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By Tyler S. Witkop
Turley Publications Staff Writer
WILBRAHAM – When a
budget is set to increase over
$900,000 over a previous year,
no one likes to hear that services
could actually decrease or that
employees could lose their jobs.
This is the scenario facing
the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District for the
upcoming Fiscal Year 2016 following the budget projections
by newly elected Gov. Charlie
Baker.
Following the release of
Baker’s budget March 4, the
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional
School Committee, members of
both towns’ Boards of Selectmen
and other elected and appointed
officials gathered for a Budget
Round Table Meeting to discuss
the impact.
As the Times went to press,
the HWRSC was scheduled to
vote the budget and hold a public
presentation March 10.
Supt. M. Martin O’Shea
outlined a scenario that was very
grim for the upcoming year, with
tough choices facing school officials as the budget, based on the
first round of state projections, is
facing a shortfall of roughly $2
million in order to maintain the
same level of services.
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Jodie Gerulaitis poses with Minnechaug seniors after the Credit for Life event.
Students prepare for their financial futures
By Cassie Cloutier
Turley Publications
Staff Intern
WILBRAHAM – “Understand the impact of your credit
score going forward,” said Minnechaug Regional High School
Principal Stephen Hale. “Every
financial decision you make
will affect this score. Take advantage of this opportunity.”
We had all come together for Minnechaug’s annual
“Credit For Life” program,
which teaches graduating
seniors about credit scores,
savings and some of the fundamental financial decisionmaking skills they will soon
need to use in adult life. More
than 350 seniors processed into
the Minnechaug gymnasium,
which was packed with booths,
balloons and adult volunteers
on Thursday, March 5.
Upon entering the gym,
the students, a combined group
of seniors from Minnechaug
and Monson High School, re-
ceived a lanyard and a guide
for the day, and climbed into
the bleachers.
The event began with a
welcome from Superintendent
M. Martin O’Shea, Hale, and
Jodie Gerulaitis, the financial
education officer from Country Bank, which sponsored the
program. O’Shea explained that
the program intended to show
students some of “what awaits
you in life after Minnechaug.”
Gerulaitis commented that
the program was staffed by 65
volunteers from Country Bank
and the community, and gave
us our task: We would play the
role of a financially independent 25 year old. The program
would be a simulated financial
month in which we had to make
and spend money with the goal
of meeting needs and staying in
our budget.
We’d be given several opportunities throughout the day:
To set up a credit a credit card,
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And then there were three candidates remaining
Selectmen, residents
meet TA finalists
By Tyler S. Witkop
Turley Publications Staff Writer
TIMES staff photo by Tyler S. Witkop
Wilbraham Selectman Susan Bunnell introduces the town
to (from left) Nick Breault, Edward Gibson and Dana Reed,
one of whom will serve as the next town administrator.
WILBRAHAM – Over
a three hour period Saturday,
March 7 the Wilbraham Board
of Selectmen interviewed the finalists to become the next town
administrator, each with years of
experience and a strong desire to
serve the town.
The candidates, Edward
Gibson, Nick Breault and Dana
Reed each answered the same
nine questions from the selectmen: Chairman Robert Russell,
Robert Boilard and Susan Bunnell. Following their interviews,
the candidates then gathered at
the Wilbraham Public Library
for a “Meet & Greet” with members of the community and gave
a 15 minute presentation in the
Brooks Room.
Gibson, the first mayor of
West Springfield and current
town administrator of Becket,
Mass., told the selectmen that
he considers himself a “Beantowner” and that he also served
West Springfield as a member of
their Finance and School Committees.
“Competing needs is never
easy,” Gibson said, noting the
difficult financial situation in
town receiving little state assistance. “I’m someone who thinks
outside the box.”
He said one of his first
courses of action would be to get
to know all of the departments
and department heads to try and
get caught up with the budget.
Breault currently serves
as town administrator for East
Longmeadow. He has served in
that capacity for over 10 years
and has prior experience as a
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WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham Police
Department released information on recent police activity reported by Capt. Timothy Kane.
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On March 1 at 12:05 a.m. Officer David
Diogo stopped a gray Honda Accord on Boston
Road for minor traffic violations. The operator,
Carrie Lavallie, 32 of Spencer, Mass. showed
signs of impairment. Soon after, she was arrested
for OUI Liquor and Negligent Operation.
Assault
On March 2 at 6:16 p.m. Sgt. Mark Paradis
took a statement at the WPD regarding a 49 year
old resident from Wilbraham pushing his wife
into a closet. He was arrested for Assault and
Battery on a Family Member.
Also on March 2, Paradis investigated an
incident where 48 year old, Donna Borchers of
Wilbraham was summoned to court for Assault
with a Dangerous Weapon. Borchers was angry
with the victim who allegedly stole items from
her while staying at her home.
WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham
Republican Town Committee will host
the Republican Town Caucus to select
candidates for the 2015 Wilbraham
Town Elections on Thursday, March
26 at 7 p.m. at Wilbraham Middle
School.
In the event of a school closing,
the alternate date will be Thursday,
April 2 at the same time and location.
All Republicans enrolled in Wil-
Democratic Town
Caucus scheduled
WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham Democratic Town Committee has announced the Democratic
Town Caucus will take place Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Brooks
Room of the Wilbraham Public Library.
All registered Wilbraham Democrats and Unenrolled voters are
welcome to participate to nominate
the party’s candidates for this year’s
annual Town Election Saturday,
May 16. For more information call
Todd Luzi 599-4811.
braham are invited to attend and participate in this important meeting.
Everyone else is welcome to attend as
non-participating guests. Registered
Republicans can email to the address
below before Thursday, March 19 to
get nominated by the WRTC.
Candidates for the positions of
Selectman, Town Clerk, Moderator,
Assessor, Regional School Committee (2), Tree Warden, Cemetery Com-
missioner (2), Water Commissioner,
Library Trustee (2), Planning Board
(2) and Housing Authority will be selected. Nominations for any of these
positions will be taken from the floor.
The Town Election will be held
Saturday, May 16. For more information email Dave Sanders at [email protected] with subject
listed as “Caucus”.
Snowman contest underway
WILBRAHAM – With snow
blanketing the community, snowmen
and creatures are finally able to come
to life. Now until Tuesday, March
17, the Wilbraham Junior Women’s
Club is asking for submissions of
residents’ creations for their first ever
Wilbraham Snowman Contest.
To participate, individuals and
groups in Wilbraham who create a
snowman/woman, snow family or
creature post a picture of the creation
to the “Wilbraham Snowman Contest” Facebook page. Submissions
will fall under three categories: Most
creative, most traditional and biggest
group-built snowman (the largest
number of people building a snowman together). To be entered into the
group category, all the builders must
be in the photo.
All snowmen must have been
built during the current, 2015 snow
season. Contestants may enter as
many different creations as they
please but are reminded that event is
family friendly. Following the deadline, a group of “celebrity” judges
will choose the winners, who will
receive a $25 gift card and featured
in the Community Gallery of the
Times.
For more information, call Maria
Ardolino at 596-5049.
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Parking ban in effect
HAMPDEN – The annual winter parking ban for the
Town of Hampden is in effect now through Wednesday,
April 1, 2015. Any vehicles left on town roads may be
towed at the owner’s expense. All vehicles that impede
snow removal may be towed by the Police Department or
at the request of the Highway Department.
Selectmen seek public input
HAMPDEN – With the construction of the new
Hampden Police Station eminent the Board of Selectmen, Chairman John D. Flynn, Vincent Villamaino, and
Norman Charest, is seeking public
input regarding the usage of the
Town House.
Flynn commented that with
the police moving from the building, groups and residents using
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Class of ’94 to hold reunion
WILBRAHAM – The Minnechaug Regional High
School Class of 1994 announced they will hold their 20th
Reunion celebration Saturday, May 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. at
the Country Club of Wilbraham. Cost is $20.
To RSVP, visit the class Facebook page “Minnechaug Class of 1994.” The deadline for reservations is
Friday, May 1.
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Positions open on
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HAMPDEN – The Board of Selectmen, Chairman
John D. Flynn, Vincent Villamaino and Norman Charest, have announced that there are vacant positions on
town committees. Currently, there is a need for a Parks
and Recreation Commissioner, Water Commissioner
and for appointees on the Housing Authority, Personnel
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As the Parks and Recreation Commission and
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When will the snow pile melt?
WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club is holding their first “Snow-Melt” event to raise
money for scholarships and community service projects in the center of Wilbraham. A huge pile of snow is
in Gazebo Park. The club is selling tickets at $5 each
asking people to predict the time and date it will all be
melted.
“The person who comes closest to the actual date
and time will win $500,” said club president Dr. Ed McFarland.
Tickets will be printed in the Times and will be
available around town, at the Village Store in the Center, Alpha Oil on Boston Road and at the Wilbraham
Senior Center. For more information call Dr. Ed McFarland at 596-8065.
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NEWS ABOUT TOWN from page 3
Wilbraham Art League
to exhibit in March
WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham
Hiking Club announced its next hike will
take place Saturday, March 14 at Whittaker Woods in Somers, Conn.
Rated easy to low moderate, the event
will serve as a hike or snowshoe. There
are some inclines along the trail. Traction
gear and poles are recommended. Carpooling will take place from from Somers
Town Hall on Main Street (Route 190).
For more information, contact hike
leader Gerri Morgan at 413-896-5528 or
[email protected]
WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham Art
League will be exhibiting their artwork
at the Wilbraham Public Library now
through Monday, March 30 in the Brooks
Room.
The show’s theme is “Awakenings,”
chosen by members to give each artist an
opportunity to paint or create a piece of art
representing the coming of spring, a time
when new life appears. Photography,
basketry, jewelry, weavings and sculpture
are included in the display.
For more information, visit wilbrahamartleague.org.
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Soothing sounds…
Library programs
underway
WILBRAHAM – Children’s programming at the Wilbraham Public Library is now underway for the Storytime
and Toddler Two Step programs.
Spring Storytime will run a total of
six weeks. The program is split into two
age groups, starting at 10:15 a.m. for
children ages 2 – 3 ½ and 11:15 a.m. for
children ages 3 ½ – 5.
The Toddler Two-Step program, run
in partnership with Pathways for Parents, will take place Mondays at 10:15
a.m. The program is designed for children ages 12 – 24 months and features
20 minutes of nursery rhymes, singing
and music, and 20 minutes of social
time.
For more information call the library at 596-6141.
John Thorp of Monson uses Tibetan and crystal bowls to help bring
relaxation to participants of the “Healing Through Music” program
at the Hampden Senior Center March 4.
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WILBRAHAM – Kerry Ann Men- Hampden Library
dez, nationally recognized garden designer, plant explorer, and author, will speak
at the next Springfield Garden Club meeting Friday, March 13 Wilbraham United
Church. Her talk on “The Perennial Plant
Collector’s Corner” will offer gardeners suggestions for unusual perennials to
transform their gardens.
This fundraiser for the Springfield
Garden Club Scholarship Fund will start
at 11a.m.
For more information or to make telephone reservations, contact Judy Cmero
at 413-599-0462 or email SpringfieldGar-
HAMPDEN – The Hampden Library
has announced that a former town resident and horse author will visit the library
Saturday, March 14 at noon.
Linda Snow McLoon (Nee Libby),
a resident from 1968-1994, will be giving an author talk and signing copies of
her children’s books “Crown Prince” and
“Crown Prince Challenged.” McLoon is
currently a resident of Maine.
For more information, call the Library at 566-3047.
WILBRAHAM – The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual St. Patrick’s
Day Dinner Saturday, March 14 at 6 p.m.
at St. Cecilia’s Church.
A dinner of corned beef, cabbage,
potatoes, rye and Irish soda bread, dessert
and beverages will be served. Attendants
may also participate in a raffle.
Tickets, which cost $15 for adults
and $7 for children, are available for purchase following all Masses. There are no
reservations. Names of ticket holders will
be posted on a seating chart.
For more information, call Tom
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WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham
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Diners to support
Senior Center
NEWS ABOUT TOWN from page 4
Greater Springfield Senior Services Tuesday, March 17 at 11:45.
Special guest, state Rep. Angelo
Puppolo Jr. (D-Springfield), who serves
Wilbraham in the State House, will be on
hand to serve seniors. The menu includes
Swedish meatballs, buttered noodles,
corn, rye bread and applesauce.
Cost of the lunch is $2 and registration is required as space is limited. For
more information or to register, call 5968679.
WILBRAHAM – Diners at one local establishment will be donating to
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24. During breakfast, lunch and dinner,
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Ashe to hold
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HAMPDEN – State Rep. Brian Ashe
(D-Longmeadow) who represents Hampden in the state legislature will hold office
hours in town Wednesday, March 18 from
11 a.m. – noon at the Hampden Library.
For more information, contact the
district number at 413-272-3922.
TIMES photo by David Miles
Keeping up with standards…
Firefighters from throughout the region gathered at the Wilbraham
Fire Station March 7 to participate in required training coursework.
Red Hat pizza party
WILBRAHAM – The Red Hat Ya
Ya Sisterhood will hold an “Early Spring
Luncheon” Friday, March 20 at noon featuring pizza and a movie. The movie for
the lunch is “Calendar Girls” and popcorn
will be served. In addition, the Red Hat
Scrapbooks will be on hand featuring various pictures. For reservations or more information call Kathy Sowa at 596-5462.
TIMES photo by David Miles
Supporting the Rotarians…
Wilbraham Selectman Chairman Robert Russell (right) joins Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club members Don Flannery (left) and Walter
Markett at Gazebo Park, showing his support for the club’s first ever
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WILBRAHAM – Minnechaug Regional High School (MRHS) Varsity and
Junior Varsity cheerleaders, in association
with the MRHS Booster Club, will host
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MRHS gymnasium.
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Roses and Thorns
Roses – With the presence of winter making itself
very known this year, we would like to take the time to
thank the Hampden Highway Department and the Wilbraham Department of Public Works for their efforts to
make our roads the standard in Western Massachusetts.
