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Report: Unfunded costs choking budgets WESTFIELD — The state’s cities and towns have shed more than 15,000 jobs in the past six years, and pension obligations, health care and borrowing costs will continue to squeeze budgets for the foreseeable future, according to a report issued on Tuesday. Municipalities face a total of nearly $45 billion in unfunded liabilities, according to The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent, business-backed organization. Meeting those responsibilities could divert resources from schools, public safety and other services, the group warned. In its annual report on municipal finances, the foundation also noted what appeared to be a declining appetite among voters for property tax overrides. Cities and towns raised $11 million from overrides in the 2013 fiscal year, down from $15 million the previous year and the lowest total since 2000. By contrast, voters approved a total of $49 million in overrides in 2006. The state law known as Proposition 2 1/2 limits municipalities from raising the annual property tax levy more than 2.5 percent without approval from voters. The $13.4 billion raised in property taxes in the last fiscal year, up from $13 billion the previous year, marked the slowest rate of property tax growth since 1985, the report said. But cities and towns did benefit from a 3 percent increase in direct aid from state government — following three years of declines — and modest gains in other local receipts such as those from building permits and motor vehicle excise See Unfunded, Page 3

Parents petition for freshman teams By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – A group of Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School parents are hoping to add freshman sports to next year’s high school roster. The parents have been working with high school Athletic Director Frank Montagna to make this happen and wrote a letter to Superintendent John Barry and the School Committee seeking support. Parents Matt Secovich and Christine Strain attended the committee meeting last night to urge members to consider the request. Secovich said with the upcoming combination of grades seven and eight with the high school, it is the perfect opportunity to create freshman boys and girls soccer and basketball teams. “The Rec Center has been an excellent, positive influence in our community,” said Secovich. “It’s really allowed this age group to play at a higher level, but it runs out at their freshman year.” Strain said young athletes leave the Rec Center programs and while they are often ahead of their peers, they may not be ready for a junior varsity or varsity team. A freshman team would allow them another year to gain the skills needed on the field and court and off. “From a psycho-social and playing perspective, it’s appropriate,” said See Petition, Page 3

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the foundation. If a frozen pipe is found, the fire marshal’s advice is “do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device” to thaw the pipe. He points out that, in addition to fire hazards posed by an open flame, a torch can not only melt ice in a pipe but can also cause the melted ice to boil, creating an explosion danger in the pipe. An open flame can also risk generating carbon monoxide, a lethal gas, Coan reminds residents. He urges that carbon monoxide and smoke detectors be standard items in all homes in the Commonwealth. Instead of using a torch, Coan suggests that heat to a frozen pipe may be applied by “using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or (by) wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.” He said that faucets should be left open when

By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Brent B. Bean II, elected Monday to serve as the City Council president for 2014, announced his list of committees which was complicated this year because six new members were elected to serve on the city’s legislative branch. Typically new members are eased into council committees, an approach not available to Bean because nearly half of the sitting councilors are serving their first term. “I’ve been on the City Council for a long time and believe that I have knowledge on how to structure committees. I’ve served on all of the committees and have been the chairman of most, so I know the scope of work done in committee,” Bean said. “I also know the veteran councilors, and half of the new ones, what they bring to the table in terms of interests and backgrounds,” Bean said. “You want to put people in their strengths, look at how people want to move the city foreword.” Bean said that he tried to balance the mix of veteran councilors with new members as he formed his committee assignments. An example is the Personnel Action Committee which deals with assignments to board and commissions, as well as screening and recommending appointments of full-time officials appointed by the City Council. Ralph Figy, a retired school counselor and Cindy Harris, who has a background in the Human Resource field, were both assigned to a committee where those skills are needed. Figy will serve as PAC chairman with Harris and veteran Councilor Brian Sullivan. Bean tapped veteran Councilors Christopher Keefe and Christopher Crean to serve on the Finance Committee, where both have served in the past. Robert Paul, who served for six years on the Municipal Light Board until elected as the Ward 5 councilor, will be the third Finance Committee member. Bean also mixed experienced councilors with a new member on the Legislative and Ordinance Committee where Brian Sullivan will serve as chairman with James R. Adams. Matt VanHeynigen, a new council member, served for more than a decade on the Planning Board which routinely deals with zoning and ordinance issues. Crean will serve as chairman of the License Committee with two new members, Ward 3 Councilor Brian Hoose and At-large Counselor Dan Allie. Adams will serve as chairman of the Public Health & Safety Committee with VanHeynigen and Figy. Veteran Councilor David A. Flaherty will serve as chairman of the Zoning, Planning & Development Committee with Harris and Allie. Ward 4 Councilor Mary O’Connell will be the chairwoman of two committees she

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Frigid air engulfed the area as ice fishermen stake out their favorite part of Congamond Lake in Southwick yesterday. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Polar vortex brings ice concerns BOSTON — Though temperatures have dropped, and bodies of water throughout the area frozen over, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued precautions before using area lakes, rivers and ponds. “Before we experience a tragedy that is unfortunately too common this time of year, it is important that we remind everyone, particularly children, of the dangers of unsafe ice,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “As lakes, ponds, streams and rivers throughout the Commonwealth freeze over, ice conditions

may be very uncertain. People may be a bit impatient to venture out on the ice for skating, hockey, ice fishing and other winter sports. We highly recommend the use of recreational skating areas provided by the Commonwealth and your local communities. It is very important to exercise precaution and common sense.” Always check with your local police, fire or park department to ensure that safe ice conditions exist. Due to the uncertainty and constant changing of ice conditions and the dangers See Ice Safety, Page 7

Frozen pipe advice given By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – A Sylvan Lane resident who inadvertently sparked a fire under his sink while attempting to thaw a frozen pipe might have avoided damage to his home if he had known about – and heeded – recent advice from Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan. City firefighters responded to a Sylvan Lane address Saturday after a resident reported that insulation had ignited while he was attempting to thaw pipes with a torch. Although the man extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived, smoke permeated the house and the kitchen suffered damage when firefighters opened up the floor and ceiling to ensure the fire had not spread. Coan’s advice for dealing with frozen pipes is that a frozen pipe should be suspected if only a trickle comes from a faucet when it is opened and it is located in a place for pipes likely to freeze – such as pipes installed along exterior walls or where water service enters a residence through

Homeless teen housing proposed By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Domus Inc. is working in conjunction with the School Department, and community and religious organizations, to establish housing for homeless high school students in the former Red Cross Chapter house on Broad Street . Domus offers affordable housing to low and moderate income families, the homeless, and the mentally and physically disabled in nine housing buildings around the city, and is seeking Planning Board approval of a site plan to establish a 10-bed facility for homeless teen students at the Broad Street building which has been vacant since the Westfield Red Cross Chapter moved up the street to St. John’s Lutheran Church. “We have, at any one time, 30 students who are homeless in Westfield,” Ann Lentini, Domus executive director, said last night at the public hearing. “In the state we have 6,000 homeless students.” “You may have heard of the term ‘couch surfers, ‘ kids who stay with friends for a couple of days then move to another friend,” Lentini said. “Since 2008 we have been working with a number of people, school counselors, churches, the YMCA. We’ve been looking for a suitable

place.” Lentini said the building will be revamped and will have 11 residential units, as well as common areas. Ten of the units will house students and one will be used to house a proctor on the first floor for supervision and security. Lentini said Domus is trying to fast track the project to secure funding and complete the property sale with the Red Cross. Lentini is slated to meet with the Community Preservation Committee tomorrow to request funding of $80,000 for the project and Domus recently was awarded a grant of $189,644 by the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) to finance its “Our House” project. “The units are single-occupancy apartments with a small kitchen area and bathroom,” Lentini said. “There will be a larger kitchen on the first floor where they will learn to cook, a living room, dining room and offices for counseling.” “We want to make it a secure environment where these youngsters will feel at home,” she said. “We’ve modeled this off other programs. All referrals will come through the school guidance department.” Lentini said that, like all Domus housing, Our House will be a structured environment with rules and regulations.

Cathy Tansey of the Westfield High School guidance department said that over the past nine years there have been “consistently 30 homeless kids. Right now we have 16 who are out of home through no fault of their own.” Tansey said an informal group, including Domus, churches, school and social agencies, began to raise funds and currently have three students living in apartments, but the need far exceeds the availability of housing homeless students. “We do need apartments for 10 kids,” Tansey said. A number of speakers supporting the Domus site plan application said the project addresses a unique housing problem that state social services do not address. Ward 2 Councilor Ralph Figy, a retired school counselor who also serves as a mentor at Westfield Vocation Technical High School, cited the history of Domus project success. “Let me re-emphasize that there is a need out there for these teens and the good record Domus has with its projects,” Figy said. “And this will preserve a historic building in the CORE district.” Cynthia Hartdegen, a licensed social worker, See Homeless Teens, Page 3





















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SOUTHWICK – In the presence of family, friends, dignitaries, and fellow scouts, two young men from Troop 338 were honored for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Michael Brut and Mark Chapman were presented with their awards at a banquet at the American Legion Post 338 in Southwick. Michael Brut, is a junior at Westfield Vocational Technical High School in Westfield. For his Eagle Project, Michael and his crew of fellow scouts, family and friends improved Sofinowski Park in Southwick by clearing, re-mapping and marking trails with hand crafted wooden arrows, along with rebuilding an existing bridge structure.He is the son of Carol and Kevin Brut of Westfield. Kevin is the current Scoutmaster of Troop 338. Mark Chapman is a freshman at Worcester State University. For his Eagle Project, Mark and his crew upgraded the grounds of The Church of Atonement by clearing brush and planting, along with building and installing an information kiosk. He is the son of Eileen and Tim Chapman of Westfield. Tim served as the previous Scoutmaster. According to the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle Scout rank is earned

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Mark Chapman and Michael Brut from Troop 338 in Southwick have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The scouts received their awards at a banquet in their honor at American Legion Post 338. Russ Pike, Troop 338’s Charter Organization Representative and Sally Nay, American Legion MA District 3 Commander present their awards to the Eagle Scouts. (Photo submitted) by less than five-percent of all Boy Scouts. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership,

service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks –

Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.


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Diapers in dump truck trigger radioactive alarms VIENNA (AP) — Austrian hazmat specialists called in after Geiger counters showed alarmingly high readings for a dump truck arriving at an incinerator have found the problem — radioactive adult diapers. After unloading the truck, firefighters from the hazardous materials unit of the city of Linz found nearly two dozen diapers from a hospital that had become contaminated with radioactive iodine. The substance is swallowed during some medical and diagnostic procedures. While radiation levels were substantially above normal, unit leader Dieter Jonas says no one was in danger during Tuesday’s incident. Austrian officials, however, are tracing the truck’s route. And the truck will stay in a metal container at the incinerator for eight days — the time it takes for the emissions to reach safe levels.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2014. There are 357 days left in the year.


n Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.”

On this date: In 1790, President George Washington delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress in New York. In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans — the closing engagement of the War of 1812. In 1912, the African National Congress was founded in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition. In 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss. In 1959, Charles de Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France’s Fifth Republic. In 1973, the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed. In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the

22 Bell System companies. In 1989, 47 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England. In 1994, Tonya Harding won the ladies’ U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of the clubbing attack that had injured her right knee. (The U.S. Figure Skating Association later stripped Harding of the title.) In 2003, a commuter plane crashed after takeoff from CharlotteDouglas International Airport in North Carolina, killing all 21 people on board. A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people (five passengers survived). In 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six other people were killed, 12 others also injured. (Gunman Jared Lee Loughner (LAWF’-nur) was sentenced in Nov. 2012 to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years, after pleading guilty to 19 federal charges in the case.)

Ten years ago: A U.S. Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing all nine soldiers aboard. Libya agreed to compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.

