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Allie campaign reimburses chiropractor By Peter Francis Staff Writer WESTFIELD – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has strict guidelines regarding the use of campaign funds raised by candidates for public office. Earlier this month, a report surfaced documenting six visits by Dan Allie, an At-large City Councilor and Republican candidate for State Representative, to city chiropractor Kevin Pighetti of New England Chiropractic Care on North Elm Street, using campaign funds.

These six checks, totaling $210, have raised questions about the legality of Allie’s use of campaign finances. A Ludlow man, who asked for anonymity, filed a complaint about Allie’s use of campaign funds with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) and provided The Westfield News with a printed copy of an email correspondence he’d had with Sarah Hartry, deputy general counsel for the OPCF late last month. Jason Tait, director of communication and public education for the OCPF, said that his office can

neither confirm nor deny whether an investigation has been undertaken. Tait said that state law allows for expenditures “to enhance a candidate’s political future, so long as the expenditures aren’t primarily for the candidate’s personal use.” “That would include personal medical expenditures,” said Tait, who also added that he couldn’t comment on just how many complaints of this nature get filed with the OCPF in a year. See Funds, Page 3

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Westfield addicts go shopping in Holyoke

This home at 201 Klaus Anderson Road is being leased by Becket Family Services as a group home. Currently, four women ages 19-26 reside there. The home is a concern for neighbors. (Photo by Chief Photographer Frederick Gore)

Group home a concern for neighbors By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – A new women’s group home on Klaus Anderson Road is a cause of concern for neighbors and the board of selectmen. Residents living near the home at 201 Klaus Anderson Road said several incidents there have caused them to feel unsafe. “We don’t feel safe at night,” said neighbor Victoria Hickey. “And with the warm weather coming, I don’t know if we will want to sit out in our own yards. Hickey said she knows of at least two incidents where windows in the home were broken and at least one resident has tried to run away more than once. Southwick Police Safety Officer Sgt. Kirk Sanders said he visited the home this

week and the women living there have “serious behavioral issues, not criminal issues” and are constantly with a staff member or specialist, even overnight. The goal of the program is to have the residents eventually live on their own. Sanders said he found the director there to be a nice man who is more than willing to do what he needs to do to make the neighbors feel comfortable. Sanders also said it was his impression that they were there to stay. “It seems that the issues are mainly with one girl,” said Sanders. “I have a feeling if they get more complaints about it she will be moved out.” The home is leased to Becket Family of Services, which offers programs for children and adults in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. According to, “the Becket Family of Services provides an array of youth and family driven solutions, including homebased treatment, family support, mentoring, residential respite, targeted case management, academic support, family therapy, and other therapeutic interventions.” Job openings for residential counselors for Becket Family of Services were recently posted online for Agawam, Southwick, Winchendon, Lakeville, and Westminster. Senders said Mr. Whitman who runs the program also has similar residences in other communities. Currently there are four women ages 19 to 26 living at 201 Klaus Anderson Road and there’s a possibility of a fifth person. See Group Home, Page 3

By Carl E. Hartdegen Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Although the scourge of heroin affects Whip City residents as much as it touches the life of every American community, not much of the heroin used by local addicts is actually purchased in the city, according to local police. The city’s good fortune is primarily due to its proximity to the illicit drug marts in nearby Holyoke and, to a lesser extent, Springfield, said Det. Sgt Stephen K. Dickinson after a recent narcotics arrest. Dickinson, who often speaks for detectives whose duties benefit from a low profile, explained that the widespread availability of low-cost heroin in the Paper City makes it a shopping destination for addicts from a wide area. He said that there is a fiscal incentive to travel to Holyoke to buy heroin because it’s cheaper there. He explained that the same bag of heroin which might sell for $4 in Holyoke would fetch $5 in Westfield and probably at least $6 in Pittsfield so users are likely to try to get their drugs in Holyoke. Users sometimes pool their funds and one person may go over the mountain to go shopping or an individual who has a source of regular income, a public assistance check for example, may buy as much heroin in Holyoke as his or her funds allow and then sell any that the buyer does not immediately need to his or her circle of friends and acquaintances who use the drug. Dickinson said, however, there is often a snag, even for an addict with money in his pocket. Addicts often have difficulty supporting both their habit and a motor vehicle and, since the drug will not be denied, often have to rely on somebody else who may have a vehicle or, perhaps more often, access to a relative’s See Addicts, Page 3

Project’s impact to be minimal By Dan Moriarty Staff Writer WESTFIELD – Construction of new commercial buildings on a former car dealership property will have little impact on the 11.36 acre site because most of the property has already been paved. Consultant Rob Levesque of R. Levesque Associates, Inc., said the construction of three new retail buildings totaling 32,480 square feet will disturb less than 10 percent of the site at 99 Springfield Street. “It’s under the 10 percent disturbance threshold of the Rivers Protection Act,” Levesque said during his presentation to the Conservation Commission last night. Levesque said that 13,597–square feet of the total site will be

disturbed under the calculations which exclude soil disturbance relative to stormwater manager systems construction. Levesque said one of the new buildings, located in the southwest corner of the property, is partially within the regulatory 200 feet of the Westfield River. That building straddles the 200 foot line with the southern-facing wall about 165 feet from the river. The commission voted to continue the public hearing to their March 25 session and conduct a site visit to inspect the property before closing the hearing. In other business the Conservation Commission voted to allow two projects with the condition that a silt fence be erected during the work to protect nearby wetlands. The board approved the petition submitted by Tina and

William Baysinger of 210 Loomis St., to replace a failing septic system. Tina Baysinger said the present 1,000-gallontank is collapsing and will be removed and replaced by a 1,500-gallon tank and that the leech field will be oriented toward the front of the property and away from the resource area behind the house. The commission will require a silt fence until the work is done and the disturbed area under new vegetation. The board also approved installation of a removable dock at 17 New Broadway after determining that the impact will not trigger a full notice of intend because of the seasonal usage of the dock. The board did vote to require a silt fence during construction and the initial installation of the dock.

















WAUKESHA, WIS.—The following students were named to University of Maine announces Dean’s List the dean’s list at Carroll University for the fall 2013 semester. To The University of Maine recognized 2,002 students for be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade point achieving Dean’s List honors in the fall 2013 semester. Of the average for the semester of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale. • Jennifer Hoelzer, an environmental science major, is a 2011 graduate of Brookfield East High School and a resident of Westfield. • Michelle Hoelzer, is a 2013 graduate of Westfield High School and a resident of Westfield.

Area Students Named to Siena College Dean’s List

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Students Named to Fall 2013 Dean’s List TROY, NY – About 3,250 students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who maintain grade-point averages of a minimum of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 and have no grades below “C.” Dean’s List recipients include: Lauren Olinski, of Westfield, who studies Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Evan Perreault, of Westfield, who studies Mechanical Engineering

students who made the Deans List, 1,610 are from Maine, 312 are from 27 other states and 80 are from 28 countries other than the U.S. Listed below are area students who received Dean’s List honors for fall 2013: Hampden County: Barbara Bemis, Westfield Emily King, Westfield

Celebrating 175 years

Building and later in the Town Hall. Community support for an adequate school was very strong, and a building at the corner of Washington and School Streets was donated and ready for opening day in 1846, with 47 students and 10 faculty members. By 1856, the school had grown to 260 students.

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SYRACUSE, NY – Emily Campbell has been named to the 2013 Fall Semester Dean’s List at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. To be named to the list, a student must obtain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A freshman majoring in Business


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The State Normal School moved to Westfield in September, 1844 and was housed in the Academy

Emily Campbell of Westfield Named to Le Moyne College Fall 2013 Deans List



On Saturday evening March 29, 2014 we celebrate our historic past, exciting present and hopeful future at our 175th Anniversary Scholarship Gala.

LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena College names local students to its Fall 2013 Dean’s List: Emma Ciborowski, a biology major from Westfield and Lauren Grenier, a psychology major from Southwick.



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Local students named to Carroll University dean’s list—fall 2013


A *WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY* will be in effect from 10 PM through Noon Thursday. Expect a cloudy and damp Wednesday across western Massachusetts. Steady rain won’t arrive until this afternoon though. Light rain will continue to fall through about 9 PM, then we’ll start to see the change over to a rain/snow/sleet/freezing rain mix as the mercury drops into the 30s. Thursday will be a cold and windy day with highs only near 20-degrees!

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Portland bar says cognac ban not a racial move PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland bar that’s seen its share of trouble says it will no longer serve two brands of cognac, a ban questioned by some as racially motivated. Police have recommended that Sangillo’s Tavern lose its liquor license, citing 23 calls in less than a year, including a shooting. The City Council will consider the recommendation Monday. The Portland Press Herald (http://bit. ly/1i5u465 ) reports that Sangillo’s said in a letter to city officials that it will no longer serve Hennessy and Remy Martin because both were “related to detrimental conduct.” Hennessy has a significant AfricanAmerican customer base. The president of the Portland NAACP called the cognac ban “odd.” A professor who researches stereotyping at Tufts University said it wouldn’t surprise him if the ban was racial. Sangillo’s lawyer denies any racial motive behind the ban.

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TODAY IN HISTORY Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year.


n March 12, 1664, England’s King Charles II granted an area of land on the East Coast of present-day North America known as New Netherland to his brother James, the Duke of York.

On this date:

Ketcham, made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota placed a strong second.

In 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant assumed command as General-in-Chief of the Union armies in the Civil War.

In 1989, some 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of a student’s exhibit.

In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.

In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first women priests.

In 1914, American inventor George Westinghouse died in New York at age 67. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio addresses that came to be known as “fireside chats,” telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation’s economic crisis. In 1934, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook much of northern Utah along with parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming. In 1938, the Anschluss merging Austria with Nazi Germany took place as German forces crossed the border between the two countries. In 1939, Pope Pius XII was formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican. In 1951, “Dennis the Menace,” created by cartoonist Hank

In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who’d vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two drifters, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, who are serving prison terms for kidnapping her.

Ten years ago:

Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a cultlike clan he’d bred through incest, surrendered to police who found the bodies of nine of his offspring, all but one minors, at their home in Fresno, Calif. (Wesson was later convicted of firstdegree murder and sentenced to death.)

Five years ago:

Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to pulling off perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history. The Iraqi journalist who’d thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush received a three-year sentence. (Muntadhar al-Zeidi ended up serving nine months.) Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings announced that Chicago’s Sears Tower would be renamed Willis Tower. Lindsey

Vonn became the first American woman to win the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden. Philanthropist Leonore Annenberg died in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at age 91.

One year ago:

Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader of the Catholic Church. Richard Beasley, a self-styled street preacher, was found guilty in Akron, Ohio, of murdering three down-and-out men who’d been lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist. (Beasley was later sentenced to death.) Mitch Seavey, a 53-year-old former champion, won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 7 hours and 39 minutes to become the oldest winner of Alaska’s grueling test of endurance.

Today’s Birthdays:

Playwright Edward Albee is 86. Politician, diplomat and civil rights activist Andrew Young is 82. Actress Barbara Feldon is 81. Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 78. Singer Al Jarreau is 74. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 68. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 67. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 66. Former Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is 66. Rock singer-musician Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 65. Actor Jon Provost (“Lassie”) is 64. Author Carl Hiaasen (HY’-ahsihn) is 61. Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 58. Actor Jerry Levine is 57. Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 57. Actor Jason Beghe is 54. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 54. Actor Titus Welliver is 53. Former MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is 52. Actress Julia Campbell is 51. Actor Aaron Eckhart is 46. CNN reporter Jake Tapper is 45. Rock musician Graham Coxon is 45. Country musician Tommy Bales (Flynnville Train) is 41. Actor Rhys Coiro is 35. Country singer Holly Williams is 33. Actor Samm (cq) Levine is 32.