The crews have been working relentlessly this season,
logging countless hours of overtime and spending little
time with their families in order to make our commute
to work, school and personal activities a safe one. While
some mailboxes have fallen victim to the snow plows, we
certainly understand the alternative of having impassable
roads or one barely wide enough for a single vehicle.
Rose – Groups like the Minnechaug Scholarship
Foundation, the Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club, the
Hampden Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus and the
Wilbraham Women’s Club, just to name a few, have all
shown their commitment to making higher education affordable by offering scholarships. The high cost of a college education is a reality that is certainly not lost upon
us and we feel that it is a sign of what makes our communities special to see people coming together to support
and encourage the growth of future generations.
Thorn – A thorn is extended to the commenters on
social media, oftentimes anonymous, that resort to personal attacks, using violent and/or threatening language
towards others. This disturbing behavior we have been
monitoring for some time seems to be happening with increased frequency and needs to stop. Nationally, individuals are facing serious consequences for hate-filled and
threatening social media posts regarding the daughter of
retired Red Sox great Curt Schilling. Locally, the Wilbraham Police Department shut down its Facebook page
due to profane commentary flooding their inbox after the
Polar Plunge. Last year a former student in Ludlow was
arrested for threatening students on social media, caus-
ing a school lockdown. While we certainly champion
free speech and encourage opposing views and disagreements, we remind our readers and the younger generations that there are and always have been very real and
serious consequences to freely expressing thoughts.
Roses – A rose goes out to the Wilbraham Girl Scout
Troop 11229 who recently collected over 95 pounds of
goods for foster dogs and cats at Rainbow Rescue. A rose
is also extended to Mrs. Curtin at Soule Road Elementary
School for letting the girls place the donation box in the
hallway and allowing them to make weekly announcements. We must also extend roses to everyone who supported the girls by donating the needed supplies including blankets, towels, toys and food.
Rose – Residents and parents in both towns, noticeably those in Hampden, have begun to regularly attend
meetings and public forums of the Middle School Task
Force. For years we have noticed a very absent presence
at public meetings and we feel it is very encouraging to
see, especially regarding the education of our children,
that the public is taking an active role in the process. We
hope this is a positive sign for future participation, as local government decision-making affects our daily lives
more than that of the state or federal governments.
Rose – We are glad to see that despite this relentless
barrage of winter weather, people are making the best
of the snow. In just the last week we have noticed an
increase of snowmen popping up at storefronts and front
lawns throughout the community. Additionally, the Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club is holding a “Snow-Melt”
fundraiser at Gazebo Park in Wilbraham where participants can guess the date and time a large pile of snow
will melt for a chance to win $500. For more information
call club president Dr. Ed McFarland at 596-8065.
TALK of the TOWNS
S
ave the dates: The Wilbraham Board of Broadband fiber optics initiative and its leadership by
Selectmen, Chairman Bob Russell, Bob Boilard Will Caruana and Tom Newton. It was written and
and Sue Bunnell, voted to set the 2015 Annual photographed by our Westfield State University intern
Town Meeting for Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Adam Forziatti, who graduated last year. While on
auditorium at Minnechaug continuing to Tuesday, May a trip last week to Yarmouth on Cape Cod, we were
12 if necessary. The Annual Town Elections, also held surprised to hear his voice presenting the news on the
at Minnechaug, will be held on Saturday, May 16.
Cape station WOCN-FM based in Hyannis.
We are glad to see that the Wilbraham-Hampden
The Minnechaug Varsity and Junior Varsity
Rotary Club is budgeting a large amount of funds to cheerleaders will host their annual Cheerleading Clinic
help needy families in our town with fuel assistance. on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids
The money comes from the many fundraisers the club age one to 12 in the gymnasium. To pre-register, email
holds during the year. So when you go to their Wine and [email protected]
Beer Tasting April 17 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Times staff writer Tyler Witkop
at the Ludlow Country Club you will be
reported last week that with the completion
TALK
helping out. For tickets call 413-530-5996
of the new Hampden Police Station eminent
c
olumnist
or 413-221-9122.
the Board of Selectmen, Chairman John
And, the Rotary Club’s newest
D. Flynn, Vinnie Villamaino, and Norm
fundraiser is the Snow Melt Contest. A
Charest, is seeking public input regarding
huge pile of snow is in Gazebo Park. The
the usage of the Town House. John said
club is selling tickets at $5 each asking
with the police moving from the building,
people to predict the time and date it will all
groups and residents using the facility after
be melted. “The person who comes closest
hours could conceivably be locked out.
to the actual date and time will win $500,”
He noted that the usage and availability
said club president Dr. Ed McFarland.
of the space is an issue that needs to be
CHARLES F.
Wilbraham Selectman Bob Russell will
considered. The selectmen are looking for
BENNETT
judge the actual date and time when the
input, so please submit your suggestions to
snow pile is gone. Tickets will be printed
the Selectmen’s Office at 566-2151 ext. 100
in the Times and will be available around
or email [email protected]
town, at the Village Store in the Center, Alpha Oil on
After I retired in October, I received a nice note
Boston Road and at the Wilbraham Senior Center. For from longtime Peach Festival talent coordinator and
more information call Dr. Ed McFarland at 596-8065.
member of Wilbraham’s 250th Anniversary Celebration
The Wilbraham and Agawam Junior Women’s Committee, and “lady about town”, Helene Pickett.
clubs came together recently to sew, iron and stuff 160 Helene thanked us for keeping readers abreast of the
comfort pillows. The pillows are used by patients who news in Hampden and Wilbraham, such as the 2012
have had breast surgery. They give comfort. Nice job story about the Glendale Cemetery Civil War ghost and
ladies! Also, Congratulations to club member Maria the town’s connection to Shay’s Rebellion.
Paolucci for being nominated by her fellow Juniors as
Sheila Thompson of Hampden sent us this piece
“Club Woman Of The Year” Maria is a great example from a recent issue of The Week magazine: “Don’t
of “Living the Volunteer Spirit” and donates her time a forget who’s boss: Mom.” A young Philadelphia couple
talents to our community.
who had a bad customer experience from a national
Best of luck to eye doctor Dr. John Danielson, cable company decided to act. Getting “horrible
affiliated with the Spectacle Shoppe in Wilbraham, on treatment” from the company’s customer service
his March 1 retirement.
department, after losing 13 days of work because the
The Hampden Lions Club will be awarding their cable hadn’t been hooked up as promised, the couple
annual scholarship to two high school seniors from decided to call the cable company CEO’s 92-year-old
Hampden who are planning to continue their education. mother and described the problem. Within a day of the
Applications for the scholarships are available from the call to the mom, technicians arrived to set up the young
guidance departments at Minnechaug Regional High couple’s service. It just goes to show that that no matter
School, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, and Cathedral your age or your position in a giant company “you still
High School. Applications must be completed and have to listen to Mom.”
returned by Tuesday, March 31. For more information,
contact Donna Benoit at 413-478-0958. Retired Editor Emeritus Charlie Bennett writes
If you can remember, the Times ran a front page this regular column for the Times. Please send items for
story over a year-and–a-half ago about Wilbraham’s the column to [email protected]
March 12, 2015
QUOTATIONS
of the Week
“
Understand the impact of your credit score
going forward. Every financial decision you
make will affect this score. Take advantage of
this opportunity.
”
Minnechaug Regional High School Principal Stephen Hale on the importance of a credit score during
the Credit For Life financial literacy program at the high
school March 5.
“
The state has pulled the rug out from underneath us yet again.
”
Wilbraham Selectman Chairman Robert Russell on
the lack of state aid and Regional School District Transportation reimbursement monies, forcing the towns to
pay more money on education.
“
”
I’m up to here with mandates.
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee
member Peter Salerno on his frustration with unfunded
educational mandates.
“
”
My focus is always on the citizens.
Town Administrator finalist Nick Breault, who currently serves East Longmeadow in the same capacity, on
his philosophy serving the public in a government role.
Volunteers of the Week
T
his week’s volunteers of the week are
Ruth Cheney and Helen LeVallee of
Hampden, who help collate the “Scantic
Scribe” at the Hampden Senior Center.
The state estimates the value of a volunteer in
Massachusetts is worth $27.43 per hour.
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The Wilbraham-Hampden TIMES
March 12, 2015
Page Editorial
How much testing is
too much?
By Carolyn Garete
Guest Column
A
s my daughter has had no free time
in the last three weeks because of
relentless studying for mid-terms
in eighth grade, and half the eighth graders prepare to take the National Assessment
of Educational Progress, I thought I would
share and expand upon a Facebook post
from Falcons For Educational Freedom I
made earlier in the year.
What are (DDM’s) District Determined
Measures? I hope you know parents. They
are just part of the new mandates coming
down from our government that will be used
toward teacher evaluations.
The [Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education] DESE website states
that DDM’s establish a “determination of an
educator’s Student Impact Rating of high,
moderate, or low according to trends and
patterns in student learning, growth, and
achievement.” How does this involve your
child? It will take away four days of learning in school for them. For instance, last
year the seventh graders were given pretests
that were around two hours a piece in each
of the four core subjects and again two hour
final post-tests at the end of the year in each
subject for a grand total of 16 hours.
20 Hours
As eighth graders, the students will take
20 hours of these tests, because Spanish is
also included. The schools allowed the students one day to acclimate to new teachers,
schedules, locker combinations, and the
excitement of seeing friends again. On day
two DDM testing began before the ink was
even dry on the three hours of forms I signed
the night before.
My children came home and felt dumb
and stressed, because they knew little on the
pretests. You would think that the MCAS
would give all the information the schools
would need to show progress, but the government is data hungry and wants more. As I
was filling out parent homework this weekend, I had to write down any questions I had
for my child’s teachers. My question was
how much time will my child spend testing
this year. Maybe the school department can
answer that for me, it’s all a blur.
How can I possibly add it all up? In elementary schools, students will take DDM’s,
FAST assessments throughout, benchmark
testing to determine groupings and placement in materials, standardized testing to
determine eligibility for programs such as
Title I, MCAS testing along with PARCC
field testing last year, weekly classroom
tests, chapter tests, unit tests, quizzes, project based assignments counted as tests with
rubrics, and of course the all-important
mandatory tests in specials. My favorite is
the gym test.
Annual Testing
Students on IEP’s will take annual testing at some point as their reevaluation meetings come up during the year. I have since
learned of the new Kindergarten assessments
that are a conversation in and of themselves
on privacy concerns with the types and
Please see TESTING, page 10
LETTERS to the editor
Forgotten lies
To the editor:
I was appalled at the article by
Rick Rubin published in the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, p.15 on March
5, 2015, “A Life Filled With Lies.”
He starts with Brian Williams who
misremembered (lied) about being
shot down in Iraq in 2003. Definitely
unfortunate to lose a career and a reputation because of a foolish lie.
Then Rubin moves to [George]
H.W. Bush who after promising “no
new taxes” did so. It cost him a second term but it was the right thing to
do. Reagan had lowered the tax rate
on his rich friends who put him in
office and it wasn’t working for the
public good, so Bush restored some
of that tax revenue to the U.S. Treasury.
Then Rubin moves to the famous
Clinton lie, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Who cares?
It’s what happens on top of the desk
that matters. He finishes the article
with some generalizations about how
everybody lies. He never says a word
about George W. Bush and his lies.
Bush’s lies were the whoppers
of the century: The WMD and the
Iraqi connection to 9/11. These lies
started a war that killed hundreds of
thousands of Iraqis and Americans,
depleted our treasury and made the
world hate us. The Boston Marathon
bomber on trial now says he did it
to punish America for the killing of
Muslims in Iraq.
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The Iraqi infrastructure, economy and population were all devastated for a lie. The ISIS issue now is
the result of the destabilization of the
region caused by the invasion of Iraq.
The Afghanistan war could have been
avoided by sending in a small force as
Obama did and capturing Bin Laden.
Of course there would have been no
profits for Halliburton (Cheney), Bectel (Bush), Blackwater and others. A
few people made a lot of money but
everyone else suffered.
How could Rick Rubin write an
article about the lies of public figures
and not mention Bush? Unbelievable.
Malita Brown
Wilbraham
Thanks for
the snow pile
To the editor:
The Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club extends a special thanks to
Ed Miga and members of the town’s
Department of Public Works for all
their help in creating our snow pile
at Gazebo Park. This “Snow-Melt”
fundraiser will help support all of our
club’s charitable activities and the
DPW was invaluable in helping put
this all together for us.
Dr. Ed McFarland, President
Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club
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flock of turkeys was spotted in Wilbraham.
A resident displays her artwork. Mile Tree
students show school spirit. TWB students
were recognized by teachers. A giant bunny
appears in Wilbraham. The Times has lunch
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Together we can fight substance abuse
By State Sen. Eric P. Lesser
Guest Column
bulk purchasing of Narcan, a successful anti-overdose
drug. Unfortunately the price is skyrocketing, preventing police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders
from getting access to this lifesaving medicine.
ne of the most urgent problems facing
My bill would help save money by pooling
our community is substance abuse, and
resources and getting a better price from the
in particular, opioid addiction. Nearly
manufacturer.
1,000 people in Massachusetts died of uninI’m also working with my colleagues to
tentional opioid overdoses in 2013, more than
support local programs to combat substance
double the number of motor vehicle deaths and
abuse. In February, Senator Welch (D-West
a 46 percent increase over the previous year.
Springfield), Senator Humason (R-Westfield),
Here in Wilbraham and Hampden, local
Senator Downing (D-Pittsfield) and myself
police officers have taken the lead on coordinathosted a delegation of Senators led by Senate
ing annual drug take-back programs and underPresident Stan Rosenberg and Minority Leader
going extensive training in the use of Narcan, a
Eric Lesser
Bruce Tarr on a tour of Western Massachusetts.
highly effective anti-overdose medication. But
One of our most important stops we made was
the challenge still remains to keep opioids and
to the Hampden County Sheriff’s substance abuse treatother controlled substances out of our neighborhoods.
Given the escalating nature of this crisis, I wanted ment facility, where lawmakers learned first-hand about
to share some of the work I’ve been doing at the State treatment programs with a proven track record of success.
House to help reverse its direction.
