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Taxes on agenda for City Council Thursday Westfield in 1890.

Westfield Green in 1930.

Westfield’s 350th being planned By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD–The city is coming up on its 350th anniversary and officials are looking for your help on how to celebrate. The 350th anniversary steering committee, who is overseeing the production of the celebration, is seeking public opinion through a survey about how to celebrate the anniversary. The committee is being headed by community outreach coordinator Amber Danahey and community development direc-

tor Peter Miller. “We’re in the idea phase and we just want to get the opinion from the public about the celebration,” Miller said. “It can be as extensive or compact as the community wants it to be.” The 350th anniversary is set for 2019, and will celebrate the city’s official incorporation, which occurred on May 19, 1669. Surveys, which are available online through the city’s website and through hard copy at the Westfield Athenaeum, are requested to be completed and

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submitted by Jan. 31, 2017. Some surveys will also be available in-person at various city events. The survey is a multiplechoice form, with questions that ask what sort of celebration there should be, when should it be and what events can be held around the celebration. Most questions have answers on a range of “most likely” to “least likely,” and there is a comments section at the end of the survey to help guide the committee See 350th, Page 5


Westfield Fire captain graduates from state program

By GREG FITZPATRICK Correspondent SOUTHWICK – Residents throughout the community gathered at the town hall auditorium on Tuesday night for the public informational hearing regarding the Congamond Rd. and sewer projects. A number of town officials were in attendance, including members of the Sewer Implementation Committee and the Select Board. DPW Director Randy Brown, who is also on the sewer implementation committee, handled the majority of the informational hearing. Brown began with an introduction of the

By DAN DESROCHERS Correspondent WESTFIELD–The city’s fire department gained another member of their force who can help investigate fires. Westfield Fire Department capt. Seth Ellis recently graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Basic Fire Investigation course. Ellis was one of 64 graduates from the program, which concluded last week.Westfield Fire Dept. patch According to the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, the six-day program “provides fire and state and local police officers with the technical skills to accurately determine the origin and cause of fires in their jurisdictions and together, build solid, prosecutable cases.” The program is used to to help investigators learn a team process to See Westfield Fire Captain, Page 5

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Hilltown Collaborative open house gets input from residents By AMY PORTER Correspondent HUNTINGTON – The Hilltown Collaborative and MassDevelopment jointly sponsored an open house on Tuesday in Stanton Hall. Members of the six Gateway communities (Russell, Huntington, Montgomery, Blandford, Chester and Middlefield) were asked to drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and share their vision for the economic future of the hilltowns. Approximately thirty community members participated throughout the day. The open house was part of an ongoing planning process funded by a Community Compact grant from the state for economic development and resource sharing between the six towns. Interactive boards were set up around the hall, inviting residents to comment on the assets and challenges of living in the hilltowns, and to share their creative ideas on tourism, business development, needed services and how to make the most of the natural resources in the area. Representatives from Elan Planning and Design and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission also met with invited guests throughout the day, speaking about community and natural resources, and the rich cultural heritage of the region. See Residents, Page 5


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By AMY PORTER Correspondent WESTFIELD – A public hearing to determine the percentages of the tax levy borne by each class of real and personal property for FY17 will be held during the City Council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Room 207, City Council chambers, and the public hearing begins after the public participation portion and consideration of the communications from Mayor Brian P. Sullivan. Among those communications on the agenda is an appropriation request of $1,034,300 from the Undesignated Fund Balance (Free Cash) to reduce the FY17 tax levy. The Mayor will present the submission to the council during his briefing, beginning at 6:30 p.m. One person who will be participating in the public hearing is Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. Phelon sent out a request to Chamber members on Monday, asking them to attend the hearing and take a position on the tax shift. She also encouraged members to contact their City Councilors in advance of the meeting. Phelon said the Chamber will be asking for a commercial/industrial tax shift position of 1.59 (59% higher than residential), in order to remain competitive with surrounding communities. Currently, the tax shift is between 1.62 and 1.63. “The business community needs a break. Our surrounding communities have a lower tax rate, and we are not attractive to bring in new business. We are asking businesses to come and let their voices be heard,” Phelon said. Phelon said even with a 1.59 tax shift, the tax rate will be an estimated $36.56 per thousand for commercial/industrial properties based on a 2% levy, compared to $19.44 for residents. She said the issue is complicated because of the Free Cash request. “We don’t know if the Council will approve it,” Phelon said. She also said that the city is in a tough position because it is approaching its levy limit. “We’ve got to be very careful,” she added.

Westfield Foundation For Education Awards Announces Start of 2016 Grant Cycle WESTFIELD – Westfield Foundation for Education (WFE) announced the start of its 2016 grant cycle. The organization will award up to $15,000 in schoolbased grants during the 2016-2017 school year. Through its grant program, WFE offers teachers, school support staff, administrators, and PTO/PTAs the opportunity to apply for competitive mini? grants for student educational projects. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to projects based on creativity, innovation, and good use of resources. All disciplines will be considered, including the arts, sciences, reading and writing, physical education and social competency. Proposals must be for projects that fall outside of the normal school budget and should not include requests for computers or other technology. “We received many excellent grant applications last year, and we awarded $18,000 in grants to 17 projects across the City’s schools,” said WFE President Amber Danahey. “This year, we hope every school will apply and receive a grant. Last year, the grant proposals were innovative and celebrated collaboration throughout the City. We’re looking forward to seeing new, creative ideas in this round of

Community members share ideas at hilltown open house. See Foundation, Page 5

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SEPAC to host meeting on navigating mental health services By AMY PORTER Correspondent WESTFIELD – The Westfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the South Middle School cafeteria, featuring speakers from the Behavioral Health Network in Springfield. The Behavioral Health Network, Inc. is a non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children and families in Western Mass since 1938. “This month is an informal discussion on mental health, a very relevant topic with the holidays upon us,” said Michele Douglas, one of the parent leaders of SEPAC. Douglas said the representatives from the Behavioral Health Network will explain what they See SEPAC, Page 5

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Town expecting no holiday lights now has a glimmer of hope Kelsey Jeanne Rhodes and Matthew Thomas Mozzi wed Kelsey Jeanne Rhodes and Matthew Thomas Mozzi were married at Phillips Stevens Chapel at Williston Northampton School on July 9, 2016. The beautiful reception took place at The Delaney House in Holyoke, Massachusetts followed by a honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii. Kelsey is the daughter of William and Debra Rhodes of Westfield. She is a graduate of Westfield High School and Keene State College. Kelsey is an Event Consultant in the Berkshires. Matthew is the son of Robert and Sharon Mozzi of Dalton, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Wahconah Regional High School and Westfield State College. Matthew is a canine police officer with the Dalton Police Department. Kelsey and Matt reside in the town of Dalton, Massachusetts.

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town that said it wouldn’t be decorated with holiday lights this season because of code issues with a utility now has a glimmer of hope. The Portsmouth Herald reports (http:// that Exeter town officials have been talking to Unitil and are looking to get an electrician to install a needed meter and utility pole panel so they can set up their lighted garlands. Unitil installed some new poles this summer that changed the overall electric layout of downtown. Scott Wade of Unitil had told officials that the garlands get close to energized electrical lines; they can’t be within 40 inches. Unitil has offered to do some line work, and the local fire and public works departments are pitching in to get holiday lights up.

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2016. There are 31 days left in the year.


n Nov. 30, 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.

ON THIS DATE: In 1016, Edmund II, King of the English, died after a reign of seven months. In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States. In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri. In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace. In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46. In 1936, London’s famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire. In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.) In 1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married at the Byram River Beagle Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. (The marriage ended in divorce in 1960.) In 1954, Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Alabama,

was slightly injured when an 8-1/2-pound chunk of meteor crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, then struck her as she lay napping on a couch.

sentenced convicted “Baseline Killer” Mark Goudeau to death for killing nine people in the Phoenix area.

In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent.

Jury selection began in Baltimore in the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six policemen to face charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a severe spinal injury while in police custody. (All charges against Porter were dropped after a mistrial; three other officers were acquitted; all remaining charges were later dropped.) The newly elected mayor of Juneau, Alaska, Stephen “Greg” Fisk, was found dead in his home, apparently of natural causes.

In 1982, the Michael Jackson album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records. The motion picture “Gandhi,” starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist leader, had its world premiere in New Delhi. In 1996, 1960’s novelty singer Tiny Tim, best remembered for his rendition of “Tip-toe Thru’ the Tulips with Me,” died in Minneapolis.

TEN YEARS AGO: President George W. Bush met in Jordan with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; Bush said the United States would speed a turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces but assured al-Maliki that Washington was not looking for “some kind of graceful exit” from Iraq. Pope Benedict XVI visited Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque in a dramatic gesture of outreach to Muslims.

FIVE YEARS AGO: The central banks of the wealthiest countries, trying to prevent a debt crisis in Europe from exploding into a global panic, swept in to shore up the world financial system by making it easier for banks to borrow American dollars. Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled Occupy Wall Street encampments in both cities. An Arizona jury


TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Actor Robert Guillaume is 89. G. Gordon Liddy is 86. Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen is 79. Movie director Ridley Scott is 79. Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 73. Rock musician Roger Glover (Deep Purple) is 71. Playwright David Mamet is 69. Actress Margaret Whitton is 66. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 64. Musician Shuggie Otis is 63. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 62. Singer Billy Idol is 61. Historian Michael Beschloss is 61. Rock musician John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is 59. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 59. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 54. Rapper Jalil (Whodini) is 53. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 51. Rock musician Mike Stone is 47. Actress Sandra Oh is 46. Singer Clay Aiken is 38. Actor Billy Lush is 35. Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 34. Actress Kaley Cuoco (KWOH’-koh) is 31. Model Chrissy Teigen is 31. Actress Christel Khalil is 29. Actress Rebecca Rittenhouse is 28. Actress Adelaide Clemens is 27.