Government Meetings WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 WESTFIELD Board of Assessors 5 p.m. Westfield Board of Health, Meeting Cancelled City Council Sub-Committee, License Committee, 6 p.m. Public Safety Communications Commission 6 p.m.

SOUTHWICK Open Space Planning Committee 7 p.m.



Conservation Commission 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee 7 p.m.

Continued from Page 1 vehicle. Dickinson explained that when a drug user with cash can team up with another with a car, a shopping trip is often on the agenda and the detectives under his command recently monitored such a trip and arrested both travelers. The lead narcotics detective reports, in a document filed at Westfield District Court, that detectives developed information which suggested that a known heroin user, Daniel J. Wall, 39, of 24 Summer Street, was expected to make a shopping trip to Holyoke. The scenario assembled by the detectives suggested that Wall, as soon as he received the funds from his monthly public assistance check, would get a ride to Holyoke to get drugs so a team of detectives, augmented by the community policing supervisor, Sgt. Eric Hall, and community policing officer, Kevin Bard, set up surveillance in the Summer and Elm streets area shortly after midnight on the Feb. 28. Dickinson explained that public assistance checks are often no longer actual paper checks but are more frequently paid as electronic deposits to the beneficiary’s bank account and those electronic deposits are scheduled for 1 a.m. on the first day of the month. The exception, he said, is on a month when the first of the month falls on a weekend (or a Monday holiday) in which case the public assistance deposits are made after 1 a.m. on the Friday before the first of the month. He pointed out wryly that there are a limited number of reasons why a person would need cash at that hour. “Even the bars are closing,” he said. The detective’s reports reveals that Dickinson had seen Wall leave his Summer Street apartment and walk to the ATM “where there were a

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6 MAIN ST. WESTFIELD • 413-562-9676 number of other known and unknown individuals. Many were making transactions on the ATM machine just after 1:00 a.m.” After Wall made his transaction, the detective reports, he got into a vehicle and officers followed it to a Cleveland Avenue address where Wall was subsequently seen to enter a vehicle registered to Kirk Kummings, 44, of 12 Belmont St., Chicopee. The officers followed Kummings’ 1998 Subaru Legacy to an apartment complex in the Jarvis Heights section of Holyoke where, the detective notes, “during my years as a narcotics investigator I have arrested a number of people I had followed to this area.” A detective who had been set up at the complex observed an unidentified man get into the car which left the complex briefly. After it came back, the detectives followed the vehicle with the two original occupants as it returned to Westfield. The detectives had arranged for officers in marked cruisers, Sgt. Jeffrey Baillargeon and Officer Jared Rowe, to be waiting on North Road and the suspect vehicle was stopped. The identities of the two men were confirmed and ten waxed baggies “labeled with a blue logo ‘American Hustle’ were found in the area of the passenger seat” which were found to contain “a white powdery substance which

later field tested positive for a Class A substance” and were seized. Wall was also found to be in possession of “fifty bags of heroin with the same American Hustle logo” and $430 in cash. A single bag of heroin was also found in the area where Wall had been standing when he was removed from the car. Both men were charged with possession of a Class A drug and were arraigned later the same day in Westfield District Court before Judge Rita Koenigs. Kummings was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 2 hearing while Wall was released on $500 cash bail. Dickinson reports that further investigation revealed additional heroin Wall had secreted upon his person, bringing the total amount of heroin in his possession to be more than 100 bags, substantially more than would be a reasonable amount for personal consumption. Dickinson said that he has filed an amended report and the charge brought against Wall will be changed to possession of heroin with intent to distribute, a substantially more serious offense. Kummings was initially also charged with conspiracy and Dickinson said that Wall will also be charged with that offense. Wall will return to court for a hearing on March 25.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 WESTFIELD Health Plan Trust Trustees Meeting 10 a.m. Westfield Barnes Airport Commission 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK Capital Expenditures Committee 6:30 p.m.

TOLLAND Ladies Aid at 7 pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 WESTFIELD Westfield Fire Commission 4:15 p.m.

MONDAY, MARCH 17 Finance Committee 6:30 p.m.

BLANDFORD Police Department 6 p.m. Selectmen 7 p.m. Zoning Board 7 p.m.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 WESTFIELD Commission for Citizens with Disabilities 6:30 p.m. Planning Board Public Hearing N and J LLC 7 p.m. Planning Board Public Hearing medical Marijuana 7 p.m.

BLANDFORD Assessor’s Meeting 5:30 p.m. Fire Department 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 BLANDFORD Board of Health 6 p.m. Finance Committee 7 p.m.

Continued from Page 1 dumpster. Sanders said the dumpster has been removed and replaced with large rectangular trash containers which will be kept out of sight once the weather improves. He also said a fence is planned for the property this spring. Selectwoman Tracy Cesan said she had sympathy for the neighbors and was not sure this type of home was appropriate in that neighborhood. Cesan also said if it is a legal use of the home she wants to work in cooperation with Becket Family of Services. “I agree (with Fox) but I don’t want to muscle

Continued from Page 1 “Individuals and groups are always welcome to file a complaint,” he said. Allie maintains that he visited Pighetti after slipping on an icy brick driveway while campaigning in early January. He said that he has since reimbursed his campaign for the expenditures and that it was merely entered improperly. “It was a campaign-related injury,” he said. “That first week of January there had been a hard rain and a freeze. A lot of people were busted up. I was lucky I didn’t break anything.” Allie said that he sustained injuries to his ribs and needed medication to help him sleep, and that he started treatment soon after the accident, including therapy, yoga, exercise and visits to Pighetti. “I used the wrong checkbook,” he said of the spending error, adding that his personal checkbook looks similar to his campaign checkbook. “It was my own fault,” he said. Allie stated that his initial spending report came out on February 14, and that the OCPF has since amended its own report, but that at the time of his injury, it seemed as though his campaign may have been in jeopardy. “I almost pulled out (of the race). This wasn’t looking good in January,” he said, elaborating that his rib injuries made even the most menial of tasks painful. “I tore the sole off my right shoe. I hurt my knee, landed on my back.”

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Group Home Senders said that there seems to be no problem with having the group home there as far as permits and licenses, etc. Selectmen Chairman Russell Fox said he had concerns that the septic system could not support that many people. “I have some serious questions about health laws – I don’t know how many people are there and if that septic system can handle all those people,” he said. Fox said he was also concerned about trash on site after neighbors complained about an unsightly


him out – I want to work with him,” she said. Another neighbor, Cemil Erdem, said he is an emergency room physician who is used to dealing with people with psychiatric issues. “These seem to be people with severe psychiatric issues”, he said. “Up until now it has been an unsafe situation.” Erdem told the board that his children have been taunted by at least one of the residents while waiting for the bus at the end of his driveway. He said he hopes now that the police and the selectmen have stepped in the situation will improve.

BOSTON (AP) — The state is funding a program to provide at least a dozen yearlong graduate fellowships to place women in state managerial jobs with the aim of jump starting their careers. The program, expected to cost about $1 million in its first year, follows recent studies that show Massachusetts isn’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to women in leadership posts. Gov. Deval Patrick told The Boston Globe (http://b. ) that in a compettive global economy it’s critical the state prepares everyone to contribute. The fellowship, to be formally announced Wednesday, is being developed with Bentley University’s Center for Women in Business. Many details are still being worked out, but state officials hope to begin accepting applications by the end of April, and placing fellows in full salary jobs by September.


Animal Shelter Drive WESTFIELD - Please join us for our first annual can and bottle recycling drive. We will be accepting rinsed cans and bottles at the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter, located across from Barnes Airport, on weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit our dogs at the shelter.

Lunch with Dylan Thomas GRANBY - On Wednesday, March 12 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Granby Senior Center, Glyn Dowden reprises his one man performance as Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, one of the most prominent and lauded poets of the 20th century. Glyn presents Thomas’ poetry and stories with Welsh witticisms and melodies as the audience is transported back to an era of great promise in poetry. Mr. Dowden was born in Wales and is a Granby resident. His own poetry has been published in several anthologies. Please register by calling 860-844-5352. The cost is $5. Bring your brown bag lunch to class; beverage and dessert will be provided.

School History WESTFIELD - Join us on March 12 at the

Westfield Athenaeum for a look at the history of Westfield schools with Walter Fogg. Mr. Fogg will give his well-researched presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium. Come learn about education and schooling here in Westfield throughout the ages.

Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast SOUTHWICK - On March 17, there will be a Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast at the Southwick Senior Center from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $2 per person and you need to sign up in the kitchen by March 12. A prize will be given to the most festive guest.

St. Patrick’s Day Craft SOUTHWICK - Children of all ages are invited to come to the Children’s Room at the Southwick Public Library to make and decorate their own leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. Materials will be available all week during regular library hours beginning on Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15.

100th Anniversary Supper WESTFIELD - Abner Gibbs Elementary School is hosting a 100th Anniversary Pasta

Supper on March 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us for a fun, family event and some delicious food. Tickets purchased in advance are $6, ages 4-12 are $4 and under age 3 are free. Ticket prices at the door are $7 each and ages 4-12 are $5. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by calling the school at (413) 572-6418. The tradition continues, please join us and make some great memories.

Q&A for Candidates WESTFIELD - State representative candidates John Velis and Daniel Allie will be at the Westfield Senior Center on March 13 at 1 p.m. to share their views about representing the city of Westfield on Beacon Hill and answer questions from those in the audience. Refreshments will be served after the formal presentations and attendees will have an opportunity to informally chat with each candidate. Please join us at the Senior Center to meet the candidates, learn where they stand on the issues and listen to their strategy for representing Westfield at the state level. This program is open to the public. No sign-ups are necessary. Free parking is available in the Stop & Shop lot or, for no more than three hours, in the Thomas Street Municipal Lot located behind the Bank of America.

Art Workshops WESTFIELD- Westfield Creative Arts will hold Acrylic Painting, a one-day art workshop on Mondays March 17, 24 and April 7 and 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westfield State University Downtown Art Gallery. The class is instructed by New England artist Richard Nowak. In Acrylic Painting, students will be guided through the completion of an acrylic painting. Each week, Nowak will teach the unique qualities of a particular genre including landscape, seascape, still life, or floral arrangement. The cost of the course is $25 for nonmembers. A full schedule of class dates and times can be found at For more information on Westfield Creative Arts or for membership inquiries, call (413) 4789423.

Rabies Clinic WESTFIELD - The Westfield Animal Control Department will sponsor a rabies vaccination clinic on Sunday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be held at the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter at 178 Apremont Way, across from Barnes Airport. The cost is $12 per animal. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or sick. A three year certificate will be issued to those that can show proof of one vaccination given within the past 12 months. All others will be given a one year certificate.