Five years ago: President-elect Barack Obama urged lawmakers to work with him “day and night, on weekends if necessary” to approve the largest tax-

payer-funded stimulus ever. Obama named Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine the next Democratic National Committee chairman. The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza by a 14-0 vote, with the United States abstaining. No. 1 Florida beat No. 2 Oklahoma 24-14 for the BCS national title. Cornelia Wallace, former wife of Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died in Sebring, Fla. at age 69.

One year ago: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence as her Arizona hometown paused to mark the second anniversary of the deadly shooting rampage.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh is 102. Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 91. Actor Ron Moody is 90. Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 86. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 81. Singer Shirley Bassey is 77. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 76. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 73. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 72. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 72. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 68. Rock singer David Bowie is 67. Movie director John McTiernan is 63. Actress Harriet Sansom Harris is 59. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 50. Actress Maria Pitillo (pihTIHL’-loh) is 49. Actress Michelle Forbes is 49. Singer R. Kelly is 47. Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 45. Actress Ami Dolenz is 45. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 41. Country singer Tift Merritt is 39. Actress-rock singer Jenny Lewis is 38. Actress Amber Benson is 37. Actor Scott Whyte is 36. Singer-songwriter Erin McCarley is 35. Actress Sarah Polley is 35. Actor Windell D. Middlebrooks is 35. Actress Rachel Nichols is 34. Actress Gaby Hoffman is 32.




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Unfunded Continued from Page 1 state raised taxes by $500 million last year, and took in over $900 million dollars in ‘unanticipated revenues’ That is our money. Now would be a good time to give taxpayers a break.” “I’ve been trying to get the city and the employee unions to address this OPEB issue for years,” said At-large Westfield City Councilor David Flaherty. “Taxpayers are livid that their taxes keep going up, yet what’s even worse for them is the behind the scenes snowballing of these unfunded obligations that are going to place even bigger burdens on future generations of taxpayers to pay for benefits earned by past and current employees.” “Right now, Westfield is deferring close to $20 million per year,” said Flaherty. “and, the total estimated cost of benefits owed to employees is about $300 million net present value (what we’d have to have in investments today to pay what we already owe). If the city pays over time, this obligation will cost us closer to $1 billion.” “In my opinion, we have to either find room in the budget to save and invest at least the ‘annual actuarial normal cost’ (about $13 million), or we have to stop promising employees that these generous benefits will be available in the future,” he said. “The current plan is mathematically impossible, and we’re doing a disservice to employees by allowing them to count on something that is unrealistic. If we attempt to find room in the budget, it’s going to be very painful. When the council tried to reduce last year’s budget by a modest $1.2 million, we were met with great resistance.” “How can we possibly think we can find $13-$20 million per year to pay for these obligations?” he asked. “That is why the mayor submits a budget, and the city council is expected to give their input, and send it back to the mayor if necessary,” said Allie. “I don’t know anyone who wants to repeat 2013.” “Long story short, the krux is correct,” Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said of the report. “Cities and towns are being squeezed by the benefits issued by the state.” Knapik also added that, while the amount of local aid being issued to municipalities has been increased statewide, those communities simply cannot change what is already set in stone. “You can’t change the schedule for health benefits,” he said. “You can, however, address the percentage you pay.” Knapik added that, because most of the city’s workforce is unionized, getting city workers to agree to form an Other PostEmployment Benefits (OPEB) committee is key. Knapik, who began his third term on Monday, also mentioned making changes to clauses regarding severance payouts in city contracts as a major step forward.

taxes. In all, the foundation said municipal revenues rose 3.7 percent in fiscal 2013, an improvement over levels seen during and immediately after the Great Recession, yet below the average 5.2 percent growth level between 1982 and 2009. Despite the recovering economy, the report warned that costs associated with pensions, health care for current and retired municipal employees, and debt service would continue to eat away at local budgets in years to come. Financial pressures associated with those costs had already contributed to the elimination of about 15,500 jobs since 2007. “Spending on employee and retiree benefits will consume an ever larger share of municipal budgets for the foreseeable future as municipalities face nearly $45 billion in unfunded liabilities,” said Michael Widmer, president of the foundation, in a statement accompanying the report. Borrowing costs rose 23 percent and pension obligations 30 percent between 2007 and 2012 while total municipal spending grew 13 percent over that same period, the report said. A state law offering cities and towns more flexibility in the design of health care plans for employees led to a one-year decline of $30 million in those costs, but the foundation noted that health care expenses account for nearly 10 percent of all municipal budgets and that spending on health care for retired workers was expected to nearly double in the next decade. “It has been big for years,” said State Senator Don Humason, Jr. (R-2nd Hampden and Hampshire). “Most recently, the Attorney General ruled that special elections amounted to unfunded mandates.” Humason, fresh off a special election victory for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire district senate seat, knows a thing or two about their cost. “The Legislature has always been great about passing these costs onto the municipalities,” he added. “They take money and staff away from what they should be doing.” “It’s hard for municipalities, because most don’t have big, fat rainy day funds,” he said. “I’m not surprised that the issue is being raised, and I’m glad light is being shined.” “We need a team fighting to restore local aid and working together to submit a budget that includes foreseeable costs,” said newly-elected At-large City Councilor Dan Allie. “Cuts to local aid from the state have cost Westfield over $4 million dollars in the last five years. This is unsustainable, as are unfunded costs.” “The same thing is happening with our state government, just on a larger scale, but it effects every city and town, individual and business owner,” Allie said. “Our legislators in Boston need to restore our local aid to cities and towns. The



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Continued from Page 1 Strain. “They will be that much more prepared for JV.” Barry said the parents have been working with Montagna to incorporate freshman teams into the athletic offerings. A letter signed by numerous parents asked the committee to allow freshman teams in 2014. “We feel sports can be very helpful with the important transition year (ninth grade) for many children,” stated the letter. “With our projected numbers, many students will miss out on the opportunity o have a positive co-curricular activity in their freshman year. Also, as many coaches and the athletic director can probably attest, many kids have not developed yet at the age of 14 and once they get cut from a team they are highly unlikely to ever return. This year for some of those kids could make a tremendous difference in retaining student athletics.”

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Granby woman’s retrial gets started NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The retrial of a Granby woman charged with strangling her paramedic wife in their home has started with jury selection. Nine jurors who will decide the fate of Cara Lee Rintala were selected in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday. Jury selection is expected to resume Wednesday. Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Rintala killed Annamarie Cochrane Rintala in their home in March 2010. Authorities say they had a tumultuous relationship, had discussed divorce, were stressed about money and had disputes about custody of their daughter should they split. Rintala’s first trial in March ended with a deadlocked jury. She has been held without bail since her indictment on a murder charge in October 2011. Her lawyers say investigators rushed to judgment and didn’t adequately investigate the possibility of other suspects.

Homeless Teens Continued from Page 1 also spoke of the real need for homeless teen housing. “I can attest to the need for this facility,” Hartdegen said. “These children are at risk.” Henry Bannish of the WVTHS guidance department said “this is greatly needed. A program like this is an opportunity for these kids to be safe.” At-large Councilor James R. Adams said he looked at the Red Cross building as a possible business investment. “There is no way any private contractor can put the kind of money into that building,” Adams said. “Domus can do what is needed. A considerable amount of money will be put into that building.” Barbara Trant, whose Volunteers in Public Schools office is involved in homeless teen housing said “people donate to support these homeless teens.” “We will be taking care of our own, teens who show up to school every day, students who have been abandoned,” Trant said. “This is an opportunity for life.” The Planning Board voted to continue the hearing to its Jan 21 session, to allow time for the applicant to provide formal site plan documentation prepared by an engineer.

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Poll: Independents hit record high By Tal Kopan The number of Americans who identify themselves as independents reached a record high in 2013, according to a new poll analysis, as Democrats remained flat and Republicans hit a record low. Based on an analysis of its polling in 2013, Gallup found that 42 percent of Americans identified as independents last year, the highest it has been since the firm began telephone polling a quarter-century ago. Republican identification hit a record low, at 25 percent of Americans, while Democrats held at 31 percent, where they’ve been for four years. Americans have been increasingly identifying as politically unaffiliated with either party over the past decade, while siding with the GOP peaked in 2004 under President George W. Bush and has been sliding since. The trend held over the course of last year, as well. In the fourth quarter of the year, during the government shutdown in October and problematic Obamacare rollout, 46 percent of Americans said they were independent, 29 percent Democrat and 22 percent Republican. When independents are asked to choose which party they lean toward, Democrats maintain an edge. Forty-seven percent of Americans are either Democrats or lean Democratic, while 41 percent said they are Republican or lean Republican. That margin is slightly wider than last year and much larger than in 2010 and 2011, when the parties were neck and neck. Gallup used results from 13 polls in 2013, which sampled 18,871 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 1 percentage points.

Poll: Most want pot legalized By Tal Kopan A majority of Americans thinks marijuana should be legal, a new poll finds, with support steadily increasing over the past few years. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed thought using pot should be legal, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday night, compared with 44 percent who said it should not be. Among those aged 18 to 34, support was 67 percent to 32 percent, and for those 35 to 49 years old, it was 64 percent to 34 percent. According to General Social Survey trends, this year is the first time that more Americans support legalizing marijuana than oppose it. Most Americans also disagree that pot is physically and psychologically harmful, and by a smaller margin disagree that using marijuana leads to using other drugs. A slim majority, 50 percent to 48 percent, believe it is addictive. Only 35 percent of those surveyed believed smoking weed was morally wrong, compared with 57 percent who thought the same about abortion, 50 percent who said so about homosexual behavior and 46 percent who thought so about looking at a pornographic magazine. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed also said they had tried marijuana. Along with changing attitudes, legalized marijuana has been making gains legislatively in recent years. Just last week, Colorado became the first place in the nation to start selling pot for recreational use, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using executive powers to make New York the 21st state to allow some medical use of marijuana. CNN and ORC interviewed 1,010 adults from Jan. 3 to 5 for the poll, which has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Polar Vortex 2014

Big chill buffets Beltway By Jonathan Allen Washington’s been frozen for a long time — but not quite like this. The winter chill that has cold-burned noses, ears and fingertips with sub-zero temperatures across the nation finally arrived in the nation’s capital Tuesday morning, bringing with it a wave of rhetoric that is, well, polarizing — but little in the way of federal action. The first harbinger: The Senate had to reschedule a Monday night procedural vote on extending unemployment insurance because lawmakers’ flights had been delayed at airports in other parts of the country. By Tuesday morning, with the chamber back in session and the vote about to begin, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used the single-digit temperature outside the Capitol to make the case for renewing long-term subsidies for the jobless. “This was brought to my attention so very, very clearly about how hard it is for some people on Constitution Avenue, as we were waiting for a light, I could see off to the left a news camera and a reporter trying to wake up somebody that had been spending the night there on the pavement, not on one of the grates where heat comes up,” Reid said in opening debate on the floor. “I don’t know if this man is one of the long-term unemployed. I don’t know. But there are lots of people who are in desperate shape.” Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat who represents Northern Virginia suburbs outside Washington and has personally gone out on cold nights in the past to try to get homeless people to go to shelters, said he is worried mostly for the homeless in the area. “This is the most frigid temperature I remember in Washington. I am concerned for folks living on grates and under tarps in the woods,” he said. “Hypothermia is a killer.” Still, most of Washington didn’t seem particularly fazed by the immediate cause and concern, which the National Weather Service describes as “dangerous, and in some cases life-threatening, low temperatures and wind chills” across the eastern two-thirds of the country. The cold snap triggered a fresh attack from some climate change skeptics, including Republican Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, who took to the Senate floor on Monday to criticize climate change science as “almost laughable” as he cited the recent stranding of a climate research ship in the Antarctic ice and a number of cold spells. “It’s cold,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) quipped to reporters. “Al Gore told me this wouldn’t happen.” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke to Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, two of the states heavily affected by the Arctic air mass, on Monday. But they discussed cooperation on law enforcement and Hurricane Sandy recovery, according to an official readout of their call. White House officials said next to zero about the subzero climate. “While there have been no requests for federal assistance, FEMA is monitoring the weather and in contact with state, local and tribal partners through its regional offices,” White House spokesman Bobby Whithorne said in an e-mailed statement. “We urge residents to be safe and follow directions from local officials. If they say to stay off the roads, avoid travel unless in an emergency.”