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Mayor Sullivan Update Happy Wednesday! I wanted to take a minute to breathe and give an update on City Hall happenings. The Holiday season is in full swing and we are grateful for many things. First and foremost the DPW and Water Department have been very busy working to ensure that the City and its customers receive acceptable water supply. After a few setbacks, the water pressure has returned. As a region, we are still in need of precipitation to keep us out of severe drought. Thanks go to DPW Director, Dave Billips and his entire crew for their diligence in addressing this problem. I also want to thank the residents in the Ward 4 (and some of Ward 5), and the College for their patience and understanding as we made our way through this process. Ongoing, we will be meeting with MEMA, DEP and other State and Federal agencies that have offered their support in seeking further solutions. Coming up on the City Council Agenda on Thursday, December 1, is a public hearing for the tax rate. The MA Department of Revenue has certified free cash for the City of Westfield in the amount of $3,495,831. This is an extremely healthy number and shows how diligent we have been in controlling our spending. This now allows the City Council to set a tax rate for fiscal year 2017. I have submitted this information to the Council for their review. In addition, also submitted is a request that the Council apply $1.034 million of certified free cash to the fiscal year 2017 budget to offset the tax rate. With such a healthy number in free cash this year, I feel a greater portion than usual should be given back to the Tax Payer. It will still leave $2.4 million to be used for one time purchases or emergencies. I also want to remind everyone that I successfully got Council to put $1.2 in Stabilization last year for our rainy day fund. Following City Council ratification of a tax shift which assigns how much of the tax burden will be assumed by businesses versus residential properties, 3rd quarter tax bills will be sent prior to the January 1 statutory deadline. City Hall will see a few staff changes this coming week. Retiring are City Auditor, Debbie Strycharz and Assistant Assessor, Patsy Jarret. Combined they have provided the City with over 60 years of service. Thank you to both, you will be missed. Bringing in a new view to City Hall will be Jane Sakiewicz as the City’s new Human Resources Director. We look forward to her arrival. We are also very close to naming a new Airport Manager at Barnes, as interviews are being conducted this week. And finally, the City has begun its preparations for the 350th Anniversary celebration. Amber Danahey and Peter Miller have been working to begin preparations for this event. A steering committee has been created and a survey has been designed and released for community input. The web address for the survey is (, and hard copies of the survey can be found at the Athenaeum, the Senior Center and the YMCA. Please take a minute to fill one out and contribute to this effort. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we all now can prepare for the upcoming Holiday season. Please take advantage of all that is offered throughout the season and don’t forget to shop local. God bless.















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HUNTINGTON – As we We also delayed the next move ever closer to a new year phase of the “Gateway 2025” there are a number of items that process until the MARS report could be labeled as ‘works in is available in order to build progress.’ Each of these has the upon both these findings and the potential to impact district operearlier results from last year’s ations and improve student out2025 meetings and survey. We comes and opportunities. expect to have three more 2025 Among these are three reports: meetings this school year to our Coordinated Program review data and help formulate Review (CPR), the District’s plans so the district can better “Report Card”, and the DESEmeet student and town needs mandated report from the over the next decade. These Massachusetts Association of meetings have three target audiDR. DAVID Regional Schools (MARS). The CPR HOPSON ences – staff, parents/students, and looks at district operations related to community members. We anticipate special education, funding allocations, and that the first of these meetings will occur in education for students whose first language is January and all three will be completed before not English. I’m pleased to report that this May. We’ll also be looking for parent and recent report was generally very positive with community ‘volunteers’ to help the high only a small number of items to improve on, school complete its self assessment over the including hiring a second teacher to serve next year in preparation for our decennial students whose first language isn’t English accreditation process by NEASC (New (and yes, this isn’t funded by the state or fed- England Association of Schools and Colleges). eral government). Kudos to both Alice Taverna The official visit by the NEASC visiting team for leaving the special education department is planned for fall of 2018 and will look at all in a good state upon her retirement and to aspects of the high school. Not to be left behind, the school committee Kurt Garivaltis for providing quick responses to the DESE (to the point that many of the has also nearly completed a set of goals for recommended improvements have already themselves and the district after working with been completed). Our official “Report Card” the MASC (Massachusetts Association of is again posted to the website and gives spe- School Committees). These goals build upon cifics regarding our ‘highly qualified’ teachers the work the district and school committee and the status of our schools based upon last have been engaged in regarding increasing spring’s MCAS/PARCC tests. The report card student opportunities, student success, and shows that Gateway has improved from a focusing on both the whole child and 21st level 3 district to a level 2 district, with Century Skills encompassing ideas of how to Littleville moving from a level 3 to a level 1 support these core ideas moving into the school (and recognized as a merit school by future. the DESE), joining every school except the While these are challenging times, we middle school in level 1 status. We’ve com- believe that the work that’s being done in pleted the site visits by MARS and have pro- reviewing the district to prepare for the future vided much data to the review team. We hope will demonstrate that the district is on the corto have a draft report sometime in December rect path and hopefully translate into positive and hope to be able to provide a final report to steps to make Gateway even better. As with the school committee and the towns in the work being done in our member towns January. You’ll remember that this report was regarding economic progress, we hope people to review overall district operations to see if will become involved in creating a positive there are ways to become more efficient and picture for the future. sustainable.

The Westfield Farmers’ Market offers WINTER MARKET WESTFIELD — The Westfield Farmers’ Market. The new WINTER MARKET will be held inside the Episcopal Church of the Atonement at 36 Court St., Westfield, MA on Saturdays, November 19 and December 10, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Many of the vendors from the summer season will return with seasonal products including winter vegetables and squash, jams and jellies, pickles, relishes, soaps and oils, gift baskets, holiday meats, baked goods, mushrooms and sweets. Additionally, the Winter Market features area crafters with pottery, candles, woodcrafts, and home decorating items; live acoustic music supported by the Westfield Cultural Council, and local author and illustrator Rhonda Boulette reading from her Flitten Fairy Tales books. The $10 SNAP Match supported by a grant from CISA, and the Loyalty Card program will continue. The building is ADA accessible with free parking; and professional babysitting is provided. For further information, contact the Westfield Farmers’ Market at 413 562-5461 x 101, or email





Call 572-3999 to leave your comment. To get the full effect of the PulseLine, listen to the calls at Thank You Mr. Velis for your interview on Fox News. It was outstanding. It is about time someone spoke up for our Flag. Keep up the good work. I read the piece in the paper about Munger Hill School getting stand up desks from a company in California. This is the problem with some people in Westfield….they’ll complain that there’s nothing for us in the local area then get something from 3,000 miles away supporting a community and their workforce that’s nowhere near us. The nation’s premier school furniture company is located right here in Westfield… Columbia Manufacturing. I am almost absolutely certain that the folks from Columbia would gladly help out a local school and probably at a more competitive cost because the product wouldn’t have to be shipped across the entire country. And it would help keep local people employed furthering the strength of the local economy. This teacher had to have discussions with her superiors about this project so I not only blame her shortsightedness but also her superiors. We must think more locally. Don’t complain, act.

Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. says it has reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials. Trump confirmed the meeting on Twitter late Tuesday, promising a "Great deal for workers!" Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas. His focus on manufacturing jobs contributed to his unexpected appeal with working-class voters in states like Michigan, which has long voted for Democrats in presidential elections. The details of the agreement were unclear. Carrier tweeted that the company was "pleased to have reached a deal" with Trump and Pence to keep the jobs in Indianapolis. A transition official confirmed that the president-elect and Pence, who is ending his tenure as Indiana governor, would appear with Carrier officials Thursday. The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the trip ahead of an official announcement. Trump said last week that he was "making progress" on trying to get Carrier to stay in Indiana. In February, Carrier said it would shutter its Indianapolis plant employing 1,400 workers and move its manufacturing to Mexico. The plant's workers would have been laid off over three years starting in 2017. United Technologies Electronic Controls also announced then that it planned to move its Huntington manufacturing operations to a new plant in Mexico, costing the northeastern Indiana city 700 jobs by 2018. Those workers make microprocessor-based controls for the HVAC and refrigeration industries. Carrier and UTEC are both units of Hartford, Connecticutbased United Technologies Corp. — which also owns Pratt & Whitney, a big supplier of fighter jet engines that relies in part on U.S. military contracts. In a September debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump railed against Carrier's plans. "So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this," Trump said. "We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States." Carrier wasn't the only company Trump assailed during the campaign. He pledged to give up Oreos after Nabisco's parent, Mondelez International, said it would replace nine production lines in Chicago with four in Mexico. He criticized Ford after the company said it planned to invest $2.5 billion in engine and transmission plants in Mexico. Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents Carrier workers, said of Tuesday's news: "I'm optimistic, but I don't know what the situation is. I guess it's a good sign. ... You would think they would keep us in the loop. But we know nothing." The event Thursday in Indiana will be a rare public appearance for Trump, who has spent nearly his entire tenure as presidentelect huddled with advisers and meeting with possible Cabinet secretaries. He plans to make other stops later this week as part of what advisers have billed as a "thank you" tour for voters who backed him in the presidential campaign.

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Clinton team sees recount effort as waste of resources By LISA LERER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton's aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes — just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states. The former Democratic presidential candidate and her close aides see the recount drive largely as a waste of resources, according to people close to Clinton. The effort is being fueled by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who's formed an organization to try to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. "Believe me if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would," said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime Clinton supporter. "But this is a big waste of time." Aides say Clinton is focused on moving past her unexpected defeat and has devoted little attention to the recount or thinking about her political future. She's been spending time with her grandchildren and going for walks near her Westchester home. Sightings of Clinton hiking with her dogs and shopping at a Rhode Island bookstore went viral on social media. "There have been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book and our dogs and never leave the house again," Clinton said in an emotional speech at a gala for the Children's Defense Fund, her one public appearance since her loss. Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, has been poring over the election results, second-guessing decisions by top campaign aides and intensely trying to figure out how his wife lost the white working-class voters who were the base of his electoral coalition, say people familiar with the campaign. Clinton's team was aware of possible discrepancies soon after the election, telling top donors on a conference call four days after the election that they were looking into potential problems in the three states. But while many campaign staffers believe Russian hacking influenced the outcome of the election, blaming foreign actors for incursions into campaign and Democratic National Committee emails, they've found no evidence of the kind of widespread ballot box tampering that would change the results of the race — or even flip a single state. Still, some dejected Clinton supporters have been unwilling to accept the results. Stein has raised $6.5 million for her recount campaign, according to a count posted on her cam-