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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor: Elections are about the future. Which candidate best understands the needs of the district, can get results and really cares about the community? Westfield will again decide on April 1st what type of city they want for their future. In looking at the State Representative special election candidates, I believe John Velis cares about his community. He grew up in Westfield and returned after serving our country in Afghanistan. He decided to run for this office early because he wanted to serve Westfield, seeking to resolve problems and help people. Mr. Velis worries about the impact of taxes on Westfield families. He knows about the issues facing the community. John Velis has pledged to “Put Westfield First” in representing the 4th Hampden District. John Velis’ community activities, his education, his military service, and his profession provide him the skills to get Westfield ready for a bright future. He understands bringing opposing groups together to succeed in building a better society. Mr. Velis has spoken with groups and individuals, listening to their concerns and understanding their views to make Westfield better. Why is a School Committeeman from Chicopee watching a special election in Westfield? John Velis understands the importance of keeping Westfield State University strong. The University contributes to the local economy, providing good jobs, keeping hard earned tuition dollars local, and providing our children with an opportunity to succeed in their future. A large number of Chicopee graduates attend Westfield State and I want to ensure our students have an affordable option to obtain the education necessary for a fulfilling future Westfield State University is important for Westfield and important for Western Mass. I believe John Velis will work with others to maintain and build a strong community and bright future in Westfield and Western Mass. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Michael Pise Chicopee School Committeeman

Feinstein’s CIA charge scrambles Senate By Burgess Everett and Manu Raju Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bombshell accusation about the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday set off a scramble on Capitol Hill — with Democrats and Republicans ignoring the usual party lines in response to her claim that the agency improperly interfered in a congressional investigation. Feinstein (D-Calif.) won immediate backing from top Democrats like Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy while some Republicans, including Lindsey Graham and John McCain, began to echo her concerns. But the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee also faced skepticism from Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss, the panel’s top Republican and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the committee. Even Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski, a leading Democrat, said she wants more facts. The unusual divisions underscore the complicated relationship between Capitol Hill and the nation’s spy agencies that first emerged after the Sept. 11 attacks and has only deepened in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. “There’s disagreements as to what the actual facts are,” Chambliss said Tuesday. “What I’m hopeful for is that we will have a kind of study done on what happened so that people can find out what the facts are. Right now, we don’t know what the facts are.” The latest dispute stems from an investigation conducted by Feinstein’s panel into Bush-era detention and interrogation programs. Setting off

BOSTON - In an ongoing commitment to providing fiscal certainty to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, Representative Nicholas Boldyga (R-Southwick) has joined the entire House Republican Caucus in filing a Local Aid Resolution to provide municipalities with timely notice of the Legislature’s commitment to support them with local aid in fiscal year 2015. “The resolution is geared toward keeping our communities safe and giving our local officials the tools to appropriately plan for the upcoming year. Increasing local aid for Agawam, Southwick and Granville will keep our property taxes low and ensure an affordable lifestyle. As a father of two young children, improving and adequately funding our schools is always at the forefront of my priorities. I am pleased to share once again; school funding is projected to increase in FY15. Ensuring our schools have the ability to provide our children the tools for a successful future, will guarantee our communities remain an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family” said Boldyga. All of these decisions hinge, in part, on how much local aid

each community will receive from the state this year. As of now, these funding levels remain uncertain. The resolution proposes the following: • Increase the amount of Chapter 70 school aid given in the current fiscal year by $113 million, which correlates to an additional investment of $50 per student; • Increase the amount of Unrestricted General Government Aid by $75 million – an 8.15% increase over Fiscal Year 2014; • Level fund the Reimbursement to Cities in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) with the FY14 appropriation; • Increase the level of funding for Regional School Transportation by $2.5 million over Fiscal Year 2014; • Fund the reimbursement for the Special Education Circuit Breaker at $252.5M, slightly above the Fiscal Year 2014 level; and This resolution would provide, among other things, flexibility during budget debate so that the Legislature may further increase local aid appropriations from an established floor.  It would also provide predictability for municipalities who are in the midst of constructing their own budgets. The entire House of Representatives will now have the opportunity to join the House Republican Caucus in demonstrating its commitment to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns.

Calling all moms: It’s Obamacare

a political firestorm, Feinstein took to the Senate floor Tuesday to accuse the agency of putting up barriers to that probe, blasting CIA officials for potentially violating the Constitution in conducting an unauthorized search of her committee’s computers to turn up documents related to that inquiry. Feinstein, who spoke to President Barack Obama about her concerns, said her panel will vote to declassify the report into the interrogation practices sometime this month, something that could embarrass the intelligence community. “We’re not going to stop,” she said. “If the Senate can declassify this report, we will be able to ensure that an unAmerican, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted.” CIA Director John Brennan forcefully pushed back against Feinstein’s allegations,

By Joanne Kenen Mother’s Day is coming early to the White House this year, at least where Obamacare sign-up is concerned. Open enrollment ends March 31, and President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and top administration officials all have events this week that aim to reach America’s moms, who typically drive health care decisions for their families — including the young adult children who are a key demographic for the new insurance exchanges. “Moms have a huge influence on their kids and families and are a key demographic for the ongoing effort to make sure Americans know the benefits they can access through the health law,” a White House official said. The idea is to leverage that mom voice to spread the word about the health law and the limited time remaining to enroll. The pace of enrollment has picked up this winter as improved. More than 4 million people have chosen plans, although not all have begun paying their premiums. But the White House and its allies have a lot of work to do to hit the 6 million enrollment target by the end of the month. That mark was revised from 7 million after the website’s botched launch dampened sign-ups in the fall. House Republicans are continuing to highlight what they see as Obamacare’s flaws. They’ve voted at least 50 times to defund, repeal or dismantle all or part of a law they see as unworkable and unaffordable, and they won’t let up on their attacks in these final weeks of enrollment — or through the November midterm elections. The Affordable Care Act includes a lot of benefits that may appeal to women, including free preventive health care, contraceptive coverage and premium parity. Health plans can no longer charge women more than men, just because they are

women. Obama, who last week did a televised town hall addressing Latino concerns about the law, will sit down with WebMD in an interview that will air Friday. That site has 156 million unique visitors a month, and nearly two-thirds are women. In addition, about a third are ages 18 to 34, and many of these younger readers are uninsured. Michelle Obama — the first mom — usually is in the spotlight for her Let’s Move! and nutrition campaigns, but as the Affordable Care clock ticks, she’s also been reaching out to mom-oriented audiences. On Tuesday, she will join several groups focused on enrolling women in the health law to thank their volunteers and outreach workers, some of whom have been going door to door in communities with high uninsured rates. The White House estimates that groups represented on the first lady’s call have collectively knocked on more than a million doors. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has been appearing with mayors and other local officials in many red states, will return to Atlanta this week to reach out to women, particularly African-American women. And White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will participate Wednesday in a Google+ hangout with Cosmo for Latinas. Senate Democrats plan to reinforce the administration’s mom-focused message this week, through events, floor speeches and social media, according to an aide to Sen. Chris Murphy (D.-Conn.) On social media, cutting across genres and audiences, the White House’s sign-up effort has featured female actors and singers from Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry and Scarlett Johansson to Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Eva Longoria and Susan Sarandon.

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Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Saturday, March 8, 2014 1:15 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Orange Street at Maple Street, a patrol officer reports he observed a vehicle cross the center line and a routine check revealed that the car had not been inspected, the vehicle was stopped and the officer immediately detected an odor of alcohol, the officer reports that the man admitted he had consumed three beers and two shots of liquor and appeared to be nervous and anxious, the operator was removed from the vehicle and consented to a search, the officer reports that in addition to an open bottle of beer and a partially full bottle of liquor he found a bag of cocaine, a bag of marijuana and a white pill, Benjamin Sanchez Jr., 26, of 24 E. Silver St., was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a Class D drug with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a Class E drug, conspiracy to violate drug laws and a marked lanes violation; 3:08 a.m.: disturbance, Southampton Road, a caller reports her mother is involved in a domestic disturbance with her boyfriend, the responding officer reports he learned that the woman had become involved in a verbal dispute with the man and had started to throw his property out of the house, the man said that the woman had grabbed him and thrown him to the ground, Sandra D. Zaharias, 49, of 700 Southampton Road, was arrested for assault and battery in a domestic relationship; 8:43 a.m.: accident, Park Square, a patrol officer reports several of the bollards surrounding the Green have been struck but there is no responsible vehicle in the area; 10:16 a.m.: larceny, East Main Street, a caller from a retail store reports the store was victimized by a caller who was able to scam a store employee; 11:23 a.m.: vandalism, Elm Street, a caller from an Elm Street business reports a store window was struck by a pellet, the responding officer reports that the window was cracked by a BB or pellet impact; 1:55 p.m.: found property, United Church of Christ, Western Avenue, a resident came to the station to surrender a credit card found in a church parking lot, the responding officer reports he was unable to immediately contact the owner of the card and it was stored for safekeeping; 2:04 p.m.: vandalism, Elm Street, a resident came to the station to complain that his vehicle was vandalized, the responding officer reports the victim showed him the vehicle with had been keyed on all four sides; 3:21 p.m.: disturbance, Mil Street, a caller reports she was assaulted by a former friend, the responding officer reports the woman said that her assailant pushed her down an embankment but declined medical attention, the officer advised the woman that she could seek a criminal complaint at Westfield District Court; 8:34 p.m.: suspicious person, Free Street, a caller reports her 13-year-old daughter and a friend encountered a male party who appeared to have a gun, the responding officer reports the girl said that a man asked for direction to “the wall” and as he left and walked toward the rail trail right-of-way he appeared to remove a gun from his pocket, the responding officers reports they were able to follow fresh tracks for a distance but lost them when they descended an icy set of steps; Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:18 a.m.: disturbance, Montgomery Road, an off-duty officer reports an underage party, the responding officer reports four male parties were seen leaving the address and only two brothers were found inside the residence, the 15- and 17-yearold boys said that there had been as many as ten persons present earlier but denied alcohol consumption, the officers report the boys’ father was found asleep on a couch but was intoxicated to a degree that the boys had to repeatedly push him and slap his face to wake him so he could speak with the officers, the Department of Children and Families was notified; 6:35 a.m.: officer wanted, Beveridge Boulevard, a caller reports a friend of her daughter damaged property during an argument, the responding officer reports the caller’s daughter said that her former boyfriend had pulled their mailbox for its post and kicked a hole in the floor, the officer reports they young man was not immediately found at his home and he will attempt to speak with him later in the day; 8:12 a.m.: breaking and entering, Noble Avenue, a caller reports his apartment was broken into overnight, the responding detective reports that it is unclear what property, if any, is missing as the cooperation provided by the victim and witnesses is lacking; 8:39 a.m.: arrest, Kasper Drive, officers received information about the possible location of the subject of outstanding warrants, the responding officer reports the woman was found at the suggested location, Erin Michelle Pero, 33, of 24 Summer St., was arrested on warrants issued in 2013 by the Westfield and Holyoke district courts; 12:55 p.m.: credit card fraud, East Mountain Road, a resident came to the station to report fraudulent activity on her credit card account, the case was referred to the financial crimes unit of the Detective Bureau; 1:15 p.m.: breaking and entering, Ellis Street, a caller reports his work vehicle was entered overnight and property was stolen, the responding officer reports the caller said that his vehicle had been unlocked in his driveway when it was entered and a laptop computer and a GPS device were stolen; 2:05 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Main Street, a patrol officer reports he encountered a vehicle with expired registration, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 2:34 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Main Street, a patrol office reports a traffic stop, the officer reports the plates on the vehicle were found to have been issued to another vehicle, the car was towed to the police impound yard; 6:50 p.m.: suspicious activity, White Street, a caller reports an elderly man is attempting to open her vehicle’s trunk, the responding officer reports the male party was intoxicated and attempted to flee, the man was placed in protective custody. Monday, March 10, 2014 7:21 a.m.: accident, Park Square, a patrol officer reports two of the bollards surrounding the Green have been struck, presumably by a truck which left the area, the DPW was notified; 9:19 a.m.: illegal trash disposal, Southampton Road, a resident came to the station to complain that someone is dumping trash in his refuse receptacle, the complainant brought a name and address he found in the trash to the station but the responding officer reports that the suspect no longer lives at the address the man provided, the officer was able determine that an address listed for her in Registry of Motor Vehicles records does not exist, the officer attempted to reach the suspect by phone and left her a message; 10:29 a.m.: motor vehicle violation, Court Street, a patrol officer reports he observed the operator of a vehicle stopped at a light who appeared to be sending a text message, the officer saw that the man did not immediately notice when the red light changed to green, the vehicle was stopped and the young man admitted he had been sending a text message, a routine check revealed his license to be suspended, Joshua Scott Mendez, 24,


