Howard and Bertha (Whitesel) Karstetter. After graduating from Altoona, PA High School, she earned her RN diploma from Jefferson Medical College Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, in 1941. She served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army Nurse Corps, 300th General Hospital during WWII, stationed in North Africa and Europe. After the war, she completed a graduate course in operating room technique at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago then worked as an operating room nurse supervisor at the former Cornell Medical Center in NYC. Cora also worked as a private duty nurse which provided the opportunity for extensive travel in South America and Europe. In 1954 she met and married the love of her life, J. Philip Decker. They resided in Plainfield, New Jersey until 1991, when they moved to the Westfield/Southwick, MA area to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Cora was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church of Westfield. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Philip, in 1993, and by her siblings, Robert Karstetter, Elizabeth Brantlinger Gehl, Jane Mayhue, Margaret Fees and Howard Karstetter. She leaves two loving daughters, Debra Anderson and husband Richard of Southwick, and Dinah Jacobsen and husband Eric of Westford, VT; four much loved grandchildren, Amy and Kristen Anderson and Philip and Corinne Jacobsen; a brother, Charles Karstetter of Altoona, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date at First United Methodist Church and in lieu of flowers, donations in Cora’s memory may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, 16 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation NE Chapter, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. For more information, please visit us at:

Jobless Benefits Continued from Page 4 close to a pact at several points this year only to see the package collapse, and Democrats are unlikely to simply accept Republican legislation on the issue and call it a day. Democrats face a delicate political calculus as well as they weigh the benefits of moving the legislation against the value of using GOP obstruction as a campaign talking point. The political threat is especially acute for Republicans like Portman and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who will both face voters in 2016 very different from the 2010 tea party wave that thrust them into office. In Ohio, about a third of the state’s unemployed have been out of work for more than half a year, according to Pew. In Illinois, the long-term unemployed make up 41 percent of the state’s jobless. Democrats quickly seized on Portman and Kirk’s votes opposing a three-month extension in February, suggesting the lawmakers could face the wrath of voters. In a recent survey from the liberal Public Policy Polling, 51 percent said they were less likely to support Portman’s reelection because of his vote; 40 percent said the same for Kirk. Portman, who has heard concerns from Ohio conservatives, dismissed the surveys as “bogus,” automated push polls that align with Democrats’ political maneuverings on unemployment insurance nationally. If he’s concerned, Kirk isn’t showing it. In an interview, he said his constituents understand he voted against the benefits because he felt Democrats were relying on “gimmicks” to pay for the $6 billion legislation. “Back in the heartland, I would say either the debt is going up or not,” he said. “Either the trend line for the United States is good or not. I would say that’s the particular difficulty for Washington that people back home would ask you [about].” An effort earlier this month to reinstate the benefits fell short by just one vote. That push revealed unusual divisions among Republicans. Hailing from above-average unemployment states, Kirk, Coats and Portman voted against the extension, while a trio of lawmakers from lower unemployment states — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Collins — all voted for the bill, which used pension changes as a pay-for. Ayotte said Republicans aren’t blaming one another for the stalled bill. Kirk predicts the Senate will

approve restoring the benefits retroactively by including language written by Portman that would prohibit withdrawal of both unemployment and disability benefits. Portman said he hopes the Senate returns to the issue as soon as it recon-

venes on Monday. For all the talking, building a package that can pass the Senate is fraught with difficulty. There may be support for policy changes, such as limiting the ability of someone to receive disability and unem-

ployment benefits, which President Barack Obama has blessed. But the hard part will be paying for an extension — and if benefits are renewed only through March, the issue will boomerang back to Congress within weeks.

Democrats had resisted paying for a package, but have acquiesced to Republican demands it be paid for. But today there aren’t many easy provisions to tap for money. One of the most promising revenue sources, a one-year

extension of sequester savings, instead went to cover the cost of a recently passed bill to reverse changes to military benefits. Republicans had been hoping to attach the UI extension to that popular bill, but they ultimately fell short.





Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics


Kacey Bellamy of the United States, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Sweden during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Anna Borgqvist of Sweden and Kacey Bellamy of the United States battle against the glass foe control of the puck during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Olympic FINAL

U.S., Canada to play for gold

JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The United States and Canada will play for the women’s hockey gold medal for the fourth time in the five Olympics since the sport was added to the Winter Games. “We feel like we’ve prepared all year for this game,” said Natalie Spooner, who scored twice Monday in a 3-1 win against Switzerland to put Canada in the Olympic final. The U.S. joined them by beating Sweden 6-1. The teams have two days off to prepare for a rematch of the 1998, 2002 and 2010 gold medal games. “The last four years, that’s been our goal,” said U.S. forward Julie Chu, a four-time Olympian who has two silver medals and a bronze. “We’re going for a different color this time.” Megan Bozek and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists as the Americans outshot Sweden 70-9. The U.S. has medaled in every Winter Games since women’s hockey was added to the Olympic program in 1998, and just once — with a loss to Sweden in the 2006 semifinals — failed to reach the championship game. Canada, the three-time defending champion that

has played in every Olympic final, will have a chance for a fourth straight gold after beating Switzerland. Not since the inaugural tournament in Nagano have the Americans beaten Canada in the Olympics, losing in the championship game in 2002 and ‘10 and again in the preliminary round of the Sochi Games on Wednesday. Canada and the United States played seven times in the run-up to the Olympics, with the Americans going 4-3. “We’ve played a lot of great games against them,” Spooner said. “It’s going to be another one of those in the final. There are 11 players on the U.S. roster who played in the gold medal game in Vancouver, but Chu is the only one who was also on the team in Salt Lake City or Turin. Coach Katey Stone would like to see her get the gold medal. “It’s about time isn’t it? It’s time,” said Stone, who was also Chu’s coach at Harvard. “Julie’s been everything to the program, she’s been a youngster, she’s been a veteran ... she’s been a mother to the younger kids. Kids like that don’t come around all the time. She’s a special one. I certainly hope she gets what she wants.”