Finally, I’m working with my colleagues in the
First, I was recently appointed as a member of the
Senate’s Special Committee on Opioid Addiction, which House and Senate on several additional bills aimed at
will investigate and recommend ways to better prevent, combating opiate abuse. These include legislation requirintervene, and treat opioid addiction across the Com- ing any drug manufacturer operating in Massachusetts
monwealth. I’ll be sure to send updates about my work to contribute to the Drug Stewardship Program, which
provides safe take-back and disposal of unwanted preon this committee throughout the year.
Second, we know one of the primary gateways to scription drugs. I’ve also co-sponsored a bill requiring all
heroin addiction is via prescription drug abuse. That’s opiates in Massachusetts to be prescribed electronically
why I’m sponsoring legislation to close the pharmacy to allow for better monitoring.
While substance abuse is a serious challenge, by
shopping loophole, by requiring pharmacies to report
their distribution of commonly abused prescription drugs working together, we can help make our neighborhoods
within 24 hours, rather than the current seven days. This safer and improve quality of life in Wilbraham, Hampden
will help pharmacists, public health officials and law en- and the wider region.
forcement to stop this dangerous practice before it beState Sen. Eric P. Lesser represents the First Hampcomes deadly.
den and Hampshire District, which includes Wilbraham
Pooling Resources
Third, I’m sponsoring a bill to examine statewide and Hampden. He can be reached at 617-722-1291.
O
TESTING from page 7
amount of data being uploaded to a data
base and placing an emphasis on academics rather than play based learning.
Middle school is the new high school.
It includes most of the above, but takes it
a step farther. Students can expect midterms and finals, along with binder tests.
High school includes PSAT’s, SAT’s, the
ACT, and other college bound offerings.
Now how many hours does this amount
to? Could somebody let me know? Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t kids go to
school to LEARN!
I feel for these kids. I see their anxiety
and their stress. Is another twenty hours of
testing really necessary? Do they need to
feel dumb the second day of school? Are
they capable of retaining everything they
learned during the year for a major final
in elementary school and middle school?
I don’t think so. Let’s get rid of DDM’s
and let our teachers teach and our children
learn!
Carolyn Garete is a special education
teacher and a resident of Wilbraham.
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March 12, 2015
Page 11
New thrift shop opens in Wilbraham
Grace Union
Church offers
bargains for a
good cause
quent tag sales twice the opportunities to get bargains, similar
to the way people visit multiple
tag sales on the same day.
The impetus for the Grace
Union thrift shop came about
several months after the church’s
most recent annual tag sale in
May of last year. Berta Stroshire,
who runs the church’s tag sales,
got together with her husband,
Dean, Swain, and fellow church
members Jim Gosselin, Avis and
Warren Hamilton at lunch one
day to discuss what to do with
the items that were left over
from the tag sale. The Stroshires,
who have a home on Cape Cod,
mentioned that they had been to
a number of church-run thrift
shops down there and that they
appeared to be quite successful.
Thus, the idea was born.
Basement Bargains
Swain credits Stroshire with
designing the shop the way it is
today. Located in a large, bright
and sunny room in the basement
just a short flight of stairs down
from the entrance to the church,
the store is currently stocked with
a wide range of new and gently
used items in very good condition including books, jewelry,
home décor items, dishes, glassware, small appliances, lamps,
clocks, small pieces of furniture, vintage magazines, picture
frames, knickknacks, kitchen
equipment, artwork, handmade
blankets, mittens, hats and holiday decorations.
Items for sale come from
individual donations, as well as
leftovers from estate sales and
By Janet Wise
Turley Publications Correspondent
WILBRAHAM – Local bargain hunters take note: There’s
a new thrift shop in Wilbraham.
The grand opening of the Grace
Union Church thrift shop on Maple Street took place on Friday,
March 6.
The shop will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which are the
same hours of operation of another thrift shop in Wilbraham,
the Wilbraham United Church
thrift shop on Main Street.
According to Sandy Swain,
a Wilbraham resident and one
of the organizers of the Grace
Union shop, it’s no coincidence
that the two are open at the same
time. As Swain says, “We patterned our shop after theirs. I do
have to give all the credit in the
world to the Wilbraham United
Church. They have been just
wonderful.”
Swain says that people have
asked her if it was a good idea to
have two thrift shops in the same
town. Her reply is that “Hey,
McDonald’s often has a Wendy’s
next door.” She also pointed out
that it will give people who fre-
Richard (left) and Lillian Eisold stop into the new Thrift
Shop at Grace Union Church.
not enough room to put it all
out yet!” If the crowd of people
who attended the shop’s opening
on Friday and lined up to make
purchases are any indication, the
shop will soon have room to put
out additional pieces.
Items are priced similarly to
those for sale at the Wilbraham
United Church, and like that
thrift shop, church volunteers
run the shop, and the proceeds
will go to the church and its outreach activities.
Unlike the Wilbraham United Church thrift shop, however,
Grace Union also offers very
gently used, quality children’s
clothing, and Swain eventually
hopes to start selling adult clothing as well.
The shop is always looking
for donations of new or very gently-used goods, but cannot accept
TVs, computers or other large
items. Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off at the
church on Tuesday, Wednesday
or Thursday mornings from 9
a.m. to 12 p.m. Members of the
church will also pick up items if
desired.
The Grace Union thrift shop
is located at 10 Chapel Street,
near the intersection of Maple
and Main Street, in Wilbraham.
Hours are Friday and Saturday
mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m.
For more information, please
call the church at 596-4397.
other churches, and Swain says
that there are plenty of other
items stored in the church that
Correspondent Janet Wise
can be reached at [email protected]
TIMES photo by David Miles
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the inventory on display. As she
said, “We have lots more, but
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March 12, 2015
Cathedral, Holyoke Catholic merger possible
By Gregory A. Scibelli
Turley Publications
Correspondent
REGION – On Feb. 23,
students at Holyoke Catholic
and Cathedral High School
learned they may be asked to
attend a different school building next year.
Rev. Mitchell Rozanski,
the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield,
announced during a press conference he plans to merge Cathedral High School of Springfield with Holyoke Catholic
High School, currently located
in downtown Chicopee near
Elms College.
Rozanski said during the
press conference that he has
considered numerous options,
but nothing specific has been
decided, including a site for the
combined school.
Rozanski did say by the
fall of 2016, he wanted students
from both schools going to one
temporary location. He did not
say if it would at Holyoke Catholic’s current location at the old
Assumption School on Springfield Street or at the current
temporary location for Cathedral, the old Memorial Elementary School in Wilbraham.
Cathedral currently has approximately 220 students, down
from about 400 students prior
to a tornado that hit Springfield
on June 1, 2011 and destroyed
Cathedral’s building located on
Surrey Road in the East Forest
Park section of Springfield.
Rozanski held a press conference to announce his plans
after spending several months
considering different options
and consulting with stakeholders that would potentially be involved. He said he met with the
board at Holyoke Catholic.
New School Hopes
the old Cathedral building and
many stakeholders are advocating for the school to be re-built
on the same site.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (DMassachusetts) helped secure
$29 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency
funds to help rebuild the school.
Neal has gone on record saying
he believes the school should
be rebuilt in its previous location.
“It’s not rocket science,”
State Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr.
(D-Springfield), who represents
Wilbraham, said in a press release following the announcement. “Sell or give Holyoke
Catholic to the Elms and rebuild a combined High School
on Surrey Road in Springfield.
No need for drawn out committees and further delays.”
At the press conference,
Rozanski said a study would
be done to determine where the
best location to have the new
Catholic High School is.
Following the press conference, a group identified as
Committee for Cathedral Action released a statement stating
their were pleased to see a new
school would be built, but want
the school building to remain
in Springfield with Holyoke
Catholic students moving to the
Springfield site.
“Cathedral High School is
a Springfield school,” the CCA
states. “The main target audience is and always has been
Springfield families who are
looking for an educational alternative.”
CCA also states Springfield
is central to many of the towns
students are coming from to attend Cathedral.
Mary Ann Linnehan, interim principal of Holyoke Catholic, is optimistic the merger
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“Their location (in Chicopee) is not a long-term place
for a high school,” the bishop
said. “I hope that a new school
is built in two and half years.”
While Cathedral’s building
fell victim to a natural disaster, Holyoke Catholic has been
on the move for several years
now.
Catholic was located in
downtown Holyoke for many
years, but was moved in 2002
when the school building was
declared unsafe for occupancy.
The school then moved to
the campus of the former St.
Hyacinth College and Seminary
in Granby for four years.
Since 2006, Holyoke Catholic has been sustained in Chicopee.
The Springfield Diocese
has been renting the Memorial
School in Wilbraham for Cathedral since the tornado hit. Last
year, demolition work began at
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WILBRAHAM – The Margaret
Oliver Ladue Foundation will hold
their fifth annual scholarship fundraising event on Saturday, March 21
at the Ludlow Country Club.
The foundation is dedicated to
the memory of Margaret Oliver Ladue, who passed away in 2010 and
spent the last 38 years of her life in
Wilbraham. It was founded by her
three children, and in addition to
raising money for scholarships, the
foundation also maintains the Healing Hearts Nature Sanctuary, located
in Wilbraham, in her honor.
The fundraiser, which will take
place from 6 to 11:30 p.m., will include a buffet, DJ, karaoke, dancing, raffles, games, a cash bar, and
the foundation’s annual “Cinnamon
Dessert Bake Off”. To participate
in the baking competition, entrants
Community to ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’
E. LONGMEADOW – Big
Brothers Big Sisters will hold its
Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 event
beginning Friday, April 24 at 9:30
p.m. at Shaker Bowl. Bowlers
can register online to form their
teams and create their fundraising
pages.
Participants are encouraged
to ask for donations through email
and social media in order to raise as
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p.m., as well as Saturdays, April
25 and May 2 at 2 p.m. at Shaker
Bowl in East Longmeadow.
This event makes it possible
for the organization to pair more
“Bigs” and “Littles,” starting children on the path to fulfilling their
potential and succeeding in school
and in life.
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scholarships to $1,500 each. Applications for the scholarships will
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Page 13
Non-native plants widespread, study shows
UMass researchers
use new methods
to survey native vs.
non-native plants
AMHERST – A new study,
a comprehensive assessment of
native vs. non-native plant distribution in the continental United
States, finds non-native plant
species are much more widespread than natives, a finding
that lead author Bethany Bradley
at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst called “very surprising.”
“Ecologists typically think
of invasive species as being introduced in one spot and gradually spreading out from there.
But, we found that even species
with only a handful of occur-
rences were distributed all across
the U.S.,” she says. “The future
may already be here.”
As she explains, one of the
major challenges for figuring out
how species ranges could shift
with climate change is that “we
do not have a good handle on the
factors limiting species’ current
distributions. For non-native, invasive species in particular, predicting invasion risk is difficult
because those species that have
recently arrived may not have yet
spread into all the environments
where they could get a toehold.”
Examined 13,000 Species
The international team explored the geographic distributions of over 13,000 plant species, comparing those that are
native and non-native to the continental United States, to identify
differences in their overall geography. The work, which appears
Wilbraham library unveils home
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WILBRAHAM – For
those unable to make it to the
Wilbraham Public Library,
the library recently launched a
free delivery service to homebound residents including the
elderly, disabled, non-drivers,
and those who are temporarily incapacitated by an illness
or accident.
Particpants can request
books (regular, large print, au-
dio), movies on DVD, music
CDs or magazines. A library
staff member or volunteer
driver will deliver them on a
regular or short term basis.
For more information
or to sign up, contact Dot
Moore, outreach librarian, at
596-6141 ext.127 or email
[email protected]
org.
in an online issue of Global Ecology and Biogeography, is co-authored with Regan Early of the
University of Exeter, U.K., and
Cascade Sorte of the University
of California, Irvine.
Their comparative analysis highlights the fact that native plants are strongly limited
in their distributions compared
to non-native plants, probably
because they have a harder time
dispersing into suitable climates.
That is, people aren’t moving
them around as much, Bradley
says.
The authors believe that
this pattern is a result of widespread human introduction of
non-native and invasive plants.
Regionally, the ornamental plant
trade and other human activities
like planting of seeds with weed
contaminants help non-natives
overcome dispersal barriers that
limit the distribution of native
species.
“One silver lining for biological conservation is that native
species are not so strongly limited
by climate as once assumed,” she
adds. In other words, native species’ distributions aren’t defined
by their climate tolerances. Instead, other, non-climate-related
dispersal barriers or interactions
with other species can prevent
native species from moving into
environments where they could
otherwise exist.
Problems Persist
“With this study, we’re
showing that inability to disperse, not climate tolerance, is
likely stopping some species
from inhabiting a broader range.
This could mean that many species predicted to go extinct with
climate change could persist for
longer than previously anticipat-
ed under novel climates.”
But, Bradley warns, “Dispersal barriers aren’t going
away, so even if native species
can survive a little longer with
climate change, most are clearly
not going to be able to shift into
newly suitable climate without
our help.”
Bradley says although nonnative and invasive species are
much more widespread than natives, they have “filled in” much
less of their potential range. Native species on average occupied
about 50 percent more of their
potential range than non-native
species. For managers dealing
with invasive species, Bradley
says, “watch out.”
She adds, “We’re likely to
see more problems from invasive
species ahead as they continue to
expand locally into suitable environments.”
Library program to ‘keep our dead alive’
WILBRAHAM – Cemetery educators “The Gravestone Girls,” whose mission is
to “Keep Our Dead Alive,” will
be presenting a virtual graveyard tour centered on Wilbraham’s four local cemeteries at
the Wilbraham Public Library,
Monday, March 30 at 6:30
p.m.
The 90 minute presentation is built on photographs
recently taken in the burying places around Wilbraham,
which was incorporated in
1763, and charts the evolution
of cemeteries and gravestones
from the colonial era into the
21st century.
The Gravestone Girls have
been presenting this program
for 15 years and they regularly
work with libraries, historical societies and genealogical
groups to teach about “the art,
symbolism and history of these
living history museums located
on everyone’s main streets and
backyards” the group says.