Gabrielle Giffords: ‘We’re not daunted’ By Lucy McCalmont On the third anniversary of the shooting that left six dead and that critically wounded her, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has written an op-ed appearing in The New York Times encouraging persistence in the fight for gun control reform. “Our fight is a lot more like my rehab. Every day, we must wake up resolved and determined,” Giffords writes. Giffords compares her recovery and strugges to the disappointment she said she and her husband Mark Kelly felt after the Senate failed to pass a background check law following the Sandy Hook school shooting. Nevertheless, Giffords writes, their efforts will prevail. “We’re not daunted. We know that the gun lobby, which makes money by preventing sensible change, relies on dra-

matic disappointments to wound us, reduce our power, push us back on our heels,” she writes. Giffords also discloses for the first time that she has gained new movement in her right arm, a feat that she hadn’t thought would be possible three years ago. Giffords acknowledges that a single piece of legislation isn’t enough to tackle gun violence, but she rcalls for recruiting more allies and voters, and supporting candidates in elections to pass multiple measures, including making gun trafficking a serious crime, preventing domestic abusers and stalkers from buying guns, and extending mental health services. “We will fight for every inch, because that means saving lives. I’ve seen grit overcome paralysis. My resolution today is that Congress achieve the same,” the former congresswoman writes.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney later told reporters that the president was “aware” of the cold, and that FEMA was on the case. “If there is an issue that requires federal assistance” he said, “they’ll be on top of it.” The president himself — who, in past seasons, has poked fun at Washington’s inability to handle Chicago-style winter weather — made no effort to downplay the current cold snap. “Hope you’re keeping warm,” he told the audience during a White House event Tuesday morning. At least one magnetic door outside the White House spoke directly to the climate in Washington: It would no longer lock — apparently because of the cold. Transplants from balmier regions of the nation felt the big chill. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) — who said he’d only bought his first winter coat after being appointed to the Senate in December 2012 — said he had been picked up at his Hill home, normally just a six-minute walk from the Capitol, and driven to work Tuesday morning for the first time since arriving in Washington. “I was able to adjust to the normal winter cold but this is a whole different category,” said Schatz. “I know Al Franken will make fun of me, but this is quite something.” Officials in the city and its suburbs couldn’t find consensus on how to handle the frigid air. The federal government was open, but some suburban school systems were open and some were closed. With kids at risk of exposure, that was a nobrainer for many education officials. Schools were closed for millions of students across the country on Tuesday. On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton took the step of closing all of the state’s schools for the first time since 1997, but the state left the decision to hold classes Tuesday up to local districts. Schools in Chicago — the third-largest school system in the country — were closed Tuesday. The closures weren’t limited to the northern part of the country. Students as far south as Florida, Georgia and New Orleans got the day off, too. In Illinois, where record-breaking temperatures approached Arctic levels, Gov. Pat Quinn has declared an emergency, in part because the extreme cold is rendering road salt ineffective, and tow trucks’ diesel fuel is turning gelatinous, according to ABC News. Flight cancellations were also beginning to stack up again, with more than 2,200 flights already scrubbed for the day, according to tracking website The moves come a day after airlines scrubbed thousands of flights amid temperatures so dire that they froze jet fuel and created health risks for outdoor airport workers. And the cold was putting some stress on Washington, D.C.’s Metro system: Metro delays started early in the day because of a broken rail at the Brookland station, probably due to the extreme cold, according to the Washington Post. The House wasn’t due to begin voting for the first time since its Christmas break until Tuesday, but the Senate’s cloture vote on unemployment insurance happened just after 11 a.m. The measure reached the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster, leaving the Senate perhaps a touch less frozen than the rest of the city. Kathryn Wolfe, Seung Min Kim, Josh Gerstein, Reid Epstein, Nirvi Shah, Burgess Everett and Matt Daily contributed to this story.

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Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 1:08 a.m.: accident, Feeding Hills Road, a caller reports vehicle struck a utility pole, the responding officer reports the pole was snapped and the operator was transported to Baystate Medical Center where a hospital spokesperson reports she was treated and released; 9:43 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Powder Mill Village, 126 Union St. a patrol officer reports he encountered a parked car with registration revoked for lack of insurance, the officer reports the registration plates were seized and a notice was left for the owner; 11:23 a.m.: fire, Sylvan Drive, a caller reports insulation in the garage is burning, dual response dispatched, the responding firefighters report the resident said that he had been using a torch to thaw a frozen pipe when insulation under the kitchen sink ignited, the resident extinguished the fire with the sink’s spray hose and firefighters opened the floor and ceiling to ensure that the fire had not extended there, the smoke was ventilated from the residence; 11:35 a.m.: accident, Franklin Street, a caller reports a vehicle struck a building, the responding officer reports he found that a vehicle had left the roadway and struck a liquor store, an employee reported minor injuries when bottles on the shelves fell and struck him, the operator told the officer that he had swerved when he was cut off by another vehicle and was unable to avoid striking the building; 12:38 p.m.: city ordinance violation, Franklin Street, a community policing officer reports he notified a landlord of a snow-covered sidewalk and the problem was rectified, the CP officer also addressed similar problems on Orange Street, Lincoln Street, Morris Street, Maple Street and Elm Street during the day; 3:58 p.m.: larceny, Southampton Road, a resident came to the station to complain that a battery charger was stolen from his property, the responding officer reports the complainant said that a solar battery charger was stolen from his backyard some time since early December; 4:45 p.m.: vandalism, East Bartlett Street, a patrol officer reports that he observed that graffiti had been spray painted on the front of an East Bartlett Street house; 5:27 p.m.: disturbance, Swiss Village Apartments, a caller reports she has taken refuge in her bedroom after her boyfriend held her against he wall while choking her in the presence of their infant son, the responding officer reports the male party had left the residence prior to his arrival, the officer reports that a criminal complaint was file and the Department of Children and Families was notified; 5:34 p.m.: animal complaint, Woodcliff Drive, a caller reports that she is concerned about a neighbor’s dog which is outside in the frigid weather and barking constantly, the responding officer reports that he was in the area for about a half hour and the dog was barking steadily, the officer reports that there have been many similar complaints from several different neighbors in the recent past and a resident at the address has slammed the door in the face of an officer attempting to speak with him about the dog, nobody was found at the residence and a city ordinance violation citation was left on the front door; 9:25 p.m.: counterfeiting, Main Street, a clerk from a convenience store called to report that a customer had spent a counterfeit $20 bill in the store, the responding office reports that the clerk said that the customer used the bill to make a $9.70 purchase, the officer reports it is not known if the customer knew the bill was bogus; Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 9:13 a.m.: assist citizen, Lewis Street, resident came to the station to report that pipes have burst in a vacant house and to request assistance from the water department, the responding officer reports the man has no access to the house and is attempting to contact the owner, the officer reports that the man will ask the owner to call police if he makes contact; 9:19 a.m.: city ordinance violation, White Street, a caller reports an unshoveled sidewalk and provided the phone number displayed on a realty sign at the house, the dispatcher

Boston mayor to appoint Evans police commissioner BOSTON (AP) — Interim police commissioner William B. Evans, a 31-year veteran of the city’s police department who played a major role in the response to the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, is being named commissioner, Mayor Marty Walsh said on Tuesday. Evans knows how to manage his team of officers and has their respect, said Walsh, a Democrat who was sworn in as mayor on Monday, replacing the long-serving Thomas Menino. “The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Walsh said in an emailed statement. Evans, whose appointment is scheduled to formally take place Thursday, has held a leadership role within the police department for several years. He had notable roles in the handling of the 70-day occupation of Dewey Square by Occupy Boston protesters, the city’s response to the marathon bombing and the capture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Evans, a dedicated runner, had finished the April marathon when he learned of the two explosions at the finish line and rushed to the scene. Three people were killed, and more than 260 were wounded. Tsarnaev, accused of planting the bombs with his older brother, has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial. His brother died following a shootout with police. Evans, a brother of former police commissioner Paul Evans, joined the Boston Police Department as a patrol officer in 1982 and became a captain in 2006. He’s a 2008 graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Evans replaced Commissioner Ed Davis, another key figure in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, in November. Davis, who spent seven years in the post, had announced in September his plans to step down as Menino, his boss, was preparing to retire at the end of the year.


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Obituaries reports that the realtor referred her to the owner who said the snow would be removed during the afternoon; 4:59 p.m.: assist citizen, Hampton Ponds Free Beach, Long Pond Road, a caller reports that her dogs ran on to the ice of the Hampton Ponds and thence to the state park, she requests assistance retrieving them, the responding officer reports that the dogs ran to a small island off Pequot Point Road and police are unable to assist her, the woman was advised to approach the island from Pequot Point Road in order to retrieve her dogs; 7:55 p.m.: disturbance, Montgomery Street, a caller reports neighbors are arguing and throwing things, the responding officer reports the female party said that she had thrown a knife at the male party, the officer observed small puncture wounds about the man who said that the woman had damaged a television and other furnishings in the residence, the officer reports that the woman was not arrested because there was nobody else available to care for her children, a criminal complaint was filed; 10:10 p.m.: breaking and entering, West Bridge Manor, 81 S. Maple St., a caller reports that while she was away her apartment was broken into and her safe was damaged, the responding officer reports the caller said that she had been gone for about a week and returned to find that her apartment had been entered, apparently via a window, a safe in her closet was found to have been damaged but was not compromised, the officer reports nothing was stolen from the residence; Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 9:10 a.m.: assist other police department, a detective reports she was advised of a Westfield vocational school alumnus who was reportedly stabbed during an incident in Fitchburg, the detective reports she photographed the young man’s injuries as a courtesy to Fitchburg police; 9:48 a.m.: larceny, Elm Street, a caller from an Elm Street drug store reports that a man stole ink cartridges and fled in a described vehicle moments earlier, the responding officer reports a search of the area did not yield a suspect, a check of the vehicle’s registration plate revealed that it was owned by a female party who has a history of shoplifting incidents, the owner of the vehicle was not immediately contacted; 10:49 a.m.: assist resident, Mill Street, a caller reports she is locked out of her vehicle, the responding deputy fire chief reports entry was made; 10:59 a.m.: assist resident, Main Street, a deputy fire chief reports a female party came to the fire station to request assistance re-entering her locked vehicle, the deputy reports services were rendered; 12:09 p.m.: soliciting, Hopkins Road, an off duty supervisory officer reports that a person is selling meat from the back of a pickup truck, the responding officer reports the man was advised of the need for a peddler’s license and he agreed to comply, the vehicle left the area; 5:16 p.m.: suspicious person, East Main Street, a caller from an East Main Street fast food restaurant reports a person who appears to be intoxicated has been in the bathroom for more than an hour, the responding officer reports the man readily admitted that he had been huffing compressed air, Jeffrey D. Krawczyk, 25, of 36 Stuart Place, was arrested for inhaling glue or a toxic substance; 6:33 p.m.: city ordinance violation, Meadow Street, multiple callers report snow has not been removed from a section of sidewalk at Hanover and Meadow streets, the responding officer reports he spoke with a tenant who agreed to deal with the problem; 6:00 p.m.: notification, King Street Extension at Smith Avenue, a patrol officer requested that a dispatcher notify the DPW of icy conditions; 7:58 p.m.: accident, City View Road at Butternut Road, a caller reports a vehicle struck a tree or utility pole, the responding officer reports a vehicle slid on the icy road and struck a utility pole, the operator was transported to Noble Hospital where she was treated and released; 9:53 p.m.: accident, Granville Road, a caller from AAA reports a vehicle slid off the road and struck a utility pole, the responding officer reports no injuries were reported, the officer noted the icy conditions of the road and the DPW was notified.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 Juan A. Torres, 31, of 82 South Maple St., was placed on pre-trial probation for six months after he was arraigned on charges of assault and battery and intimidating a witness brought by Westfield police. Jordan Hardy, 22, of 46 Middlesex St., Springfield, was found to be responsible for a charge of possession of Class D drug and was assessed $100. In addition, Judge Philip A. Contant allowed a motion for forfeiture of $410.37 that Hardy had been in possession of when the original complaint (possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute) was filed by Westfield State University police. Jeffrey D. Krawczyk, 25, of no fixed address in Westfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of inhaling glue or a toxic substance brought by Westfield police and was sentenced to a six month term in the house of correction. James Ahearn, 35, of 71 Taylor St., Pittsfield, saw charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding brought by Westfield police not prosecuted. Laurie J. Maratea, 61, of 91 Barbara St., saw charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding brought by Westfield police not prosecuted.