Kacey Bellamy of the United States celebrates her goal against Sweden during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Goalkeeper Valentina Wallner of Sweden falls backwards defending against a USA shot on the goal during the first period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The U.S. scored five times in 47 shots on starting Sweden goalie Valentina Wallner before she was replaced in the second period by Kim Martin Hasson. The backup was the winning goaltender when Sweden upset the Americans in Turin and she stopped 22 of 23 shots. “We took Valentina out because she had a busy day at work,” said assistant coach Leif Boork, whose team will face Switzerland for third place. “We wanted to make a decision for the next game, the bronze medal game.” U.S. goalie Jesse Vetter needed just eight saves for the victory. Shannon Szabados stopped 21 shots for Canada. Melodie Daoust also scored for the three-time defending champions, and five-time Winter Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser had a pair of assists to extend her Olympic career points record. Florence Schelling, who went to Northeastern University in Boston, made 45 saves for Switzerland in what was the closest game against Canada in Swiss Olympic history. “I think for us, it was a great game,” said Swiss coach Rene Kammerer, who described himself as “happy to be disappointed.” “Months ago, if we lose to Canada just 3-1, it would be a great game for us,” he said. “I’m disappointed to lose. But, hey, it’s Canada, one of the best teams in the world, and we know it.”

IIHF: Dropping women’s hockey ‘will never happen’


persisted “way into the future.” At a news conference with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday, Fasel noted that the Vancouver Games included an 18-0 victory by Canada over Slovakia, among other blowouts. There have been no double-digit blowouts in Sochi. “It’s much better, but we are not there,” Fasel said, already looking ahead to the 2018 Winter Games. “I really hope that in PyeongChang we will have a better result, but we have to work very hard.” Although some of the games have been lopsided — the United States outshot Sweden 70-9 in a 6-1 victory in the semifinals — the competition has indeed been closer at the 2014 Olympics. Part of the reason is a new format that put the top four teams together for group play, with the bottom four teams playing each other in the preliminary round. The top two teams in the top group, which turned out to be the United States and Canada, earned a bye to the semifinals. The United States beat Sweden to advance, and Canada beat Switzerland 3-1 — the closest the Swiss had ever come against Canada.

“I think for us, it was a great game,” said Swiss coach Rene Kammerer, who described himself as “happy to be disappointed.” “Months ago, if we lose to Canada just 3-1, it would be a great game for us.” Under the new format, which was tested at the last two world championships, in 20 games in Sochi so far there were only three blowouts of five goals or more, the measuring stick the IIHF uses to assess the quality of the competition. There were nine games with a five-goal margin of victory or more at the Vancouver Games — almost half of the 20 games played. Still, neither the United States nor Canada was ever really in danger of missing the title game. Only once has either nation ever lost in an Olympics to any other country: When Sweden upset the U.S. in a shootout in the Turin semifinals. Fasel and Bettman, who have clashed in the past over the participation of NHL players in the Olympics, agreed that the women’s game needs to be a part of the Winter Games. “On behalf of hockey, we would be distressed” if the women’s game were kicked out,

Bettman said. Fasel was also asked about the formation of a women’s league in Europe or North America that would allow players to play professionally. The Canadian Women’s Hockey League, which also includes a team in Boston, pays expenses but not salaries, meaning most players have to work full-time jobs. Finland goalie Noora Raty, a two-time NCAA champion who announced her retirement from the national team, pleaded for a pro league that was competitive. She said she would try to find a job with a men’s league instead. “I don’t feel that women’s hockey will grow or get any better in the future if the USA or Canada don’t get a professional league started soon,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter announcing her retirement. “That is the next critical step that our sport needs to take or our sport will never be respected like it should be.” Bettman said a women’s league doesn’t make business sense, yet. “But it is something we continue to look at and examine,” he said.

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JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Women’s hockey isn’t in danger of being kicked out of the Winter Olympics because of a lack of competition, the head of the sport’s international governing body said at the Sochi Games on Tuesday. “That will never happen,” IIHF President Rene Fasel told a news conference. “I can guarantee that will never happen.” Women’s hockey has long been dominated by the United States and Canada, who will play for the gold medal on Thursday night for the fourth time in five Winter Games. Between them, the North American rivals have won every Olympics and every world championship, and only once has another team even reached the championship game. The lack of competition at Vancouver in 2010 prompted then-IOC President Jacques Rogge to say, “We cannot continue without improvement.” But an IOC spokesman said last week that Rogge was misunderstood and Olympic officials would only be concerned if the problem




THURSDAY February 20

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SATURDAY February 22

MONDAY February 24

TUESDAY February 25

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY at Hyannis Cape Cod Tournament, Time TBA BOYS’ JV HOOPS at East Longmeadow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at East Longmeadow, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Sabis, Senior Night, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Northampton, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Northampton, 7 p.m. BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY at Hyannis Cape Cod Tournament, Time TBA GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY (Cath./Long./ WHS) at Notre Dame Tournament, Rockland, Time TBA

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Granby, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 6 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Granby, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Holyoke Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

BOYS’ HOOPS vs. Dean Tech, Senior Night, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ HOOPS vs. Ware, Senior Night, 7 p.m.


BOYS’ V HOOPS at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS Senior Night, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Putnam, Rebecca Johnson School, 1 p.m.


BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Smith Voke, 5 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Smith Voke, 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 6 p.m.

BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Gateway, Westfield Middle School South, 4:30 p.m. BOYS’ V ICE HOCKEY vs. Chicopee, Amelia Park, Senior Night, 8 p.m.

BOYS’ V HOOPS at Westfield VocTech, 6 p.m.




Skiing – State Championships, Wachusett Mountain, All Day





Skiing – State Championships, Wachusett Mountain, All Day





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


DAY DATE OPPONENT Feb. 21-22 New England Division III Finals Fri.-Sat.