The Gravestone Girls not
only provide interesting historical cemetery presentations,
they also create beautiful and
unusual sculpted art pieces using the primitive art from the
faces of original New England
gravestones as well as teach
gravestone rubbing classes
and lead cemetery tours. Their
gravestone art is shown regularly at art and craft festivals.
For more information,
logon to gravestonegirls.com,
wilbrahamlibrary.org or call
the library at 596-6141.
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March 12, 2015
Dining Out
Every pasta dish imaginable at Leone’s
Editor’s Note: The epicurean was unable to make it out this week so as a courtesy to our readers we are re-running a
past column. Menu items and pricing are
always subject to change.
By The Undercover Epicurean
L
eone’s Restaurant at 320 Cooley St.
(Five Town Plaza) in Springfield is
just minutes from the center of town
in Wilbraham.
They offer delivery, takeout, catering
and banquet dining for special occasions
and a full service bar with comfortable
leather seating.
Specialty sandwiches, calzones, pizza
and many homemade specialties for lunch
and dinner entrees are their specialties. Leones is known for their famous homemade
Italian bread and garlic dipping oil with
just-right fresh spices.
Sunday Brunch is from 11 a.m. until
2 p.m.
It was the perfect hot and wholesome
dining choice for a rainy Saturday evening
repast and beverage.
I telephoned my dining companion
with an invitation to join me and we rushed
right over.
We were greeted immediately by the
hostess and settled into a white clothdraped table in the mid section dining
room.
Wine Menu
Our waitress discussed the wine menu
with us and we placed our beverage order
taking her suggestion for the Walnut Crest
house wine – a mouth watering merlot-soft
and fruity, dry ruby-red with violet reflec-
tions, which was rich and light bodied.
We each ordered a glass ($5.50) savoring the fruity blend and the café ambiance in the room.
Within minutes we were served their
warm homemade bread and savory dipping sauce.
A quick glance of the menu revealed
an a la carte choice selection and pricing.
Typical menu meals are under ($30)
with the exception of their Tuscan Chop
House choices like (22 oz.) Porterhouse
steak ($34) and a 10 oz. Filet Mignon
($32) served with their signature sauces.
Sauces include Creamy Roasted Garlic Gorgonzola, Mushroom Marsala, Fig
Balsamic Demi Glaze, and Chimichuri
or crusted with Gorgonzola Panko Crumb
and a roasted Garlic Cream Sauce.
Their King Cut Prime Rib (Thursday
through Sunday only) is ($32). The regular
cut is ($22).
Some of the antipasti or appetizer
choices are typical fare, like Bruschetta
bread ($7), large fried calamari ($16), honey bourbon wings (20) pieces with bleu
cheese and celery ($16).
Others are distinctive like Zuppa di
Clams or Mussels ($12), Shrimp D’Angelo
($12) wrapped in crispy angel hair with a
rich roasted garlic cream sauce.
My companion chose Stuffed Portabella mushrooms ($7) marinated with
balsamic, topped with fresh mozzarella,
roasted peppers with warm garlic vinaigrette.
The mushroom was al dente and flavorful.
I selected Artichoke Francaise ($8)battered artichoke hearts sautéed in a
‘Gravy’
Many different pizza varieties are offered from ($5 to $20) ranging in size from
(14 to 18 in.).
I chose a dish from my youth called
Sunday Gravy ($18) with meatball, sweet
sausage bracciole (thin sausage slices) and
short ribs simmered in tomato sauce on
poppardelle pasta.
Gravy, of course, is every Italian’s
(secret recipe) rich, red tomato sauce used
for topping pasta, chicken, fish and meatsand this dish was served in my home every
Sunday for family and guests alike.
This entrée did not disappoint. It was
generous, robust, piping hot and lightly
spicy with a generous dusting of parmesan
cheese. I also requested a shaker of red hot
pepper flakes to heat it up.
Lovely enjoyed Penne Absolut-ly
($16) with pancetta (Italian bacon), red
onion, peppered vodka, plum tomatoes and
touch of cream on penne Fettuccine. The
dish was pleasantly presented and served
piping hot. Both selections were served
with a house salad and choice of dressing.
For dessert, we chose to share a light
and delicious tiramisu ($6), which was
generous and rich, with a lightly whipped
cream topping.
They are open for lunch Monday
through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner is served from 4 p.m. to close.
Parking and handicap parking are
available along the perimeter of the restaurant and overflow
To view the online menu logon to
www.leonesrestaurant.com
For dining reservations call (413)-7833398 (recommended for weekend dining).
lemon white wine sauce. The portion was
generous and perfectly prepared.
Salads
For our Insalata (salad) course, I
chose the Tuscan Chop ($7) with chopped
romaine, radicchio, roma tomatoes, white
beans, red onions and balsamic with
shaved parmigiana cheese.
The salad was fresh and the accoutrements were delicate and tasty.
My companion designed her own
special choice of Arugula salad priced at
($7) with grape tomatoes, crumbled goat
cheese and balsamic vinaigrette combined
with pan blackened Scallops, served with
mango sauce.
Her special design scallop and salad
combination was priced at ($15).
They also provide a couple of soup
options and a soup of the day priced from
($2.25 to 2.75) by the cup and ($5 to $6)
by the bowl.
Sandwiches served with choice of
fries or coleslaw include choices like
roasted turkey wrap ($8), grilled tuna
steak ($12), Black Angus sirloin burger
($8), an 8 oz. ground sirloin char grilled
to order and topped with lettuce, tomato
and red onions on a seasoned roll, extra
toppings (.50 each) American, gorgonzola,
provolone sautéed mushrooms or cheddar
cheese.-bacon (.75), and a Grilled Tuna
Steak ($12) served on a rustic roll with
pesto mayonnaise and baby greens.
They serve every pasta dish imaginable and many risotto selections.
Half portions are available and you
can add Chicken ($2), Beef, Shrimp, or
Salmon ($6), Scallops ($8), and Lobster
($12).
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ARTS & Lifestyles
No ‘follies’ with latest production
Local entertainers gear up
for St. Patrick’s Day
Theatre Guild
performances continue
over two more weekends
SPRINGFIELD – In preparation for St. Patrick’s
Day, several local Irish entertainers are scheduled to
perform at Donovan’s Irish Pub beginning Thursday,
March 12.
Entertainers are lined up for six days, culminating with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Tuesday,
March 17.
Performances include The Kings Duo on Thursday; on Friday, Monday and TuesdayThe Healys
with John Tabb; Sara the Fiddler on Saturday; Sunday features Deidre Reilly; and also on Tuesday, Jim
McArdle of The Bards.
In addition, corned beef and cabbage will be
available all day from Thursday – Tuesday.
For more information, call 543-0791.
By Tyler S. Witkop
Turley Publications Staff Writer
W
ith each performance it
seems the Theatre Guild
of Hampden continues to
grow, as now they take on one of
their greatest challenges with the
Steven Sondheim classic “Follies,”
going on now at the Fisk Theater at
Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
Directed by Mark Giza, the
show is set in 1971 as a reunion of
showgirls known as the “Weismann
Girls.” The musical follows a pair
couples and their former coworkers on an emotional and oftentimes
comical path of reminiscing. Buddy
Plummer (Kevin Wherry) and his
wife Sally (Erica Romeo) reunite
with Benjamin Stone (Gene Choquette) and his wife Phyllis (Anna
Giza) exposing old emotions and
current struggles, which sets the
stage for a series of ‘follies’ between
them and their former cohorts.
The show begins with former
actresses and their dates filing into
the Weismann Theater, which is set
to become a parking lot the following morning. The girls, spanning the
30 year history of the building, relive
some of their fondest numbers and
catch up on old times.
Featuring powerful vocal performances and near incessant dance
numbers, the performance calls for a
level of precision with delivery that
many in small, community theater
would find more than problematic.
This, however; is where Mark Giza’s
cast seems to thrive.
Romeo and Anna Giza don’t
simply act a part or sing a note, they
bring life to the characters of Sally
and Phyllis: Characters with pent
up frustrations with themselves and
their husbands, as well as growing
resentment towards each other. The
audience feels the pain, false hopes
and anger of the women. Then they
hear vocals and are lost in their seat.
To say that the male performers are not as strong vocally as their
female counterparts is not an insult.
What Wherry and Choquette bring is
attitude and emotion to a pair of old
friends with crumbling marriages
Art is for everyone
HAMPDEN – Acrylic painting instruction will
be offered at the Hampden Senior Center Fridays,
March 13, 20 and 27. Nan Hurlburt will teach the
class and participants with no previous drawing or
painting experience will be able to complete a painting of any subject in a few weeks.
The sessions will cost $15 each and run from 2
– 4 p.m. All materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to wear old clothing. Participants can sign up at the front desk. For more information, call 566-5588.
TIMES photo submitted
Erica Romeo (left) in the role of “Sally Plummer” and Gene Choquette, playing “Benjamin Stone,” act out a scene from the Steven Sondheim classic “Follies” put on by the Theatre Guild of
Hampden.
and deep rooted frustrations with
their partners.
Strong Cast
But in order to fully engage
the audience in “Follies,” the main
characters need a strong cast of
young stars to play their younger
selves. “Young Sally” (Ally Reardon), “Young Phyllis” (K.K. Walulak), “Young Buddy” (Paul Leckey)
and “Young Ben” (Colby Herchel)
are every bit the stars as their adult
counterparts. They deliver just as
strongly in presenting their parts as
blossoming lovers, dreaming big and
making promises left unfulfilled.
What seems remarkable is not only
are these young actors more than
capable, but that Mark Giza found a
group of local stars with such similar vocal ranges tonally and with just
enough physical similarities that the
audience doesn’t struggle making a
connection between the young and
adult actors when they share the
stage.
Equally as important is a strong
supporting cast. Pat Haynes, who
depicts “Hattie Walker” delivers the
necessary comic relief and has such
a command of the stage that one
would swear she was a lead. Diane
Flynn, who plays the lovely French
woman “Solange LaFitte,” shows
that no role is too big or small for
her. And perhaps the most memorable vocal of the night is sung by
Cassie Cloutier and Nancy Parent,
portraying “Young Heidi” and “Heidi Schiller” respectively, during the
song “One More Kiss.”
Additional performances will
take place March 13, 14, 20 and 21 at
7:30 p.m. and March 15 and 22 at 2
p.m. For tickets, logon to theatreguildofhampden.org.
Tyler S. Witkop can be reached
at [email protected]
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Minnechaug students compete in
‘History Day’ competition
BARRE – Over 140 students from
central and Western Massachusetts gathered to compete in the 34th annual Regional History Day competition at Quabbin Regional High School Feb. 28.
Minnechaug Regional High School
seniors Tim Scully and Josh Florence
represented the school, advancing to the
Massachusetts History Day competition
in Stoneham, Mass. Scully placed first
in the “Individual Website” category and
Florence took second in the “Individual
Website” category.
This year’s theme was “Leadership
and Legacy in History.” Students competed in categories of papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performance.
Winners of the state competition in April
will advance to the National History Day
competition held in Washington, D.C. in
June.
Author and subject to speak about latest book
LUDLOW – New England Book
Award winning author Suzanne Strempek
Shea and the subject of her most recent
book, Mags Riordan of Ireland, will give
a talk, open to the public sponsored by
the Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club on
Friday, March 27 at the Ludlow Country
Club on Tony Lema Drive. The club will
hold a business meeting, social hour and
dinner for members and the public starting at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Those
who wish to hear just the talk, which is
free, should arrive at 6:30 p.m. The cost
for both the dinner and the talk is $17.
The book about Riordan is called
“This is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s
Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the
Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope
to Both”. Mags Riordan is the founder of
the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in the
African nation of Malawi. To attend call
Ed McFarland at 596-8065 or Walt Markett at 596-8065.
Vendors sought for Ludlow craft fair
LUDLOW – The Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club is
seeking vendors and crafters for the Clubs
fourth annual Springtime Vendor/Craft
Fair on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m.
Coffee will be available to all crafters and vendors throughout the day.
There will also be a concession stand to
purchase breakfast and lunch items. Applications are available on the Club’s
website at www.ludlowbgc.org or at the
Club. Applications will be accepted until
spaces are filled or until Monday, April
20. Mail applications to Sheri Santos,
Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys
& Girls Club, 91 Claudia’s Way Ludlow,
MA 01056.
For more information contact Sheri
Santos at 413-583-2072 or email [email protected]
March 12, 2015
This week in recreation
By Ron Dobosz, Foreman
Wilbraham Parks and Recreation
Department
as well as continued education to
help provide the best services for
our residents. We clean and paint
our goals, bases, accessories, picnic
tables, interior of our facilities, and
t is hard to believe
other supplies used at our
with all this snow, that
parks and fields. We winspring is arriving and
terize and perform prevenit is time to get ready for
tative maintenance on all
spring sports. We have
our grounds equipment and
been busy this winter setmowers so they are up and
ting up field maintenance
ready for spring. We do replans that include fertilizapairs and improvements on
tion and plant protectant
all park facilities as needed
programs, aeration and
to assure that Park and Recsoil amendment plans, and
reation buildings and faciliestablishing playing field
maintenance guidelines to Ron Dobosz ties are clean, safe, and accessible to our residents.
get the most efficient use of
Please enjoy the last lingering
our baseball, softball, and lacrosse
fields, while maintaining them at the days of winter and I hope everyone is ready for spring and warmer
highest standards possible.
We have extensive plans for the weather, and planning to utilizing all
baseball diamonds at the Memorial that Parks and Recreation has to offield complex, and we will be up- fer our residents.
Turfgrass tip: Spring is a great
grading the baseball diamonds and
time to take soil samples. Many local
the turfgrass at Soule Road School.
As a Grounds Manager I am fre- garden centers and the University of
quently asked, “What do you do in Massachusetts provide this service
the winter?” Winter is actually quite for a small fee. Once your soil sama busy time in our department. We ple results are obtained, it will help
focus on preparing spring sport ac- you in deciding which fertilizers and
cessories however there are many amendments will provide the best
other important tasks. We assist results on your lawn this season.
the Department of Public Works in
NOTES:
Falcon Volleyball
snow removal, and we maintain and
plow several town parking lots that (grades 3-12) runs through March
include shoveling and salting walk- 27 or until space fills. Spring Track
and Field registration runs Mar 31
ways as needed.