LOST AND FOUND $100. REWARD. LOST: BRACELET, black leather and silver on 12/5/13. Vicinity Westfield Shops parking lot possibly Friendly’s, Big Y areas. (508)685-7949. FOUND - Diamond ring in Westfield. Call 5687560 (12/2/13) $500. REWARD. Lost cat. “Nowelle” black with white striped nose, white paws and white bib. Needs daily insulin. Call, text, email Karen, (413) 478-3040. anytime. . (11-27-13) REWARD! Lost: black and white medium haired cat. Vicinity of Munger Hill area of Westfield. Work (617)212-3344. (11-27-13)

FOUND: Young pet bird. Vicinity Russell Road/ Straffield Avenue, Westfield. Call with description (413)214-3276. FOUND - Eyeglasses - 568-8541 (10/7/13)

Robert Pawson Wensley WESTFIELD - Robert Pawson Wensley, 90, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014. He was born in Yonkers, NY August 31, 1923, the son of the late William Charles and Ella Marie (Pawson) Wensley. Bob marked the tenth generation of the Pawson family to reside in Westchester County, NY. He was raised in Pelham Manor, NY and attended local schools, graduating from Pelham High School where he excelled in Track and Cross Country, for several years holding the record for the mile. As a youth, he also attained the designation of Eagle Scout. His education at the University of Maine Forestry School was interrupted by service in World War II. Bob was a member of the US Army 10th Mountain Division and served in the European Theater in the Rhineland campaign where he was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, Bob continued his education at the New York State School of Forestry at Syracuse University. His education prepared him well for his forty-five year career in the wholesale lumber business. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Jane Caffey Wensley, whom he married in 1973, and five children; Linda and her husband Marco Rigos of Pompano Beach, FL, Susan and her husband Mark Kendrick of Hampden, MA, Bill Wensley and his wife Cari of Shaftsbury, VT, Elizabeth and her husband Jason Hunt of Fredonia, NY and Jeff Wensley of Westfield. He leaves eight grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Bob took particular pride in his twenty years of service as a volunteer call firefighter. While residing in Darien, CT he was Senior Captain of the Noroton Heights Fire Department and later while living in Longmeadow was a Lieutenant Volunteer in the Longmeadow Fire Department. Bob was a forty year resident of Westfield where he was a member of the Church of the Atonement. He was a longtime member of the Westfield YMCA and Worthington Golf Club. An avid outdoorsman, over the years Bob was a very active participant in upland game bird hunting, skiing, tennis, sailing and badminton. After his retirement, Bob took up the sport of golf, where he once again proved his innate athletic ability by scoring a hole-in-one within a few months of taking up the game. He was a voracious reader and could often be found at the Westfield Athenaeum. A calling hour will be on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street, Westfield, MA followed by a funeral service at the church at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA 01085 or online at Bob’s family extends heartfelt thanks to his friend, golfing partner and physician, Dr. Gurpal Kingra.

Regina A. Richards SOUTHWICK - Regina A. (Cherubini) Richards, 84, a resident of Southwick since 1997 and former longtime resident of Westfield, died late Wednesday morning, January 1, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was born and educated in Boston, a daughter of the late Luigi and Mary (Gralia) Cherubini. Regina was employed as a clerk for many years by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles until her retirement. She is survived by her loving daughter, Maureen Berry and her husband David W. Berry, Sr. and their children, David W. Jr., Chelsea and Christopher Berry all of Southwick. Regina also leaves two great-grandchildren, Robin and Zoey Berry, as well as 2 nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her sisters, Johanna Dunbar and Marie Cherubini. Her funeral will be private from the Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, with burial at New Cemetery, both in Southwick. For more information, please visit us at Mary L. Conley AGAWAM - Mary L. (Bent) Conley, 74, died suddenly Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Deerfield, MA during a hiking trip. Mary, the daughter of the late Joseph John and Catherine Anna (Salisbury) Bent, was born in Boston, MA. She graduated from Walpole High School in Walpole, MA and was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Agawam. Mary was employed as a bookkeeper for a total of thirty-five years. Since retiring in 1999, she was a volunteer at Noble Hospital and Saint Mary’s Church in Westfield, MA and at St. John the Evangelist Church. In 1985 Mary and her husband David fulfilled her dream of visiting Bryce National Park in Utah which she had seen images of in a View Master when she was a small child. They went in the subsequent years to explore most of the western National Parks and in very interesting state parks. In recent years, Mary had been active in the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, especially with the beloved Tuesday Hikers. She was also a member of the Friends of Robinson State Park in Agawam. Many of her favorite moments were when she was cooking and baking for others and tending to her flower gardens. Mary was fortunate to have shared continuous close friendships for over sixty years with several of her Walpole schoolmates. She leaves her beloved husband of sixty years, David Charles Conley; her dear son, David William Conley and his wife Teresa Ann Conley of Columbia, SC; her precious daughter, Elizabeth Anne Parker and her husband Charles Noble Parker of Los Angeles, CA; her revered sister, Joan Ann MacGray of Largo, FL, and her cherished sister, Katherine Linda Beyer and her partner, Peter Mignone of Newport, VT. She also leaves many beloved cousins, nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Joseph John Bent, Jr. who had resided in Nobleboro, ME. Mary’s Funeral Mass will be Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 833 Main Street, Agawam. The burial will be in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Amsterdam, NY. Family and friends may gather at Agawam Funeral Home, 184 Main Street prior to the Mass from 9:00-10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, any memorial donations may be made to The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01262 or to the charity of one’s choice. For more details on the Shrine of Divine Mercy visit www.




Soups to Keep Your Family Warm and Healthy Pizza Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped sweet pepper 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with basil,garlic, and oregano, undrained 1 8 ounce can NO salt added tomato sauce 1 cup water 3/4 cup lower sodium beef broth 4 ounces smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon pizza seasoning 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese(1 ounce)

2 14 ounce cans reduced sodium chicken broth 2 cups loose pack frozen yellow, green and red peppers and onion stir-fry vegetables. 1 14 1/2 ounce can Mexican Style stewed tomatoes undrained 2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped (10 ounces) 2 cups packaged baked tortilla chips ( or strips) Chopped avocado (optional)

Italian Meatball Soup

In a large saucepan combine chicken broth, frozen vegetables and undrained tomatoes. Bring to boiling and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chicken. Heat through. Ladle soup into warm soup bowls. Serve with tortilla chips. If desired top with avocado. Makes 4 ( 1 1/2 cup) servings.

2 1/4 cups of water 1 14 1/2 can diced tomatoes with onion and garlic, undrained 1 cup lower sodium beef broth 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed 1/2 cup multigrain or whole wheat elbow macaroni

In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, sweet pepper, mushrooms, and zucchini. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are lightly golden brown. Stir in undrained tomatoes,tomato sauce, water, beef broth, sausage, and pizza seasoning. Simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Top individual servings with cheese. Makes 4 servings.

2 cups loose pack frozen Italian-blend vegetables 1/2 of a 16 oz. package frozen bite size Italian style meatballs (about 16) 2 tablespoons shredded or grated Parmesan Cheese

In a large saucepan stir together water, undrained tomatoes, beef broth and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add uncooked pasta and frozen vegetables and return to a boil. Reduce heat,cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes,until pasta is tender. Meanwhile place meatballs in a medium microwave safe bowl and heat until heated through. Usually on High for 2-3 minutes. drain meatballs and pat dry with paper towels. Stir meatballs in to soup mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese just before serving (optional). Makes 4 (1 3/4 cup) servings.

Kale, Lentil and Chicken Soup 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup coarsely chopped carrot 2 cloves minced garlic 6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth 2/3 cups dry brown lentils

1 tablespoon fresh Basil ( or 1 teaspoon dried crushed basil). 4 cups coarsely chopped Kale 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 cups cubed cooked chicken( 10 ounces) 1 14 1/2 ounce diced tomatoes, undrained

In a 4 quart Dutch Oven (or large soup pan) heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and carrot. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes until vegetables are nearly tender. Stirring occasionally Add chicken broth, lentils and basil to mixture.Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in Kale and pepper. Return to boiling, reduce heat.Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cooked chicken and undrained tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes more until kale and lentils are tender. Stir in basil. Makes 6 (1 2/3cup) servings.






Red Bean Stew 2 teaspoons canola oil 1 cup chopped onion 3 cloves minced garlic 1 14 ounce can vegetable broth 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon snipped fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed oregano 1/2 teaspoon adobo seasoning 1 15or16 ounce can red kidney beans drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon fresh snipped cilantro 2 cups hot cooked brown rice Lime wedges (optional)

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In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat.Add onion and cook until tender (about 4-5 minutes). Add vegetable broth broth, tomato paste, oregano and adobo seasoning. Stir in kidney beans. Mash mixture slightly with a potato masher (or the back of a wooden spoon). Bring to boiling and reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro . Serve stew with rice.If desired serve with lime wedges.


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3 14 ounce cans of reduced sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup chopped celery 6 ounces cooked ham, chopped (about 1 cup). 3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained

1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme crushed 2 medium red sweet peppers. seeded and cut into bite size pieces 4 cups shredded fresh spinach

In a 4-5 quart slow cooker combine chicken broth,water,celery,ham,uncooked wild rice,onion,and thyme. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-7 hours or on high heat for 3-31/2 hours. Stir in sweet pepper,cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Just before serving stir in spinach. Makes 6 ( 1 1/2 cup) servings.




Ice Safety Continued from Page 1 presented, many departments will not endorse the safety of lakes, ponds, streams or rivers. The strength and thickness of ice should be known before any activity takes place.

What do you do if you fall into cold water


Always wear a personal floatation device (PFD) when boating, any time of year. Waterlogged clothing makes it difficult to keep your head above the surface of the water.


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• DO NOT try to swim unless a boat, floating object, or the shore is close by. Swimming causes warm blood to circulate to your arms and legs, where it cools off quickly and reduces survival time by as much as 35-50%! • If you are in the water with other people, huddle tightly together with your arms around each other to preserve body heat.