of 19 Mill St., was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and for sending or receiving a text message while operating a motor vehicle; 11:11 a.m.: assist citizen, South Maple Street, a caller reports her keys are locked inside her running vehicle, the responding deputy fire chief reports entry was made; 12:55 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Main Street, a patrol officer reports a traffic stop, the vehicle’s registration was found to be expired and it was towed to the police impound yard, the operator was provided a courtesy transport to the Westfield District Court; 1:21 p.m.: assist citizen, King Street, a caller reports she has locked herself out of her residence, the responding fire captain reports entry was made without incident; 1:36 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Main Street, a traffic bureau officer reports a traffic stop, the operator’s license was found to be expired and the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 4:13 p.m.: arrest, Miller Street, a detective reports that a member of the State Police fugitive apprehension team assisted detectives who had been seeking the subject of outstanding warrants who had been reported by multiple residents to be threatening them, officers had followed several leads seeking the man over the past several days and with the trooper’s assistance a new search venue was identified where the suspect was found hiding under a bed, the man was found to be in possession of an ATM card which did not belong to him, the owner was not immediately contacted and the card was stored for safe keeping, Sheen M. Benoit, 24, of 47 Taylor Ave., was arrested on two warrants issued by Westfield District Court this year; 4:40 p.m.: larceny, North Elm Street, a resident came to the station to complain that her iPod had been stolen from her residence, the responding officer reports the complainant said that her roommate had stolen her iPod and a quantity of cash and admitted her actions when she was confronted, a criminal complaint was filed; 5:18 p.m.: larceny, East Silver Street, a caller reports a registration plate was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at an East Silver Street social club, the responding office reports that Holyoke police subsequently recovered the plate during a traffic stop when it was found to be attached to a vehicle in their city; 6:25 p.m.: disturbance, Cranston Street, a caller reports her 16-year-old daughter who had been reported to be missing was home and involved in an altercation with her father, the responding officer reports the 16-year-old girl was found to be the subject of an outstanding warrant issued by Hampden County Juvenile Court and was taken into custody; 6:31 p.m.: larceny, Elm Street, a caller reports that he allowed a friend to stay at his apartment for a few days and when the man moved out he stole the resident’s 42-inch television, the responding officer reports the complainant said that he had told the man he had to move on and when he returned home he found that the man and his property were gone but so were his television and home entertainment system, the victim said that the name by which he knows the man may be a nickname and not his actual name; 8:11 p.m.: disturbance, Washington Street, a community policing officer reports he was advised that a fight was about to start in a Washington Street parking lot, the responding officer reports no fight occurred but one party found was clearly too intoxicated to care for himself and was placed in protective custody; 8:34 p.m.: larceny, Stephanie Lane, a caller reports that small items were found to be missing from his home after a contractor was there, the responding officer reports the caller said that small electronic devices, jewelry items and small amounts of cash were found to be missing from the home after the contractor left.


Westfield High School Pops Concert WESTFIELD- The 60th annual Westfield High Pops Concert, “Wing of Magic”, will be on March 14 in the high school gymnasium. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. and the concert will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Westfield High will be featuring the High School Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo directed by Patrick T. Kennedy. Only 150 free tickets available (first come, first served). Tickets can be picked up either through Mayor Knapik’s Office, Council on Aging Office or at the Westfield High School Main Office.

Maple Fest CHESTER - You are invited to visit Chester Center to experience old time sugaring firsthand and relive simpler times. Spend a day in the country on Saturday, March 15 as the Chester Hill Association sponsors its 29th Annual Maple Fest, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Skyline Trail in old Chester Center. Breakfast will be served continuously from 9 a.m. ‘til noon at the First Congregational Church. After breakfast, visit local artisans and craftspeople, at the old schoolhouse across the road. Begin the afternoon listening to the music of the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers, scheduled to play at the church at noon. Enjoy farm animals, check out a working fire truck and marvel at furniture made from tree branches. All day long, wagons pulled by tractors will carry guests back and forth to High Meadow Sugar House to observe the production of maple syrup. Additional wagon rides, powered by draft horses, will be available for a small fee.

Maple Sugar House SOUTHWICK - On March 29, we will be leaving the Southwick Senior Center at 9 a.m. to see how maple sugar is made at the Maple Corner Farm Sugar House. The cost is $2 per person. While there, you will be able to enjoy breakfast on your own.

Talent Auditions SOUTHWICK - Area singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, spoken word artists and magicians are encouraged to let their inner celebrities sparkle at the open auditions for Southwick’s Got Talent on Sunday, March 16. Auditions will be held at Christ Lutheran Church from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Auditions will be limited to five minutes and no appointment is necessary. Created as an opportunity for local performers of all ages to showcase their skills, Southwick’s Got Talent will be live on stage for the public on Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. All selected entrants will vie for a prize of $100 awarded to the top youth performer, age 17 and under, or $200 awarded to the top adult performer, age 18 and older. For further details please call Christ Lutheran Church at (413) 569-5151 or visit


Conway man pleads guilty to bank fraud BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a private photography school in western Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to using $2.6 million of the school’s money to buy a home, clothes and for gambling. George J. Rosa III, owner and president of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to bank fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors say Rosa, of Conway, used the money for construction at his personal residence, gambling, and approximately $55,000 on clothing, footwear, and accessories. Rosa disguised the expenses by reconfiguring them on the company’s books as proper business expenses. Rosa also used the company’s altered books as a basis to file false income tax returns for himself and the company. Rosa is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.

Ludlow officer facing drug charges suspended LUDLOW, Mass. (AP) — A high-ranking Ludlow police officer charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker has been suspended without pay. Lt. Thomas Foye had been suspended with pay since his arrest in August, but because he was indicted by a grand jury last week, the town’s Select Board voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend him without pay. According to court documents, video surveillance captured the 49-year-old Foye entering the locked narcotics locker at the police station, where he appears to handle and open evidence bags. He is charged with tampering with evidence, theft of drugs from a dispensary and cocaine possession. In a brief statement at Tuesday’s board meeting, the 25-year veteran thanked the board and said he “went into surgery a hero and came out a drug addict.”

Court Logs Westfield District Court

Monday, March 10, 2014 Shawn A. Mann, 22, of 78 Forest Park Ave., Springfield, was released on $300 cash bail pending a May 9 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of larceny of property valued more than $250 and conspiracy brought by Westfield police. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Charles Steady, 35, of 12 Montery Road, Otis, was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 8 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct brought by Westfield police. Sheen M. Benoit, 24, of 47 Taylor Ave., was ordered to refrain from abuse of the alleged victims or any Commonwealth witnesses when he was released on $2,500 personal surety (in each case) after he was arraigned on two charges of assault and battery brought as separate cases by Westfield police. Thaddeus Morin, 33, of 26 W. Glen Drive, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of possession of a Class A drug with intent to distribute brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one year. He was assessed $90 and ordered to pay a drug analysis fee of $150. Jason D. Petrucelli, 35, of 42 Arnold St., submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of possession of a Class A drug with intent to distribute brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for one year. He was assessed $90 and ordered to pay a drug analysis fee of $150. Mark Gagnon, 33, of 96 Clark Wright Road, Middlefield, saw charge of possession of a Class D drug brought by Chester police in 2003 not prosecuted prior to arraignment. Cody Welch, 18, of 12 Sampson Road, Huntington, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license brought by State Police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for three months. He was assessed $50 and found to be responsible for a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation. Clifton J. Forrett Jr., 24, of 32 Crown St., was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 7 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of larceny of property valued less than $250 brought by Westfield police. Clifton J. Forrett Sr., 48, of 32 Crown St., was released on his personal recognizance pending a May 7 hearing after he was arraigned on two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle) brought by Westfield police. Richard K. Rovelli, 23, of 107 Berkshire Ave, Southwick, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of receiving stolen property valued more than $250 brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for six months. He was assessed $90 and ordered to pay $800 in restitution.

Chicken feet, fish left at Taunton library TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The director of the Taunton Public Library says she’s dumbfounded that someone would leave chicken feet and rotting fish around the building. A custodian found the animal parts on Saturday at various locations, including the front steps and in a book donation bin. He reported the prank to Director Susanne Costa Duquette on Monday, and she notified police. Duquette tells The Taunton Daily Gazette (http://bit. ly/1gphLxH ) that closed-circuit video shows two young men in hoodies carrying something up the steps after closing on Friday and putting something near the door. That pair met two others wearing hoodies, and the group walked toward the donation bin. Duquette says the library has had trouble with disruptive youth and suspects the prank was pulled by kids getting revenge for being asked to leave the library.

LOST AND FOUND Found South Maple Street-set of keys with coins attached on key ring. Call 562-6559. (2/27/14) $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.



FOODTRAVEL St. Patrick’s Day Family Favorites

An Old New England Style Boiled Dinner 1 8 1 1 1

Colcannon 2 cups shredded cabbage 5 tablespoons of milk 8 oz. potatoes diced 1 large leek chopped pinch of grated nutmeg 1 tablespoon butter melted salt & pepper

smoked shoulder or flat corned beef potatoes, peeled package small carrots turnip or rutabaga small head of cabbage

1. Cook cabbage in salted boiling water for 10 minutes. 2.In a separate pan bring milk to a boil and add the potatoes and leek. 3.Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. 4. stir in the grated nutmeg and mash the potatoes and leek together. 5. Add the drained cabbage to the mixture. 6. Spoon the mixture into a warmed serving dish, making a hollow in the middle. 7. Pour the melted butter into the hollow and serve immediately.

1. Place corned beef in a large pot and cover with water. Slowly bring meat to a boil and reduce heat. Let meat simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until a sharp knife slides easily through the meat. When cooked remove from the water and cover. Save the broth. 2. While meat is cooking,prepare vegetables for cooking. (Peel and cut or slice accordingly). 3. About 30-40 minutes before serving put turnip or rutabaga in the broth from the meat. Cook for 15-20 minutes until tender. Add potatoes and carrots then top with cabbage and cook for an additional 15 minutes until vegetables are tender. Place the meat on top of the vegetables for the last 10 minutes to warm. 4.Remove from the heat and place meat on a platter. Drain and separate vegetables. Put the vegetables in a bowls and serve. Makes 4 servings

Optional: Serve with a slice of cooked bacon on top.

Easy Leprechaun Pie Submitted by Becky Pregent Ratchford 1 (16 oz.) can of beef stew 1 (41/2 oz.) can of mushrooms,drained 1 package refrigerator biscuits 1. in a casserole mix the beef stew and mushrooms together. 2. Place the biscuits on top so that the sides touch. 3.Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until the biscuits are nicely browned. 4. Serves 4.

Red Flannel Hash Note: This can be made with the leftovers from the Boiled Dinner.