We attend many seminars and – April 10. 12 Annual Easter Egg
conferences to obtain and renew Hunt at Spec will be April 4, register
pertinent licenses and certifications, now before spaces fill.
I
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SPORTS
Wawrzyk takes home Scibelli Award
By Nate Rosenthal
Turley Publications
Sports Correspondent
L
ast month, Minnechaug
Regional honored Zack
Wawrzyk, with a signing ceremony for his letter of
intention to take his talents to
the College of the Holy Cross in
Worcester.
At that time, he had just
been informed that he would be
the recipient of the Joe Scibelli
Award, which goes to the top
offensive lineman in Western
Mass. This weekend, he was
presented with the award at a
banquet at Salvatore’s in Springfield with Ray Ferro, the former
head coach of South Hadley, as
the master of ceremonies.
He shared the stage with
Dylan Rye of Longmeadow,
who won the Ed Healey Award
for defensive lineman. For both
players, it was a night well deserved. Following a fine meal,
the festivities began. Rye went
first and received his award, acknowledging his own battles
with Wawrzyk.
Then it was Zack Wawrzyk’s
moment. Ferro recounted the
history of Scibelli, who was
born and raised in Springfield
and eventually went on to play
15 seasons with the Los Angeles
Rams of the National Football
League. He was a multi time all
pro and was named to the “All
Ram team”. Scibelli started in
youth football as a fullback, but
switched to the line when he
went to Cathedral. He was not
only a great player, but a studentathlete, as his three years on the
all scholastic team would attest.
Monteiro
places
second
at New
Englands
By Nate Rosenthal
Turley Publications
Sports Correspondent
losso sang the praises of his star
lineman and he talked about how
he pushed him and Wawrzyk
would respond with a smile and
then he would go onto the field
and produce. Because, Allosso
has family that attended Holy
Cross, this is special to him.
Then it was Zack’s turn to
speak and he acknowledged how
he was so honored to be receiving the award. He spoke directly
to Rye and wished him well.
Wawrzyk was especially moving
NORTH ANDOVER - Ryan
Monteiro has been a dominant
figure on the wrestling scene
all year. He very nearly accomplished a sweep of in his 138
weight class, when came within
2:00 of taking the top spot at
the New England Championship. He had won all three that
preceded, Western Mass, State
Division I and All State. He lost
in the finals 5-2 to Charles Kane
of Fairfield Warde (CT1).
Bursting onto the scene a
year ago, as a freshman in the
120 group, Monteiro won at
both Western Mass and Division
I, took fourth at All-State and
fifth at New Englands. In 2014,
he was joined by his brother Anthony, 126 at this last meet. This
year, teammate, Benton Whitley
wrestled in the 182 class at New
Englands.
As the All-State champion,
Monteiro came into the meet as
the top ranked Massachusetts
wrestler, (MA1). With that he
drew a bye in the first round.
His first bout was with James
Leuci (CT3) of Newtown,
Conn., who had to wrestle a
Please see AWARD, page 18
Please see WRESTLE, page 18
Turley Publications photo by David Henry sweetdogphotos.com
Minnechaug offensive lineman Zack Wawrzyk (middle) received the Joe Scibelli Award
for the most outstanding offensive lineman in the Pioneer Valley on Sunday, March 8. He
is pictured with Minnechaug head coach Steve Allosso (left) and Anthony Scibelli (right).
And that is what makes Wawrzyk
special.
He was named to the 2014
All-State team, being just one of
five offensive linemen in Massachusetts to be so named. As
an All-State, he is one of eight
student-athletes in Minnechaug
history to make that level. This
year, he won the Sullivan Award
for Minnechaug pride and was
the Steve Karpelss award winner
as the best all around football
player. Wawrzyk made all Western Mass for the second year in
a row. There could still be more
Hatch named NESCAC Women’s
Lacrosse Player of the Week
WATERVILLE, Maine -With the Mules trailing
Colby College’s Abby Hatch, 10-9, Hatch scored the tying
of Wilbraham, who
goal with 3:03 left
had the tying and
and then had the
game-winning goals
game-winning score
in an upset win over
with just 16.2 secsecond-ranked Trinonds to play. With
ity College, was
Colby trailing 10named the New Eng7, Hatch won draw
land Small College
controls leading to
Athletic Conference
the Mules’ eighth
Women’s Lacrosse
score and the gamePlayer of the Week
winning goal. Abby Hatch
recently.
Hatch had a
Hatch, a midshooting percentage
fielder and a captain for the of 60 percent (3-for-5) and
Mules, had a spectacular made her lone free-position
start to her senior year. She shot. She helped the Mules
had three goals, three assists, get off to a great start and a 4seven draw controls, and two 1 lead with assists on three of
groundballs in the 11-10 vic- the goals. tory. Hatch is the top returnTrinity came into the ing scorer from last year with
game as the four-time defend- 13 goals and 12 assists for 25
ing NESCAC champions. The points. She led the Mules a
Bantams have been to the last year ago with 46 draw conthree NCAA Division 3 Tour- trols.
nament championship games,
Colby is now ranked fifth
winning in 2012.
in the country.
to come as he is a finalist for the
Archie Roberts Award for best
student/football player in Western Massachusetts.
Wawrzyk has a 3.94 GPA
and it is only fitting that he
would go to a school of the stature of Holy Cross. Wawrzyk is
planning to go the pre-med route
with the intention of becoming
a surgeon. In the meantime, he
will pay Division 1 football.
On hand to present the award
with Minnechaug coach Steve
Allosso, was Anthony Scibelli,
who is Joe Scibelli’s brother. Al-
WMA wins another boys swimming title
WILBRAHAM - Another
year, another banner for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy
boys swimming team.
For the fourth year in a row,
the Titans won a Western New
England Prep School Swimming
Association title, claiming the
Division 2 championship for the
2014-2015 season after their win
at the Bud Erich Invitational Feb.
28 at the Hopkins School.
“It’s amazing to see how the
team has grown and improved,”
captain Andres Feng said. “We’ve
worked so hard during the season.”
All that hard work was evident at the championship invitational as WMA avenged regular
season losses to the Williston
Northampton School and Canterbury School to win the title.
“It was spectacular,” senior
captain Austin Fabbo described.
“We won the Division 3 last year,
but there was no Division 3 this
year so we moved up to Division
2. We had to beat two teams that
beat us during the regular season
in order to win the champion-
Turley Publications submitted photo
Austin Fabbo, of Ludlow, helped lead the Titans to another
swimming title.
ship.”
WMA had nine top 10 finishes, which was impressive
considering the meet included
schools of all divisions. The 200yard medley relay team of Austin, senior Bill Holloman, freshman Happy Chang and junior
Tim Beloborodov was the team’s
highest finisher, taking second
and earning a medal.
Austin (200-yard freestyle)
and Bill (100-yard breaststroke)
both placed fourth, and Bill
(200-yard Individual Medley)
and Happy (100-yard breaststroke) took fifth. Austin touched
sixth in the 100-yard backstroke,
and Happy was ninth in the 100yard butterfly. The 200-yard freestyle relay combo of senior Jake
Howarth, senior Tan Daloonpet,
eighth-graders Tim and Jack Wilson ’19 were fifth, and the 400
free relay team of Bill, Tan, Austin and Happy came in seventh.
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March 12, 2015
Special Olympics events held at South Hadley
By Gregory A. Scibelli
Turley Publications
Sports Correspondent
SOUTH HADLEY – Last
Thursday morning, South Hadley High School hosted special
education students from the region to hold the Winter Special
Olympics, marking the second
year the winter session has been
held.
The high school gymnasiums were full of activity with
students participating in various
basketball challenges, including full-fledged games. Another
area had the students bowling.
In the end, everyone was a winner and medals were given to all
the participants.
Volunteers from South Hadley’s middle and high schools
spent time with the students.
Granby hosts the fall soccer
games and the spring games are
held in Northampton. Pam Soderbaum, who works in special
education at the South Hadley
school district, said the games
have been an excellent way to
get special education students in
the spotlight.
“They get to have a different type of fun,” said Soderbaum. “It allows them to show
their skills in front of their parents and to get to interact with
the mainstream students in the
district.”
Soderbaum says the event
requires a lot of teamwork and
coordination. She recruited high
school volunteers to help out,
specifically the school’s basketball teams to help out.
Dorsey scores
for Pride
SPRINGFIELD - Springfield College women’s lacrosse
player and Wilbraham resident
Michelle Dorsey scored a goal
in an 8-1 win over Plymouth
State on Saturday, March 7.
Dorsey was coming off
a game on Friday, March 6 in
which she scored two goals in
a 10-6 win over Connecticut
College.
She also had three goals
and an assist in a 12-6 win
over Trinity College on Tuesday, March 3.
Castleman
earns win over
Smith
NORTHAMPTON - Western New England women’s lacrosse goalie and Wilbraham
resident Emily Castleman
made two saves in an 18-4 win
over Smith College on Saturday, March 7.
AWARD from page 17
in his tribute to his family. His
father, Jerry, a Minnechaug
graduate and present coach,
was instrumental in getting
him to always strive to be better. His mother, Lisa, was also
there and he thanked her for
always keeping him looking
forward. The respect, he had
for and from his teammates,
was also acknowledged.
As the night drew to a
conclusion, Wawrzyk was
visibly moved by it all. “I
worked hard my whole life
to get where I am, and it has
been worth it.” Soon another
chapter will begin.
Conor Burzgren, 14, plays a
cup game.
Turley Publications photos by Gregory A. Scibelli
Sam Gawron, left, and Tara Bainbridge, right, show Kyle Kane, middle, some dribbling
tricks.
“This has been a really
“It’s a lot fun and it’s also School. Soderbaum said she was
popular event for the families great for my team,” said Gatzou- happy the high school was able
to come see their kids, see them nas. “We all get to bond and it is to accommodate the event.
play and take pictures,” Soder- great community service.”
“The high school gyms
baum said. “The kids get to
Boys basketball’s leading have more space and allow us to
build it up and they will continue scorer Cam Earle also had a pos- do more things and spread evto talk about it.”
itive experience.
eryone out,” said Soderbaum. “It
Sophie Gatzounas, a sopho“We want to try and be up- worked out really well for us.”
more member of the girls varsity beat and positive for the kids
Elizabeth Cohen, a teacher
basketball team, says she enjoys that come here,” said Earle. “We at Ware High School, praised the
spending time with the special want them to come in and have a program at South Hadley.
education students and giving good time.”
“Our kids have had a great
them an opportunity to have fun
This year’s event occurred time here,” she said. “The volunplaying the game she loves.
at Michael E. Smith Middle teers were fantastic and jumped
WPSL season opener
set for May 16
SPRINGFIELD - The
New England Mutiny announce that it will compete
in the Elite 5 Division of the
Women’s Premier Soccer
League (WPSL). The Mutiny, one of the longest running women’s soccer franchises in the United States,
will play its matches this
season against New York AC,
New Jersey Blues, Buxmont
Torch and Lancaster Inferno.
The Elite 5 was created
for teams wishing to compete
with higher minimum standards requirements amongst
the competing organizations
of the WPSL. The goal of
the Elite 5 is to be a springboard for a new league that
will provide high levels of
competition and showcase
the top organizations in minor league women’s soccer.
As an affiliate league of the
WPSL, current teams may
petition to enter in proceeding seasons and expansion
will be open to organizations
that can display the capabilities of providing the best in
amenities for players, fans,
media and sponsors.
The champion of the
Elite 5 will participate in
the WPSL regional playoffs
against the champions of
the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
and South Atlantic divisions.
The winner will represent the
East in the WPSL National
Championship in Houston,
Texas.
“The Elite 5 was created
out of necessity. The WPSL
has grown exponentially in
recent years, however several
teams lack the structure to
consistently provide a high
operational standard. Last
season was extremely challenging for us, but the Elite 5
is a remedy for providing the
very best in women’s soccer,” stated team owner Joe
Ferrara.
The Mutiny, having won
five WPSL Divisional Championships, 2 Conference
Championships and consistently at the top in attendance
numbers, were natural candidates for the Elite. The other
teams are not without their
own credentials. NY AC is
the defending mid-Atlantic
champion and perennial US
Soccer National Cups stalwart, New Jersey Blues were
the reserve affiliate of Sky
Blue of the NWSL, Buxmont
Torch was nominated as
2014 WPSL Organization of
the Year and are well-known
for community involvement
with its unique ministry
outreach program. Lastly,
the Lancaster Inferno, who
will play its home games at
the state-of-the-art facility
of Millersville University,
has the distinction of being
one of less than a handful of
teams with a winning record
versus New England
The Mutiny will open
the season at home on Saturday, May 16 versus New
York. The complete schedule
will be released in the next
few days.
Jacqueline Boucher, 13, picks
up a basket for her team.
right in there with our kids. I’m
really impressed.
Gregory A. Scibelli is a
sports correspondent for Turley
Publications. He can be reached
at [email protected]
WRESTLE from page 17
preliminary. Monteiro beat Leuci
6-3, after a slow start. Leuci took a
quick 2-0 with a takedown, but Moneiero scored the next three with an
escape and takedown. Leuci tied it,
3-3, befoe the end of the first period.
Monteiro made it 4-3 in the second
for the only points. A takedown
early in the third gave him a 6-3 and
he won it by that same score.
With the win, Monteiro moved
into championship rounds.
In
the quarter finals, his opponent
was Brendan Weir of Hampshire
(MA5), someone with whom Monteiro is familiar and he beat him by
pin 58 seconds into the third period.
Weir had two wins under his belt.
Monteiro never trailed scored two
on a takedown, while Weir got one
on an escape in the first. A reversal
for Monteiro and an escape for Weir
left it at 4-2 after two. Weir closed
to one with an escape, but Monteiro
made it 6-3 with a takedown and
seconds later, he finished the job
with the pin.