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MIT (M); Springfield (W)

All New England Championships

Boston University

ECAC Division III Championships NCAA Division III Championships

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Feb. 25

MASCAC Quarterfinals




Feb. 27

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Young champion on top of her sport By Julia Sottile Westfield News Intern WESTFIELD – Six-year-old Westfield native, Lexi Wohlers bounces into her kitchen on a Saturday morning, choppy blonde hair falling well above her shoulders. She is wearing a pink and blue kitten pajama shirt and pajama pants with green frogs on them. Her identical twin sister, Zoey, follows closely behind her, in a similarly non-matching getup. Lexi is just like any other rambunctious little girl… except that she has a special skill. At two and a half years old, Lexi was biking. Since then, she has raced in over 10 states as a BMX biker, taking after her father, Joe Wohlers. Her brother and sister also enjoy biking, but her father, a BMX national team coach called “Zero Tolerance” admits that Lexi was the most interested and aggressive about the sport. In late October of 2013, after winning the Disney Cup Championship in Florida, Lexi had herself positioned as the leader in national points for her age group. It was then that the Wohlers family made the decision to have Lexi participate in the BMX National Championship in the upcoming month. Many local friends and family in Westfield helped fund their trip. They also had many generous sponsors, including SE Racing, Answer Racing, Stealth Hubs, Fly Racing, Ingenious Group, Full Circle Bike Shop, and Prolamina. Over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma,

Lexi went against about 20 other young bikers from all around the country in the National Championship. Lexi, with her custom made bike and fearless resolve, made it easily through each round. Unsurprisingly to all who know how competitive and athletic the young girl is, she came in first place. Lexi climbs up onto a chair, peering toward me with curious blue eyes. When asked what she’s thinking about while racing, she admits with a coy grin that her focus is on not falling. Sometimes she does, though. What does she do then? “Get up.” The blonde spitfire leaves the room, apparently no longer interested in talking about her achievements. Her father, though, divulges just how meaningful Lexi’s victory was. “She was the only person in the state of Massachusetts to win a title in 2013,” Wohlers declares proudly. Great things really do come in small packages. Lexi bounces back in, with lipstick messily smeared across her lips and green and blue eye shadow all over her face. When asked about what it feels like being the number one ranked female BMX biker her age, Lexi’s competitive edge finally comes out: “My trophy’s bigger than any of my brother’s trophies.” Lexi’s next turn will take her to a Gold Cup competition in New York in April, then to a Canadian Lexi Wohlers, of Westfield and her trophies. The jacket and plate are from her National Championship win. (Photo by Julia Sottile) National in Kingston, Ontario.

Westfield Youth Hockey League Report Nonotuck Knights 14, Westfield Jr. Bombers 6 Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Olympia Ice Center, West Springfield, MA Division: Mite 2 A short-handed Jr. Bomber team played hard against the Nonotuck Knights, but the Knights were relentless from start to finish. Nathan Sarabaez had his hands full in net with an average of 1.08 shots per minute, saving 32 of the 46 shots against him. The Knights came on full-force right from the beginning scoring six goals in the first 13-minutes of play. Darrin Schnopp would be the first to score for Westfield, but the Knights didn’t back down scoring two more. Evan Grant would net goal number two for Westfield, only to have the Knights retaliate with three more goals of their own. Twenty-seven minutes into play Sean McMahon would slip one by the Knights’ net-minder and the Knights would come back with another two, increasing their lead by 10. Then it would be Grant, McMahon and Grant scoring the final three goals for Westfield. And the Knights would top off the game with one final goal with just 35 seconds left in game time. Although they were down by four players, the entire Jr. Bomber squad skated their hearts out, including Sarah McMahon, Jarred Ritter, Michael Pelletier, Jesse Spear, Schnopp, Grant and Sean McMahon. Holy Name Stars Green 9, Westfield Jr. Bombers Red 6 Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Olympia Ice Center, West Springfield, MA Division: Mite 3 Another exciting day on the ice for the Mite 3 Red team. Goalie Gavin Connors literally saved the day with an amazing 26 saves. The team continues to show growth each week and continues to play hard every time they play. Scoring for the Jr. Bombers were Evan Michelucci and AJ Robbins with two goals each, and Joey Roselli and Spencer Roy each contributing one. Holy Name Stars Black 14, Westfield Jr. Bombers White 3 Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Olympia Ice Center, West Springfield, MA Division: Mite 3 The Westfield Junior Bombers played a great game against Holy Name Black on Sunday at Olympia. The Bombers fell short and Holy Name took the win. Jacob Millard had a great game in goal and had more than 20 saves. Brannon Miele had one goal and Paul Lawry scored two goals for the Bombers. Pioneer Valley Lightning 11, Westfield Jr. Bombers White 7 Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Smead Arena, Springfield, MA Division: Mite 3 Westfield Junior Bombers

played a great game against the Pioneer Valley Lightning. Pioneer Valley took the win over the Bombers. Richard Moritko did a great job in goal and had more than 15 saves. Brannon Miele had a hat trick to help the Bombers get their six goals. Ryan DeFalco, Cody Bard and Paul Lawry each had one goal. Owen Colbath, Nicholas LaComb, Jacob Millard, Kaitlyn Ondrick and Gavin Trzepacz all played a great game.