paign website on Tuesday. That's nearly double the roughly $3.5 million she raised during her entire presidential bid. Some former Clinton aides have asked frustrated supporters to donate their dollars to what they view as more constructive causes, like state parties or the Democratic candidate in Louisiana, where a Dec. 10 runoff will be the party's last chance to pick up a Senate seat this year. "I wouldn't give a dollar to Jill Stein," said Adam Parkhomenko, a longtime Clinton aide. "Volunteers, supporters and Democrats, they want to pick themselves up and get back out there. The best vehicle to do that is the Louisiana Senate race." Clinton's team conducted an exhaustive investigation into the possibility of outside interference in the vote tally, tasking lawyers, data scientists and political analysts to comb over the results. They contacted outside experts, examined the laws governing recounts and double-checked all the vote tallies. The campaign found no "evidence of manipulation," wrote Marc Elias, the general counsel for Clinton's campaign, in an online essay. But, he said, Clinton agreed to minimal participation in Stein's effort, largely to make sure that her interests are represented. They put out a call for volunteers to monitor the proceedings and are relying on local lawyers to handle filings and other legal matters. Clinton is under pressure to participate from her supporters, some of whom have struggled to accept the election results given her lead in the popular vote, which has grown to more than 2.3 million in the weeks after the Nov. 8 election. "Now that a recount is underway, we believe we have an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton to participate in ongoing proceedings to ensure that an accurate vote count will be reported," Elias wrote. Clinton's lawyers filed motions with a Wisconsin judge on Tuesday looking to join Stein's lawsuit demanding that Wisconsin officials recount ballots by hand. The state elections commission will formally began the recount on Thursday. Stein's organization has also filed for recounts in six of Pennsylvania's largest counties and says it plans to file a petition Wednesday demanding a Michigan recount. "It's election law malpractice to not have your lawyers sitting around the table with Jill Stein's lawyers," said Adam Ambrogi, elections program director at the bipartisan Democracy Fund. "It is just due diligence."

Trump says he’s stepping out of his business empire WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. "I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again," he tweeted in a series of missives sent before dawn. "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses." He said legal documents are "being crafted which take me completely out of business operations," he added, saying the presidency is "a far more important task!" Meanwhile, former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin, Trump's former campaign finance director, confirmed that Trump has picked him as treasury secretary and that billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has been chosen for

Steven Mnuchin, national finance chairman of Presidentelect Donald Trump's campaign, walks to lunch at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

commerce secretary. Mnuchin, 53, led Trump's finance operations during the presidential campaign. But he has no government experience, which could prove a hurdle in navigating the tricky politics of Washington. If confirmed by the Senate, Mnuchin would play a central role in shaping Trump's tax policies and infrastructure plans. He would also lead an agency tasked with implementing international economic sanctions. Asked about Trump's announcement on separating himself from his business

empire, Reince Priebus, Trump's incoming White House chief of staff, said "that'll all be worked out." Priebus said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," that "he's got the best people in America working on it." Priebus demurred when asked if Trump planned to put his businesses in a blind trust or leave them in the hands of his adult children. "I'm, not ready to reveal that really," he said. Priebus added that Trump's business acumen and the many business interests he has as a result of it is "noth-

ing to be ashamed about." He said Trump is "taking seriously" the issue of possible conflicts of interest. "We're making sure that all those conflicts are taken care of," Priebus said. He said the applicable rules and regulations "are very vague" and that's Trump's people are "doing the best job we can." Priebus said the country hasn't seen a president of such business acumen before and that the rules and regulations "don't contemplate this scenario." Mnuchin, meanwhile, told CNBC on Wednesday that he and Ross are "thrilled to work for the president-elect and honored to have these positions." He said "sustained economic growth" is the chief priority of the incoming administration and that "we can absolutely get to sustained 3 to 4 percent" in the gross domestic product. He also outlined what he called "the largest tax change" since President Ronald Reagan — cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, a "big" middle-class income tax cut and simplifying taxes.





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Several people including many who live on or near Congamond Rd., were present for the informational hearing. (Photo by Greg Fitzpatrick)


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project by showing the crowd a presentation of the information that they provide to the town. Brown’s presentation broke up the project into two parts. There is the road reconstruction of Congamond Rd., as well as the proposed sewer line along Congamond Rd. and other streets surrounding Congamond Lake. Coordinated through Mass DOT (Department of Transportation), the road portion of the project would consist of a number of safety improvements. Radar display units will be placed eastbound and westbound on Congamond Rd., which will be provided by Mass DOT. New signals will be installed at the rail trail crossing, which is considered to be a dangerous intersection and the rail trail crossing will also see a re-alignment. People from the audience who live on or near Congamond Rd. were concerned about the safety of that intersection. Richard Goodchild, who lives on the odd side of Congamond Rd., expressed his concerns. “We have to cross the road to get the mail every day,” said Goodchild. “We are on the side that is compromising our safety.” If the signals near the rail trail crossings on Congamond Rd. were put in, that also means sidewalks would have to be built. Donna Cabana voiced her thought that she would lose a good part of her driveway due to the sidewalk; something she sees as a major hardship. “I purchased my home for the low maintenance,” said Cabana. “I’m worried about the long-term impact.” The sewer portion included two phases in which the first phase was already completed back in 2004. Phase 2A featured a parallel sewer interceptor that was done back in 2014. The sewer expansion is the next phase and roughly 1,000 customers living near the lake area would be receiving if it indeed comes into effect. Brown laid out the benefits for considering the expansion which would be failed septic systems, poor soils, help retain businesses in town, protection of drinking water supply, and protection of Congamond Lake. People in the crowd were concerned about how an expanded sewer line could affect them for the future. Clarence Crosler talked about the problems with a culvert under his driveway and how every time it rains, the water washes up onto his yard. “I don’t know what I should do at this point,” said Crosler. According to Brown, the special town meeting on Dec. 6, will include a vote on the expansion of the new sewer line. If approved at the meeting by the voters from the community, the cost would be $950,000. The options towards funding the proposed sewer line were then brought to the crowd’s

attention. The town would provide some interim funding but outside help would have to play a factor. USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) would be able to assist the town of Southwick with a loan or grant that could range up to 20%. Jennifer Sharrow of USDA, who represents the area near Hadley, Mass, discussed her significance with the project. “We work with rural communities who can’t afford traditional financing,” said Sharrow. “Communities can’t afford 20 year loans at 5% interest.” Announcing that the town in fact will not receive any funding for the project at this time from the Mass Works Infrastructure Program, Brown allowed Sharrow to continue to talk about what the USDA could offer. Sharrow went on to say that several loan and grant opportunities would be available for a town like Southwick since it is still considered a rural community. Based on the last census, Southwick’s population is roughly 9,520. Once a town is at or past 10,000 people, funding from the USDA would no longer be available. Michael McMahon, a resident of Southwick who doesn’t live near the Congamond Lake area, tried to put the issue into perspective. With the census in 2020 expecting to go up in population for Southwick, the opportunity right now may be the best option. “If you do any sewer projects (in the future), it’s going to cost you 50 to 100% more,” said McMahon. “I know it’s tough, but the deal isn’t going to get any better.” The community of Southwick is encouraged to attend the special town meeting on Dec. 6, and registered voters will have the chance to vote on the Congamond Rd. and sewer projects.

DPW Director Randy Brown gives his presentation of the project to those in attendance. (Photo by Greg Fitzpatrick)

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investigate fires, whether they are of a suspicious origin or not. Among the skills attendees learned were “concepts of witness interviewing, fire behavior, scene examination, fire scene documentation and evidence collection.” The program is crucial in learning how to properly gather evidence, which can be difficult to come by following a fire. “It is a challenge to determine the cause of the fire when so much of the needed evidence is destroyed by the fire itself,” State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said in a press release. “This training provides our local fire and police investigators with the skills and knowledge to meet that challenge.”

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to child pornography charges WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former Massachusetts middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges he tried to buy child pornography from the Philippines online. Fifty-four-year-old Scott Peeler entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Worcester to three counts of attempting to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct and one count of possession of child pornography. The former Southbridge Middle School teacher faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 28. Prosecutors say that between April 2013 and July 2014, Peeler used online instant messaging services to communicate with individuals in the Philippines who were involved in child sex trafficking and the sale of live streaming sex shows involving children. Peeler was arrested in June 2015.

grants.” Grant criteria and applications are available at the foundation’s website, Applications are due on December 22, 2016 and applicants will be notified of the results on January 16, 2017. “The grant program is open to all Westfield schools. Our long-term goal is provide funding opportunities to special projects and academic programs at all of the city’s twelve schools,” said Mrs. Danahey. Visit for more information.


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do and take any questions that attendees may have. All families with a child on an IEP or with a 504 plan are members of SEPAC, and are encouraged to attend. SEPAC meetings are held the on the first Thursday of every month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in South Middle School. Refreshments and childcare are provided. For more information contact SEPAC at westfieldsepac@, or join the group on Facebook at Westfield MA Special Education Parent Advisory Council.


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further. As for when the celebration will occur, it is currently suggested to be in May when the incorporation happened, in July when the 300th anniversary was celebrated in 1969, or in September when vacations are generally over but weather is still conducive to an outdoor celebration. The committee is made up of members from the Westfield Cultural Council, the Westfield Historic Committee, Rotary Club and public officials. The survey will also help to find which areas of the celebration have the most interest, which would then help the organizers create subcommittees. These subcommittees would potentially be made up of other members of the public who express interest in helping with the project. The next meeting of the committee will be on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

Calling All Westfield Seniors: Can you be found in an emergency? WESTFIELD— Can you be found in an emergency? The Council On Aging and Westfield Fire Department want to make sure that older adults in the City have numbers on their houses that are clearly visible from the street. In an emergency, seconds count. The faster that emergency police, fire, and medical personnel can get to you, the more likely that your life will be saved. We are asking all older adults in Westfield to check and make sure that your house numbers are clearly visible from the street. If they are not or if you do not have any numbers on your house and mailbox, the Council On Aging in partnership with the Westfield Fire Department, can help with funding from our ‘Senior Safe’ grant. We will purchase house and mailbox numbers and a team of volunteers from the Westfield Rotary Club will help with installation. An informational flyer with the guidelines and practical suggestions for house number placement is available at the Senior Center. For assistance with house and mailbox numbers, please call the Westfield Council On Aging at 562-6435.

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“We’re hearing a lot of what we’ve already been hearing, with a little more depth,” said Susan Caruvana of Elan. Some of the recurring challenges posted on the boards included the need for internet access and the lack of public transportation. Among the assets, many residents spoke of the natural beauty of the hilltowns and multiple opportunities for outdoor recreation. Following the open house, Elan will compile the suggestions that were made during the day and at previous meetings with stakeholders, and present them at another open house in the spring. The final product will be an economic development plan for the region.