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ered, 50% of body heat is • Reach, throw orlost row. Extendthe a branch, head. Skaters and ice fishermen pole fallor ladder to thethrough Dress properly victim. Throw What do you do if someone What is hypothermia? them a buoyant object such as a life Clothing that isthrough made from man-made the ice;fi- boaters and thickboat is is Hypothermia is How the falls through the ice?the wearer ring or float tied to aexcessive rope. If alowerbers does not protect canoeists capsize. ing of body temperature. Core body safe ice? nearby, row out to the victim or push it long when wet. Wool • Call 911for immediately. Make sureinsutemperature below 95˚ F causes shivtowards them. better the effects properly lates trained and from equipped rescue Ice onconfusion, moving water streams and ering, and in ossrivers, of muscle when dry or personnelof arehypothermia alerted to respond. brooks is never safe. The thickness of ice Learn how strength. If not treated and reversed, cov-to protectHow cold islakes cold water? • DO NOT gowet. outKeep ontoyour the head ice. Many on ponds andleads depends upon water hypothermia to unconsciousness ered, 50% ofbecome body heat is others. currents or springs, depth and natural would-be rescuers have yourself and Any that is cooler than normal body andwater death. lost through the head. victims themselves. objects such as tree stumps orhalf rocks. temperature (98.6˚ F) is, by definition, Safety experts estimate that of Daily • Reach, throw or row. Extend a branch, changes in temperature cause the ice to cold water. Cold waterdie drains your all drowning victims fromaway the fatal How is pole or ladder to thethick victim. Throw expand and contract, which affects its body heat 25 to 30 times faster than air! effects of cold water, not from waterthem a buoyant object such as a life strength. Because these one Cold water does notof have to factors, be icy, itno just safe ice? filled lungs! ring or float tied to a rope. If a boat is can thethan ice to beare absolutely has todeclare be colder you to cause“safe”. Icenearby, on moving rivers, streams and row water out tointhe victim or push it hypothermia. brooks is never safe. The thickness of ice towards them. The lower the temperature of the water, on ponds and lakes depends upon water the faster the onset currents springs, depth and natural How or cold is cold water? of hypothermia. The only safe ice is objects such as tree stumps or rocks. Daily at a skating arena! Any water that is coolercause than the normal body changes in temperature ice to temperature (98.6˚ F)which is, by affects definition, expand and contract, its cold water. Cold water drains awaynoyour DEPAR strength. Because of these factors, one Fire Data and Public Education Unit 12/13 body heat the 25 to faster than air! can declare ice30totimes be absolutely “safe”. Stephen 978-567-3380 • Cold water does not have to be icy, it just has to be colder than you are to cause hypothermia. The lower the temperature of the The only safe icewater, is the faster the onset at a skating arena! of hypothermia.

Ice and

Always wear a personal floatation device (PFD) when boating, any time of year. Waterlogged clothing makes it difficult to keep your head above the surface of the water.


• Get into HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Position). Bring your knees to your chest, hold your arms to your sides and clasp your hands. Cover your head if possible to protect your body from heat loss.

efforts to thaw pipes are underway as, when a frozen area begins to melt, water which begins to flow through the frozen area will accelerate the melting of ice in the pipe. Heat should continue to be applied, he advises, until full water pressure is recovered and all faucets should be checked to ensure that all frozen pipes are identified. Caution should also be exercised, Coan urges, when using an electrical space heater to warm an area with frozen pipes, as electrical wires, especially those in extension cords, can be easily overloaded by heaters which typically draw much more power than lights or other appliances. Coan offers tips to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place and suggests that faucets be allowed to drip when frozen pipes are a danger since flowing water, even water barely flowing, is much harder to freeze than water trapped in a pipe. In addition, Coan suggests the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors be left open to expose plumbing to circulating air but he also urges that any toxic household items which might be thus exposed should be safeguarded from children. Coan said that the risk of frozen pipes can also be lessened if the urge for heating economy can be temporarily suppressed and the thermostat not be reset lower when residents retire for the night, times when pipes are likely to freeze. He suggests residents who leave home during cold weather should leave the heat on in their homes with their thermostats set no lower than 55 degrees.

Personal safety

• DO NOT try to swim unless a boat, object, shore is close The strengthfloating and thickness of or icethe should be known before any activity takes place. by. Swimming causes warm blood companion falls through the victim. Get medical assis- Personal working forward by kicking Services’ and Cold Water What do you doIce if someone safety circulate arms and legs,immedi- your feet. Once ice and youtoare unable to to your tance for the victim out, remain By following safety proce-properly Safety webpage. Dress Always wear personal where it cools quickly and reduces the ice? reach that person from shore, offately. lying on theaice (do not stand) dures, you can befalls safe through and ——— Clothing that is made from man-made fidevicefrom (PFD)the hole. enjoy the many winter survival time throw them something (rope,by as• much If you as fall35-50%! in, try not to floatation and roll away activi • Call 911 immediately. Make sure not protect the wearer when boating, any time tracks, ties offered by the great out- bers does jumper cables, tree branch, panic. Turn toward the direcCrawl back to your eopss/agencies/dfs/dfs2/ properly trained and equipped rescue • If you are in the water with other for long when wet. Wool insuof year. etc.). If this does not work, tion from which you came. keeping your weight distrib- doors. osfm/pubed/fs-topics/fs-toppersonnel are alerted tofrom respond. lates better the effects people, huddle tightly together with Waterlogged clothing go for help or call 9-1-1, Place your hands and arms uted until you return to solid For additional information, ics-a/ice-and-cold-water• DO NOT go out onto the ice. Many of hypothermia when dry or keep your people areDepartment injuredwould-be to surface, makes before you your also arms becomearound a oneach the other unbroken ice. it difficult tomany visit the of Fire rescuers have safety.html become wet. Keep your head covhead above the surface of the water. preserve body heat. victims themselves. from exposure in cold water.

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• Get into HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Position). Bring your knees to your chest, hold your arms to your sides and clasp your hands. Cover your head if possible to protect your body from heat loss.

Cold Water


Dress properly Clothing that is made from man-made fibers does not protect the wearer for long when wet. Wool insulates better from the effects of hypothermia when dry or wet. Keep your head covered, 50% of body heat is lost through the head.


• Never go onto the ice alone. A friend may be able to rescue you or go for help if you fall through the ice. • Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue your pet, call 9-1-1 or go for help. • New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As ice ages, the bond between the crystals decays, making it weaker, even if melting has not occurred. • Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but can also insulate it to keep it from freezing. Snow can also hide cracks, weak and open ice. • Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating. • Ice formed over flowing water (rivers or lakes containing a large number of springs) is generally 15% weaker. • Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be one foot thick in one spot and be only a few inches thick 10 feet away. • Reach-Throw-Go. If a

Each Winter

many people are injured How thick in is cold water. from exposure safeand ice?ice fishermen fall Skaters Ice on moving water in rivers, streams and through the ice; boaters and brooks is never safe. The thickness of ice capsize. on ponds and lakescanoeists depends upon water currents or springs, depth and natural objects such as tree stumps or rocks. Daily Learn how to protect changes in temperature cause the ice to expand and contract, which affects its yourself and others. strength. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice to be absolutely “safe”.

The only safe ice is at a skating arena!

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Westfield Voc-Tech’s Luis Santos attempts to muscle a shot in the lane at Pathfinder Tuesday night. (Photo by Chris Putz)

The Westfield Voc-Tech and Pathfinder high school boys’ hoops teams tip-off in Three Rivers Tigers’ Jon Sachez (22) dribbles the ball on Tuesday night. (Photo by Chris Putz) offense. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Tigers take down Pioneers Southwick falls to Hampshire By Chris Putz Staff Writer THREE RIVERS – A total of 10 players scored to lead Westfield Voc-Tech to a key victory on the road in boys’ basketball action Tuesday night. The Tigers won 61-27. “It was a great defensive effort by all,” VocTech coach Kyle Dulude said. “It was our first win of the season, and a great way to

start off the new year. We have many games coming up. We’re hoping to keep building confidence.” Hampshire 52, Southwick-Tolland 38 SOUTHWICK – Nick Malo (11 points), Kyle Morek (10), and Conner Cronin (10) each netted double-digits scoring to lead Hampshire. Matt Olsen led Southwick-Tolland Regional with 16 points. Franklin Tech 74, St. Mary 59 WESTFIELD – Sam Thresher scored 35 points to lead St. Mary at Westfield Middle School South. Saints’ Drew Collins had 10.

Southwick guard Matthew Olson, center, leaps for the net during the second period of last night’s game against Hampshire Regional. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick center Jacob Goodreau, center, looks for the net as a host of Hampshire Regional defenders surround him during the second period of last night’s game in Southwick. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick guard Laurence Johnson, right, makes the pass as Hampshire Regional’s Nick Malo, left, watches. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick forward Nicholas Moccio, center, goes for the shot during the first period of last night’s game against Hampshire Regional. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick forward Nick Massarelli, center, looks for a pass as a group of Hampshire Regional defenders move in. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick forward Nick Peterson, foreground right, attempts the rebound while battling Hampshire Regional’s Jacob Bihler. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

West Side holds off WHS Bombers bounce Commerce By Chris Putz Staff Writer WEST SPRINGFIELD – Westfield’s Karly Mastello was the team’s most productive player in a losing effort Tuesday. Mastello finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Bombers’ 51-42 loss at West Springfield. It was a close game throughout, until West Side drained some key 3-pointers down the stretch. Westfield was forced to foul and the Terriers converted from the free throw line. Commerce 45, St. Mary 15 SPRINGFIELD – Commerce opened with a 12-1 first-quarter lead, en route to the victory. Elizabeth Lincoln and Lauren Chapdelaine scored three points apiece to lead St. Mary.

By Chris Putz Staff Writer SPRINGFIELD – The Westfield High School boys’ basketball team put a little more bounce in their step. Westfield pushed back Commerce on the road 61-38 Tuesday night to pull two games within a .500 record at 2-4. The Bombers went on a 20-2 fourth-quarter run to pull away. “We played our most complete quarter of the year,” Westfield coach Bill Daley said. “It took a balanced attack.” Alex Brown led Westfield with 14 points, followed by Demetrius Rogers (11 points), John O’Brien (12), Colin Dunn (8), and Richard Barnett. Jacob Beman (2) provided a nice spark off the bench for the Bombers. The two teams were tied 14-all after one quarter. At the half, Westfield led 32-20.

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THURSDAY January 9

WRESTLING vs. Agawam, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) at Brattleboro Union, Nelson Withington Rink BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY vs. East Longmeadow, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.


SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Ludlow, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Cathedral, American International College, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Ludlow, 7 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Cathedral, American International College, 7 p.m.

SWIMMING vs. East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS at Amherst, 5:30 p.m. INDOOR TRACK at Central, Smith College, Northampton, 6:45 p.m. BOYS’ V HOCKEY vs. GrotonDunstable Regional, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Amherst, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING DUALS Gateway included), 9:30 a.m. GIRLS’ HOCKEY (Cathedral/WHS/ Long.) at Leominster, Gardner, 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY January 13

TUESDAY January 14

GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Longmeadow, 7 p.m.

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


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

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

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

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Belchertown, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Belchertown, 7

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

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

GATEWAY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Westfield Voc-Tech, 4:30 p.m. SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. St. Mary, 6:30 p.m.

WRESTLING vs. Granby, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS at Westfield Voc-Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS at Westfield Voc-Tech, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING at Westfield Duals, 9:30 a.m.


GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Putnam, 4 p.m. BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Gateway, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Gateway, 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ V HOOPS at Gateway, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pathfinder, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

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

SAINT MARY HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ HOCKEY at Turners Falls, Collins/Moylan Arena, 6 p.m.

BOYS’ JV HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, Westfield Middle School South, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ V HOOPS vs. Pioneer Valley Christian School, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m.