Beets Leftovers from the boiled dinner (meat and vegetables) 1-2 tablespoons of butter (or vegetable oil spray) 1. Heat a large fry pan on the stove over medium high heat and put in butter or spray with non- stick spray. 2. Cube potatoes,turnips,carrots,beets,and cabbage into quarter inch pieces. 3. Cut leftover meat into cubes and place in pan. 4. Mix until well blended and heated through. 5.Serve at once.

Irish Coffee 1 ounce Kahlua 1 ounce Irish Whiskey 1 cup of hot black coffee Fresh Whipped Cream Ground Nutmeg 1. Put the Kahlua into a heated mug or stemmed goblet 2.Add Whiskey and hot coffee and stir. 3.Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. Yields: 1 serving

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237 Flat Cut $ 57 3 Briskets Whole $ 29 Briskets 3 Point Cut $ Briskets




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Boneless Beef Striploin 0x1 Chops or Roast


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2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream 1 1/4 cups of milk 1/4 teaspoon mint extract Whipped Cream Green Sprinkles Green food coloring

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Europe wants its Parmesan back, seeks name change WASHINGTON (AP) — Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test. As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States. The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses. The Europeans say Parmesan should only come from Parma, Italy, not those familiar green cylinders that American companies sell. Feta should only be from Greece, even though feta isn’t a place. The EU argues it “is so closely connected to Greece as to be identified as an inherently Greek product.” So, a little “hard-grated cheese” for your pasta? It doesn’t have quite the same ring as Parmesan. U.S. dairy producers, cheesemakers and food companies are all fighting the idea, which they say would hurt the $4 billion domestic cheese industry and endlessly confuse consumers. “It’s really stunning that the Europeans are trying to claw back products made popular in other countries,” says Jim Mulhern, president of the National Milk Producers Federation, which represents U.S. dairy farmers. The European Union would not say exactly what it is proposing or even whether it will be discussed this week as a new round of talks on an EU-United States free trade agreement opens in Brussels. European Commission spokesman Roger Waite would only say that the question “is an important issue for the EU.” That’s clear from recent agreements with Canada and Central America, where certain cheese names were restricted unless the cheese came from Europe. Under the Canadian agreement, for example, new feta products manufactured in Canada can only be marketed as feta-like or feta-style, and they can’t use Greek letters or other symbols that evoke Greece. Though they have not laid out a public proposal, the EU is expected to make similar attempts to restrict marketing of U.S.made cheeses, possibly including Parmesan, Asiago, Gorgonzola, feta, fontina, grana, Muenster, Neufchatel and Romano. And it may not be just cheese. Other products could include bologna, Black Forest ham, Greek yogurt, Valencia oranges and prosciutto, among other foods. The trade negotiations are important for the EU as Europe has tried to protect its share of agricultural exports and pull itself out of recession. The ability to exclusively sell some of the continent’s most famous and traditional products would prevent others from cutting into those markets. Concerned about the possible impact of changing the label on those popular foods, a bipartisan group of 55 senators wrote U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week asking them not to agree to any such proposals by the EU. Led by New York Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., the members wrote that in the states they represent, “many small- or medium-sized, family owned businesses could have their businesses unfairly restricted” and that export businesses could be gravely hurt. Schumer said artisanal cheese production is a growing industry across New York. “Muenster is Muenster, no matter how you slice it,” he said. Trevor Kinkaid, a spokesman for the U.S. trade representative, said conversations on the issue are in the early stages but that the U.S. and E.U. have “different points of view” on the topic. The agency wouldn’t disclose details of the negotiations, but Kinkaid said the U.S. government is “committed to increasing opportunity for U.S. businesses, farmers and workers through trade.” Large food companies that mass-produce the cheeses are also fighting the idea. Kraft, closely identified with its grated Parmesan cheese, says the cheese names have long been considered generic in the United States. “Such restrictions could not only be costly to food makers, but also potentially confusing for consumers if the labels of their favorite products using these generic names were required to change,” says Kraft spokesman Basil Maglaris.

A speedy, robust take on a classic: shepherd’s pie J.M. HIRSCH AP Food Editor When it comes to shepherd’s pie, there are those who toe a rather strict line, and there are those who go with the comfort food flow. The former group will maintain that shepherd’s pie must be made with only certain meats and certain toppings, and must be prepared in a certain way. I fall into the latter group, a freewheeling bunch willing to reinvent shepherd’s pie based on whim and convenience. In my case, so long as there is a meat — any meat will do — on the bottom, corn on top of that and some sort of buttery mashed something over it all, I’m willing to call it good. I even do a quick version that involves no baking whatsoever. The meat and corn are browned in skillets while the potatoes are boiled and mashed nearby. Then I assemble individual portions directly onto serving plates. I’m even willing to be liberal with the very name of the dish. When I was a child, I’d actually never heard of shepherd’s pie. My great-grandmother always called it Chinese pie, a bit of a New England regionalism I’ve never been able to suss out the origins of. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized my Chinese pie was everyone else’s shepherd’s pie. And so with all due respect to the purists who will claim this is no shepherd’s pie, I give you this wonderful version that begins with a blend of sausage and ground bison, and ends with buttery-brown sugar mashed sweet potatoes. SWEET POTATO AND BISON SHEPHERD’S PIE Ground bison pairs perfectly with the rich sweet potatoes and corn. Of course, any ground meat — including turkey, beef and lamb — can be substituted. Start to finish: 40 minutes Servings: 8 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks Salt 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1/2 pound loose Italian sausage meat 1 pound ground bison 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 6 ounces (half a bottle)

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CIA, Senate Continued from Page 4 prompting senators to begin calling for a larger investigation was meant to “intimidate” her committee. “I’m concerned about it. I’m also concerned about the poteninto the matter. But lawmakers have yet to coalesce around whether that means a special prosecutor or whether it should tial violations by our own staff. I think there are two sides of be done internally within the existing Senate process. every story, and this calls for an independent impartial investiThe intelligence panel convened Tuesday for a tense, two- gation,” Rubio said. “And I think you might find there is hour classified meeting in the Senate Hart Office Building. As wrongdoing on both sides.” Feinstein shuttled out of the room following the session, Even though he usually works closely with Feinstein on Chambliss spoke briefly to reporters but gave little clarity on intelligence matters, Chambliss immediately distanced himself the panel’s next steps. from the California senator’s remarks — and refused to com“We have some issues that have been discussed in the press ment further about the serious allegations. and we’re looking at those issues from an internal standpoint One of Chambliss’s closest friends, Tom Coburn of very closely. We’re going to continue with our internal review Oklahoma, who also serves on the panel, said “there’s a lot of and at the appropriate time we’ll have further statements to the story that’s not out there.” make,” Chambliss said, declining to take questions. “I think we need to know more of the facts,” said Mikulski, Reid, who has spoken to Brennan about the situation but said the veteran Maryland Democrat who serves on the committee. he “unequivocally” supports Feinstein, said an investigation Asked if she had come to the conclusion that the CIA may have isn’t in the immediate offing. committed a constitutional violation, as Feinstein suggested, “We’re about 14 steps away from that,” Reid said. Mikulski replied: “No, because I find right now that there are Still, other lawmakers don’t want to ease pressure on the accusations … which is unfortunate, and I hope we can really CIA. have some more conclusions.” “Heads will roll,” Graham said if an investigation confirms The skeptical remarks of several Intelligence Committee Feinstein’s allegations. “If what they’re saying is true about the members following Feinstein’s speech stood in clear contrast CIA, this is Richard Nixon stuff. This is dangerous to a democ- to civil libertarians who backed Feinstein and offered her alleracy, heads should roll, people should go to jail, if it’s true,” gations as just the latest example of how difficult it has become Graham said. “The legislative branch should declare war on for Congress to oversee the sprawling U.S. intelligence apparatus. the CIA — if it’s true.” “She was absolutely correct in what she said. I think the “There needs to be an investigation of this whole situation,” agency, as they have done in the past, would love not to talk McCain said. “It’s very disturbing.” “This raises a very troubling set of questions,” said Sen. Ron about some of the things they’ve done,” said Leahy, the chamWyden (D-Ore.), a frequent critic of the vast domestic surveil- ber’s most senior member. “She’s speaking the truth.” “They have not answered her questions, which is I think lance. “We are right at the heart of the issue of how Congress totally unacceptable,” Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl goes about effectively doing oversight.” Indeed, many in Congress are preparing for a renewed Levin (D-Mich.) said of the CIA. “They’ve got to be answered, debate over the separation of power between the legislative and and the fact there is an ongoing investigation is no excuse for executive branches of government — a field often reserved for them not answering it. This is a government agency that has Republicans to pummel what they see as overreach by the got to basically be straight with not only the American people White House. but with [the Intelligence Committee.]” But not every Republican was ready to make that case on Tuesday. Clip this coupon out and use it to $AVE on Rubio, a potential presidential candidate, argued that Senate staff investigating the matter may not be blameless in the all of the parts and accessories you need. extraordinary tussle between the CIA and the Senate, pointing to allegations that the staff may have illegally accessed CIA documents. An agency lawyer has filed a criminal report to the Justice Department over the incident, something Feinstein said

Joseph R. Ritchie WESTFIELD - Joseph R. Ritchie, 74, of Westfield died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at home. He was born in Rochester NH on July 3, 1939 to Joseph R. and Charlotte (Betts) Ritchie. Joseph lived most of his life in Westfield and was employed as a Truck Driver for John S. Lane in Westfield for thirty years retiring in 1999. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards and especially spending time with family and friends. Joseph leaves his wife of twentythree years Joyce (Siermienski) Ritchie; four children, Sandra Ritchie of Chester, Tina Ritchie of Westfield, Joseph R. Ritchie Jr. and his wife Kim of Westfield, Charlene Tadiello of Chesterfield. He also leaves a brother, Richard Ritchie and his wife Shirley of Westfield, four step-children, Ann Clark, Scott and Ronald Masaitis all of Westfield and Rosemary Pignatare of Florida, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield will be in the spring. Calling hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Joseph’s memory be made to Hospice Life Care, 113 Hampden St., Holyoke MA. 01040.

Henry N. Fournier WESTFIELD - Henry N. Fournier, 83, passed away Tuesday morning March 11, 2014 at Noble Hospital in Westfield. Born in Holyoke, Henry was a resident of Westfield for most of his life. He was a 1950 graduate of Westfield High School and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he was a member of the Newman Club. Henry was a communicant of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church and a member of the American Legion Post 454, both in Westfield. He was a retired 36 year electrical engineer at General Electric in Pittsfield, he retired in 1990. Henry lived in his family home for 71 years. He leaves his beloved sister, Annette Schoenrock with whom he was very close and her husband Arthur H. His family would like to thank his caregivers; Jessica, Rachel, Jennifer, Emily, and Mr Rubin. His funeral will be Friday, March 14th at 9:00 a.m. from the Robert E Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main Street (Route 20), followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1000 a.m. in Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, all in Westfield. Visiting hours are Thursday March 13th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Red Cross Greater Westfield Chapter, P.O. Box 1324, Westfield, MA 01086 or Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Church, P.O. Box 489, Westfield, MA 01086.

South Middle’s March Concert WESTFIELD- The South Middle School Band Program is pleased to announce its Music in the Schools Month Concert. This event will be held on Wednesday, March 12 in the South Middle School auditorium from 7p.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. The concert will feature the 6th Grade Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Ensemble and 7th and 8th Grade Band. The public is cordially invited to attend this free public concert. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Library Meeting SOUTHWICK - The Friends of the Southwick Public Library have set a Wednesday, March 12 meeting to discuss which library programs they will support during FY’14. According to President Nancy Zdun, “Thanks to profits from the group’s summer book sale and its Holiday Basket Raffle, there are funds to support Children and Adult programs.” Friends of the Library and interested patrons are welcome to attend this meeting set for 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Room and all of their meetings.