In the semifinals, Monteiro
had his first top ranked opponent,
Andrew Howard of Moses Brown
(RI1), who had similar path to that
bout with a bye, pin and decision.
The Falcon won 5-2. After a scoreless first period, Howard took the
lead, early in the second, with an escape, but Monteiro finished the second period with a 2-1 lead thanks to
a takedown. He took control scored
three points on an escape and takedown and led 5-1. Howard got one
back for the 5-2 final.
Then came the finals and it
was Connecticut’s best, Charles
Kane, who that point had followed
his first round bye with three wins
by decision. The first period like
the semi, was scoreless. Monteiro
started the second in the down position and would break the scoring with an escape. The score was
1-0 and there were just 2:00 to as
the two grapplers entered the final
frame. Kane chose to be on the
bottom and when he escaped with
1:30 to go, the bout was tied. As
the match moved into the final minute, Kane scored quickly. With 45
seconds to go, Kane got two on a
takedown and two more seconds
later on a nearfall. Suddenly, it was
5-1. Monteiro was able to get one
of those points back with an escape
at 15 seconds, but that was it and
Monteiro had to settle for runner-up
status.
Fellow sophomore, Benton
Whitley (MA5). He had a great
run as well this year, making it to
the New England meet in the 182
group. Whitley lost a 5-3 decision to Brett Gerry of Marshwood
(ME2) in his first bout. He fell behind 2-0 and trailed 4-2 after one
and 5-2 after two. Whitley scored
late in the third for the 5-3 final.
He then moved to the consolation
group, where he beat Malik Settles
of Lowell (MA6) in a 10-1 major
decision. Whitley never trailed,
scoring with five in the first with
a takedown and nearfall. Another
takedown and nearfall in the second got it to 10-0. Settles salvaged
a point late in the third. Whitley’s
day came to an end in the consolation quarters against Ian Steckel of
Malden Catholic (MA2). It was a 91 major decision. He was down 2-0
after one and 5-0 after two. Whitley
got his point with an escape early in
the third. Then Steckel added four
more. Steckel would go on to finish
fifth in the weight class.
Minnechaug, scored 25 points
and finished 23rd in the field won
by Mt. Anthony (Vt.), 122.5-84
over Newtown. The Falcons were
second in Western Mass to Central, which placed seventh and
they were seventh in amongst all
Massachusetts teams.
March 12, 2015
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2015
SUMMER CAMP
Opportunities for memories and
experiences that will last a lifetime
Summer camp at the Belchertown
Kidz Club is an opportunity for kids of all
ages to participate, discover, and learn
in a setting that provides a balanced
opportunity, between structure and free
time, to access an ‘out of school time’
curriculum that fosters multi-intelligence
skills. It is a place to be creative, socialize with peers, share personal talents,
and try new things in a safe environment that’s meant for self-exploration.
It is imperative to allow children time to spend discovering their
strengths and abilities in a variety of
areas, i.e. science, music, cooking,
sports, art, math, theater, and more,
in a setting outside of the classroom
that is not hindered by structured man-
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March 12, 2015
Schools
Student wins third WMS ‘Geographic Bee’
WILBRAHAM – Cameron McGaffigan, an eighth grade student at Wilbraham
Middle School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on
Jan. 27 and a chance at a $50,000 college
scholarship.
This is the third consecutive year
Cameron has won the school bee, the only
time that this has been accomplished. At
the school level, students answered questions on geography, which was only the
first round in the National Geographic
Bee.
Thousands of schools around the
United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2015 Bee. The
school champions, including Cameron,
will take a written test; up to 100 of the
top scorers on that test in each state will
then be eligible to compete in their state
Bee on Friday, March 27.
The National Geographic Society
will provide an all-expenses paid trip to
Washington, D.C., for state winners to
participate in the national championship
rounds May 11-13, 2015. The first place
national champion will receive a $50,000
college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine,
and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National
Geographic.
Award-winning journalist Soledad
O’Brien will moderate the national finals
on Wednesday, May 13. The program will
air on television.
For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com
School Lunch MENUS
Elementary and Middle
Schools
Monday, March 16
Baked Potato Bar, broccoli, cheese sauce,
vegetarian bean chili, and a whole wheat
dinner roll
Tuesday, March 17
Half day, no lunch
Wednesday, March 18
Pasta and meat sauce, garden salad, and
garlic bread
Thursday, March 19
Hamburger on a whole grain bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, oven fries, and fresh
steamed broccoli
District MCAS testing schedule moved back
Friday, March 20
Mini pizza bagels and garden salad
WILBRAHAM – According to the
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School
District, the Massachusetts Department
of Elementary and Secondary Education
(DESE) has offered districts an extension
of the 2015 Spring MCAS testing window
due to the amount of school closings this
winter.
Assistant Supt. for Curriculum Timothy Connor said that the window has been
extended between five and seven days
from the original schedule and that each
school principal will be providing parents
exact times for grades 3-8.
For the English and Language Arts
(ELA) test, the new window allows for
testing between March 23 and April 13.
The Mathematics and STE Tests will take
place between May 4 and May 26.
The alternate deadline has been
Alternates offered daily include chef salad,
bagel lunch, yogurt or cheese stick. Fresh local fruits and vegetables daily. Daily lunch
is $2.50. Milk is 50 cents, included with all
lunches, 1% or fat free chocolate. Make
checks payable to School Food Services.
moved to Friday, April 8.
Testing with prescribed dates is as
follows:
ELA Composition for grades 4, 7 and
10 will take place Thursday, April 2, with
a makeup date of Wednesday, April 8.
Sessions 1 and 2 of the ELA Reading
Comprehension test for grade 10 will take
place Tuesday, March 31. Session 3 will
take place Wednesday, April 1.
Grade 10 Mathematics Session 1 will
take place Tuesday, May 19. Session 2
will take place Wednesday, May 20.
Session 1 and 2 of the high school
STE test will take place Monday and
Tuesday, June 8 and 9.
For more information, contact the
specific school’s principal or the Superintendent’s Office at 596-3884.
Minnechaug Regional
High School
Monday, March 16
Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, broccoli,
and carrots
Main Street Deli – Crispy chicken wrap
Falcon Grille Daily – Cheese/veggie, or
chicken burger w/toppings
Pizza Daily – Veggie
Specialty – Grilled chicken, Caesar salad,
buffalo chicken salad, chef salad, assorted
wraps
Tuesday, March 17
Half day, no lunch
Wednesday, March 18
Mexican Bar – Taco, burrito or nacho;
chicken, bean or turkey; lettuce/salsa/
cheese; corn
Main Street Deli – Chicken salad wrap
Falcon Grille Daily – Cheese/veggie or
chicken burger w/ toppings
Pizza Daily – Meatball
Specialty – Grilled chicken, Caesar salad,
buffalo chicken salad, chef salad, assorted
wraps
Thursday, March 19
Pulled pork on a roll, cole slaw, and oven
fries
Main Street Deli – Buffalo chicken wrap
Falcon Grille Daily – Cheese/veggie or
chicken burger w/toppings
Pizza Daily – Chicken and broccoli
Specialty – Grilled chicken, Caesar salad,
buffalo chicken salad, chef salad, assorted
wraps
Friday, March 20
Pasta bar – Meat or white sauce, Caesar
salad, garlic knot
Main Street Deli – Veggie wrap
Falcon Grille Daily – Cheese/veggie or
chicken burger w/toppings
Pizza Daily – Buffalo chicken
Specialty – Grilled chicken, Caesar salad,
buffalo chicken salad, chef salad, assorted
wraps
Meal prices $2.75, reduced 40 cents, adult
$3.75, milk 50 cents, breakfast $1.50. All
meals served with choice of fruit, vegetable
and 1% or fat free milk. Offered daily salad
bar, grab & go sandwiches and salad, lean
burgers, chicken sandwiches, PB&J.
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Supermarket Tours – 3/11
What to Expect When Applying for a Home Mortgage – 3/11
All About IRAs – 3/12
Needle Felted Silk Scarf – 3/14
Rivoli Wire Earrings – 3/14
Make the Most Out of Social Security – 3/16
Granny Squares & Motifs – begins 3/17
Embroidery – begins 3/17
Sewing Workshop – begins 3/17
Spring Cleaning Super Foods Cooking – 3/18
Salsa Smackdown – 3/19
Yellow Novellas Book Club – 3/20
Glass Beadmaking Workshop – 3/21
Metal Clay Silver Jewelry Workshop – 3/21
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CLUES ACROSS
1. Slavonic language
7. Solid water
10. Supply with notes
12. Edible bivalve
13. Field game
14. Yellow edible
Indian fruits
15. Lubricant that
protects body
surfaces
16. Canadian flyers
17. Took a seat
18. Anthracite
19. Cuckoos
21. Vietnamese currency unit
22. Subject to payment
on demand
27. Opposite of BC
28. The distance
around an object
33. Blood type
34. Expressing gratitude
36. Bridge-building
degree
37. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid
38. Fiber from the
outer husk of a
coconut
39. Great blackbacked gull
40. The largest island
in the West Indies
41. Vegetation consisting of stunted
trees or bushes
44. Support trestles
45. Single rail system
48. Call upon in supplication
49. Small compartment
50. Lair
51. Unpleasant nagging women
CLUES DOWN
1. College civil rights
organization
2. “Full House”
actress Loughlin
3. Egyptian sun god
4. Vessel or duct
5. Belonging to a
thing
6. After B
7. Refers to end of
small intestine
8. Baby cow
9. River of Memmert
Germany
10. Farmer’s calendar
11. Spiral shelled
cephalopods
12. Source of chocolate
14. Diversify
17. A baglike structure
in a plant or
animal
18. Freshwater &
limestone green
algae
20. Single Lens Reflex
23. Gum arabics
24. Austrian philosopher Martin
25. Maltese pound
26. An immature newt
29. Popular Canadian
statement
30. Norwegian monetary unit (abbr.)
31. A journey around a
course
32. Confer a nobility
title upon
35. Idle talk
36. British policeman
38. A citizen of
Havana
40. Highly glazed
finish
41. A portion of
42. Squad
43. Betrayers
44. Barrels per day
(abbr.)
45. Married woman
46. Express delight
47. Neither
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Health & Wellness
Volunteers sought for
annual ‘Relay for Life’
WILBRAHAM – This year, more
than 184,000 people statewide will be diagnosed with cancer and in response Wilbraham is joining other local communities
in preparation for the American Cancer
Society’s 2015 Relay for Life.
The Wilbraham Community Relay
for Life Event Leadership Team is seeking extra hands to help out for the two-day
event Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and
17 at Minnechaug Regional High School.
The annual event raises thousands of
dollars towards cancer research, housing
for cancer patients, and recovery but the
event can’t take place without planning.
Positions range from helping with the
survivor’s ceremony, planning the entertainment for the event and organizing
children’s activities.
For more information contact Mahsoun Choudhury at 413-493-2100 or [email protected]
Volunteers sought by Cancer Society
HOLYOKE – The American Cancer
Society’s Road to Recovery program is
in need of volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
An integral part of treating cancer
successfully is making sure patients
receive their treatments, but many find
making transportation arrangements a
challenge. Road to Recovery provided
more than 8,000 free rides to cancer
patients in Massachusetts last year, but
needs new volunteer drivers to keep up
with the demand for transportation.
Volunteers use their own vehicle
and set their own schedule. Treatment
appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. For more
information, contact Michele Dilley
from the American Cancer Society at
508-270-4644 or [email protected]
Senior Center offers Zumba
WILBRAHAM – The Wilbraham
Senior Centers offers a fitness program
known as “Zumba,” which combines
Latin rhythm and easy to follow dance
routine to sculpt and tone the body.
Zumba classes are now held on Wednes-
days from 2 – 3 p.m. and Fridays from
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Routines feature fast and slow
rhythms and resistance training. For
more information, call 596-8379. The
cost is $5 per class.
TIMES photo by David Miles
Being a blood hero…
Wilbraham resident Gina Malvezzi donates blood at the Wilbraham Fire
Station March 7, while her daughter Izzy (back center) provides support.
Women and girls HIV/AIDS awareness day
SPRINGFIELD – The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Inc.
(AFWM) announced its fourth annual
Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness
Day Conference will be held at Baystate
Health’s Chestnut Building on Saturday,
March 14 beginning at 9 a.m.
The conference is for everyone who
cares about women and girls and HIV/
AIDS. Women, girls, and all others who
want to learn more about prevention,
treatment, and support are welcome. Participants do not need to be HIV positive or
at risk for HIV to attend, and no one will
ask or be asked to disclose their status.
Breakfast and lunch are complimentary. All attendees will receive bags with
mementos and information, including a
copy of “My Pet Virus” by Shawn Decker.
Registration is required and can be
done by email at [email protected] or by calling 592-5444 by Friday,
March 6.
For more information, log on to www.
aidsfoundationwm.org.
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The Wilbraham-Hampden TIMES
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March 12, 2015
Students prepare for their financial futures
CREDIT from page 1
obtain part time jobs for some
extra spending money, take vacations, and, if necessary dip
into our $1,000 in savings.
We started by selecting a
career, and I chose a journalist.
We were also given credit sheets
listing our salaries which we
used throughout the day to mark
transactions and keep track of
our balances. At that point, we
randomly selected credit scores,
which dictated how easily we
could purchase cars and real
estate. My 690 score, marked
“Good” on the scale we received,
allowed me to avoid costly down
payments, helping me stick to
my budget.
Another important choice
I made before beginning the financial simulation was choosing
to go through the month with a
friend, who became my “roommate,” so that we could share
costs.
After some initial confusion,
we headed to the less crowded
“employment
information”
booth, seeking guidance. There,
we bought resumes and received
some resume writing and interviewing instruction.
We were on our way, and
began to navigate through the remaining booths, which included
stations such as food, clothing,
furniture, transportation, and
savings.
I received an unwelcome
surprise at the “reality check”
booth, where the spin of a huge
wheel determined that my car
TIMES photo by Cassie Cloutier
Students make their way from one end of the gym to the
other, visiting each station to make transactions throughout the program.