Springfield man charged with attacking housemate with hammer SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Springfield man has been charged with attacking his housemate with a hammer. The Republican reports that Charles Bickel Jr. was held on $50,000 bail after pleading not guilty this week to attempted murder. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Bickel accused a couple who live in the same house of breaking in to his room. They allege Bickel went to the couple's room at about 6 p.m. Friday and struck the man in the face and forehead with a carpenter's hammer. The victim went to the hospital for treatment of a concussion. The couple said they broke the lock on Bickel's door because he wouldn't answer and they were concerned he had overdosed. Bickel's attorney said her client denies the charges and the couple has been harassing him for months.

Westfield Curbside Leaf Collection Schedule for 2016 WESTFIELD — Listed below is the 2016 curbside leaf collection schedule. Your normal rubbish day of the week will correspond to your leaf pickup date. Mon - Saturday, Dec 3rd





BRINGING BACK SOME OLD FASHIONED FAVORITES A Sweet Reminder Of The Springfield Steiger’s Tea Room

PEPPERMINT BARK 8 ounces dark chocolate broken into pieces 8 ounces white chocolate broken into pieces 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided Peppermint extract 10 candy canes crushed Wax paper

Lightly grease a 9” x 9” inch pan and line with waxed paper In a double boiler melt the chocolate with 1 teaspoon canola oil. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. Pour into the prepared pan Sprinkle with half the crushed candy canes

Repeat the process using the white chocolate Spread evenly over the chocolate layer Sprinkle with the remaining crushed candy and gently push in. Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan and break into pieces to serve



Melt morsels over warm water and stir constantly. When completely melted add the nuts and noodles. Toss to coat. Drop onto wax paper and let harden. Store in containers .


Cream butter and sugar.Add egg yolk and vanilla. Add flour and mix. Add potato chips and nuts. Roll into tiny balls and then flatten with a fork. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

HEAVENLY ANGEL KISSES 3 (7 ounce) Hershey bars 16 ounce container of Cool Whip 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups graham cracker crumbs Melt chocolate bars and mix with vanilla Stir in cool whip. Roll into balls then roll in graham cracker crumbs.

2 1/2 cups sifted flour 3/4 cup sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon mace 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 cup margarine 1 cup creamed cottage cheese 1 egg 2 tablespoons light rum 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup pecans, chopped 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries 1/4 cup candied fruit Candied Cherries(optional) 3 tablespoons melted margarine 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

2 packages butterscotch morsels 1 cup cocktail peanuts 2 cups Chinese noodles Wax paper

3/4 cup butter 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cup sifted flour 1/2 cup chopped pecans 3/4 cup potato chips, crushed



Combine the first 6 ingredients. Cut margarine into the mixture with two knifes until it resembles coarse meal. Combine sugar, cottage cheese,rum,egg and vanilla. Beat together at medium speed for two minutes. Stir in chopped nuts, raisins or candied fruit. Add the flour mixture until all ingredients are moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured board knead for about 10 minutes. Roll out dough to form a 8x10 inch oval. Lightly crease just off center parallel to the 10 inch side Brush dough with 1 tablespoon melted margarine. Fold small section over the larger section of the crease/ Cover an ungreased baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on paper Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes . Brush with remaining margarine. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and mix well. Sprinkle on top of the stollen. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a rack. Decorate with candied cherries (optional)

1 cup molasses 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 1 teaspoon vinegar 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 7 cups popped corn Combine all but the popcorn in a large pan Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Add popcorn and mix well. Shape into balls. Let cool before wrapping and storing.

A new way and improved way to eat peppermint bark By ELIZABETH KARMEL Associated Press I have always loved peppermint and chocolate together and peppermint bark is my favorite way to eat it. Or it was — until I created this peppermint bark variation of my favorite childhood Christmas cookie. My mother made Spritz cookies every Christmas for as long as I can remember. She always made the simple butter cookies in both chocolate and vanilla and we decorated them with colored sugar sprinkles. My favorite shape was the poinsettia, because you could eat the cookie, one petal at a time. The hardest thing about making this recipe is using the cookie press. There is no way around it — you need a cookie press. My mother used her mother’s cookie press until it stopped working and since then, we have both purchased many cookie presses trying to find one that was smooth and easy to work. A cookie press looks like the culinary version of a caulking gun and deposits only enough dough to make one cookie. I tried quite a few presses, and the best one that I have found so far is the OXO cookie press. I also love that it comes with all the traditional patterns like the Christmas tree, wreath and several flowers, but also has an elegant fleur de lis and a heart. You can also buy extra seasonal discs and make spritz year round. The extra Christmas discs also have a great bow design that would be perfect for baby and bridal shower parties. Once you have a good press, all you need to make the cookie dough is a bowl and a blending fork, or your hands. I’ve taken the basic chocolate spritz cookie recipe and instead of decorating with sugar, I decorate with melted chocolate, sprinkling with crushed peppermint candies and drizzling with

white chocolate to create my Peppermint Bark Spritz Cookie. PEPPERMINT BARK SPRITZ COOKIES Cookie presses like the OXO Good Grips with stainlesssteel discs work better than presses with plastic plates. Start to finish: 30 minutes, not including cooling and decorating Servings: 30 (Makes about 5 dozen cookies) 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate, melted 2/3 cup granulated white sugar 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour Topping: 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted

2 ounces white chocolate, melted 1 cup crushed peppermint candies Preheat oven to 400 F Mix butter, unsweetened chocolate and sugar together until creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time to combine. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly. Using your hands or a blending fork, work in the flour, a little at a time, until smooth. Divide dough into 2-3 pieces and roll them into a tube shape and cover with wax paper. Chill dough for 30 minutes. When the dough is chilled, place the roll in the cookie press tube and choose cookie plate for your design. Press the cookies out one at a time onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet after 1 minute, and gently place on a cooling rack. Let cookies cool completely. Melt chocolate and place in a decorating bag or a re-closeable plastic bag. When ready to decorate cookies, snip a small corner at one end of the bag for the chocolate to flow through. When the cookies are cool, carefully drizzle melted semisweet chocolate on the top of the cookie. While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies so the candy will stick to the chocolate, then drizzle with melted white chocolate. Place in the refrigerator to set the chocolate for at least 1 hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in a cool place. Nutrition information per serving: 146 calories; 73 calories from fat; 8 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 3 mg sodium; 17 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 2 g protein.




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WOW clarifies date for Free Winter Gala Concert at WSU Friday WESTFIELD — Westfield State University in partnership with Westfield on Weekends, Inc. (WOW) will present its second annual Winter Gala concert, this Friday December 2 at 7 PM at Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall on the university campus. Co-hosted by Dr. Felicia Barber, Director of Choral Activities at the university and Bob Plasse, Chair of Dickens Days, the free concert combines a selection of classical and seasonal favorites, performed with a carol-sing. “WOW is pleased to present the talented students of Westfield State” Plasse said. “Our website and printed calendars had the wrong date listed for this performance and it would be a pity for folks to miss this evening of exceptional music.

The concert is this Friday and not Saturday, as previously reported.” University ensembles that will be featured include the University Jazz Band, conducted by Dr. Ed Orgill; the University Chorus and the Chamber Chorale both conducted by Dr. Felicia Barber; the Guitar Ensemble, spotlighting the students of instructor John Mason. The Strings Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Sonya Lawson; the Chamber Ensemble, instructed by Professor Elaine Saloio; the Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Karen LaVoie and the Music Theatre Workshop, conducted by Dr. Mary Bonacci and Dr. Lynn Paulella-Beard will also be among the evening’s per-

WESTFIELD — A sale of affordable art will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, at the Marie Flahive Art Studio, 22 Cherry St., Westfield, MA, (parking lot side of building), from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. This special opportunity to purchase accessibly priced original art and prints before the holidays, will feature many selections by Judy Bayliss, Marie Flahive, Marjory Lehan, Luann Rose, Insun Russell, and Joan Steinmeyer. Cards from Beverly Shurrocks will also be available for sale. These artists, who create their works in the area but show in a variety of places, are coming together for this special event. The studio offers free parking.

formers. According to Plasse, while the concert is free and open to the general public, donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit the music scholarships of Westfield State and the community programs of WOW. Now in its thirteenth year, Dickens Days is the signature program of Westfield on Weekends, Inc., an allvolunteer 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with major holiday funding provided in part by Easthampton Saving Bank. For a full list of Dickens Days events, including the university’s Breakfast with Santa this Saturday, December 3 at 8:30 am and 10:30 am, visit

American Conductor Kevin Rhodes To Conduct Rudolf Nureyev’s Production Of Raymonda At The Vienna State Opera Ballet SPRINGFIELD – The Massachusetts-based American conductor Kevin Rhodes will conduct the Rudolf Nureyev production of Raymonda at the Vienna State Opera Ballet, with performances on December 22, 26, 27, 30, and January 3, and 8. Rhodes returns to Vienna for his 21st season, and he will also conduct the annual Nureyev Gala at the Vienna State Opera on June 28. Raymonda is one of Russia’s classic full-length ballets, with original choreography by Marius Petipa to music of Alexander Glazunov. It was first preented in St. Petersburg in 1898, and later was revived by the Kirov Ballet in 1948, in a produc-

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tion by Konstantin Sergeyev. Nureyev staged his version, inspired by the Kirov, in the West, after his flight from the Soviet Union in 1961. He choreographed a production for the Royal Ballet at the Spoleto Festival in Italy in

Wyben Christmas Craft Fair WESTFIELD — The Wyben Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at Wyben Union Church, 678 Montgomery Road, Westfield. Lots of unique gifts are available for purchase with a wide array of artisan crafts that include jewelry, woodcrafts, pottery, tinware, knit winter wear, fiber art, handcrafted cards, needlework, fresh wreaths and more.  Our baked goods table and the ever-popular corn chowder luncheon will satisfy the hungriest of shoppers.  Doors are open from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All proceeds from our kitchen, baked goods, and raffle sales will benefit the Westfield Food Pantry and the Good Neighbor Energy Fund.  So stop by, do a little shopping, and grab a bite to eat — all while supporting a worthy cause.  You Help Sarah? 2016CanHoly Trinity Church Gift Card Fundraiser

1964; He staged his definitive version for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1983-84, upon becoming the Ballet’s director. Maestro Rhodes first conducted Nureyev’s production of Raymonda in Vienna in 1997, and he has also conducted that version of the ballet in Paris.. Maestro Rhodes divides his time between his roles as Music Director for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts, and the Traverse Symphony in Michigan; he is celebrating his 16th season with both ensembles. He is also Principal Conductor for Boston’s Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for his 7th season.