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Red Sox hit 3 HRs to beat Orioles SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Will Middlebrooks hit his second home run off Tommy Hunter in a four-day span, a solo shot in the sixth inning that helped a Boston Red Sox split squad beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Tuesday. Brock Holt and Ryan Lavarnway also connected for the Red Sox, who stopped Baltimore’s seven-game winning streak. Hunter is vying to replace closer Jim Johnson, who was traded during the offseason. Hunter has pitched three innings this spring training and yielded two runs — both on homers by Middlebrooks. “He’s a good pitcher, man,” Middlebrooks said of Hunter. “He’ll ramp it up when the season gets here, too. He’s throwing 94 (mph), 95 but he’s got triple digits in him.” This time, Middlebrooks pounced on Hunter’s first pitch to put Boston up 3-2. A.J. Pierzynski followed with a single but Hunter avoided further damage. “He’s fine,” Orioles manager Buck

Showalter said. “He’s throwing the ball well, feels fine physically.” Middlebrooks is batting .318 and feels good at the plate. “I’m not trying to hit home runs. I realized I didn’t have to try to hit home runs to hit home runs,” he said. “I’m able to stay in the middle of the field more, and even in my first two at-bats when I got out, I feel like I laid off some pitches I would have normally swung at. I was happy with that.” Holt homered in the third off Miguel Gonzalez, who was struck in the shin by a line drive in his previous outing. STARTING TIME Orioles: Gonzalez was bothered by back spasms before the line drive found his left leg, so getting some work Tuesday was significant. “We’ve got a couple more weeks, but I always want to be out there and be able to do See Red Sox, Page 11

Tuesday’s Games Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 1 Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 1 Boston (ss) 6, Baltimore 5 Toronto 3, Detroit 2, 10 innings Washington 3, N.Y. Yankees 2 Miami 5, Boston (ss) 4 N.Y. Mets 9, St. Louis 8 L.A. Dodgers 7, Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 7, Texas 6 San Francisco 8, Cincinnati 5 Seattle 10, L.A. Angels 6 San Diego 6, Oakland 5 Colorado 13, Chicago Cubs 0 Cleveland 7, Arizona 1 Wednesday’s Games Philadelphia vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington (ss) vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta (ss) vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington (ss) vs. Atlanta (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Diego vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Arizona vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

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Arsenal vs. Swansea, Ppd. Cardiff City 3, Fulham 1 Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1 Manchester City vs. Aston Villa, Ppd. Norwich 1, Stoke 1 West Ham vs. Hull City, Ppd. Chelsea 4, Tottenham 0 Sunday, March 9 Newcastle vs. Everton, 1600 GMT, Ppd. Monday, March 10 Liverpool vs. Sunderland, 2000 GMT, Ppd. Saturday, March 15 Hull City vs. Manchester City, 1245 GMT Everton vs. Cardiff City, 1500 GMT Fulham vs. Newcastle, 1500 GMT Southampton vs. Norwich, 1500 GMT Stoke vs. West Ham, 1500 GMT Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace, 1500 GMT Swansea vs. West Brom, 1500 GMT Aston Villa vs. Chelsea, 1730 GMT Sunday, March 16 Manchester United vs. Liverpool, 1330 GMT Tottenham vs. Arsenal, 1600 GMT

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Arizona vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Houston vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. San Francisco vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 10:05 p.m. Friday’s Games Boston vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Washington vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Minnesota (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota (ss) vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Colorado (ss) vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Arizona vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Oakland vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 7:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Colorado (ss) at Scottsdale, Ariz., 9:40 p.m. Texas vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

STATE D3 HOCKEY SEMIFINALS Thursday, March 13, 2014

Westfield vs. SHREWSBURY Mass Mutual Center, 5:30 p.m.

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Bridgewater (Va.) holds off Westfield State, 11-8 CLERMONT, Fla. – Four players tallied two goals and the Bridgewater (Virginia) College women’s lacrosse team controlled the draw as the Eagles got back on track with an 11-8 non-conference victory on Tuesday afternoon, March 11, against Westfield State. The Owls got on the board first eight minutes into the contest as Caroline Smart scored off of a free-position attempt to send Westfield State to a 1-0 lead. Following the Westfield State goal, the Eagles wasted little time in netting the equalizer. With 26:34 to play in the first half Caroline Fletcher dished a pass to Paige Hennessy who fired a shot into the back of the net to tie the score, 1-1. Bridgewater took its first lead of the game just over three minutes later when Fletcher netted an unassisted goal to build a 2-1 Eagles

lead. Westfield State quickly tied the game up on a goal from the stick of Lee Meskevich to tie the contest up at two goals apiece. The Eagles regained the lead shortly after on a free-position as freshman Claire PalermoRe found the back of the net to build a 3-2 Bridgewater lead. Both teams had opportunities in the middle portion of the first half but it was Bridgewater adding an insurance goal with nine minutes to go in the opening frame when Palermo-Re got on the board for the second time on the day with an unassisted goal to build a 4-2 lead for the Eagles. Westfield State broke up the Bridgewater goal spurt with a Stephanie Lenhardt goal to cut the deficit back to a single goal at a 4-3 tally. But Bridgewater owned the remainder of

the opening frame. Fletcher got back on the scoreboard with 4:11 to play in the first half to extend the lead back to two goals, then freshman Meredit Wimbrow scored the final goal of the half off of a Fletcher assist to send the Eagles to the break with a 6-3 advantage. Bridgewater dominated play in the first half, outshooting the Owls by a 17-7 margin, while owning an 8-2 advantage on the draw. The Eagles opened the second frame with a goal just 34 ticks into the second when Jesse Colligan scored on a free-position shot to build a 7-3 lead for the Eagles. With 24:38 to play in the contest, Hennessy added a goal on another free-position attempt to extend the Bridgewater advantage to 8-3. After the Bridgewater goal, Westfield State answered with four of the next five goals to

move to within striking distance at a 9-7 tally with 12 minutes to play. Following a timeout, Bridgewater answered with two goals to build an 11-7 lead with 6:40 to play. Westfield State scored with three minutes to play in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles moved back to above .500 on the year. Fletcher led the Eagles with two goals and two assists. Freshman goalie Rachel Gruber picked up the win after turning away six Westfield State shots. Lenhardt and Smart tallied two goals each the Owls. Mimi Khampaeng picked up the loss after recording seven saves on the day. The Owls own a 1-2 record and return to action on Thursday when they play Nazareth (N.Y.) College at 7:00 p.m. the National Training Center in Clermont.

WSU whips Webster; edged by WPI CLERMONT, Fla. – The Westfield State University softball team split its two games on Tuesday morning, March 11. The Owls posted a 10-2 victory over Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri, then suffered a 5-1 setback to WPI. In the opener, the Owls erupted for six runs in the top of the first inning. The big blows were a two-run double by Kat Robinson and a two-run triple by Molly Dunbar. Westfield also scored two runs on wild pitches, including the game’s first run. Freshman leadoff hitter Faith Rheault reached safely on a catcher’s interference. Amanda Flower and Paige Circosta followed with singles to load the bases and the runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Cleanup batter/senior second baseman Breanne Bisceglia exited the game on a 2-2 count when she fouled a pitch off her face. Robinson replaced Bisceglia and delivered her two-run double to center field after fouling off several pitches. Webster scored single runs in the first and second innings, then Westfield got a run back on an RBI double by Rheault to make the score 7-2 in the third inning. Westfield scored twice

in the sixth and a run in the seventh to cap the scoring. Westfield rapped seven hits with no player collecting multiple hits. Senior Kelley Fluet recorded the pitching victory. She allowed four hits, one earned run and two walks and struck out three. Westfield’s second game was scoreless until WPI plated four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. The big blows were a two-run homer to straightaway center field by Nicole McDonough and an RBI double by Juliana Fekete. Both teams scored a run in the seventh inning, with Rheault delivering an RBI groundout of the Owls. WPI outhit Westfield, 12-8, in the exciting early season game. McDonough was 4 for 4 and Kristin Gallagher was 3 for 4 with a triple. Westfield freshman Emma Dunbar was 3 for 3 and sophomore Emile Manna was 2 for 3 with a double. Also doubling were Circosta and Molly Dunbar. Clare Doolin went the distance for the pitching victory. She struck out four and issued no walks.

Emily Mailloux was the losing pitcher. Mailloux replaced starting hurler Julia Sullivan at the start of the fourth inning. Sullivan came back to finish the game after McDonough’s homer. WPI boosted its record to 4-2 while Westfield is 3-2. The Owls have a day off on Wednesday.

Gervais, Palma Qualify for NCAA Championships

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers defender Paul George (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Bynum’s return helps Pacers get past Celtics INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Bynum provided the energy boost Indiana needed early. David West delivered all the big shots late. Together, the Pacers’ tag-team inside tandem simply overpowered the Celtics. West scored 24 points Tuesday while Bynum finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes, helping the Pacers pull away from Boston, 94-83. “He (West) is our backbone. He’s the one that lifts us and he’s our best late-game playmaker and shot maker,” Paul George said. “We always rely on David and he always digs us out of holes.” The Pacers desperately needed West’s closing punch after losing a season high four straight. They also needed Bynum’s presence. Indiana played without backup center Ian Mahinmi (bruised left rib) and backup point guard C.J. Watson (sprained right elbow), then lost George with two fouls just 7 minutes into the game. George wasn’t the only having trouble Tuesday. Indiana’s other big perimeter shooter, Lance Stephenson, went 4 of 12 from the field and was shut out in the first half. Starting point guard George Hill appeared to hurt his right hand in the fourth quarter and All-Star center Roy Hibbert finished the game despite a hard fourth-quarter fall. Yet the re-emerging West and Bynum, who played for the first time in almost 2½ months, made up for those problems. “I felt great. I couldn’t do anything wrong today,” Bynum said. “All the rebounds came my way. I just grabbed them.” The win gives Indiana a 1½-game lead over Miami in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers also became the first team to win 30 home games and are still a league-best 30-4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. While West stole the show on the court, Bynum created the most buzz off of it. For six weeks, Pacers fans waited to see No. 17 take the court. The 7-foot former All-Star drew a rousing ovation when he entered with 4:22 left in the first quarter and by the time the period ended, Bynum already had four points, five rebounds and one assist. Afterward, Bynum downplayed the impact he had. West, however, thought Bynum’s presence made a huge difference — one that could help Indiana get back on track and stay on track through June. “He had an opportunity and he took

Freshman Paige Circosta executes an outstanding hook slide to avoid a tag attempt by the Webster University catcher during sixth inning action. Circosta scored on a nearly identical slide in the first inning. (Photo by Mickey Curtis)

advantage of it tonight,” West said. “He’s going to make the game simple from my perspective when he’s on the floor. We’ve got to play through him offensively. He’s solid.” Jared Sullinger led Boston with 17 points and nine rebounds, Kris Humphries added 15 points, but it wasn’t enough to win a third straight as the Celtics lost more ground in their chase to make the playoffs. And even though the Celtics twice got within one point of the Pacers in the fourth quarter, first-year coach Brad Stevens contended the Pacers recent struggles were nothing compared to what most other NBA teams face on a nightly basis. “They’re 47-17, right? They ain’t got no troubles,” said Stevens, who left nearby Butler to take the Boston job last summer. “I know we’ve got to make a story out of something, but it’s really not. And I’ve lived it on the other side where you’re almost over cynical to a really good team and that becomes hard, too. The challenge becomes to continue on and not get too down or too high and they’re good at it.” As well as Bynum and West played at times Tuesday, the Pacers still struggled to put this one away. Bynum’s first basket, a dunk, broke a 14-14 tie and the Pacers never trailed again. Indiana led by as much as 14 in the second quarter and was up 49-40 at the half. The Pacers rebuilt a 65-50 lead late in the third quarter before the Celtics rallied. They got to 69-61 after three, closed to 69-66 early in the fourth and then got as close as 77-76 when Sullinger scored with 6:44 left. “We finally got a couple of baskets without interference late in the game,” Stevens said. “But those are hard to come by against these guys.” West answered with a 21-foot jumper, Stephenson scored on a layup, Hibbert knocked down a 19-footer and the Celtics couldn’t get closer than five. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” West said. “We’ve got to get back to playing our style of basketball, being aggressive and playing with a little more confidence.” NOTES: The Pacers pulled off their first four-game sweep of Boston since 199798.... The Celtics are now 2-14 on the first night of back-to-backs this season. ... Stephenson and George had a combined four points through the first 2½ quarters. George finished with 12, Stephenson with nine.