TIMES photo submitted
Seniors Shelby Fontaine and Abigail Macedo consider
their options for purchasing furniture, guided by a Credit
for Life volunteer.
had broken down, costing me
$250 (I never purchased a car in
the simulation, but I suppose the
cost is still representative of unexpected financial burdens).
After a few booths of spending, it became clear that with my
small salary, I wasn’t going to
be able to afford everything my
“roommate” and I hoped to purchase.
“You need a part time job,”
my roommate commented,
glancing at my balance while
we waited in line to rent an
apartment. Fortunately, an air
horn blew a few moments later,
signaling that there were some
part time jobs available. After a
mock interview with one of the
volunteers, I obtained a position
at Applebee’s which added $480
into my budget.
Overall, I chose the frugal
route for my minimal salary, deciding to dine in, buy medium
cost rather than the highest end
clothing, consignment rather than
new furniture, and opting for a
music purchase rather than an
expensive tropical vacation at the
“Fun Fun Fun” booth. Choosing
a city life for my financial simulation, I even
bought a bus
pass to forego the cost
of my own
car. While
I probably
could have spent more, I made
out well in the end, with more
than $200 in my monthly budget,
and over $900 in savings.
According to Gerulaitis,
the financial decisions I faced
throughout the day were actually very similar to real-life situations.
“I pride myself in making it
as real as possible,” she said.
Gerulaitis, who has been
involved in the program for several years explained that Country
Bank sponsors this program for
seniors, because “they are going off in to the real word” and
need to learn the skills applied in
the program, such as managing
needs versus wants.
Paula Talmadge, the Minnechaug liaison for Credit for
Life, added that the program
supplements students’ learning
in the classroom with financial
awareness.
“Students try so hard in
school, and try to pick careers
aligned with their skills,” she
said, “but if they don’t know how
to manage their finances, it will
be difficult to become a self-sufficient adult.”
While many of us were
relieved to turn in our finance
sheets and credit scores at the
end of the day, the program was
definitely informative, making us
aware of sudden costs, unavoidable insurance bills, and the reality of staying within a budget
where it’s not always smart to
purchase exactly what we want.
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LOOKING FORWARD
20TH ANNUAL MAY BASKET RAFFLE!
Thanks to ALL that donated
“May Baskets” for our 20th Annual May
Basket Raffle. The baskets will be on display
during the month of May
at the Palmer Public Library.
SPECIAL thanks to
Health New England and
Moulton Insurance
for sponsoring this event.
Need more information on the above? Call Gail at 413-283-2329.
TIMES staff photo by Tyler S. Witkop
The Wilbraham Board of Selectmen (from left) Susan Bunnell, Chairman
Robert Russell and Robert Boilard enjoy the sense of humor of the town
administrator candidates.
Selectmen, residents meet TA finalists
CANDIDATESfrom page 1
mayoral aide in the City of Springfield.
“My focus is always on the citizens,”
he said.
According to Breault, his desire to
leave East Longmeadow does not stem
from any negative personal relationship
with the Board of Selectmen or other town
employee, but rather as the next step in a
career progression. He said that the job
responsibilities in Wilbraham are greater
and would present more of a challenge
than that of his current position, where he
only helps budget eight departments/committees.
Up to Speed
Similarly to Gibson, Breault said that
he encourages open dialogue and would
be looking to “get up to speed as quickly
as possible.”
Reed is the former town manager of
Bar Harbor, Maine of 27 years and the
current interim town manager of nearby
Tremont, Maine. He is originally from
northern Ohio.
Reed explained that Bar Harbor is
a fiscally conservative town that does
not like to borrow money. He noted that
over the years, the town established solid
reserve accounts to be able to fund different projects ranging from sidewalk replacement to replacing old wooden water
mains.
He said that when he arrived in Bar
Harbor, the budgets weren’t concise, being difficult to track revenue. “It’s important that the budget be clear,” he said,
since the residents are the ones that need
to vote on it during town meeting.
During the public meet and greet,
filmed by Wilbraham Public Access, the
candidates all expressed their interest
in the town, being struck by the historic
nature and the reputation locally that the
town has.
The candidates are vying to fill the
open position left by Robert Weitz, who
retired in November of 2014. The position was filled in the interim by Treasurer
Thomas Sullivan.
Selectmen did not make a decision on
the hiring but did say they would have one
at an upcoming meeting. Selectmen and
a Town Administrator Search Committee outsourced the search process to the
Collins Center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Candidates vetted by the
Collins Center were then narrowed to five
by the search committee.
Two candidates withdrew their
names: current Mayor of Westfield Daniel
Knapik, and Chief of Staff for the Mayor
of Ithaca, N.Y. Kevin Sutherland.
Tyler S. Witkop can be reached at
[email protected]
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March 12, 2015
BUDGET from page 1
In the matter of two days,
by the time the Budget Subcommittee met on Friday, March 6,
the state had already cut the projected Regional School District
Transportation reimbursement
two percent and eliminated a
kindergarten grant. Combined,
those two cuts added another
$127,000 to the total that officials would need to fund.
“I’m up to here with mandates,” HWRSC member Peter
Salerno said at the meeting of
the Budget Subcommittee.
Push Back
Salerno noted that with the
ever increasing model of unfunded mandates from the state
over the years, taking the form
of district determined measures
(DDM) and other student assessments; the district is forced
to comply with state guidelines
by funding the standards out of
pocket.
“What if we chose not to
comply?” he asked. “This is our
opportunity to push back. I want
to know what the state thinks
we’re made of.”
This year, the district has
a negotiated two percent salary
increase, including grade and
TIMES staff photo by Tyler S. Witkop
Supt. M. Martin O’Shea outlines the school budget to
Hampden and Wilbraham
officials during a round table meeting March 4.
step calculations, amounting to
$1.4 million. The district is also
losing an elementary counseling
grant valued at nearly $295,000.
Additionally, with district
enrollment on the decline, the
state’s contribution has roughly
remained level funded. According to O’Shea, Chapter 70
funds, while increased, amount
to $64,000 on a roughly $40 million budget.
Based on the current scenario, O’Shea noted that they are
using a $400,000 place holder
from the HWRSD “Excess and
Deficiency” account (essentially
a savings account). Last year the
district applied nearly $1 million
from the account to make up for
state cuts.
In terms of Regional Transportation, HWRSC Chairman
Marc Ducey explained that over
the last eight years, the district
has been shorted $5 million from
the state, based on their promise
at the time the towns voted to
regionalize of 100 percent reimbursement for transportation
costs. Regional school districts
are required to provide transportation, regardless of how many
students utilize the service, Ducey said.
“I think it will reach down
to the classroom” O’Shea said
of the budget impact for the
upcoming school year. “I don’t
think we can avoid an impact on
the classroom.”
According to Assistant Supt.
for Business Beth Regulbuto, the
increase in their budget this year,
nearly two percent, does not
even amount to an inflationary
increase, and is from a service
perspective, a budget cut.
Absorb Increase
On Saturday, March 7, the
Wilbraham Board of Selectmen, Chairman Robert Russell,
Robert Boilard and Susan Bunnell discussed the issue and felt
that the town was in position to
absorb the full impact to the assessment, which would increase
$921,315 to $21,770,464.
At that number, Hampden’s
assessment would increase
$223,765 to $7,158,199.
With these assessment totals, the district would be left
with a budget gap of roughly
$1.5 million, according to current projections.
“The state has pulled the
rug out from underneath us yet
again,” Russell said. “The state
knows how to spend money faster than it knows how to bring it
in.”
“Our children aren’t getting
the education they deserve or
need at this level [of funding]”
Bunnell said.
On Monday night, the
Hampden Board of Selectmen,
Chairman John D. Flynn and
Norman Charest (Vincent “Vinnie” Villamaino was absent for
family reasons), met with Advisory Committee Co-Chairs
Doug Boyd and Carol Fitzger-
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ald, as well as Treasurer Richard Patullo and Accountant Cliff
Bombard.
According to Bombard and
Patullo, the town would be in position to absorb the full increase,
which would nearly exhaust the
town’s excess revenues, which
stand at roughly $234,000.
Under normal budget scenarios, the governor and the
state legislature begin their budget talks in January, with the final approval coming after both
towns set theirs at town meeting.
With a new governor, the budget
projections did not come until
much later, giving local officials
less time to account for state
numbers. Further complicating
matters for the HWRSC is that
the assessment numbers need to
be released 45 days prior to town
meeting, which in the case of
Hampden, requires that the numbers be in March 10.
“I think the model that
the state has built is unsustainable,” Salerno said. “It has to be
changed at the source.”
Tyler S. Witkop can be
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Obituaries
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Death NoticeS
Einor King
Died March 4, 2015
Services Friday,
March 14
Sampson’s Chapel of
the Acres, Springfield
Richard R. Hartman
Died March 8, 2015
Services Saturday,
March 14
Wilbraham Funeral
Home
Richard R. Hartman
(1926 – 2015)
E. LONGMEADOW – Richard R. Hartman, 88, died peacefully
on Sunday, March 8,
2015 at Wingate at East
Longmeadow. He previously lived in Wilbraham for many years and
was a communicant of
St. Cecilia’s Church. A
Veteran of WWII, Richard entered the Navy at the age of 17, was in
the V-5 flying program and was later transferred to the ROTC program at Dartmouth
College. He was honorably discharged in
1946 and served in the Naval Reserve until
1954. An employee of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. for many years, he
was vice president and senior investment
officer in the Securities and Real Estate Investments divisions until 1984 when he became associated with Advest Inc. in Hartford
as vice president in the Investment Banking
Division. While at MassMutual in the early
1970s, Hartman was instrumental in forming
and raising capital for two major stock exchange listed funds: MassMutual Corporate
Investors, and a real estate investment trust,
MassMutual Mortgage and Realty Investors.
When he retired in 1984, he was the treasurer and chief operating officer of the Trust. He
was active in the REIT industry as a member
of the Board of Governors of the National
Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
from 1975 to 1981 during which time he was
a member of the Executive Committee and
chairman of the Education and Membership Committees. He spoke before seminars
of the American Management Association,
Institutional Investors Forum in New York
and various Security Analysts groups. He
was listed in “Who’s Who in America.” After leaving Advest in 1988, he established a
corporate finance consulting business to as-
Carmella R.
Villamaino
Died March 8, 2015
Services Thursday,
March 12
Wilbraham Funeral
Home
sist corporations in raising long-term capital
in the institutional private placement market. Active in community affairs, he was an
elected member of the Wilbraham Local and
Regional School Committees from 1964 to
1968. While living in Brookfield in recent
years, he was a strong supporter of programs
to protect water quality of lakes in Massachusetts. He lobbied with others to promote
legislation for that purpose and was a member of the Brookfield Conservation Commission and a Director of Congress of Lakes
and Ponds Association as well as a Director of the Quaboag Development Corporation. Raised in Reading, Pa., he graduated
from Dartmouth College in 1948 from Tuck
School of Business with a Master’s Degree
in corporate finance. He was predeceased by
his wife of 52 years, the former Rebecca M.
MacKenzie of South Ryegate, Vt. In 2001
he married Marian E. Keough Hartman. In
addition to his wife Marian, he leaves four
children from his previous marriage: Laura
J. Hartman and her husband Theodore P.
Leigh of Beverly, Mass., Robert M. Hartman
and his partner James P. Lecky of Newark,
N.J., James D. Hartman and his wife Debra
of Westfield, and Jean E. Whipple and her
husband David of Belchertown; his brother,
Dana Shingle of Mohrsville, Pa., five grandchildren; Matthew, Chera, Danny, Laura and
Ricky, and three great grandchildren; Owen,
Adelyn and Benjamin. Calling hours will be
held on Friday, March 13 from 4 to 7 p.m.
at the Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Road, Wilbraham. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s
Church on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. There will
also be a Memorial Service in the Presbyterian Church in South Ryegate, Vt. at a later
date. The family extends special thanks to
Dr. Darren O’Neill and Margie Mcquillan
of Enfield Medical Associates, and the caring and dedicated staff at Emeritus of East
Longmeadow and Excel Home Care. Memorial contributions may be made to National
Wildlife Federation at www.nwf.org.
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Elinor G. King
1925-2015
WILBRAHAM – Elinor G. “Bunny” King, 90,
of Wilbraham and formerly
of Hampden, passed away
peacefully on Wednesday,
March 4, 2015, at Life
Care Center of Wilbraham, with her son Christopher near her side. Elinor, a daughter of the late
Joseph and Anne (Clune)
Maloney was born in Springfield on January
18, 1925. Raised in Springfield, she graduated from Classical High School and Parsons
School of Design in New York. Bunny was an
art teacher at Green Meadows Elementary and
Thornton W. Burgess Middle School in Hampden. She lived in Hampden for many years
where she was a benefactor and communicant
of St. Mary’s Church. She lived in Wilbraham
for the past 40 years and was a communicant
of St. Cecilia’s Church where she also served
as a Greeter. Bunny was also a member of the
Catholic Women’s Club in both towns, The
Athenaeum Society of Wilbraham, The Friends
of the Quadrangle at the Springfield Museums,
The Friends of the Library in Wilbraham and
numerous prayer groups. Throughout her life
Bunny was the recipient of numerous awards
for all kinds of amazing artwork. In addition
to her parents, Bunny was predeceased by her
husband Robert W. King, her daughter, Nancy
King, and her brother, William Maloney. She
is survived by her son, Chris King and his
wife Cindy of Wilbraham; two sisters, Mary
Purus of Jacksonville, Oregon and Jane Johnsen of Idyllwild, California; six grandchildren,
Zachary, Courtney, Joshua, Sarah, Hollee and
Meagan; eight great grandchildren and many
family and friends. A special thanks to the staff
and friends at Life Care Center of Wilbraham
for their gentle, compassionate care and friendship. Visiting hours for Bunny will be held on
Friday, March 13, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at
Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home,
21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. Her funeral
will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at
8:30 a.m. at Sampson’s followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s
Church, 42 Main Street, Wilbraham. Rites of
Committal and Interment will be private in
the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hampden.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in
Bunny’s memory may be made to the National
Right to Life Committee, 512 10th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20004 or online.