This fall, Maestro Rhodes conducted an all-Balanchine program as part of the Paris Opera Ballet’s Homage to Violette Verdy. .A regular guest conductor at Europe’s top opera houses for over 20 years, this season he also returns to the Stuttgart Ballet to conduct Romeo and Juliet and makes his debut with the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, conducting Don Quixote. For details on the Vienna State Opera Ballet’s production Raymonda: http://www. Node/home/Startseite-Content. en.php For Kevin Rhodes’ website: http://kevinrhodesconductor. com/ For Kevin Rhodes biography: http://www.parkerartists. com/Kevin-Rhodes.html

William Onyski holds Ward 6 Office Hours WESTFIELD — Ward 6 City Councilor will be holding Ward 6 office hours on Wednesday, November 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Hampton Ponds Association Building on North Road. Please stop in at any time between 5:00PM and 7:00PM to ask questions or discuss issues that might be on your mind.

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WESTFIELD — Holy Trinity Church, 335 Elm St., Westfield, MA is again having a GIFT CARD Fundraiser to help with winter FUEL expenses. Gift Cards are great for anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. They are great for relatives, friends, coaches, employees and ers. They work great for Online shopping (no credit card info is needed; helps prevent Identity Theft) and your own daily shopping and dining.  Gift cards also work great for raffle prize donations and for charities such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Westfield Food Pantry.  Please buy your Gift Cards from Holy Trinity Church.  These Gift Cards are the same ones you buy at restaurants and stores and there are No Expiration Dates. Gift Card Wrappers are also available. American Express, Discover and VISA Gift Cards are How Did This available with no activation fees. There are over 100 area HouseHelp Seniors? stores and restaurants to choose from on our order form. Gift Cards are also available for stores and restaurants in all 50 Want To Know Secret?hotels, cruise lines, rental car United States and for Aairlines, Ask Sarah. agencies, gas stations, etc. If a gift card you want is not on the order form, please call or email me because I can order it if it is available.  Order forms are available in the Church and at the Parish Office.  Order forms can be mailed or emailed to you upon request. It’s easy. Fill out an order form and return it with cash or a check made payable to Holy Trinity Church. Return order forms in the collection basket during the weekend Masses or to the Parish Office(through the mail slot). The final Christmas Order goes in December 5, 2016. Orders and payment must be received by this date. Gift cards take 4-7 days to come in.  I will call you when your gift cards arrive. If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Wilk-Haluch at, or call the Parish Office at 568-1506. The Westfield

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Women Fellowship Annual Victorian Tea Saturday WESTFIELD — The First Congregational Church of Westfield, 18 Broad Street will be hosting our Annual Victorian Tea on December 5th at 1:30PM. We will feature an English Tea With varieties of sandwiches, scones with strawberries and cream and cookies. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  This Event sells out fast and tickets are Limited.  Please call the church office for tickets at 568.2833.  Tickets are $15.00.

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Southwick Lions Breakfast with Santa December 4th SOUTHWICK — “Breakfast and Photos with Santa Claus” will be held at the Southwick Rec Center, 64 Powder Mill Road, in Southwick on Sunday December 4th from 8:00 AM until 12 Noon. The buffet breakfast will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Prizes will be raffled throughout the morning and Santa Claus will be available for photos. The cost for breakfast is $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12. Proceeds will be used to support the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund and the Southwick Recreation Center.

The Southwick Congregational Church Holly Bazaar SOUTHWICK —The Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, Southwick, MA will be having their annual Holly Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  Crafters are invited to rent a table space.  If you are interested, please call (413)896-5378 or the church office at 413-569-6362 for more information and a registration form.

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WESTFIELD — The annual meeting of the Saint Stephen’s Society will be held on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 pm at the Slovak Hall, 51 East Silver Street, Westfield, MA. Nancy Butler, 413-568-0798.





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HUNTINGTON — Storyteller John Porcino will be at the Huntington Public Library in Huntington, MA on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 2pm. In this performance entitled “Heck of a Way to Stay Warm” John will share stories and songs that celebrate the turning of the year, and the sparkling season of winter. John,a resident of Amherst, has been a storyteller for 33 years and he is an auditioned artist on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Roster and the Massachusetts Touring Roster. For further information contact the Huntington Public Library at the telephone number (413)667-3506.

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The mayor of a Massachusetts city will speak this week with the president of a college that decided to stop flying U.S. flags after students allegedly burned a flag in protest of Donald Trump's presidential election. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is scheduled to speak with Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash on Thursday to discuss possible solutions. Sarno tells WWLPTV he hopes he can help find a compromise to get flags flying over the campus again. College officials decided to indefinitely stop flying flags earlier this month after the main flag in the center of campus was burned after students lowered the banner to half-staff. Officials replaced the flag, but it was lowered again. Dozens of veterans and other demonstrators protested at a rally at the Amherst school on Sunday.


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Martha Ann Brennan WESTFIELD – Martha Ann Brennan, 87, of Westfield, MA passed Saturday, November 26, 2016. Her family will receive friends Monday, December 5, from 11 AM– 1:00 PM at Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. N., Suffield followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Suffield. To leave on-line condolences and view the entire obituary please visit


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Milton J. Holmes, 90, passed away at Noble Hospital on Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was born in Westfield to the late Fred and Augusta (Johnson) Holmes and was a graduate of Westfield High School. He was the owner and proprietor of Milts Food Town for many years and was the manager of the meat department at Silver Street Superette. Milt served his country with the United States Navy from 1944-1946 during WWII and attained the rank of Fireman 2nd Class. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen M. (Burek) Holmes, a daughter, Cheryl Kidrick and a brother Roswell Holmes. Milt is survived by his daughter Karen Majeski and her husband Paul of Waterford, CT, son-inlaw Robert Kidrick of Westfield and six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Milt’s funeral will be held on Friday with a Funeral Home Service at 11 AM in the Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield followed by a burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Southampton Rd. Westfield. Visiting hours will precede the service from 9:30-11AM in the funeral home. Donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to St. Joseph’s National Catholic Church, 73 Main St. Westfield, MA 01085.


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Bombs away! The Westfield High School girls’ basketball team preps for the upcoming season. The Bombers’ first game will be at home against West Springfield on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. (Photos by Bill Deren)

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Thursday, Dec. 8 BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. John J. Duggan Academy, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hopkins Academy, 5 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hopkins Academy, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 13 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 14 WRESTLING at Southwick, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Box Out Cancer Challenge vs. Westfield Technical Academy, Westfield Technical Academy High School, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Box Out Cancer Challenge vs. St. Mary, Westfield Technical Academy High School, 7 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Academy, Sherry A. Webb Gymnasium, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Academy, Sherry A. Webb Gymnasium, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 20 No Sports Scheduled

ST. MARY Thursday, Dec. 8 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Dec. 9 No Sports Scheduled Monday, Dec. 12 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 13 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 14 ICE HOCKEY vs. Belchertown, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Box Out Cancer Challenge vs. Smith Voke, Westfield Technical Academy High School, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Box Out Cancer Challenge vs. Gateway, Westfield Technical Academy High School, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Baystate Academy Charter Public School, Westfield Middle School South, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 Thursday, Dec. 8 No Sports Scheduled No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Dec. 22 Friday, Dec. 9 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Easthampton, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING vs. Easthampton, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Easthampton, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Friday, Dec. 23 WRESTLING @ Kick Off Quad Meet, West JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. McCann Tech, 5 p.m. Springfield High School, 9 a.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. McCann Tech, 6:30 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Minnechaug, Amelia Park Arena, Monday, Dec. 26 6 p.m. No Sports Scheduled Monday, Dec. 12 Tuesday, Dec. 27 No Sports Scheduled No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 13 Wednesday, Dec. 28 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING at Monson, Quarry Hill WRESTLING at Smith Voke, 3:30 p.m. Elementary School, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Minnechaug, 5:30 p.m. No Sports Scheduled BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Minnechaug, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 Wednesday, Dec. 14 No Sports Scheduled JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. West Springfield, 5:30 Mon., Jan. 2 p.m. No Sports Scheduled GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. West Springfield, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 Thursday, Dec. 15 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. ICE HOCKEY at West Springfield, Olympia Rink, JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pathfinder, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING at Agawam, Agawam Wednesday, Jan. 4 Junior High School, 4 p.m. No Sports Scheduled JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Belchertown, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Central @ Smith JB BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian College, 6:45 p.m. Academy, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Putnam @ Smith College, 6:45 p.m. HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Belchertown, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Baystate Academy WRESTLING @ Longmeadow Early Bird Charter Public School, Westfield Middle School Tournament, Longmeadow High School, 9 a.m. South, 6 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Shrewsbury, Tabor Academy Ice Tuesday, Dec. 20 Rink, 4 p.m. No Sports Scheduled Sunday, Dec. 18 Wednesday, Dec. 21 ICE HOCKEY vs. TBD, Tabor Academy Ice Rink, GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Mount Everett, Westfield Time TBA Middle School North, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 ICE HOCKEY vs. Mount Everett, Amelia Park Ice JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Holyoke, 5:30 p.m. Arena, 8 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Holyoke, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 Tuesday, Dec. 20 No Sports Scheduled BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING vs. South Hadley, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Chicopee Comp, 5:30 ICE HOCKEY vs. Taconic, Amelia Park Ice Arena, p.m. 2 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Chicopee Comp, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, Westfield ICE HOCKEY at East Longmeadow, Olympia Ice Middle School North, 6 p.m. Center, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 Wednesday, Dec. 21 ICE HOCKEY at Greenfield, Collins-Moylan Arena, WRESTLING vs. Southwick, 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 Tuesday, Dec. 27 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Central, 5:30 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Turners Falls, Amelia Park Ice JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Holyoke, 6 p.m. Arena, 2 p.m.