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


Ice Hockey DAY Wednesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Thursday Saturday Thursday Saturday

DATE OPPONENT Jan. 8 at Becker College Jan. 11 FRAMINGHAM STATE Jan. 14 at Southern New Hampshire Jan. 16 SALEM STATE Jan. 23 at Fitchburg State Jan. 25 at UMass Dartmouth Jan. 30 WORCESTER STATE Feb. 1 PLYMOUTH STATE

TIME 5:35 7:30 7:35 7:00 4:30 7:35 5:35

Men’s Basketball DAY



Thursday Saturday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Saturday

Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Feb. 27 March 1

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

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

Thursday Saturday Saturday Thursday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday

Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 15 Feb. 20 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 March 1 March 4 March 8

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

Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 4 Indianapolis 45, Kansas City 44 New Orleans 26, Philadelphia 24 Sunday, Jan. 5 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 23, Green Bay 20 Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11 New Orleans at Seattle, 4:35 p.m. (FOX) Indianpolis at New England, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)

San Diego at Denver, 4:40 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 19 AFC, 3 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:30 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 26 At Honolulu TBD, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 At East Rutherford, N.J. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6:30 p.m. (FOX)

Women’s Swimming & Diving DATE OPPONENT

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


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

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American Profile

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

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

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

Boston University Reggie Lewis Center @Devaney Center Lincoln, NE

Women’s Basketball DAY



Brain Power

Thursday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Saturday Tuesday Thursday Saturday

Jan. 9 Jan. 11 Jan. 14 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 18 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Feb. 27 March 1

5:30 1:00 6:00 1:00 5:30 1:00 5:30 1:00 5:30 5:30 1:00 5:30 1:00 TBA TBA TBA

Mental athletes show how training and exercise can sharpen memory, the most fundamental process housed within the human brain.

FRAMINGHAM STATE at Bridgewater State at Castleton State at Salem State WORCESTER STATE MCLA at Fitchburg State at Framingham State BRIDGEWATER STATE SALEM STATE at Worcester State at MCLA FITCHBURG STATE MASCAC Quarterfinals MASCAS Semifinals MASCAC Championship



Sunday, Jan. 12 San Francisco at Carolina, 1:05 p.m. (FOX)


5:35 7:35




In 14th season, Brady still fired up for playoffs HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl. Twelve years and four more NFL championship games later, the quarterback hasn’t lost his fire. He still shows it before games and after big plays by banging helmets with other New England Patriots. “I’m pretty emotional,” Brady said Tuesday. That should be obvious when the Patriots come back from a first-round bye to face the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday night. Especially if he has plenty of scoring plays to celebrate. His mood would be quite different if NFL sacks leader Robert Mathis keeps getting close enough to tackle him or hurry his passes. “He’s a great player and been a great player for a long time,” Brady said. “He’s having one of the best years of his career.” So what can Brady do if he sees the 11-year veteran bearing down on him? Step up in the pocket? Throw quickly? Duck? “I can’t really run away from him,” Brady said with his usual jab at his lack of speed, “so

that option’s out the door.” pretty remarkable to be able to do There’s no doubt he’ll have his that.” eyes trained on the linebacker Another big lead Saturday night who lines up in different places likely won’t be safe until the very on different plays. late stages, not with Brady and “You have to understand where Andrew Luck leading their offenshe’s at. He really has a sense of es. urgency,” Brady said. “We’ve been in a lot of close And a knack for stripping the games, they’ve been in a lot of ball while sacking the quarterclose games,” Brady said. “They back. find a way to win them. That’s “That’s why he’s one of the best how they got to this point.” Tom Brady players in the league, because he The Colts are 6-1, including the makes those types of plays happlayoffs, in games decided by six pen,” Brady said. “He makes them on a regu- points or fewer. The Patriots are 8-4 in games lar basis. It’s not a fluke when he does it.” decided by seven or fewer. Mathis led the NFL with 19 1-2 sacks and Brady downplays the meeting with Luck, forced eight fumbles. His strip-sack of Kansas who has a chance to match Brady’s accomCity’s Alex Smith led to a Colts touchdown in plishment of winning a Super Bowl in his their 45-44 wild-card win over the Chiefs last second season. Saturday. The chance to keep the youngster from The Colts overcame a 28-point, third-quar- upstaging the all-time great doesn’t provide ter deficit to win that. The Patriots overcame a extra motivation. 24-point halftime deficit against the Denver “My motivation is pretty simple,” Brady Broncos for a 34-31 regular-season overtime said. “I just try to win. That’s what I try to do win. and try to be part of the reason why we’re suc“It was a great game, a great team win,” cessful.” Brady said of Indianapolis’ victory. “Once you For Luck, Brady can serve as an example. get some momentum going on your side, it’s “He has definitely set the standard for suc-

Fletcher likely to fill in for Pats linebacker Spikes HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The mantra of the New England Patriots when a player gets injured is “next man up.” This week that man will be backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. With Brandon Spikes joining three key defenders on injured reserve with a knee injury, Fletcher is likely to see a lot more action when the Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional-playoff game Saturday night. “Everybody has to step up,” Fletcher said Tuesday. “Everybody’s role kind of increases on defense, especially in the linebacker unit.” Spikes, an outstanding run stopper in his fourth season, was placed on injured reserve Monday. That left the Patriots with six linebackers on their 53-man roster, including rookie free agent Ja’Gared Davis, who was signed off the practice squad Tuesday. Two others have played very little on defense. Rookie Steve Beauharnais has one tackle in two games and Chris White has one defensive tackle while being used mostly on special teams. The remaining starters are Don’t’a Hightower and rookie Jamie Collins, a firstround draft choice.

Fletcher, a better pass defender than Spikes, has averaged just 14 defensive snaps in the 15 games he’s played, starting just one. He played more than half the snaps only once, against Denver and Peyton Manning. “Spikes has done a great job this year,” safety Devin McCourty said, “being a guy that’s been a leader on the defense, a guy that’s stepped up and made key plays, I think, like he’s always done, but really stepping into a leadership role. But now it’s ‘next man up’ and being ready to go.” That figures to be Fletcher. “Every play matters. Every second you’re in there matters,” he said. “It could be one problem play that costs your whole team so you don’t want to be that guy. So it’s just kind of that time of the year where everything amps up in every aspect of the game.” New England has played most of the season with three of its best defensive players on injured reserve. Tackle Vince Wilfork played the first four games, tackle Tommy Kelly played the first five and linebacker Jerod Mayo played the first six. The Patriots did well enough without them to earn a first-round bye. But will the latest injury be one too many? “I hope not,” McCourty said with a laugh.

cess at the quarterback position,” Luck said, “the way he handles himself, watching from afar, the competitive nature and basically all the right things he does. Yeah, I guess he is a barometer and he is the standard.” The Patriots practiced indoors Tuesday with the outside temperature in the low teens. Brady said he had a cold. “A little bit, but I’ll live,” he said. “Hopefully not on the injury report. I’ll try to talk my way out of that one.” Brady wants to be around for it all — the practices, the games, the celebrations. So he’s treating this week with his usual intensity. “I think he’s just trying to relay that to everyone else,” Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. “You do your work now. You put in the time now. You study the tape and you practice hard now, so when the games come you’ve already done it three times in the week. So you go out there and just play and have fun.” In his 14th NFL season, the enthusiasm of the MVP of the 2002 Super Bowl persists. “It’s incredible to play in this,” he said. “These are the moments you dream about, to be in the NFL playoffs and you have a chance with eight other teams to be the last team standing.

Gronk knee surgery on Thursday HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A person familiar with Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury tells The Associated Press the New England Patriots’ tight end will have surgery Thursday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Patriots have not made an announcement. Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season following offseason operations on his back and left forearm. In his seventh game back, he tore the ACL and MCL on his right knee on Dec. 8 in a 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns. Before his latest injury, Gronkowski had 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Patriots (12-4) host the Indianapolis Colts (12-5) in an AFC divisional-round playoff game on Saturday night.

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

GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK Westfield 0-0 BOYS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0 GIRLS’ SKIING Westfield 0-0 *No Report

Tuesday’s Results

BOYS’ HOOPS Westfield 61, Commerce 38 Franklin Tech 74, St. Mary 59 Westfield Voc-Tech 61, Pathfinder 27 Hampshire 52, Southwick-Tolland 38 GIRLS’ HOOPS Commerce 45, St. Mary 15 West Springfield 51, Westfield 42

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Indiana 28 6 .824 — 8-2 W-3 17-1 11-5 20-4 d-Miami 27 8 .771 1½ 8-2 W-3 16-3 11-5 17-6 Atlanta 18 17 .514 10½ 5-5 L-3 12-5 6-12 12-10 d-Toronto 16 17 .485 11½ 7-3 L-2 6-8 10-9 11-10 Washington 15 17 .469 12 6-4 W-1 7-8 8-9 13-9 Chicago 15 18 .455 12½ 6-4 W-3 10-7 5-11 12-10 Charlotte 15 21 .417 14 3-7 L-1 8-11 7-10 12-11 Detroit 14 21 .400 14½ 3-7 L-5 6-12 8-9 13-10 Brooklyn 13 21 .382 15 4-6 W-3 8-9 5-12 8-13 Boston 13 22 .371 15½ 2-8 L-5 8-10 5-12 10-12 New York 12 22 .353 16 5-5 W-2 5-12 7-10 10-12 Cleveland 12 23 .343 16½ 2-8 W-1 10-8 2-15 9-18 Philadelphia 12 23 .343 16½ 5-5 L-2 7-9 5-14 7-12 Orlando 10 24 .294 18 3-7 L-4 7-11 3-13 8-13 Milwaukee 7 27 .206 21 2-8 L-3 3-13 4-14 6-18 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Oklahoma City 27 8 .771 — 6-4 L-1 15-3 12-5 17-6 d-San Antonio 27 8 .771 — 7-3 W-2 13-5 14-3 16-6 Portland 26 9 .743 1 5-5 L-2 13-4 13-5 14-7 d-Golden State 24 13 .649 4 10-0 W-10 11-4 13-9 15-12 L.A. Clippers 24 13 .649 4 6-4 W-1 15-3 9-10 16-7 Houston 22 13 .629 5 6-4 W-1 14-5 8-8 12-11 Phoenix 20 13 .606 6 6-4 L-1 12-5 8-8 15-10 Dallas 20 15 .571 7 5-5 W-1 12-6 8-9 11-11 Denver 17 17 .500 9½ 3-7 W-3 9-8 8-9 9-13 Minnesota 17 17 .500 9½ 5-5 W-1 10-6 7-11 7-12 New Orleans 15 18 .455 11 4-6 L-2 9-5 6-13 7-14 Memphis 15 19 .441 11½ 5-5 L-1 7-12 8-7 9-15 13 2-8 L-2 8-10 6-11 9-15 L.A. Lakers 14 21 .400 Sacramento 11 22 .333 15 4-6 W-1 7-13 4-9 8-15 Utah 12 25 .324 16 6-4 W-1 7-10 5-15 7-18 d-division leader Monday’s Games Minnesota 126, Philadelphia 95 Brooklyn 91, Atlanta 86 L.A. Clippers 101, Orlando 81 Tuesday’s Games Indiana 86, Toronto 79 Cleveland 111, Philadelphia 93 Washington 97, Charlotte 83 Miami 107, New Orleans 88 New York 89, Detroit 85 Chicago 92, Phoenix 87 Golden State 101, Milwaukee 80 San Antonio 110, Memphis 108, OT Dallas 110, L.A. Lakers 97 Denver 129, Boston 98

Utah 112, Oklahoma City 101 Sacramento 123, Portland 119 Wednesday’s Games Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m. Golden State at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 8 p.m. Washington at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. Orlando at Portland, 10 p.m. Boston at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Miami at New York, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