Westfield Jr. Bombers White 16, Ludlow 10 Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Amelia Park Ice Arena, Westfield, MA Division: Mite 3 Westfield Junior Bombers were on fire on when they played against Ludlow at Amelia Park. The Bombers dominated the game and Cody Bard led the team with 5 goals. Paul Lawry had 4 goals and Jacob Millard had a hat trick. Brannon Miele had two goals and Ryan DeFalco and Owen Colbath each had one goal. Richard Mortiko was amazing in goal and he had more than 25 saves. Nicholas LaComb and Gavin Trzepacz were excellent on defense during the game. Westfield Jr. Bombers 6, Holy Name Black 5 Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Amelia Park Ice Arena, Westfield, MA Division: PeeWee 3 The Westfield Jr. Bombers had a tough match-up today against the Holy Name Black team from the PeeWee 2 Division. The first period begun with Holy Name dominating most of the first period. Holy Name struck early by scoring 3 goals against the Westfield Jr. Bombers. Finally at the end of the first period, the Westfield Jr. Bombers begun to move the puck around by executing some great passing plays, and the strong defensive line of Captain Thea Glenzel, Alyssa Warren, Keely Connor and Steven Shaw were keeping Holy Name out of their zone. At the end of the first period, Reid Hannan would score the first goal of the game for Westfield with an unassisted goal. The first period would end with Holy Name leading 3 -1. In the second period, The Westfield Jr. Bomber’s strong offensive line of Noah DuBoff, Cory Boulay, Nick Langlois, Clarissa (CJ) Jarrell, Kaitlyn Forest and Reid Hannan began moving the puck offensively and were on the attack. Westfield’s next goal would be an assist from Nick Langlois to Noah DuBoff closing the gap of Holy Name’s lead down to one goal. Holy Name would eventually come back and score another goal on Westfield, only after goalie, Brian Daly made two phenomenal saves…which was an awesome “Hoover” safe followed by a nice save off the post. The game at the end of the second period indeed got

goal of the game as well. This game was definitely a very exciting one to watch, and we are so extremely proud of the entire team. There was so much wonderful teamwork out there on that rink today. Excellent job Westfield Jr. Bombers….we are so very proud of all of you. Kudos to an “Incredible” win today.

very physical, and the defensive line of Westfield was definitely keeping Holy Name from scoring any more goals on their goalie, Brian Daly. The second period would end with Holy Name still in the lead by 4 – 2. It was in the third period when the Westfield Jr. Bombers would fire back. Westfield’s third goal of the game, would be an unassisted goal by Reid Hannan, making that his second goal of the game. Reid’s goal was then followed by an incredible strong drive made by Captain Thea Glenzel. Thea Glenzel would skate by both Holy Name’s offensive and defensive line making an unassisted goal and tying the game 4 – 4, for the Westfield Jr. Bombers. The next couple of minutes for the Westfield fans was definitely intense. With about three minutes left in the third period, the Westfield Jr. Bombers would continue with their attack with very smart passing plays made by the offensive line. Westfield’s fifth goal of the game would be an assist from Clarissa (CJ) Jarrell to Reid Hannan…making this Reid’s “hat-trick” for this game. The last few minutes of this game got very tough for the Westfield fan’s to watch. Holy Name was on the attack and made a couple shots on Westfield’s goalie, Brian Daly, but Brian would stop these couple attempts, especially when Brian Daly made a tremendous “glove” save. The strong defensive line of Alyssa Warren, Steven Shaw, Keely Connor and Thea Glenzel were definitely doing a fabulous job as well trying to keep Holy Name out of their defensive zone. It was then when Holy Name with about 1 and a half minutes left in the game would tie it back up to 5 – 5. The Westfield Jr. Bombers though did not give up! With time running out, the Westfield Jr. Bombers that were originally down 3 – 0 and now have tied this game up… should be so proud of what they have done. But do you “Believe in Miracles”…..well we do. With exactly seven tenths of a second left…The Westfield Jr. Bombers would go on and do the impossible. It was Reid Hannan who would score Westfield’s winning goal by picking up a rebound off of Holy Name’s goalie. Not only did Reid Hannan’s goal advance Westfield to win this game, but it was his fourth

Westfield Jr. Bombers 11, Brattleboro 0 Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Amelia Park Ice Arena, Westfield, MA Division: PeeWee 3 The Westfield Jr. Bombers continue their season with yet another impressive win against Brattleboro today. The Westfield Jr. Bombers struck very early in this game. The first goal of the game was an assist from Alyssa Warren to Reid Hannan. Reid Hannan would follow his first goal with another goal, which was a scrum goal in front of Brattleboro’s net. Reid Hannan then would get his “hat-trick” of the game with an unassisted goal. Brattleboro would then test Westfield’s strong defensive line of Steven Shaw, Keely Connor, Nick Langlois and Noah DuBoff, but they were definitely not going to allow Brattleboro to score on their goalie, Brian Daly. Brattleboro would eventually take a hard shot on goalie, Brian Daly….but he was in his zone today with a “great” glove save. Westfield’s fourth goal of the game was a wellexecuted passing play made by Thea Glenzel to Alyssa Warren. Westfield’s fifth goal in the first period was made by Reid Hannan which was a rebound shot made by Captain Thea Glenzel. Westfield’s fifth goal of the game would also be Reid Hannan’s fourth goal for today’s game, but not his last. Reid Hannan would conclude the first period with his fifth goal of the game by scoring Westfield’s sixth goal, which was assisted from Alyssa Warren. The end of the first period would have Westfield leading 6 – 0. In the second period, the coaches made both offensive and defensive line changes due to Westfield’s impressive lead, but that wouldn’t stop Westfield’s strong offensive line of Clarissa (CJ) Jarrell, Nick Langlois, Alyssa Warren, Kaitlyn Forest, Cory Boulay and Thea Glenzel to execute smart passing plays. Westfield’s seventh goal of the game would be an unassisted goal made by Captain Thea Glenzel, who skated by both Brattleboro’s offense and defense and then fired the puck into Brattleboro’s net. Westfield’s eighth goal of the game would be made by Nick Langlois, which was a scramble goal from both Noah DuBoff and Kaitlyn Forest. Nick Langlois’s goal was then followed by another goal which was passed off the boards by Kailtyn Forest to Noah DuBoff. The Westfield Jr. Bombers would then get one more goal to end the sec-