WESTFIELD TECHNICAL ACADEMY Thursday, Dec. 8 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Dec. 9 No Sports Scheduled Monday, Dec. 12 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 13 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Academy, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Dec. 15 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Box Out Cancer Challenge vs. Gateway, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 BOYS’ BASKETBALL @ Box Out Cancer Challenge vs. Smith Voke, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 20 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 21 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Dec. 22 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 No Sports Scheduled Monday, Dec. 26 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 27 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 28 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Dec. 29 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, Dunbar Community Center, 4 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, Dunbar Community Center, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Hampden Charter School of Science, Dunbar Community Center, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 No Sports Scheduled Mon., Jan. 2 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 3 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Franklin Tech, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Sci-Tech, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Jan. 6 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Putnam, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. McCann Tech, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. McCann Tech, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Commerce, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 12 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School North, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at St. Mary, Westfield Middle School South, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. John J. Duggan Academy, 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 17 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Gateway, 4 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Voke, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Smith Voke, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 19 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pathfinder, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pathfinder, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Smith Voke, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Gateway, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Jan. 26 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. St. Mary, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Central, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Holyoke, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 No Sports Scheduled Monday, Dec. 26 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 27 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Northampton, 5:30 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Wachusett, Amelia Park Arena, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Northampton, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Watertown, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Watertown, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 WRESTLING @ Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament, Agawam High School, 9 a.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Guilford, Ingalis Rink 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Agawam, 5:30 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. Danbury, Ingalis Rink, 6 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Agawam, 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 2 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 3 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 5:30 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Northampton, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Commerce, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Northampton, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 ICE HOCKEY vs. Longmeadow, Amelia Park Arena, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Longmeadow, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Jan. 6 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Longmeadow @ Smith College, 3:45 p.m. BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING at East Longmeadow, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at West Springfield, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at West Springfield, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pope Francis, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pope Francis, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 BOYS’/GIRLS’ SWIMMING at Longmeadow, 4 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Central, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Central, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 ICE HOCKEY vs. Ludlow, Amelia Park Arena, 7 p.m.

SOUTHWICK-TOLLAND REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Thursday, Dec. 8 No Sports Scheduled Friday, Dec. 9 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Hampshire, South Hadley @ Smith College, 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 JV ICE HOCKEY vs. Turners Falls, Cyr Arena, Time TBD Monday, Dec. 12 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 13 BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. John J. Duggan Academy, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 WRESTLING vs. Gateway, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Palmer, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Palmer, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Ludlow @ Smith College, 3:45 p.m. JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Frontier, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Frontier, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 20 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. McCann Tech, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Christian Academy, 7 p.m. WRESTLING at Westfield, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Ware, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Ware, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Pioneer Valley Regional, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 27 No Sports Scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 28 No Sports Scheduled Thursday, Dec. 29 WRESTLING @ Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament, Agawam High School, 9 a.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Palmer, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Ware, 5:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Ware, 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 2 No Sports Scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 3 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Baystate Academy Charter Public School, 5:30 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Pope Francis, Dupont Middle School, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Baystate Academy Charter Public School, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Pope Francis, Dupont Middle School, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampshire, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Hampshire, 7 p.m. WRESTLING at Granby, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Granby, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Granby, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 BOYS’/GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK vs. Mohawk, Mahar @ Smith College, 3:45 p.m. JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Turners Falls, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Turners Falls, 7 p.m. Sun., Jan. 8 JV ICE HOCKEY vs. Westfield, Olympia Ice Center, Time TBD Monday, Jan. 9 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampshire, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL at Hampshire, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Greenfield, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL vs. Greenfield, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 BOYS’ BASKETBALL at John J. Duggan Academy, 7 p.m. WRESTLING vs. Franklin Tech, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Renaissance, 5:30 p.m. BOYS’ BASKETBALL vs. Renaissance, 7 p.m. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL at Mohawk Trail, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 JV ICE HOCKEY at Wahconah, Olympia Ice Center, Time TBD Monday, Jan. 16 Tuesday, Jan. 17 SKIING – PVIAC Race, Berkshire East Ski, 5 p.m.




Tigers uncaged The Westfield Technical Academy girls’ basketball team runs through various drills during Tuesday’s practice. The Tigers tip off against the Hampden Charter School of Science Dec. 29 at the Dunbar Community Center in Springfield at 7 p.m. (Photos by Lynn Boscher)

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Dear Annie By ANNIE LANE

Social Distortion Dear Annie: I have a handsome 23-year-old son who has been dealing with Asperger’s syndrome for about 20 years. He has grown from a very young child who didn’t look at or talk to people other than the family to a young man who can even share small talk with people, attend college and be a successful track and field athlete. However, he still has a terrible time knowing how to act around women, and he observes people around him for clues. He recently received a phone call from the campus police asking him to stop by. A woman had reported him because she felt uncomfortable around him at a dance. He had danced with her, sat and talked with her, and gotten her some punch, but then he put his arm around her. He did this because that’s what he had observed while watching other guys and girls. He felt terrible because he really liked her and is still missing the friendship that could have been. In the next day or two, another woman complained to the campus police. He and this other girl had a class together and had talked a few times. She accused him of stalking her. But what she said was “stalking” was his knowing a few things about her that he had gotten from her Facebook page -- and she had accepted his friend request. He was banned from all the dorms and ordered to stay away from these two women. There was an appeal process, and the school lifted the ban on the dorms after everyone understood that with Asperger’s, a person doesn’t read body language or facial expressions very well. He went to the speech pathology department last year for coaching about social situations. Now, after this involvement with campus police, the Title IX department -- which we didn’t know existed -- has gotten involved. It has some classes that will help him to understand body language and facial expressions. I hope this will help him, but I also hope and pray that people, especially women, will give him a chance. Please tell women that if someone has made them uncomfortable, they should gently but firmly tell the person, “You are making me uncomfortable because I don’t know you that well.” My son would never hurt anyone, but these women ended up hurting him deeply. And as I’m his mother, they hurt me, too. -- Heartbroken Again Dear Heartbroken: Thank you for sharing your son’s story. Although I would never fault young women for removing themselves from situations that feel unsafe, it sounds as if these two women simply felt awkward. A little communication can go a long way in such cases. We should all be compassionate and keep in mind that we have no idea the struggles a stranger may be going through. I wish your son all the best. Dear Annie: I realize you meant well with your response to “Girl Who’s Gotta Eat,” whose co-worker was bothered by her frequent snacking. However, as the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder, I think you should have gone further and researched misophonia. This is one of the perils and costs of the open-office trend. Your reader with the high metabolism has needs. However, they may not be on the same level as a fellow employee who has a genuine psychological or medical condition. My daughter is a successful student. Her condition is recognized and accommodated for. Without accommodations, her academic performance suffers. Perhaps a less flip answer and additional research on your part are in order. A more holistic perspective might call into question the employer’s need to optimize employee performance in an open-office work area. -- Think Again Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators. com.

HINTS FROM HELOISE HAIRY STRINGS A CARROT THING? Dear Heloise: What causes the HAIRY STRINGS to grow on carrots, and what causes carrots to have cracks in them? Oh, and are they still safe to eat? -- Ron T. in Pennsylvania The little white “hairs” are small roots growing that are looking for moisture. The cracks can be caused by too little moisture or by the carrot trying to grow around something in the soil (pebbles, rocks, etc.). The carrots are safe to eat as long as they are not in any way slimy and still feel firm to the touch. Use a vegetable brush to scrub the “hairs” off, and check the cracks/splits to be sure there is no decay present before eating. -- Heloise SNOWFLAKE WAFFLES Dear Heloise: When I make waffles for my daughter during the holidays, I pour half the usual amount of batter in the center of the waffle iron. A perfect snowflake waffle emerges every time. She loves them! -- K.C., Fort Worth, Texas I can see them on the plate surrounded by powdered sugar “snow.” How cute! -- Heloise




AP Power Rankings: Cowboys still in No. 1 spot NEW YORK (AP) — With the best record in the NFL at 10-1, the Dallas Cowboys are closing in on a playoff berth. The Cowboys have won a franchise regular-season record 10 games in a row and play for the second consecutive Thursday when they travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings. The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot in Week 13 with a win of their own and a loss by Washington or with a win of their own and a loss or tie by Tampa Bay. The Cowboys also remained in the No. 1 spot in the latest AP Pro32 poll , which was released Tuesday. Dallas received 11 firstplace votes for 383 points from balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL. "Dak Prescott did his part in an important Thanksgiving Day win over Washington, but the rookie quarterback masked what could be the team's only problems: a leaky defense that can't rush the quarterback. That could be an important factor down the stretch," Newsday's Bob Glauber said. The Patriots received the other first-place vote and moved up a spot to No. 2 with 369 points. The AFC West controls three of the next four spots. First-place Oakland (9-2) inched up a spot to No. 3 with 363 points after holding off Carolina 35-32. "Young Derek Carr has a knack for pulling close games out in the fourth quarter," said Ira Kaufman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kansas City (8-3), in second place in the division, jumped two spots to No. 4 after its 30-27 overtime win at Denver on Sunday night. And the Broncos (7-4) fell a spot to No. 6 in the poll. Seattle dropped three spots to No. 5 after its 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay. Despite winning six consecutive games, the Giants slipped a spot to No. 7. Atlanta, which leads the AFC South, moved up a spot to No. 8. Detroit and Washington are tied at No. 9 and surging Miami, which has won six in a row, is at No. 11. "Is Ryan Tannehill finally figuring things out?" asked Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of the Dolphins quarterback.