GP 45 43 43 43 44 42 43 44 43 44 44 44 43 45 43 42

W 32 28 26 22 25 20 19 21 18 21 19 17 19 16 16 12

EASTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts GF GA Home 12 1 65 147 107 19-3-0 13 2 58 126 94 18-4-2 13 4 56 123 102 14-4-2 17 4 48 114 118 11-7-0 14 5 55 114 103 13-7-3 16 6 46 128 128 13-8-2 14 10 48 114 121 6-10-7 18 5 47 122 132 14-10-1 16 9 45 105 124 9-8-5 20 3 45 108 119 8-10-3 18 7 45 126 141 11-10-4 18 9 43 103 113 8-6-6 20 4 42 117 126 9-9-2 22 7 39 124 149 7-9-7 21 6 38 102 136 9-9-4 26 4 28 74 118 9-12-2

GP Anaheim 45 Chicago 45 St. Louis 42 San Jose 44 Los Angeles 44 Colorado 42 Vancouver 45 Phoenix 42 Minnesota 45 Dallas 42 Nashville 44 Winnipeg 46 Calgary 43 Edmonton 46

W 32 29 30 27 26 26 23 21 23 20 19 19 15 14

WESTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 8 5 69 151 113 18-0-2 14-8-3 11-1-2 7 9 67 167 124 15-2-6 14-5-3 9-6-2 7 5 65 155 97 17-3-2 13-4-3 13-0-1 11 6 60 144 114 15-1-3 12-10-3 12-3-2 13 5 57 114 91 14-5-3 12-8-2 9-3-1 12 4 56 123 108 15-6-2 11-6-2 9-5-2 13 9 55 121 113 11-6-5 12-7-4 6-5-4 12 9 51 129 127 12-5-3 9-7-6 8-5-4 17 5 51 108 114 16-5-2 7-12-3 8-6-1 15 7 47 123 131 9-6-5 11-9-2 5-7-4 19 6 44 105 131 11-8-3 8-11-3 6-7-0 22 5 43 125 139 10-9-4 9-13-1 5-11-3 22 6 36 100 137 7-11-3 8-11-3 4-8-2 27 5 33 119 161 7-12-2 7-15-3 2-9-3

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

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, SO N.Y. Islanders 7, Dallas 3 Montreal 2, Florida 1 Calgary 4, Colorado 3 Tuesday’s Games Pittsburgh 5, Vancouver 4, SO Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1, SO N.Y. Islanders 5, Toronto 3 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2, OT Nashville 3, San Jose 2 Tampa Bay 4, Winnipeg 2 Phoenix 6, Calgary 0 St. Louis 5, Edmonton 2

Away 13-9-1 10-9-0 12-9-2 11-10-4 12-7-2 7-8-4 13-4-3 7-8-4 9-8-4 3-10-0 8-8-3 9-12-3 10-11-2 9-13-0 7-12-2 3-14-2

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Anaheim 5, Boston 2 Carolina at Buffalo, ppd., inclement weather Wednesday’s Games Montreal at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Chicago, 8 p.m. Ottawa at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Florida at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Dallas at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m. Washington at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Calgary, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Boston at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

Sister of a Mooch Dear Annie: I’m an identical twin and will be turning 56 in February, but my sister behaves more like my daughter than my sister. Annie, I’m sick of it! My twin sister turned her back on me in believing ridiculous lies told by my youngest brother. Several years later, she showed up out of the blue needing a place to live, knowing “Old Sis” would take her in. She lived with me for eight years until she got a job transfer. She still calls wanting money. I’ve learned how to make excuses, but I want it to stop. I need help being upfront with this mooch of a sister, but I’ve never confronted anyone before in my entire life. Any advice? -- Sister of a Mooch Dear Sister: You don’t need to be confrontational. You need to be assertive. Your sister takes advantage of you because you permit it. The easiest way to stop permitting it is to learn to say no. So when she asks for money, tell her, “I’m sorry, but not this time.” If she asks why not, reply, “I have loaned you enough.” Practice saying it in front of a mirror until it comes naturally. Write it down on a piece of paper and tape it next to your phone so it is on hand when she calls. You are under no obligation to give her excuses, evasions or explanations. Be polite, but just say no. Dear Annie: I have been widowed for 19 years and belong to a support group of women who go out to lunch once a month. Before I married my late husband, I was an independent businesswoman, cared for an elderly parent, paid my own bills, pumped my own gas, bought my own cars, etc. I was surprised to learn how few of the women in my group know how to do any of these things. They have no clue what their family finances are. One of them had to learn how to drive when her husband died. Please, please, please tell wives (and husbands) to take responsibility for themselves while their spouses are still living and learn what their financial obligations are, when their bills are due, how to pump gas and all the other things you will need to know in order to be independent. It is hard enough to transition from married life to widowhood without having to learn basic life skills at the same time. -- Been There, Knew How To Do That in Kentucky Dear Kentucky: Thank you for the knock on the head. Along with financial matters and pumping gas, both men and women should know how to cook a simple meal, sew on a button, iron a shirt, load the dishwasher and do the laundry. These are skills that everyone needs, and it is shortsighted to assume that someone else will handle them for you for the rest of your life. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Uncomfortable,” whose new mother-in-law wants her to call her “Mom.” I had a similar problem when my son married his wife. I love her dearly. One day, I wrote her an email and signed it, “Love, Your ‘Other’ Mom.” She responded to me in that same way. Now, after several years, she is able to call me “Mom.” When my own mother passed away, I found it difficult to think of another person as my mom. Now, I have friends whose mothers are still living, and I often refer to a few of them as “my other mother.” One of these special moms phones me every now and then and refers to me as her “other daughter.” I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I hope this helps “Uncomfortable” refer to her mother-in-law in a less awkward way. -- Been There Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

HINTS FROM HELOISE BATTERY PROTECTION Dear Readers: Know how to travel safely with spare batteries? If the batteries have been removed from the original packaging, don’t let them roll around loose in a purse or bag. They can short-circuit if they make contact with metal, such as coins or keys, or each other. Place a piece of tape over each end of the battery. -- Heloise IDENTITY THEFT Dear Heloise: Using a black permanent marker to blot out addresses on documents before they are thrown away might not always be a good idea. The imprint can be visible when held at a certain angle, or the impression and indentations on the paper may be legible. With the shredder broken, I obscured the name and cut the paper with a pair of scissors. -- Margarette, via email CAR MATS Dear Heloise: I have used this hint for years in my car. It saves the floor mats, and when you trade in the car, the carpet is clean, along with the mats. I use bathmats, with waterproof backing, to cover the original car mats. Mud, dirt and spills from children and grandchildren will not go through. Take the mats out, shake and wash when they are dirty. -- Claudette G. in Texas


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014: This year you will be authoritative when you need to be. People listen to you. You also will follow through on any project or job that appeals to you. Since you tend to go to extremes, you might act out in a relationship, especially if you are attached. Your significant other has the gift of flexibility. Praise him or her for that quality. If you are single, what appeals to you today might not be so desirable tomorrow. Listen to your yearnings, with the exception of a longterm commitment. TAURUS is as grounded as you are, but he or she is more stubborn! 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) HHH You could be shocked by what goes down, especially after you hear from someone who knows the background of the events. Your fuse might be short because you view the situation as unnecessary. Evaluate what is happening. Tonight: Take a midweek break. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Observe what is going on behind the scenes. You might be surprised by how someone can say few words yet still reveal what is happening. Your sense of humor emerges later in the day, once you get some errands and/or work done. Tonight: Feel your Wheaties. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Others seem to be acting independently and not in unison with a project. Keeping everyone on the same page will be challenging. Suggest a meeting for a discussion on this matter. If this issue does not dissolve, you are likely to vanish. Tonight: Get some R and R. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Take praise as it is intended to be received. Your energy is very high, so be sure to expend it appropriately; otherwise, you could become snappy and difficult. Meanwhile, go dancing at a favorite place or find your friends. Tonight: Say “yes” to an interesting offer. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Keep reaching out to someone at a distance. You might want to get more facts before coming to a final conclusion about an evolving decision. You will shed light on the situation, which could help others understand. Tonight: Pretend it is the weekend, and make plans now! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You’ll want to get more information about an important situation. You might ask a question that draws out a money issue. An opportunity could become obvious in a meeting. Don’t hesitate, or you could lose this opportunity. Tonight: Accept an offbeat offer. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You might have a lot to say, but getting in a word with others, as animated as they are, could be difficult. Instead, go off and handle a responsibility that you are only too happy to take care of. Be happy to be away from the chaos. Tonight: Say “yes” to a loved one. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Pace yourself, as you seem to have a lot to do. You might want to keep an even pace, but an important discussion demands your time. Know when to let go of rigidity. Step back and allow yourself to see the big picture. You can’t dictate every moment. Tonight: Do more listening. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Let your creativity help a situation involving your finances. You might want to reach out for more feedback. As a result, you could decide that a different course would be better. Way to not let your ego get involved! Tonight: Enjoy some downtime with loved ones. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Think in terms of what needs to happen and what will happen if you let someone run over your more grounded ideas. You could experience disappointment at not being understood, but the smart move would be to try a different approach. Tonight: Go for naughty and nice. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH Keep reaching out to someone with whom you chat often. This person’s opinion means a lot to you, as he or she offers a different perspective. You will get interesting feedback. Others often are amazed by how easily the two of you can see eye to eye. Tonight: At home. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Communication flourishes later in the day, but know that a friend could dump his or her frustration on you. It serves you to say little, as this person will recognize on his or her own that he or she was being a bit outrageous. Tonight: Visit with a close loved one.



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said plan, ninety-nine and 77/100 (99.77) feet;

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

Mohegan Sun Bus Trip $18.00 per person Monday January 13, 2014 Bus Leaves Southwick Town Hall 8 a.m. sharp Bus will leave Mohegan Sun 3:30pm for 5:00 arrival at Town Hall Includes $15 meal credit and $20 in Big 6 Wheel free bets (subject to change without notice) To reserve seats contact Cara at P&R 413-569-5701 Or email:

0001 Legal Notices January 8, 15, 22, 2014 LEGAL NOTICE MORTGAGEE'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE By virtue of and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Greta M. Redzko to Option One Mortgage Corporation, dated June 26, 2006 and recorded at Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 16022, Page 373 of which mortgage U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Merrill Lynch Mortgage Investors Trust, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-OPT1 is the present holder by assignment from Sand Canyon Corporation F/K/A Option One Mortgage Corporation to U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for Merrill Lynch Mortgage Investors Trust, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-OPT1 dated June 13, 2011 recorded at Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 18812, Page 258, for breach of conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same, the mortgaged premises located at 199 Susan Drive, Westfield, MA 01085 will be sold at a Public Auction at 11:00AM on February 5, 2014, at the mortgaged premises, more particularly described below, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, to wit:

Being designated as Lot 127 (one hundred twenty-seven) as shown on the plan entitled "Definitive Plan…East View Heights...East Mountain Road, Westfield, Mass. ...J.J. Scarfo..." as recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book of Plans 153, Pages 82 85 inclusive, said lot being BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – thru hounded and described as folPittsfield) announced today that the 72nd Citizens’ Legislative lows:

Downing seeking applicants

Seminar (CLS) will be held on Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House. The CLS is a biannual seminar that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process. Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, this two-day conference features presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth. Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate and the future of the Legislature. The CLS culminates with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants are invited to use what they have learned and participate as “Senators” in the Senate Chamber in order to have a first-hand experience of the legislative process. Any resident of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District who is interested in participating in the CLS should send their resume to the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Bethann Steiner, at by Noon on Thursday, January 16, 2014.   Senator Downing will nominate participants to attend on a first come, first serve basis.  Applicants must be able to attend both days of the program in order to be nominated.