ond period. Westfield’s tenth goal of the game was a “wonderful” wrap- around goal made by Clarissa (CJ) Jarrell. The second period would end with Westfield leading 10 – 0. In the third period, the Westfield coaches would change up both the offensive and defensive lines again…. allowing the defensive line players to have the opportunity to play offense for a change. Brattleboro, even down 10 – 0 in the third period didn’t give up. Brattleboro made a couple of hard shots on Westfield’s goalie, Brian Daly. Brain though would not give up his shut-out in today’s game. Westfield’s goalie Brian Daly made three “tremendous” saves at the end of the third period. He made a “gutsy” glove save, followed by a “nice” pad save. Brian then showed off his flexibility by

making an awesome “diving” save…..job well done Brian Daly. By the end of the third period, The Westfield Jr. Bombers were definitely tired, but they would score one last time in this game. The final goal of the game would be made by defensive player, Steven Shaw. This was Steven’s first goal this season, and it was so much fun to watch him score this goal…. great job Steven Shaw. The Westfield Jr. Bombers would go on winning this game today against Brattleboro 11 – 0. Today’s win was a total team effort. It was so wonderful to watch the entire team helping each other out on that ice rink. Another great win today Westfield Jr. Bombers PeeWee 3 team…..keep up the great work. We are so very proud of all of you!!


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Ignored Dear Annie: I have an amazing dad. He coaches my lacrosse team and is always up for a game in the yard. But I am growing very nervous about his health. Dad eats fast food every day at work and comes home to enjoy a home-cooked meal topped with a large amount of salt. He then sits in front of the TV with a huge bowl of buttered popcorn and a beer. If he’s not playing lacrosse with me in the yard, he gets no exercise at all. Nothing is motivating my dad to watch what he eats. He is quite tall, so weight doesn’t show on him the way it might on someone else. But I happen to know that his cholesterol level is horrible, and no one could be healthy eating the way he does. I have approached my dad many times about this and even offered to prepare a lunch for him. He either ignores me or shrugs his shoulders and jokes about it. I have run out of ideas. I desperately want my dad to be healthy, but I don’t want him to think he’s being bossed around by his 12-year-old daughter. Any ideas? -- Ignored in Louisville Dear Ignored: You are sweet to be worried about Dad, but please understand that until your father is ready to watch what he eats, nothing you say or do will make much difference. He knows how you feel, he knows his cholesterol numbers, and chances are, your mom has also said something to him. He may wake up one morning and decide to be healthier. Until then, however, the most you can do is love him the way he is and get him to join you for more lacrosse in the backyard. Dear Annie: After 31 years of marriage, my son-in-law decided he was unhappy and wrote his own divorce papers. My daughter read them and made a couple of changes, and the divorce became final last year. My ex-son-in-law was never a good provider, and his indiscretions are far too numerous to list. However, he still calls and comes over all the time. They have two adult sons who have not been told that they are legally divorced. Yesterday, I got a call from my daughter asking whether I had sent him a birthday card. I replied, “No, I don’t consider him part of the family.” She said, “Well, he is the father of your grandsons.” Did I do wrong? -- Annoyed Grandma Dear Grandma: You are not obligated to send your ex-son-inlaw a birthday card, but he was a member of your family for 31 years and probably still wants to be treated as such. And if your daughter wants you to send him a card, it would be a kindness to do so. But for heaven’s sake, one of them should notify the children of their parents’ legal status. Dear Annie: You printed a letter from “Concerned Sister,” who said her sister’s clothing smells like her cat litter box. She wants her to store the litter box in the garage. Maybe the sister simply needs to clean the box more often. Animals are fastidious, especially cats. They like a clean place to do their business. Too many people are too lazy to take proper care of the cat’s boxes. I had seven litter boxes at one time. I cleaned them before I went to work, after coming home and before going to bed. Many friends visited me, and not one could smell the cat boxes. (And don’t use perfumes or air fresheners to mask the smell. They don’t work and may drive away the cat.) Think of it this way: Do you like going into a restroom where the previous user forgot to flush? As an added bonus to cleaning the box often, you will also be alerted if your kitty is sick. -- 42 Years of Experience in Jacksonville, Fla. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

HINTS FROM HELOISE Breaking the Egg Code Dear Heloise: In a previous column, you wrote that the American Egg Board suggests storing eggs in the refrigerator in the egg carton with the expiration date on it. There are two large, popular food stores in my area that sell eggs. Neither of them prints the EXPIRATION DATE on the carton. They print a code instead. I currently have two cartons of eggs in my refrigerator, each purchased from a different food store. The code on one of them is 050 P-1065. Someone told me that the code refers to which week of the year it is. I wish they would put the date on it instead. Any thoughts? -- Lori F., via email The three-number code you are referring to is the JULIAN DATE. It will read 001 to represent Jan. 1 and 365 as Dec. 31. This represents what day the eggs were packed. So, your carton number would be read as Feb. 19 for 050. You have four to five weeks AFTER that date to use the eggs. The “P-number” represents the plant that packaged the eggs. The plant that processed your eggs is No. 1065. Confusing? Yes. I’m with you and would prefer to have just a clearly printed expiration date. -- Heloise SEND A GREAT HINT TO: Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 Fax: 210-HELOISE Email: Heloise(at)