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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH Someone seems overly serious and difficult to deal with. You are very sure of yourself, yet sometimes you act in the most unpredictable manner. Confusion marks a conversation, and you might not be sure about what you are hearing. Tonight: Schedule a happening in the near future. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHHH You might want to rethink a decision. Weigh the pros and cons carefully. A loved one can give you feedback, but ultimately it is your call. You could be confused about your commitment toward a goal, but that will change in time. Tonight: A close encounter. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH Be open about what you believe is going on. A friend keeps your life exciting with lots of unexpected developments. You might wonder what life would be without this person at times. Just know that you would not be able to tolerate your days as well. Tonight: Let your hair down. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH You are often thought of as an emotional sign, but you also are exceptionally practical. How you choose to handle a changeable situation could have long-term implications. You have a strong vision, but whether you can fulfill it is another issue altogether. Tonight: Routine works. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHHH You could be at the point where you aren’t sure what to do. Your creativity might cause you to rethink a problem, and as a result you are likely to come up with a solution. Know what you want. Even more choices will become apparent. Tonight: Add spice to your life. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Defer to others. You might not reach an agreement easily, but you’ll want to at least try to understand where a loved one is coming from. Allowing someone you care about to make the plans is likely to alleviate some of your stress. Tonight: Go along with the moment. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH You are in a period of fast changes. You will be able to work through a problem, despite a tendency to get emotional over the issues involved. An associate or dear friend seems to understand exactly where you are coming from. Tonight: In the thick of the moment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Pace yourself with the knowledge of what you must accomplish. You could be uptight about a money matter and not know which way to go. Perhaps opening up a discussion would be helpful. Honor your priorities, and weigh your options carefully. Tonight: In the limelight. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHHH You wake up knowing what you are going to do. Your sense of humor emerges as you greet the unexpected. You might want to rethink a decision involving your personal life. Use good sense and your ability to think through difficult circumstances. Tonight: As you like it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HH Play it low-key today, and don’t worry about what you should be doing. A personal issue might keep going through your mind. The answer is clear, but you might not be ready to accept it. There are alternatives, should you decide you want one. Tonight: Not to be found. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH Where your friends are hanging out is where you would prefer to be. Honor a sense of duty, and you will head in the right direction. Not everything is as clear as you might believe it to be. Have an important discussion with a dear friend. Tonight: At a favorite restaurant. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Pressure is intense. You would much prefer playing a different role or enjoying yourself doing something total-



ly different. Your imagination can take some of the drudgery out of the task, if you so choose. You’ll gain a sudden insight from a friend. Tonight: A must show. BORN TODAY Actor Ben Stiller (1965), singer/songwriter Billy Idol (1955), former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874)



Waiver picks to lead you to playoffs By TIM McCULLOUGH Fantasy Sports Network Week 13 is the last chance for most fantasy teams to make the playoffs, and owners will do it without any Browns or Titans on bye. If you know you've already made the playoffs, then your focus on the waiver wire should be handcuffs for your key players and upside bench depth with any remaining spots. One player you should definitely have a backup for is your quarterback. You don't want to be scouring the waiver wire for a substitute quarterback for your playoffs or championship game. Let's look at some of your better options on the wire for Week 13 and beyond. RYAN FITZPATRICK (QB, Jets) Marcus Mariota owners need a starter for Week 13 and Fitzpatrick makes the most sense due to his matchup against the Colts. Only the Falcons allow more points to the quarterback position on average. Fitzgerald should pick apart the Colts' non-existent secondary with ease, making him a solid streaming option. COLIN KAEPERNICK (QB, 49ers) Kaepernick appears again this week because his ownership numbers are still quite low and his average fantasy points per game is up to 25.9. He was actually the top quarterback for Week 12, scoring 38.1 fantasy points. Kaepernick is a perfect backup QB choice due to his high floor and the Niners schedule through the fantasy playoffs could make him a better starter than the quarterback on your roster now. KENNETH DIXON (RB, Ravens) Slowly but surely, Dixon has been chipping away at Terrance West's playing time. He finally played more snaps than West in the Week 12 matchup against the Bengals. There is no doubt that he is more talented than West, and given the way things are going, Dixon is the Baltimore running back to own down the stretch. CHARLES SIMS (RB, Buccaneers) Tampa Bay designated Sims as their player to return from injured reserve and he's eligible to play Week 14. If you're looking for some depth in point-per-reception leagues, the Buccaneers play the Saints in Weeks 14 and 16. Only four teams allow more fantasy points to running backs than the lowly Saints. REX BURKHEAD (RB, Bengals) While Jeremy Hill was absent during Sunday's game against the Ravens, Burkhead took over as the lead running back. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry and caught two passes for 19 yards. The Bengals are all but out of the playoff hunt, so Burkhead could see more action to audition for next season. If you own Hill, you should have Burkhead on your roster as a handcuff. TAYLOR GABRIEL (WR, Falcons) Gabriel appeared out of nowhere to catch four passes for 75 yards and a pair of touchdowns while fellow wide receiver Julio Jones was blanketed by cornerback Patrick Peterson. The Falcons have several soft matchups ahead and Jones won't be covered so well by other opponents. Still, Gabriel has earned QB Matt Ryan's trust and could still put up solid numbers any given week. He's more bust than boom but you could do worse for depth in deep leagues with PPR scoring. DONTRELLE INMAN (WR, Chargers) Inman exploded in Week 12 with six receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. He's received at least six targets in each of the last six games and the Chargers play a terrible Browns team in Week 16, which is typically the championship game in most fantasy leagues. That makes Inman worthy of a roster spot now. MARQISE LEE (WR, Jaguars) With Allen Hurns injured, Lee's place as the WR2 for Jacksonville is solidified. Lee has been targeted an average of seven times per game over the last four weeks, and he's responded with at least four receptions per game and a pair of touchdowns. The Jaguars have a tough schedule ahead, so don't rely on Lee for anything more than a flex play going forward. MALCOLM MITCHELL (WR, Patriots) Mitchell has emerged as the deep threat of choice for Tom Brady, especially when Rob Gronkowski is on the sidelines, as he has been for most of the last two games. During that span, Mitchell has received 12 targets and made nine receptions for 140 yards and three touchdowns. That kind of production gets Bill Belichick's attention and could lead to more opportunities for Mitchell down the line. Of course, predicting the Patriots offense is often futile but Mitchell is worthy of a roster spot as a boom or bust flex play. MARQUESS WILSON (WR, Bears) Chicago QB Matt Barkley settled on Wilson as his primary target in Week 12, and he responded with eight receptions and a touchdown. Most experts thought Cameron Meredith would be the top receiver while Alshon Jeffery served his suspension, but he hasn't done anything to deserve the designation, with more drops than anything else. Wilson is the receiver to own for at least the next few weeks until Jeffery returns. VERNON DAVIS (TE, Redskins) Jordan Reed is nursing a shoulder injury that could keep him sidelined for Week 13 and possibly longer. Davis has been productive as the TE2 for Washington and could very well be called upon to receive Davis' targets if he can't play. Reed owners should pick Davis up as insurance and anyone unhappy with their TE performance should grab Davis for his upside. CAMERON BRATE (TE, Buccaneers) After touchdowns three weeks in a row (Weeks 8-10), Brate has been relatively quiet the last two weeks. However, those games were against some stiff defensive units. Brate should see plenty of action with New Orleans (Weeks 14 & 16) and the Cowboys (Week 15) on the docket, making him the tight end to own for the fantasy playoff and championship weeks.







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By virtue of and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Charles A. Fortin and Debra A. Fortin to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as a nominee for BNC Mortgage, Inc., dated May 9, 2006 and recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 15895, Page 227 of which mortgage U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee to structured Asset Investment Loan Trust (SAIL), Series 2006-BNC3 is the present holder by assignment from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. to U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee to structured Asset Investment Loan Trust (SAIL), Series 2006-BNC3 dated August 31, 2010 recorded at Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 18450, Page 505, for breach of conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same, the mortgaged premises located at 215 Silver Street, Granville, MA 01034 will be sold at a Public Auction at 11:00AM on December 21, 2016, at the mortgaged premises, more particularly described below, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, to wit:


By virtue of and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Marcus D. Kane to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as a nominee for Prospect Mortgage, LLC, dated April 17, 2009 and recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 17754, Page 550, as affected by a Loan Modification Agreement dated June 19, 2013 and recorded at said Registry of Deeds in Book 19937, Page 239 of which mortgage Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP is the present holder by assignment from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. to Bank of America, N.A., successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP dated February 25, 2012 recorded at Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 19145, Page 303, for breach of conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same, the mortgaged premises located at 33 Day Avenue, Westfield, MA 01085 will be sold at a Public Auction at 12:00PM on December 21, 2016, at the mortgaged premises, more parThe land in Granville, Hampden ticularly described below, all and County, Massachusetts, with the singular the premises described buildings thereon, bounded and in said mortgage, to wit:

described as follows:

By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by Andrew T. Hartley and Lisa M. Hartley to Village Mortgage Company, dated October 25, 2004 and recorded with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 14588, Page 465, as affected by Assignment of Mortgage to Westfield Bank dated October 21, 2004 and recorded as aforesaid in Book 14588, Page 474, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing, the same will be sold at Public Auction at 11:00 a.m. on the 4th day of January, 2017, on the mortgaged premises believed to be known as 65 Kane Brothers Circle, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, all and singular the premises described in said Mortgage, to wit: “PROPERTY: 65 Kane Brothers Circle, Westfield, MA Certain real estate situate in WESTFIELD, Hampden County, Massachusetts, being designated as Lot 29-D (twenty nineD)as shown on the plan entitled “KANE BROTHERS CIRCLE, SCARFO CONSTRUCTION, INC. ...” as recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book of Plans 280, Page 117, said lot being bounded and described as follows: NORTHWESTERLY by Kane Brothers Circle, as shown on said plan, Seventy Six and 53/100 (76.53) feet; NORTHERLY by said Kane Brothers Circle, by a curved line

The land in Westfield, Hampden having a radius of 100 feet, Two EASTERLY by Silver Street two C o u n t y , M a s s a c h u s e t t s , H u n d r e d T h i r t y T h r e e a n d h u n d r e d f i f t y a n d 0 0 / 1 0 0 bounded and described as fol- 8 7 / 1 0 0 ( 2 3 3 . 8 7 ) f e e t ; lows: (250.00) feet;

SOUTHERLY by land now or formerly of Fred Walkerbarth two hundred seventy-two and 82/100 (272.82) feet;

Beginning at the intersection of the westerly line of Day Avenue with the southerly line of Pearl Street; thence running

SOUTHERLY on said Day AvenSOUTHWESTERLY by other ue, one hundred eleven and land now or formerly of Sherid- 43/100 (111.43) feet to an iron an Lee Moore three hundred pin; thence running

NORTHEASTERLY by said Kane Brothers Circle, by a curved line having a radius of 500 feet, Ninety and 14/100 (90.14) feet; SOUTHEASTERLY by Lot 30-E (thirty-E) as shown on said plan, One Hundred Sixty Five and 00/100 (165.00) feet; and SOUTHWESTERLY by Lot 28-C

twenty-seven and 93/100 (twenty eight-C) as shown on (327.93) feet; and WESTERLY on land now or said plan, One Hundred Ninety

NORTHEASTERLY by said other land now or formerly of Sheridan Lee Moore three hundred thirty-two and 08/100 (332.08) feet.

formerly of the Woronoco Savings Bank, now known as Berkshire Savings Bank, about one hundred ten (110) feet to an iron pin at land now or formerly of one Kirwin; thence running

Six and 58/100 (196.58) feet.