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

NORTHERLY, by Irene Drive, as shown on said plan, one hundred sixty and 08/100 (160.08) feet; EASTERLY, by Lot 113 (one hundred thirteen), as shown on said plan, ninety-nine and 77/100 (99.77) feet; SOUTHERLY, by Lot 126 (one hundred twenty-six) as shown on said plan, one hundred sixtyseven and 56/100 (167.56) feet; and WESTERLY by Susan Drive, as shown on said plan, one hundred (100) feet. SUBJECT TO easement rights granted New England Telephone and Telegraph Company under instrument dated August 24, 1970, and recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 3533, Page 244. SUBJECT TO restrictions of record to the extent that any are in force and applicable. TOGETHER with the right to use the streets and ways as shown on said plan.

SOUTHERLY, by Lot 126 (one hundred twenty-six) as shown on said plan, one hundred sixtyseven and 56/100 (167.56) feet; and WESTERLY by Susan Drive, as shown on said plan, one hundred (100) feet.

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SUBJECT TO easement rights granted New England Telephone and Telegraph Company under instrument dated August 24, 1970, and recorded in the E-mail: Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 3533, Page 244. SUBJECT TO restrictions of record to the extent that any are in 0110 Lost & Found force and applicable. TOGETHER with the right to use the streets and ways as shown on $ 1 0 0 . R E W A R D . L O S T : said plan. BRACELET, black leather and silver on 12/5/13. Vicinity WestFor mortgagor's title see field Shops parking lot possibly deed recorded with the Hamp- F r i e n d l y ' s , B i g Y a r e a s . den County Registry of Deeds in ( 5 0 8 ) 6 8 5 - 7 9 4 9 . Book 11861, Page 109. The premises will be sold subject to any and all unpaid taxes and other municipal assessments and liens, and subject to prior liens or other enforceable encumbrances of record entitled to precedence over this mortgage, and 0115 Announcements subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, reservations and conditions of record and subject to all tenancies DISTRICT COURT and/or rights of parties in posMISDEMEANOR session. CRIMINAL DEFENSE Terms of the Sale: Cash, cashier's or certified check in the sum of $5,000.00 as a deposit must be shown at the time and place of the sale in order to qualify as a bidder (the mortgage holder and its designee(s) are exempt from this requirement); high bidder to sign written Memorandum of Sale upon acceptance of bid; balance of purchase price payable in cash or by certified check in thirty (30) days from the date of the sale at the offices of mortgagee's attorney, Korde and Associates, P.C., 321 Billerica Road, Suite 210, Chelmsford, MA 01824-4100 or such other time as may be designated by mortgagee. The description for the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication.

For mortgagor's title see deed recorded with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 11861, Page 109. The premises will be sold subject to any and all unpaid taxes and other municipal assessments and liens, and subject to prior liens or other enforceable encumbrances of record entitled to precedence over this mortgage, and subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, reservations and conditions of record and subject to all tenancies and/or rights of parties in possession.

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER Western Massachusetts Hospital is seeking a half time C.S.W. The position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a current and valid licensure as an LCSW, LICSW preferred and preferably two years of social work experience in a hospital setting. The part time clinical social worker will join the small Social Service department in a fast paced chronic care setting. The key functions are:


Maintains documentation on WMH electric medical record. Leads interdisciplinary team meetings. Maintains ongoing relationships with patients, family members, and with resources in the community. Acts as a patient advocate. Assists in admission process and manages discharge planning processes.

First Appearance: $75. Free initial Consultation. Attorney Curtis Hartmann (413)388-1915

We are a specialty care hospital providing in-patient services to individuals in need of ventilator/respiratory, end of life care, neuromuscular, Alzheimer’s and chronic care.

0130 Auto For Sale $ CASH PAID $ FOR UNWANTED & JUNK VEHICLES. Also buying repairable vehicles. Call Joe for more details (413)977-9168.

Fax, email or send cover letter and resume to:

TIMOTHY'S AUTO SALES. Stop by and see us! We might have exactly what you're lookOther terms to be announced at ing for, if not, left us find it for you! Bartlett Street, Westfield. the sale. (413)568-2261. Specializing in U.S. Bank National Association, vehicles under $4,000. as Trustee for Merrill Lynch Mortgage Investors Trust, 0180 Help Wanted Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2006-OPT1 KORDE AND ASSOCIATES, INC, P.C. BOOKKEEPER - Reviewing re321 Billerica Road Suite 210 sumes for full time entry level Chelmsford, MA 01824-4100 position in fast paced condomini(978) 256-1500 um Management Company in Southwick. Quick Books experience preferred. Mail or fax Redzko, Greta M., (413)569-5854 resume and 11-005301, A-4436294 salary requirements letter of interest to Atrium Property Services, Inc. @476 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077

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It’s not a new idea. In fact, The Westfield News has been providing readers with “hyper local” news coverage of Westfield, Southwick, and the Hilltowns all along. Television, radio and regional newpapers only Sarah Helps Seniors provide fleeting coverage of local issues you care about. TV stations and Can big newspaper publishers, after years of cutbacks and mergers, frankly You aren’t able to provide in-depth coverage of smaller markets anymore. Help Sarah?

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT Are you a Physical Therapist Assistant with a desire to work in a professional, supportive environment? If you would like to work with a diverse patient population and make a difference in their lives, Western Massachusetts Hospital will be the right fit for you. We are an acute care specialty hospital providing services to patients with neuro-muscular disorders, Alzheimer’s and related dementia and complex respiratory needs, including mechanical ventilation. Candidates must possess a valid Massachusetts Physical Therapist License with a minimum of 1 years experience. Position is 20 hours per week with benefits. Fax, email or send cover letter and resume to: Employment and Staffing Department Western Massachusetts Hospital 91 East Mountain Road Westfield, MA 01085 Email: EHS-HR-Western@ FAX (413)562-2527 Equal Opportunity Employer/AA


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0339 Landlord Services DASHE-INTEL Comprehensive Landlord Services Tenant screening including criminal background and credit checks. Call Steve or Kate (413)5791754

0340 Apartment 1 BEDROOM, recently remodeled efficiency apartment. Quiet neighborhood, off street parking, appliances including washer/dryer hookups. $600/month no utilities. First, last, security. Non smoker, no pets. (413)374-8803. 5 ROOM, 3 bedroom, completely renovated Westfield/Russell area, country setting. NEW stove, refrigerator and heating unit. Large yard, parking. $895/month. No pets please. Call today, won't last. (413)3483431. GRANVILLE, QUIET, SECURE location. 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, utilities, laundry hookups. $800/month. New Year's Special. (413)231-2015. WESTBRIDGE TOWNHOUSES, 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, full basement. $800/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295. WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity WESTFIELD 1 bedroom apartments, large closets, free heat and hot water included, laundry, parking. Possible pet. $785/month. (413)562-2266. WESTFIELD 1 BEDROOM, kitchen and bath, 2nd floor. No pets. $650/month includes utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811. WESTFIELD 1&2 bedroom apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884.

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 1st floor, 2 room apartment, all utilities included. Parking on premises. Storage area. Non smoking, no pets. $615/month. Available December 15th. Call (413)568-5905.

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

0345 Rooms HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197.


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0345 Rooms HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197.

MONTGOMERY 5 miles from WHS. Beautiful office. $350/month includes utilities and WiFi. 2 adjoining offices. $525/month. Call (413)9776277.

LARGE FURNISHED ROOM. Parking, bus route, walking dist a n c e t o a l l a m e n i t i e s . 0380 Vacation Rental $120/weekly. Responsible mature male preferred. Non- E N G L E W O O D , F L O R I D A . smoker. (413)348-5070. Lovely home for vacation rental. Two bedroom, two bath, garage. ROOM TO RENT in a quiet Close to beaches. Text/call for neighborhood. Kitchen and laun- details, 413-543-1976. dry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. $ 6 0 0 / m o n t h , W e s t f i e l d . 0400 Land (413)355-2338 or (413)5627341. BEAUTIFUL, SECLUDED

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LAND FOR SALE in West Springfield-Tatham Section. Building 100ft. by 314ft., $40,000. Call for details (413)495-2059.

0410 Mobile Homes CHICOPEE, Bluebird. Remodeled throughout, 2 bedrooms, 12'x51' + 10'x12' + 8'x16' porch, with aluminum roof $53,500. (413) 593-9961. DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM.

0440 Services

mountaintop lot in Mont- A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN.

0350 Apt./House Sharing g o m e r y , M A . P a n o r a m i c Debris removal, landscaping,

views. Fully cleared, des- garage/attic cleansouts, interior tumped and graded. Ready to and exterior painting, power ROOMMATE WANTED to share build. Minutes to Westfield. washing, basic carpentry and mobile home. Please call for plumbing. All types of repair more information (413)572- 5.69 acres. Asking $160,000. work and more. (413)562-7462. Call (413)562-5736. 6708.

Business & Professional Services •




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.

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. MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years ex- Quality Work on Time on Budget WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 perience. Insured, reasonable prices. Since 1984. (413)569-9973. MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in business.

Chimney Sweeps HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706.

(413)543-3100. Lic# A7625.

Flooring/Floor Sanding A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) 569-3066.



A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, scrap metal removal. Seasoned FireCOMPUTER HELP AVAILABLE. In wood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. home training. Network setup, data recovery and much more. For more inforA.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. mation call John (413)568-5928. Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. Drywall Furnace and hot water heater removal. T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profes- 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. sional drywall at amateur prices. Our Free estimate on phone. Senior disceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- count. Call Pete (413)433-0356. 8971. Free estimates. KINGER PAINT & DRYWALL. Interior, exterior, ceiling repair, drywall damage, cabinet refinishing, specializing in textured ceilings. Fully insured. Call (413)579-4396.

Electrician POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deicing cables installed. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816. TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years experience. Electrical installations, emergency service work. Generac portable or whole house generator installations. HVAC controls and energy saving green technology upgrades. Fully insured. All calls answered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. (413)214-4149.

BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REMODELING.Kitchens, additions, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, reliable service, free estimates. Mass Registered #106263, licensed & insured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561. C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call (413)262-9314. COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ doors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Joe (413)454-8998.

House Painting

Plumbing & Heating

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 !!

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

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

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

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 A NEW LOOK FOR 2014. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallDelcamp (413)569-3733. papering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and decorating advice. (413)564-0223, TOM DISANTO Home Improvements - (413)626-8880. The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sun- PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLrooms, garages. License #069144. MA PAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & Tom (413)568-7036. Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at (413)386-3293.

PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. All your carpentry needs. Remodeling specialty. Additions, garages, decks, siding. Finish trim, window replaceHome Improvement ment. Kitchens designed by Prestige. AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. (413)386-4606. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Licensed and fully insured. Call Stuart RICHTER HOME Building & Remodeling. Specializing in home improveRichter (413)297-5858. ment services. Roofs, windows,

Landscaping/Lawn Care


Snowplowing A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. On time, reliable service. Average driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787.

ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mow- SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, Services, (413)579-1639. mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask for Mel (413)579-1407. Tree Service LEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF REMOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for your free Quote today! You rake um' & Leaf the rest to us. Residential and Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our website at for all of our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. (413)569-3472.

doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an esYARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush timate (413)519-9838.

A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log Truck Loads. (413)569-6104. AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, cabling and removals. Free estimates, fully insured. Please call Ken 5690469.

Home Maintenance

CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert removal, hedge/tree trimming, mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate tree removal. Prompt estimates. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 Lawncare, (413)579-1639. years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.

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.

ABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. All brick, block, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump pumps and french drain systems installed. Foundations pointed and stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)5691611. (413)374-5377.


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

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