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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014: This year you often decide to defer to others in order to gain a broader perspective. How you see a situation could change radically as a result. Your wisdom in seeking diverse opinions adds to your strength. If you are single, you could meet someone at any time. You also might not see the person as he or she is. If your friends keep repeating the same observation, stop and look again. If you are attached, your sweetie will love being put on a pedestal for a while. Eventually, though, he or she will fall off. LIBRA looks beyond the obvious. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You already have seen a variety of different reactions from people this week, and the trend continues. Your mind might wander to a person who has displayed a new dynamic characteristic, or at least it seems new to you. Tonight: You need a midweek break! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You will have a sense that you are heading in the right direction. Focus on what you want, and finish up any errands you might have. Your sensitivity might emerge in a discussion with a friend whose perspective does not work for you. Tonight: Where you want to be. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Deal with a dear friend directly. Often this person amuses you, gives you food for thought and serves as a muse. You could be surprised by what he or she has to say. A child demands high energy, but before you know it, you will be playing alongside him or her. Tonight: Go have fun. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Understanding that everyone has limits will be easy, but the issue will be that your limits can be different from the majority of people. Your values come into play here, as your family, home and loved ones rank on the top of your priorities. Tonight: Do what makes you happy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You could be greeted by a mass of paperwork as you start your day. You might need to adjust plans because of what you hear. Though doing work is important, nothing takes priority over the key relationships of your life. Tonight: Make it an early night. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH Be aware of impending expenses before you go shopping; this will allow you to have a more realistic budget. Most of you easily could overspend. Keep your receipts, and count your change. A shift in your preferences could occur as soon as tomorrow. Tonight: Hang out. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You’ll move through your day with high energy. If someone trips you up, you are likely to be less than diplomatic. You can apologize for what you say, and the other party might accept your apology. Still, the damage will be done. Tonight: Make it your treat. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHH Listen to news more openly than you have in the past. Your ability to bypass problems and get past an issue could emerge later in the day. You don’t need to say much, but you will need to interfere with a negative course of events. Tonight: Nap, then decide. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Touch base with friends. Note how many of your associates have assumed a bigger role in your life. Look around in a meeting. Someone will take the ball and run with it. Rather than get competitive, enjoy that it is not you who is assuming more responsibility. Tonight: Out late. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH Reconsider a decision involving an older person or a higher-up. First, realize that it probably was an emotional choice. You could be overly passionate about an issue that ultimately could cause you a problem. Tonight: A talk is likely to lead to a good time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Take an opportunity to detach from a problem before pushing for your desired outcome. By gaining a more complete perspective, you will be able to come up with an appropriate response or solution. Tonight: In the limelight. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Reach out to someone with whom you often share ideas. The two of



you brainstorm well together, which creates a greater sense of give-and-take. Weigh the pros and cons of an idea before launching into action, and you will be pleased with the results. Tonight: Follow the music.




Quilting Classes

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WESTFIELD - Westfield Creative Arts will offer three quilting classes at the Westfield State University Downtown Art Gallery. The classes will be instructed by Marsha Molloy. The following classes will be offered: “Quilter’s Work in Progress” is a fourweek session with starting days on the first Saturdays of each month from March until June from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quilters bring their own projects, either new or unfinished, to work on. The fee is $72 for nonmembers. “Quilter’s Puzzle Block of the Month” is a four-week session with starting dates on the first Saturdays of each month from March until June from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $72 for non-members. “Open Studio Quilting” is an eight-week session held Wednesdays, February 19 to April 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course is an unstructured class for both beginners and experienced quilters. The fee is $160 for non-members. A full schedule of class dates and times can be found at Regular gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on Westfield Creative Arts, call 413-478-9423.

SOUTHWICK - Southwick Public Library is pleased to once again offer a hands-on pastel workshop for adults with Gregory Maichack, an award-winning pastel artist. On Wednesday, February 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Greg will welcome 15 students to the library’s Community Room to take part in his workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters.” All pastel paints and papers will be provided by Maichack, and the students will take their work home. However, space is limited, and registration is required. Interested patrons in good standing should sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the library at 569-1221 to secure their spot. Maichack, who is a pastel painting demonstrator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will display his original pastel works to illustrate the session. He has been in national juried shows and awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. Besides his portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunk, Maine to San Francisco, California.

WESTFIELD - Volunteer Alan Sudentas whips up scrumptious pancakes at the Senior Center on the third Friday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Participants get two big pancakes and a cup of coffee for two bucks. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center greeter’s desk on the morning of the breakfast. No advance tickets, no sign-ups, and no reservations for these monthly pancake breakfasts are necessary. In addition, the Senior Center Wellness Nurse, Jennifer Pappas, is also at the Senior Center on the third Friday of the month to take blood pressures, review medications and discuss medical and health concerns. Invite some friends and treat yourself to breakfast “out” on Friday, February 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Senior Center! The Senior Center is located at 40 Main Street. Free parking is available in the Stop & Shop lot or, for no more than three hours, in the municipal lot behind Bank of America.

Fur-Bowl WESTFIELD - Bowlers of all levels are invited to a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, February 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Canal Bowling Lanes at 74 College Highway in Southampton. The event benefits the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no-kill cat and kitten rescue. This purrfectly fun evening will include pizza, snacks, prizes, raffles and more. The $15 admission includes shoe rental and three strings of candle pin bowling. Contact Paul at 413-244-2468 or email Tickets are available at the door.

Spaghetti Dinner GRANVILLE - Come out on Saturday, February 22 for an all you can eat dinner, hosted by the Lion’s Club! The 14th Annual Edward Gogol Spaghetti Dinner will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with salad, spaghetti, home made meatballs and sauce, soft drinks and dessert being served. The dinner will be held at Granville Federated Church at 16 Granby Road, Granville. Donations for GVS students is $2, adults $8, seniors $2, kids ages 6 to 14 $2, and kids 5 and under are free.

SOUTHWICK - Southwick-On-Stage announces auditions for the upcoming production of “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson. Parts are available for three men, two women and one boy (teenager). Performances will be May 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m., which are all Friday and Saturday evenings and a matinee on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. Auditions will be held at The Stage At Town Hall at 454 College Highway, Southwick on Sunday, Feb 23 at 3 p.m. and Monday Feb 24 at 8 p.m. For more information visit the website:

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WESTFIELD - Are you getting sick and tired of this long, frigid New England winter? Are you ready for a night of fun, music and prizes? The Friends of the Westfield Senior Center invite you to attend the group’s third annual “Shake Off the Winter Party” to be held on Saturday, March 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Shaker Farms Country Club. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and entertainment will be provided by Westfield’s own Cory and the Knightsmen. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes including gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, gift baskets, handmade items and more. The Grand Raffle Prizes include a flat-screen television donated by Firtion Adams Funeral Service, a $100 money bouquet donated by Yankee Mattress Factory and a round of golf for four donated by Shaker Farms Country Club. Event tickets are $20 for Friends of the Westfield Senior Center members and $25 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at SOUTHWICK - A new series of chair yoga Keenan Law Offices, 48 Elm Street and the Knitting Class Westfield Senior Center. Proceeds from this for seniors is being held on Fridays at 11 a.m. fundraiser will go toward furnishing the new at the Southwick Senior Center for all area WESTFIELD - There will be a “Learn to senior center. The group extends its sincere seniors. These classes help with mobility, Knit or Perfect Your Knitting Skill” class appreciation to this year’s event sponsor, Noble stress reduction and improved breathing as offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 p.m. to well as strengthening and toning. Please call Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services. 7:45 p.m. starting February 25 to April 1 in SSC at 413-569-5498 to register or contact the the Jasper Rand Art Room at the Westfield instructor at 413-569-0444 or visit www.guidAthenaeum. The class will hold a total of six for questions or consessions for a cost of $40. All levels of knitters cerns. are welcome. Registration forms are available WESTFIELD St. John’s Lutheran Church on the library’s website or at the circulation desks. Preregistration is required as class size is is having a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on limited. Questions should be directed to Donna Tuesday, March 4 with continuous sittings at 262-4934. All proceeds will benefit support- beginning at 5 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. The MONTGOMERY - Grace Hall Memorial menu includes pancakes: flour and potato, sau- Library is sponsoring yoga classes at the Town ing programs and projects at the Athenaeum. sage or bacon, applesauce, dessert and coffee, Hall, 161 Main Road in Montgomery tea and milk. The tickets are $5 for adults, $3 Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The mixedRetirement Dinner for children and a second helping for $3. For level class is taught by Kathy Niedzielski, HUNTINGTON - A retirement dinner for tickets, you may contact the church at 568- CYT, of LifeDance Studios in Westfield, and is appropriate for most ability levels. The fee is Gateway teacher Steve Estelle will be held at 1417 or Sally Sienkiewicz at 562-3186. $10 per class and students should bring their Shaker Farms Country Club on Friday, own mats. For more information contact the February 28. Tickets are $25 per person library by phone at 413 862-3894 or via email (which covers dinner and gift) and checks at should be made out to Marcia Estelle. A cocktail hour will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Chi-Gong Exercise Class Steve Estelle is a Gateway graduate (’74). He taught for several years in New Hampshire SOUTHWICK - A new Chi-Gong exercise BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. before returning to Gateway in 1986, where he Downing (D - Pittsfield) announced today that class is being offered at the Southwick Senior still teaches. In addition to teaching 7th grade the 72nd Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS) Center and we are hoping to get more involvesocial studies, Estelle coached boys’ baseball will be held on Tuesday, March 4 and ment. The goal is to provide gentle movement and is perhaps best known outside of Gateway Wednesday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 exercises for adults with health challenges, for coaching a dynasty of girls’ soccer teams. p.m. at the Massachusetts State House. which will result in more energy, an increase in He was the founding coach of the girls’ soccer Nominated applicants will participate. mobility and reduced stress. Classes will be program in the fall of 1990 and was named The CLS is a biannual seminar that aims to held at the Southwick Senior Center on ‘Coach of the Year’ by the Republican for the better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s Monday mornings from 10-11 a.m. The cost is 2012 fall season. legislative process. Established in 1976 through only $3. Please call for more information 569Anyone planning to attend the dinner who a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts 5498. No pre-registration necessary. would like to say a few words on Steve’s behalf Senate and the University of Massachusetts, please contact Richard White (rwhite@grsd. this two day conference features presentations Grandparents org). by senators and staff on aspects of the day-toAdvance tickets are available for purchase day experience of legislators in the Raising Grandchildren from the following people: Matt Bonenfant, Commonwealth. Topics will include the histoWESTFIELD - Are you raising a grandTraci Bongo, Tim Crane, Peter Curro, Marsha ry and process of the legislature, the parliaEstelle, Jodi Fairman, Laura & Darryl Fisk, mentary role of the Clerk of the Senate and the child? Grandparents’ traditional roles change dramatically when they assume total responsiDawne & Tim Gamble, Wendy Long, Sara future of the legislature. McNamara, Bill McVeigh, Richard White and The CLS culminates with a simulated legis- bility of caring for their grandchildren. Cheryl Wright. lative hearing and Senate session where par- Although each family situation is unique, there ticipants are invited to use what they have are many similar needs and concerns. The learned and participate as “senators” in the Greater Westfield Grandparents Raising Accepting Grant Requests Senate Chamber in order to have a first-hand Grandchildren support group meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Westfield Boys WESTFIELD - Sarah Gillett Services for the experience of the legislative process. and Girls Club. Childcare will be provided. All Elderly, Inc. is currently accepting preliminary grandparents are welcome to attend starting at Grant Requests from organizations providing 6:30 p.m. For questions, please contact services to the elderly residents of the greater or call 562-2301. Westfield area. The filing deadline is March 1. Since the Sarah Gillett Trust was established in 1971, thousands of dollars have been awarded each year to those organizations in the greater Westfield area that are serving the February 19, 2014 elderly populations within this location. 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Westfield News Publishing, Inc. will not disclose the identity of any classified advertiser using a reply box number. Readers answering blind box 0340 Apartment ads who desire to protect their identity may use the following 5 ROOM, 3 bedroom, comprocedures: 1). Enclose your reply in an pletely renovated Westfield/Rusenvelope addressed to the sell area, country setting. NEW proper box number you are stove, refrigerator and heating unit. Large yard, parking. answering. $895/month. No pets please. 2). Enclose this reply number, Call today, won't last. (413)348together with a memo listing 3431. the companies you DO NOT wish to see your letter, in a separate envelope and address it to the Classified Department at The Westfield News Group, 64 School Street, Westfield, MA 01085. Your letter will be destroyed if the advertiser is one you have listed. If not, it will be forwarded in the usual manner.