WESTFIELD – Westfield NCAA outdoor championships. State University senior sprinter Despite being set back by injuTargie Gervais (Springfield) and ries this season, Gervais is ranked sophomore shot putter Naloti 13th in the 17-athlete field with a Palma (Westborough) will be time of 7.78. Palma is ranked 16th competing in the NCAA in the competitive shot put field Division III women’s indoor with a school record toss of 13.62 track and field championships meters (44-8 ¼). Palma is making on March 14-15. her second NCAA national chamNebraska Wesleyan is hosting pionship appearance. During the the national championships at outdoor season last year she placed the University of Nebraska’s 11th in the shot put. Palma also Devaney Center. holds the school record in the outGervais is making her third door shot put with a heave of 45-6 trip to the national champion¼. ships. The two-time AllThe 60 meter dash preliminaries TARGIE GERVAIS American placed second in a are scheduled for Friday, March 14 photo finish at last year’s indoor at 3:30 p.m. (Central Standard national championships with a school record Time), with the finals slated for Saturday at 3:25 time of 7.61 in the 60 meter dash. During her p.m. All 17 shot putters will be competing in the freshman season she earned All-America honors finals on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. by placing seventh in the 100 meter dash at the

Boston Red Sox’s Will Middlebrooks hits a solo-home run off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Tommy Hunter during the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Fla., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Catching is Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Continued from Page 10 more, get my innings up,” he said. “I think that’s important to me right now.” The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits in three innings. “I felt good throughout all three innings,” Gonzalez said. “All I wanted was to be out there and try to throw 45 to 50 pitches, and that’s what I did.” Red Sox: Allen Webster breezed through three innings before walking the bases loaded with one out in the third before being pulled. “I’m not sure if it was getting tired or something, but I was drifting forward and not getting a good angle toward home plate,” he said. He gave up two runs, two hits and those three annoying walks in 3 1-3 innings. TRAINER’S ROOM Orioles: Catcher Matt Wieters left after four innings with a twisted right ankle, the result of a poor turn around third base. Showalter said Wieters was removed as a precautionary measure. No x-rays were taken. In addition, reliever Brian Matusz went two innings instead of three because he was still recovering from an allergic reaction to peanuts, and outfielder Francisco Peguero is out with a sprained right wrist. MAKING CUTS The Orioles reassigned right-hander Eddie Gamboa, infielder Cord Phelps and outfielder Julio Borbon to minor league camp.


Annie’s Mailbox By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar

What should I do? Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for more than 50 years and once had a very enjoyable and compatible sex life, even though my husband didn’t want any children and refused to discuss it. After 27 years of wedded bliss, my husband had major surgery. He developed erectile dysfunction and became afraid of dying. Our sex life ended. But he was depressed and began drinking heavily, especially when he retired early for health reasons. Recently, while going through some paperwork, I came across a handwritten note with a great deal of sexual innuendo, and it was not directed at me. This totally shocked me. The note was written about 10 years ago. I asked him to explain the note, and of course, he denied he wrote it and became very agitated, claiming he always has been faithful in our marriage. After being an understanding wife all of these years, I now question whether he can be trusted. What should I do? He will never go to a marriage counselor. -- Upset in Illinois Dear Upset: This note is 10 years old and doesn’t say very much. Your husband is not likely to admit to anything, and in fact, there may be nothing to confess. Either forgive his failings and concentrate on the good marriage you claim to have had, or get into counseling for yourself and decide what your next move is. We think the note is not evidence of a betrayal, and you should let it go. Dear Annie: My 50-year-old son was just divorced for the second time. I love both of his exes as friends, and they are nice women. But he told me that I am not to speak to them anymore. I never thought his divorcing his wives meant they divorced the rest of the family. I love my son, but I don’t like his demand. What is your advice? -- Nantucket Dear Nantucket: We dislike it when people issue demands to others about who their friends can be. Are there grandchildren involved? If so, inform your son that it is necessary to maintain a civil relationship with his exes for the sake of the children. Otherwise, determine what the consequences will be. If your son threatens to cut off contact with you if you communicate with his exes, you might choose to stop. Dear Annie: I’m writing about the letter from “Heartbroken,” whose fiance broke off their engagement after he discovered that she kissed another guy while drinking and dancing in a bar. Good for him. She is not ready to be married or in any type of committed relationship. She is selfish, disloyal and lacking in self-control. In bars and clubs, the atmosphere is highly sexual, and in my opinion, just going there is a form of cheating because you’re looking to flirt. My guess is she did more than just kiss this guy, but that was the only part her fiance found out about. She probably doesn’t feel obligated to be more honest than that. We have lost an understanding of what makes a true, loving relationship. It is built on trust, loyalty, sacrifice, kindness and a love that makes us want to protect our partner from hurt, a love that builds them up and gives them the confidence to be better. “Heartbroken’s” fiance saw the writing on the wall. If he isn’t enough for her in the honeymoon stage of their relationship, how will she behave in five or 10 years, when their lives have fallen into the daily grind that happens in all long-term relationships? What scares me the most is that she and so many others feel that what she did is no big deal. -- All About Respect Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

HINTS FROM HELOISE EASY REACH Dear Heloise: Instead of lugging out the stepladder to reach cords on the ceiling fan, here is my hint: I use a long salad or food tong, the kind with the little teeth at the end, to grip the chain. -- Betty D. in Texas Smart! Also, you can “extend” the chain with a little metal chain that attaches to the other one. Or add a long pull to the chain. -- Heloise BROKEN GLASS Dear Heloise: Disposing of broken glass safely is always a problem. After breaking a glass this morning, I grabbed a plastic, gallon milk jug from the recycle bin and cut a large hole in the top, leaving the handle intact. It was easy to put the broken pieces in the jug and then fill the rest of it with the wet paper towels I had used. I felt comfortable that this method protected us as we readied the trash for pickup, and at the same time protected the trashpickup people. -- Marilyn G. in Arkansas A good reminder and a classic Heloise hint! Always wrap broken glass in something (like a small bag or newspaper) to protect anyone who comes in contact with the garbage. -Heloise NO MESS Dear Heloise: With several long, tube bird feeders, it can get a bit messy when filling them from a newly opened, 40-pound bag of seed. I realized that if I kept the last bag I emptied, I could place the feeder down inside it. Now, any escaping seeds are caught in the bag and not scattered over the garage floor. -S.J.A. in Kentucky


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, March 12, 2014: This year your life evolves in a very exciting way. You might get involved with someone who could become a business associate. Together you will be very successful. You smile more, and enjoy your work as much as you enjoy your free time. If you are single, you could meet someone appealing through your day-to-day travels. Keep dating, because you have more than one potential suitor coming your way. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy being together more than ever. A mutual interest allows greater give-and-take than in the past. You always have fun with LEO. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH A hedonistic breeze floats through wherever you are. If handling a serious matter, you might have difficulty staying focused. Creativity spills over into all your thoughts, which eliminates boundaries and opens the doors for fun. Tonight: All smiles. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH You could opt to stay home. You will express what you want, and others will listen. For now, you might just need some time off. Indulge in the mood of the moment. Lighten up a conversation that could be awkward. Tonight: Make it easy. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You’ll see what needs to happen between you and someone else. You could be so anxious for that to happen that you might make too many inquiries. Try to let go and get into the spirit of the day. You will be much happier if you do. Tonight: Let the chips fall where they may. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You could be more willing to understand what is happening once you relax. Recognize that a problem will correct itself without your interference. In fact, the more attention you give to this matter, the more likely it is that it will backfire on you. Tonight: Midweek break. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You will be expressive, despite someone being very hard on you. You might wonder why you must do something a certain way. The unexpected could occur, and it could throw a happy opportunity your way. Tonight: On center stage, where you belong and love to be. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH You know when you have gone too far. You might feel challenged and confused by a loved one. Your solution will be to focus on what you must do, and that will give you more stability. Walk away from a power play. Tonight: Say “yes” to living. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH Emphasize what you want and why you want it. Your ability to zero in on the basics will allow you to take care of necessities first. Know that you have more understanding than most signs. Realize what is going on with a friend who is close to your heart. Tonight: In weekend mode already. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH You could feel pressured by a boss, a parent or a respected individual. You might agree with this person, but you’ll need to decide what to do on your own. You’ll be surprised by the positive response you receive, should you choose to open up. Tonight: Till the wee hours. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You’ll act spontaneously and get good results. Let your fiery spirit speak. You could be overly assertive with someone who is far more conservative and who also believes that he or she is far wiser than you are. Let it go. Avoid a fight, if you can. Tonight: Follow the music. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You might feel as if you have very little choice, as someone else who has a lot of support seems to dominate the scene. You could choose to observe, but a partner will want to draw you out in order to have an important one-onone chat. Tonight: A cozy dinner for two. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH Others might insist on dominating right now. You are likely to get much more of what you desire if you keep communication open and stay close to your friends. You could be thinking some very negative thoughts, so try to turn them around. Tonight: Say



“yes.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You could see a situation develop differently from how you might have expected it to. A friend or loved one could be unusually controlling and might cause you some distress. You have a lot to do, so focus your energy on getting it done. Tonight: Out late.

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If you now are, or recently have been, in active military service of the United States of March 12, 19, 2014 America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the SerCITY OF WESTFIELD vicemembers Civil Relief Act. If PURCHASING DEPARTMENT you object to a foreclosure of the LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT above-mentioned property on FOR RFP #2445 that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appear- The City of Westfield, Masance and answer in this court at sachusetts, is offering deThree Pemberton Square, Bo- velopers or individuals a unique ston, MA 02108 on or before opportunity to purchase a 66 April 14, 2014 or you will be Acre publicly owned parcel locforever barred from claiming that ated at 99 Turnpike Industrial you are entitled to the benefits of Park Road, to be privately said Act. owned. Specifications may be received at, and proposals are to Witness, JUDITH C. CUT- be sent to the Purchasing DirectLER Chief Justice of this Court or’s office, 59 Court Street, on February 26, 2014. Westfield, MA 01085, Proposals must be clearly marked on the Attest: outside of envelope: “Purchase of 32 Acres on Turnpike InDeborah J. Patterson dustrial Park Road - RFP Recorder #2445.” All proposals must be in A-4446735 03/12/2014 the Purchasing Office no later than April 4, 2014 @ 2:00 pm. No proposals will be accepted after the above stated date and March 12, 19, 2014 hour. The City of Westfield reserves the right to accept or reCITY OF WESTFIELD ject any or all proposals if it apPURCHASING DEPARTMENT pears to be in the public interest LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT to do so. The City of Westfield is FOR RFP #2445 an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (M/F/H) The City of Westfield, Mas- which encourages utilization of sachusetts, is offering de- minority and women owned envelopers or individuals a unique terprises. opportunity to purchase a 66 Acre publicly owned parcel loc- Tammy Tefft ated at 99 Turnpike Industrial Purchasing Director Park Road, to be privately owned. Specifications may be received at, and proposals are to be sent to the Purchasing Director’s office, 59 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085, Proposals must be clearly marked on the outside of envelope: “Purchase of 32 Acres on Turnpike Industrial Park Road - RFP #2445.” All proposals must be in the Purchasing Office no later than April 4, 2014 @ 2:00 pm. No proposals will be accepted after the above stated date and hour. The City of Westfield reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals if it appears to be in the public interest to do so. The City of Westfield is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (M/F/H) which encourages utilization of minority and women owned enterprises.