SUBJECT to easement rights to New England Telephone and Telegraph Company and Westfield Gas and Electric Light Department dated August 25, 1992, recorded in the Hampden NORTHERLY on last named County Registry of Deeds in land and land now or formerly of Book 8163, Page 523.

See plan recorded in Book of plans 216, Page 65 for northeasterly and southwesterly the heirs or devisees of J. R. Being the same premises conReed about one hundred eleven veyed to the mortgagors herein boundaries. and 48/100 (111.48) feet to said by deed of Scarfo Construction, Inc. dated July 15, 1993 and rePearl Street; thence running For mortgagor’s title see deed corded in the Hampden County recorded with the Hampden EASTERLY on said Pearl Street Registry of Deeds in Book 8490, County Registry of Deeds in one hundred twenty and 45/100 Page 397.” Book 10038, Page 459. (120.45) feet to the place of beThe premises will be sold subject to any and all unpaid taxes and other municipal assessments and liens, and subject to prior liens or other enforceable encumbrances of record entitled to precedence over this mortgage, and subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, reservations and conditions of record and subject to all tenancies and/or rights of parties in possession. Terms of the Sale: Cash, cashier's or certified check in the sum of $5,000.00 as a deposit must be shown at the time and place of the sale in order to qualify as a bidder (the mortgage holder and its designee(s) are exempt from this requirement); high bidder to sign written Memorandum of Sale upon acceptance of bid; balance of purchase price payable in cash or by certified check in thirty (30) days from the date of the sale at the offices of mortgagee's attorney, Korde & Associates, P.C., 900 Chelmsford Street, Suite 3102, Lowell, MA 01851 or such other time as may be designated by mortgagee. The description for the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication.

ginning. For mortgagor’s title see deed recorded with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 16227, Page 65. The premises will be sold subject to any and all unpaid taxes and other municipal assessments and liens, and subject to prior liens or other enforceable encumbrances of record entitled to precedence over this mortgage, and subject to and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, reservations and conditions of record and subject to all tenancies and/or rights of parties in possession.

Terms of the Sale: Cash, cashier's or certified check in the sum of $5,000.00 as a deposit must be shown at the time and place of the sale in order to qualify as a bidder (the mortgage holder and its designee(s) are exempt from this requirement); high bidder to sign written Memorandum of Sale upon acceptance of bid; balance of purchase price payable in cash or by certified check in thirty (30) days from the date of the sale at the offices of mortgagee's attorney, Korde & Associates, P.C., 900 Chelmsford Street, Suite 3102, Lowell, MA 01851 or such other time as may be designated by mortgagee. The description for the premises contained in said mortgage shall Other terms to be announced at control in the event of a typographical error in this publicathe sale. tion.

U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee to structured Asset Investment Loan Trust (SAIL), Series 2006-BNC3

Fortin, Charles A., 16-024646, November 23, 2016, November 30, 2016, December 7, 2016

TERMS OF SALE: SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 ($7,500.00) DOLLARS will be required to be paid in cash, or by certified or bank cashier's check by the purchaser at the time and place of sale. The balance of the purchase price on the sale shall be paid in cash, or by certified or bank cashier's check within thirty (30) days thereafter and the Deed transferred contemporaneously therewith. The successful bidder at the sale shall be required to sign a Memorandum of terms of sale containing the above terms at the Auction sale. The purchaser will be responsible for all closing costs, Massachusetts deed excise stamps and all recording fees.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS LAND COURT DEPARTMENT OF THE TRIAL COURT 16 SM 004249 ORDER OF NOTICE TO: Michael E. Haracz a/k/a Michael Haracz Kimberly A.Haracz and to all persons entitled to the benefit of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50 U.S.C. App. § 3901 (et seq).: Nationstar Mortgage LLC claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage covering real property in Granville, numbered 115 Trumble Lane, given by Michael E. Haracz and Kimberly A. Haracz to "MERS", Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., a separate corporation that is acting solely as nominee for Quicken Loans Inc., "Lender"; and its successors and assigns, dated June 26, 2009, and recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 17897, Page 599, and now held by Plaintiff by assignment, has filed with this Court a complaint for determination of Defendant’s 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 December 26, 2016 or you will be forever barred from claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act. Witness, JUDITH C. CUTLER, Chief Justice of said Court on November 9, 2016 Attest: Deborah J. Patterson Recorder

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The premises will be sold subject to any and all restrictions, easements, improvements, covenants, outstanding tax titles, municipal or other public taxes, assessments, liens or claims in the nature of liens, and existing encumbrances of record superior to the Mortgage, if any. Said premises will also be sold subject to all leases and tenancies having priority over said Mortgage, to tenancies or occupation by persons on the premises now and at the time of said auction which tenancies or occupation are subject to said Mortgage, to rights or claims in personal property installed by tenants or former tenants now located on the premises, also to all laws and ordinances including, but not limited to, all building and zoning laws and ordinances. It shall be the bidder's sole responsibility to ascertain all items described in this paragraph and no representations are made concerning compliance with applicable zoning, building, sanitary or other state and/or municipal regulations.


adjourned from time to time, if necessary, by the attorney for the mortgagee at the scheduled time and place of sale. The description for the premises contained in said mortgage shall control in the event of a typographical error in this publication.

Korde & Associates, P.C. 900 Chelmsford Street Other terms, if any, will be anSuite 3102 nounced at the sale. Lowell, MA 01851 (978) 256-1500 Westfield Bank, Present Holder of said Mortgage

Kane, Marcus D., 16-024754, November 23, 2016, November 30, 2016, December 7, 2016

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

FORESTRY JML FORESTRY Seasoned Firewood for Sale 1/2 to Full Cords Delivered 413-575-8900 Westfield HAULING A.R.A. Junk, Furniture & Appliance Removal Full house clean-outs. Basements, attics & garages. Demolition: Patios, sheds and swing-sets. You name it...we take it! Senior discounts. Free estimates on phone. Credit cards accepted. 7 days a week. Emergency, same day service. Call Pete 413-433-0356

HOME IMPROVEMENT AFFORDABLE BUILDING CONTRACTOR 20 Years experience. Licensed & insured. Repairs, Renovations & Construction. Specializing in Decks, Roofs, Garages, Additions & Log Cabins and Basement conversions Call Dave: 413-568-6440 DAVE DAVIDSON: Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling "GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME" Complete Bath Renovations. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. MA. License #072233, MA.Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568 569-9973. www.davedavidsonremodeling. com

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

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


Interior & Exterior 25 years experience Including aluminum siding. Commercial & Residential. Water damage repairs, ceiling, wall and exterior repairs. Power washing. FOR FREE ESTIMATE call: Ken 568-5146


Fall Clean-ups & Leaf pick-up. Fully insured. 26 years experience. 413-575-1016 Hagger's Landscaping Services LLC Timely and dependable snow removal commercial & residential Fall Clean-ups, Curb-side leaf pick-up, hedge trimming. Specializing in Hardscaping of patios/walkways/fire pits. We now provide junk removal and basement / attic clean-outs! All your Landscaping needs. Residential & Commercial Fully Insured/Free Estimates 413-626-6122 or visit

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

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

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)569-1611 or (413)374-5377

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

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

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

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

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




Forest Management 61 Plans Available


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. • PROFESSIONAL SERVICES • To Advertise call 413-562-4181 Ext. 118 CHIMNEY SWEEPS

VFW POST 872 Friday, December 2nd 4-9pm 151 Point Grove Rd. Southwick, MA

Affordable Building Contractor Residential & light commercial Westfield Only 21 Years Experience Call Dave 413-568-6440 G&G Services Plus SNOWPLOWING. Free Estimates Sidewalks & Walkways Residential Only. Westfield Area Service You Can Trust! Call Greg: 413-210-3024


STORAGE Camper, Boat, Trailer outdoor storage yard. Year-round discounts. Safe and secure. Lockhouse Rd. Westfield, MA JML 413-575-8900

WESTFIELD: 1st Floor, 2 Bedroom, Living Room, Kitchen & Bath. 1st/Last/Security. $825 p/month + utiities. 413-250-4811

WEST SPRINGFIELD, 4 room apartment, all new ceramic, large deck (12x12), new paint. 413-736-2120.

Westfield - 2nd Floor, 1 Bedroom, Kitchen & Bath. $650 p/month includes utilities. 1st/Last/Security. No pets. 413-250-4811

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

Westfield: Close to center. Refreshed, updated, spacious 2nd floor apartment. This very clean, 5 Room, 3-bedroom unit is very inexpensive to run. First/last & security. Key fee required. No pets. Call 413-569-8877 for appointment.

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

Truck & Trailer Repair We repair Pick-ups, Vans, SUVs & Campers in addition to light, medium, and heavy duty diesel trucks. NAPA Truck Service Budget Truck Rental Location 24-Hour Emergency Service Fleet Repair MA Inspection Station "No truck or job too big or too small" 165 Bliss St. West Springfield, MA


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

WESTFIELD: LARGE PARTIALLY FURNISHED ROOM: Heat, hot water, electricity, and cable included. Central location. Parking, bus route. Nonsmoking. Male preferred. $95/weekly. 413-562-1973


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

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

Huntington - 2 Bedroom Cape, large front yard. Beautiful view of the river, off Rt. 112. $1175 p/month +utilities. All appliances included. $1175 p/month +utilities. No pets/No smoking. 1st/Last/Security and references required. Call: 413-531-2197

OFFICE SPACE Open Space Office Available 82 Broad St., Westfield Call for appointment 562-2295

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

WINDOW CLEANING CRYSTAL CLEAR WINDOWS Cleaned inside and out! Including storms and screens. Fully insured. Free estimates. Call Paul NOW to book December appointments and save 10%. 413-237-2053

MOBILE HOMES LUDLOW- ONE BEDROOM starter home. Room to expand. Needs TLC. New furnace, $25,000. 593-9961 DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM

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

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