0220 Music Instruction ALICE'S PIANO STUDIO. Piano, organ and keyboard lessons. All ages, all levels. Call (413)5682176.

WESTFIELD SCHOOL OF MUSIC offers private instrument and vocal lessons and "Happy Feet" (babies, toddlers) class. Visit our web site at: or call at (413)642-5626.

0255 Articles For Sale DEAN DECEIVER electric guitar, new in box. Full deceiver (not the X model) EMG pickups. Gold Grover tuners. $325. Call (413)562-1604.

0265 Firewood 100% HARDWOOD, GREEN, $140. 3 year season. $150. 1/2 & 1/4 cords also available. Outdoor furnace wood also available, cheap. CALL FOR DAILY SPECIALS!! Wholesale Wood Products, (304)851-7666. A SEASONED LOG TRUCK LOAD of hardwood; (when processed at least 7 cords), for only $650-$700 (depends on delivery distance). Call Chris @ (413)454-5782.

AFFORDABLE FIREWOOD. Seasoned and green. Cut, split, delivered. Any length. Now ready for immediate delivery. Senior and bulk discount. Call (413)848-2059, (413)530-4820.

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

SILO DRIED FIREWOOD. (128cu.ft.) guaranteed. For prices call Keith Larson (413)537-4146.

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

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0340 Apartment WESTBRIDGE TOWNHOUSES, 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, full basement. $800/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295.

WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity. WESTFIELD 1 BEDROOM, kitchen and bath, 2nd floor. No pets. $650/month includes utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.


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0340 Apartment WESTFIELD reconditioned 2 bedroom condo. $795/month heat included. For sale or rent. Call (603)726-4595. WESTFIELD large 2 bedroom apartment. Hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookups. Across the street from church, playground, school. Available March 1st. $850/month. First, last, security required. Call (860)3358377.

WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, kitchen, living room, bath, enclosed porch. No pets. $795/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

MONTGOMERY 5 miles from Westfield. Spacious office includes utilities and WiFi. $350/month. Call (413)9776277.

0430 Condos For Sale WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 bedroom condo for sale by owner. $79,000. Please call (603)726-4595.

OFFICE/LIGHT Manufacturing Space available. Furnished, loc- WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 ated on Route 57 in Southwick. bedroom condo for sale by owner. $79,000. Please call Details call (413)998-1431. (603)726-4595.

0400 Land BEAUTIFUL, SECLUDED mountaintop lot in Montgomery, MA. Panoramic views. Fully cleared, destumped and graded. Ready to build. Minutes to Westfield. 5.69 acres. Asking $160,000. Call (413)562-5736.

0440 Services

A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN. Debris removal, landscaping, garage/attic cleansouts, interior and exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462.

0410 Mobile Homes WESTFIELD 1&2 bedroom apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884.

WONDERFUL 1&2 bedroom apartments, some including all utilities. Perfect Westfield location. Call me today at (413)5621429.

ROOF, SNOW & ICE DAM REMONSON/PALMER LINE. New MOVAL. Careful, quality service. gorgeous 2013, 2 bedroom, 1.5 Free estimates. Call (413)667bath, 14'x64', corner lot in coun- 3149. try family park. $65,800 plus sales tax. DASAP (413)5939961.

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Home Improvement

House Painting


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

JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior discount. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682.

DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs. Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. Call Gary Delcamp (413)569-3733.

ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !!

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

Flooring/Floor Sanding

A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDWAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for 569-3066. TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exteall your floors. Over 40 years in busirior building and remodeling. Specializing ness. Hauling in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunscrap metal removal. Seasoned Fire- rooms, garages. License #069144. MA Chimney Sweeps wood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Tom (413)568-7036. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. StainA.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. less steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. Quality work from a business you can Furnace and hot water heater removal. All your carpentry needs. (413)386trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. 4606. Did your windows fail with the Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. cold weather? Don't wait another year! Call Paul for replacement windows. Drywall Many new features available. Windows are built in CT. All windows installed by T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesPaul, owner of Paul Maynard Consional drywall at amateur prices. Our struction. My name is on my work. ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-8218971. Free estimates. Home Improvement AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Liwiring. Free estimates, insured. SPE- censed and fully insured. Call Stuart CIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND Richter (413)297-5858. WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deic- BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REadditions, ing cables installed. I answer all MODELING.Kitchens, calls! Prompt service, best prices. decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.


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

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

Snowplowing A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440.

SNOWPLOWING / Snowblowing lots, driveways. ROOF RAKING. Dependable, reliable service. Call (413)374PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALL- 5377. PAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & On time, reliable service. Average Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787. (413)386-3293.

Landscaping/Lawn Care

SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn LEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF RE- Services, (413)579-1639. MOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for your free Quote today! You rake um' & Leaf the rest to us. Residential and SOLEK BROTHERS SNOW RERoofs, decks, driveways, Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our MOVAL. parking lots, ice dams. Fully insured. website at Free estimates. Sean (413)977-5456. for all of our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. (413)569-3472.

RICHTER HOME Building & Remodeling. Specializing in home improvement services. Roofs, windows, doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Tree Service Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an es- removal, hedge/tree trimming, A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD timate (413)519-9838. mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log Lawncare, (413)579-1639. Registered #106263, licensed & inTruck Loads. (413)569-6104. sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

Home Maintenance

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

At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're your color specialists! Fall season is in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including painting and staining log homes. Call (413)230-8141

C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceil- HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home ings, home improvements and remod- repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom remodeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, eling. Licensed and insured. Call winterization. No job too small. 35 years (413)262-9314. profressional experience. (413)5193251.

Home Improvement DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973.

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.


AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, caABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WA- bling and removals. Free estimates, TERPROOFING. All brick, block, fully insured. Please call Ken 569concrete. Chimneys, foundations, 0469. hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert pumps and french drain systems in- tree removal. Prompt estimates. stalled. Foundations pointed and Crane work. Insured. “After 34 stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)569- years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395. 1611. (413)374-5377.

Plumbing & Heating


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

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

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