CLASSIFIED TO: Kevin B. Fuller and Darlene Fuller and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. App. Section 501 et seq.: Quicken Loans, Inc. claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in Westfield, numbered 903 Western Avenue given by Kevin B. Fuller and Darlene Fuller to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated April 20, 2012, and recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 19228, Page 254, and now held by Plaintiff by assignment, has/have filed with this court a complaint for determination of Defendant's/Defendants' Servicemembers status.


If you now are, or recently have been, in the active military service of the United States of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on that basis, then you or your attorney must file a written appearance and answer in this court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before April 14, 2014 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act.

TO: Kevin B. Fuller and Darlene Fuller and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. App. Section 501 et seq.: Quicken Loans, Inc. claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in Westfield, numbered 903 Western Avenue given by Kevin B. Fuller and Darlene Fuller to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated April 20, 2012, and Witness, JUDITH C. CUTrecorded in Hampden County LER Chief Justice of this Court Registry of Deeds in Book on February 26, 2014. 19228, Page 254, and now held byLINDSEY Plaintiff by assignment, HOLLENBAUGHAttest: has/have filed with this court a The Berkshire Eagle complaint for determination of PITTSFIELD (AP) —SerCouples float Deborah J. Patterson Defendant's/Defendants' Recorder vicemembers status. floor — practicing across the hardwood A-4446735 03/12/2014 the rise and fall of a classic waltz, or the If you now are, or recently have fancy the serLatin-flavored been, infootwork the active of military cha-cha — circling the single vice of the United States of disco ball America, be ento the beatthen of ayou livemay band. titled to the benefits the SerGentlemen lead ofhigh-heeled ladies vicemembers Civil Relief Act. If around and around, in intricate patterns, you object to a foreclosure of the keeping an eye onproperty their partners and the above-mentioned on that basis, thenmoving you or your at-the floor. other dancers across torney must be file a It could a written scene appearfrom a time long ance and answer in this court at ago, when couples danced Three Pemberton Square, Bo- together, holding hands, feeling the music through ston, MA 02108 on or before the steps April 14, they’ve 2014 orlearned. you will be forever barred thatnight at the But it’s not.from It’sclaiming a Friday you areFalcon entitled Hall to thein benefits of Polish Pittsfield. said Act.

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“It’s a time when we can step back from our hectic everyday Witness, JUDITH C. CUT-lives,” said LER Chief Justice of of thisthe Court Janet Smargie, one organizers of on February 26, 2014. the Votre Soiree, the Berkshire County ballroom dancing organization that hosts Attest: the dance at the PNA the first Friday of Deborah Patterson every month. “WeJ.can sit, relax, enjoy Recorder and our some great music, movement A-4446735 03/12/2014 friends. It’s a great time.” Thanks to a local network of ballroom-dancing enthusiasts, those wishing to take a spin around the dance floor at more than just the occasional wedding have more opportunities to not only learn and hone their skills in the art of partner dancing, but even more chances to enjoy the work put into the dance steps. “The basic goal is we’re trying to have one dance a weekend here in Berkshire County,” said Bob Romeo, president of the Berkshire Ballroom Chapter of USA Dance — a national nonprofit corporation — whose organization held a dance the same weekend at the Masonic Temple in Pittsfield. “It’s just classy,” said Romeo, a Lenox-based broker and owner of Century 21 Franklin Street, who took up ballroom only three years ago and now can’t seem to stop his toes from taping while he listens to the polka radio station in his office. “I’ve always wanted to ballroom dance,” he said. “As an Italian, I came from a big family, where always at weddings ballroom dancing was going on. I just like the flow of it, particularly the smooth dances, such as the waltz and the bolero. It’s a two-person event, rather than disco dancing, where its free expression.” Some may think it’s a lost art in a time when dancing can be more about the freedom of individual movement than leading a partner gracefully across the dance floor. But Romeo and Smargie agree that there seems to be a resurgence of interest in learning to dance. For Smargie and the Votre Soiree, numbers have grown from just a handful

of couples to a recent dinner/dance that hosted 95 people. The social club — originally founded in 1922 by General Electric — was seeing a decline in numbers, according to Smargie, who took charge three years ago by proposing changes to the once-exclusive club. When founded in the 1920s, members had to be married and invited to join, or sponsored by an existing member. Today, those rules are gone and anyone can attend the dances, no membership or partner required, said Smargie. “Bring a friend,” said Smargie, who has been dancing for more than 30 years, when she began taking swing dance lessons. “We welcome everyone.” For those thinking about dipping their pointed toes into the local dancing scene, Romeo suggests taking a class first before attending a local dance. “The biggest issue we have to get over is the fear,” he said. “‘Dancing with the Stars,’ while it has motivated people to take up dancing — and is the gunpowder for mostly women who want to dance — we have to kind of ease it up a little. Ballroom dancing isn’t like ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” Local instructor Cheryl Wendling, of Pittsfield, teaches ballroom dancing for beginners two nights a week at Berkshire Community College. While many beginners, especially men, will say they can’t dance, everyone can, according to Wendling. “I try to joke around in my classes,” she said. “I always get the men with the deer-in-the-headlights look on their faces, just terrified. … I tell them it’s like driving a car on the dance floor. You’re in control, the lady has to follow

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In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, dancers of all ages hit the floor on Valentine’s Day for ballroom dancing with live music from the band Champagne Jam at the Polish Falcon Hall in Pittsfield. Thanks to the ballroom dancing organization Votre Soiree, dancing enthusiasts have opportunities to learn and hone their dancing skills. (AP Photo/The Berkshire Eagle, Stephanie Zollshan)



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

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

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

0340 Apartment 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.

0255 Articles For Sale DIAMOND GOLD Connection Gift Certificate. $100. value, $50. Call (413)562-4220.

0260 Computers SOUTHWICK ENTERPRISE COMPUTERS. I/T for business without monthly fees. Networks, email, virus removal, Quick Books/office support. Free consultation. Microsoft certified. (413)374-9910.

A SEASONED LOG TRUCK LOAD of hardwood; (when processed at least 7 cords), for only $650-$700 (depends on delivery distance). Call Chris @ (413)454-5782.

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

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

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

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

WESTFIELD 3rd floor efficiency apartment with lots of cabinet space. Recently remodeled. Appliances included. Washer/dryer hookups. Quiet neighborhood. Off street parking. $600/month plus utilities. No pets. Non smoker. (413)374-8803.

ROOM FOR RENT in Southwick/Lakeview. Kitchen and laundry privileges. Female preferred. $475/month includes utilities. (413)244-0787.

0390 Homes For Sale RUSSELL, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Updated plumbing, electric. Town utilities. Stream in back yard. $104,000. (508)2591856.

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

Professional office space. Prime location next to plaza.

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0440 Services 0375 Business Property MONTGOMERY 5 miles from Westfield. Spacious office includes utilities and WiFi. $350/month. Call (413)9776277.

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

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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, DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & free estimates. 40 years experience. KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682.

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Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years ex- Since 1984. (413)569-9973. perience. Insured, reasonable prices.

No job too small. Call Tom Daly, WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625. MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in business. Flooring/Floor Sanding

0265 Firewood 100% HARDWOOD, GREEN, $140. 3 year season. $150. 1/2 & 1/4 cords also available. Outdoor furnace wood also available, cheap. CALL FOR DAILY SPECIALS!! Wholesale Wood Products, (304)851-7666.

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ROOM TO RENT in a quiet neighborhood. Kitchen and laundry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Available now to non-smoker. WESTBRIDGE TOWNHOUSES, $600/month, Westfield. 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, full base- WESTFIELD, 1st floor, 1 bed- (413)355-2338 or (413)562room, kitchen and bath. No pets. ment. $800/month plus utilities. $595/month plus electric. First, 7341. (413)562-2295. last, security. Call (413)2504811. WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bed0350 Apt./House Sharing room townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. WESTFIELD, 2nd floor, 2 bed- ROOMMATE WANTED to share Very reasonable heat cost. room, kitchen, living room, bath, mobile home. Please call for S o r r y n o p e t s . F r o m e n c l o s e d p o r c h . N o p e t s . more information (413)562$795/month. Call for more in- $795/month plus utilities. First, 2380. formation (860)485-1216 Equal last, security. (413)250-4811. Housing Opportunity.

0235 Pets BERNESE MOUNTAIN PUPPIES. Ready to go March 1st. Call Dog Zone (413)569-1420.

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HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter Hauling cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377.

Drywall T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesA.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. sional drywall at amateur prices. Our Furniture, trash, appliances. Full house ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821cleanouts, basements, attics, yards. 8971. Free estimates. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Free estimate on phone. Senior disElectrician count. Call Pete (413)433-0356. POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERAHome Improvement TORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deicing cables installed. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REMODELING.Kitchens, additions, 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.

TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Tom (413)568-7036. PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. All your carpentry needs. (413)3864606. Did your windows fail with the cold weather? Don't wait another year! Call Paul for replacement windows. Many new features available. Windows are built in CT. All windows installed by Paul, owner of Paul Maynard Construction. My name is on my work.

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HANDYMAN/CARPENTER. All home repairs: Honey to do list, bathroom remodeling, tile work, sheetrock repairs, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, re- winterization. No job too small. 35 years liable service, free estimates. Mass profressional experience. (413)519Registered #106263, licensed & in- 3251.

sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceil- basements, drywall, tile, floors, susings, home improvements and remod- pended ceilings, restoration services, eling. Licensed and insured. Call doors, windows, decks, stairs, interior/exterior painting, plumbing. (413)262-9314. Small jobs ok. All types of professional work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)364-7038.

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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. At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're 10% senior discount. Free estimates. your color specialists! Fall season is MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701 in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including Snowplowing painting and staining log homes. A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield Call (413)230-8141 residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. 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 !!

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

Landscaping/Lawn Care

SNOWPLOWING / Snowblowing lots, driveways. ROOF RAKING. Dependable, reliable service. Call (413)3745377. SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn Services, (413)579-1639. SOLEK BROTHERS SNOW REMOVAL. Roofs, decks, driveways, parking lots, ice dams. Fully insured. Free estimates. Sean (413)977-5456.

YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush removal, hedge/tree trimming, Tree Service mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

Masonry 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.

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. CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert tree removal. Prompt estimates. Crane work. Insured. “After 34 years, we still work hard at being #1.” (413)562-3395.

Plumbing & Heating


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

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

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