Legals
WILBRAHAM
PLANNING BOARD
PUBLIC HEARING
The Wilbraham Planning
Board will hold a Public
Hearing on Wednesday,
March 25, 2015, at 7:30 PM
in the Town Office Building,
240 Springfield Street, on the
application of J & N Salema
Family Limited Partnership
for an amendment to a special
permit issued by the Planning
Board on January 28, 2004
as re­quired under Section
3.4.5.17 of the Wilbraham
Zoning By-Law to make site
modifications and associated
improvements to the existing
drive-through window service
at Dunkin Donuts located at
2144 Boston Road as shown
on information on file and
available for public inspection in the Planning Office.
Jeffrey Smith Chairman
3/5,3/12/15
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NOTICE OF SALE
Notice of Sale Pursuant to
Massachusetts General Law,
Chapter 105A, Section 4.
The following units will
be sold at Public Auction
Friday March 27, 2015 at
10:00am Wilbraham Self
Storage, 2535 Boston Road,
Wi l b r a h a m , M A 0 1 0 9 5
(413)596-3800
The Unknown Contents
of: Unit D24 Gary Gaudette
Unit D49 Anne Peplinski
Owners reserve the right
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3/12,3/19/15
LEGAL NOTICE
TOWN OF WILBRAHAM
Mowing and Landscape
Maintenance of the
Wilbraham Cemeteries
The Town of Wilbraham
Cemetery Commission
seeks bids from qualified
individuals or firms to provide mowing and landscape
maintenance services at
three town cemeteries for a
36-month period beginning
July 1, 2015. Specifications
are available by mail or in
person at the Selectmen's
Office, Town Office Build­
ing, 240 Springfield Street,
Wilbraham, MA 01095,
between the hours of 8:30
AM and 4:30 PM. Sealed
bids will be accepted in the
Selectmen's Office until 4:00
P.M. on Monday, April 6,
2015 and will be publicly
opened and recorded at a special meeting of the Cemetery
Commissioners on April 6,
2015 at 6:30 P.M. The Town
reserves the right to reject
any or all proposals, to waive
informalities, or to advertise
for new proposals, as deemed
in the interest of the Town.
Information for bidders and general specifications are available from the
Selectmen’s Office, 240
Springfield Street, Wilbra­
ham, MA 01095; (413596-2800x101.) BIDS
MUST BE SUBMITTED
ON FORMS PROVIDED
B Y T H E C E M E T E RY
COMMISSION.
Bids must be mailed or
delivered to the Board of
Selectmen’s Office, 240
Springfield Street, Wilbra­
ham, MA 01095, no later
than 4:00 PM on Monday,
April 6, 2015; and the sealed
envelopes must be marked
“Cemetery Mowing Bid.”
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Bulk trash removal, cleanouts,
10% discount with this ad. Free
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588 Center Street
Ludlow, MA 01056
Phone: 413-589-1671
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Personal & Business Taxes
90 YEAR OLD company offering
free in-home water testing. Call
Eric 413-244-8139
SNOWBLOWER & LAWNMOWER
TUNE UP & REPAIR
A & M TUNE-UPS
Push lawnmowers, riding mowers
and small engine repair.
Work done at your home.
Call Mike
(413) 348-7967
Does the thought of doing your taxes make you cranky before
you even get started? Does the family dog even avoid you during
tax season? Let AJE FINANCIAL SERVICES prepare your
tax returns this year. Your family and friends will thank you!
Income Tax Preparation
~ 28 years tax experience ~
ACE CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Cleanings, inspections, repairs, caps,
liners, waterproofing, rebuilds.
Gutterbrush Installations. Local
family owned since 1986. HIC
#118355. Fully insured. (413)5478500.
BILODEAU AND SON Roofing.
Established 1976. New re-roofs
and repairs. Gutter cleanings and
repairs. Licensed/ insured. Call
(413)967-6679.
CHAIR SEAT WEAVING &
refinishing - cane, fiber rush &
splint - Classroom instructor, 20+
years experience. Call Walt at
(413)267-9680 for estimate.
CHIMNEY SERVICES: CLEANINGS, caps, dampers, repairs
including masonry and liners. The
best for less!!! Worcester to
Pittsfield.
www.expresschimney.com
413-650-0126, 508-245-1501
Bruce J. Charwick
(413) 283-5596
62 Jim Ash St.
Palmer, MA 01069
CHANTEL BLEAU
ACCOUNTING SERVICES
For Full Accounting & Tax Service
Registered Tax Return Preparer
228 West St., Ware, MA 01082
413-967-8364
Call For An
Appointment
The IRS does not endorse any particular individual tax return preparer.
For more information on tax preparers go to irs.gov.
Kitchen Table Taxes
Personal & Small Business Tax Returns
"David The Tax Man"
Phone/Fax
413-289-0058
Credit Cards Welcome
[email protected]
David E. Whitney
Notary Public
Sixty-Five Jim Ash Road
Palmer, MA 01069-9814
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Enrolled Agent
Celebrating 5 years
in Business
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proactive tax consulting and compliance • accounting services
payroll & bookkeeping • financial planning
Complete Tax Services:
Personal, Business, Corporations and Partnerships
Registered Notary Public
Telephone (413) 786-8727 • Fax (413) 786-1833
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2341 Boston Road, Suite A120A, Wilbraham, MA 01095
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Painting
Roofing
Pets
Help Wanted
Help Wanted
ACO
HEATING & AIR
CONDITIONING, MASONRY
Heating & Air Conditioning
Service & Installation
Furnaces, Sheet Metal
All types of masonry work.
Chimney repair, tile work, stucco,
stone, brick, block, concrete, flat
work, pavers, retaining walls.
Power Washing
License & Insured
Commercial & Residential
Free Estimates
Competitive Rates
Call Adam 413-374-7779
FORBES & SONS PAINTING &
STAINING Interior/ exterior, new
construction, carpentry repairs,
ceiling/ drywall repair, wallpaper
removal. Vinyl pressure washing/
mildew
treatments.
Free
estimates. Owner operated since
1985.
Affordable
prices.
Residential/ Commercial. Insured.
(413)887-1987
SKY-TECH ROOFING, INC. 25
years experience. Commercial,
residential. Insured. Shingles,
single-ply systems. Tar/ gravel,
slate repairs. 24 hour Emergency
Repairs.
(413)536-3279,
(413)348-9568, (413)204-4841.
BE A RESPONSIBLE PET
OWNER - Financially needy? Call
for assistance to spay/neuter your
cat/dog.
(413)565-5383
CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR
ANIMALS.
CHAUFFEUR - PT OR FT Drivers
needed for local limo company.
Must have clean license and
background. Experience a plus.
CDL a plus. Call (413) 583-6392
NURSING OPPORTUNITIES
LIFE Care Center of Wilbraham
LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
Full-time position available for
2:45 p.m.-11:15 p.m. shift (32
hours), with alternating weekends
and holidays. Must be a
Massachusetts-licensed practical
nurse.
CERTIFIED
NURSING
ASSISTANT Full-time and parttime positions available for 6:45
a.m.-3:15 p.m. shift. Part-time
positions available for 2:45 p.m.11:15 p.m. shift (16-24 hours).
Must be a Massachusetts-certified
nursing assistant.
Long-term
care
experience
preferred. We offer great pay and
benefits to full-time associates in a
team-oriented environment.
Marcia Porter 413-596-3111 | 413596-9072 Fax 2399 Boston Rd.
|Wilbraham, MA 01095
[email protected]
LifeCareCareers.com
EOE/M/F/V/D – 56508
Home Improvement
C-D HOME IMPROVEMENT. 1
Call for all your needs. Windows,
siding, roofs, additions, decks,
baths, hardwood floors, painting.
All work 100% guaranteed.
Licensed and insured. Call Bob
(413)596-8807 Cell
CS Lic.
#97110, HIC Lic #162905
CERAMIC TILE INSTALLATION
Kitchen, bath, foyers. References.
Lic #086220. Please call Kevin
(978)355-6864.
HOME IMPROVEMENTS. REMODELING. Kitchens, baths.
Ceramic tile, windows, painting,
wallpapering, textured ceilings,
siding, additions. Insurance work.
Fully insured. Free estimates. 413246-2783 Ron.
ROOF
SNOW
REMOVALDELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT
for all your exterior home
improvement needs. ROOFING,
SIDING, WINDOWS, DOORS,
DECKS & GUTTERS. Extensive
references
available,
Fully
Licensed & Insured in MA. & CT.
Call GARY DELCAMP @ 413569-3733
WALL & CEILING REPAIRS Drywall Installations, Taping &
Finishing. Interior Painting.
Small Jobs o.k. (413)563-3355.
L.A. Home Improvement M/c & Visa accepted.
WATER DAMAGE
-CALL JAY (413)436-5782FOR REPAIRS
Complete
Drywall
Service.
Finishing,
Painting,
Ceilings
(Smooth or Textured). 38 years
experience. Fully insured
Garage Door Serv.
MENARD GARAGE DOORS
Authorized
Raynor
dealer
specializing in sales, installation
service and repairs of residential
and light commercial overhead
garage doors and openers. Fully
insured. Free estimates. Call
(413)289-6550 or
www.menardgaragedoors.com
Instruction
TRUCK DRIVERS
NEEDED
A & B CDL CLASSES + BUS
Chicopee, Ma (413)592-1500
UNITED TRACTOR TRAILER
SCHOOL
Unitedcdl.com
Masonry
COMPLETE CHIMNEY &
MASONRY SERVICE
A+ BBB RATING
“From Brick to Stone,
Sidewalks to Fireplaces”
New Construction- RebuildsRepairs & Restoration
Licensed- RegisteredFully Insured
Owner Operated
Eric 413-210-9631
www.emcmasonry.com
Accepting all major CC’s and
Paypal
Music
MUSIC LESSONS
LEARN to play the piano, flute,
guitar, or percussion.
Lessons are fun and affordable.
Beginner thru Advanced
Aaron (413)596-3555
[email protected]
Plumbing
GREG LAFOUNTAIN PLUMBING
& Heating. Lic #19196 Repairs &
Replacement of fixtures, water
heater installations, steam/HW
boiler replacement. Kitchen & Bath
remodeling. 30 years experience.
Fully insured. $10. Gift Card With
Work Performed. Call Greg
(413)592-1505.
LINC’S PLUMBING LIC #J27222
Scheduling Replacement
Heating Systems Now
Call LINC’S
For Your Connection
(413)668-5299
STOP ICE DAM DAMAGE
http://tinyurl.com/roofleaks
Proven roof sealant can be
applied down to ZERO degrees.
Simple inexpensive DIY solution.
Make a Fast Friend!
Snow Removal
DAVE’S LAWN & GARDEN
SNOW REMOVAL WE can do
everything from removing of snow
to shoveling and cleaning your
roof. Please call George (413)3484891.
SNOW & ICE DAM REMOVAL
FROM ROOF. Licensed & Insured
contractor. Ceiling repairs, etc..
Call Paul (413)657-3825.
Roofing
ALL TYPES OF ROOFING,
shingle, flat and slate. Call Local
Builders (413)626-5296. Complete
roofing systems and repairs.
Fully licensed and insured. MA CS
#102453.
Lifetime
warranty.
Senior Discount. 24 hour service.
CLEAR SNOW & ICE DAMS
FROM ROOFS. ALL TYPES OF
ROOFING, shingle, flat and slate.
Call Local Builders (413)626-5296.
Complete roofing systems and
repairs.
Fully licensed and
insured. MA CS #102453. Lifetime
warranty. Senior Discount. 24 hour
service.
FIRST CHOICE ROOFING Free
estimates! Repair and replace.
Snow removal off roofs. (860)2804857.
RETIRED RACING
GREYHOUNDS AVAILABLE
FOR ADOPTION
spayed/neutered, wormed,
shots, heartworm tested,
teeth cleaned
SUNRISE
HOME
REPAIRS
ROOF RAKING/ snow removal.
We will remove the snow from
around your basement to avoid
water leaks. Insured. (413)8839033
Tree Work
ATEKS TREE- Honest, quality
tree service.
From pruning to
house lot clearing. Fully insured.
Free estimates. Think Spring. Cut
the trees before the leaves.
(413)687-3220.
DUKE'S TREE SERVICE &
LAWN CARE Tree removal,
Pruning, Leaf removal
duketreeserviceandlawncare.com
Duke's Waste Management &
More Dump runs, Clean outs
413-535-9808
[email protected],com
Dukeswastemanagement.com
Greyhound Options Inc.
Call Mary at 413-566-3129
or Claire at 413-967-9088
or go to
www.greyhoundoptions.org.
Horses
HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS
offered year round at our state of
the art facility. Beginner to
advanced. Ages 4 years to adult.
Boarding, sales and leasing also
available. Convenient location at
Orion Farm in South Hadley.
(413)532-9753
www.orionfarm.net
Help Wanted
BRANCH OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
TRAINEEEdward
Jones is a financial services firm
focused on meeting the needs of
individual investors. Our Ludlow,
MA branch office has an opening
for an entry-level administrative
assistant. Excellent organization,
communication skills, and the
ability to work independently are
required to perform administrative,
marketing, and client service
responsibilities.
We
offer
competitive
benefits
and
a
comprehensive on-line training
program. To be considered for this
position
apply
online
at
www.edwardjones.com/careers
position
#18969.
Equal
Opportunity Employer
CHILDCARE PROVIDER- BUSY
Mental Health Clinic needs
dependable childcare provider to
work at least 2-1/2 hours every
Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30
p.m. at 96 South Street, Ware.
Please contact Donna Covino at
413-579-2924 if interested. Equal
Opportunity Employer. EOE/AA
DRIVER, SCHOOL VAN for
growing school transportation
Company. 4-6 hours/day. Must be
good w/children & have safe
driving record. Earn $12.60+/hour.
Call (413)599-1616 after 9:30 AM
for application. Will train. EEO
FOSTER CARE: YOU can help
change someone’s life. Provide a
safe home for children and teens
who have been abused or
neglected.
Call
Devereux
Therapeutic Foster Care at 413734-2493.
TOWN
OF
WILBRAHAM
SUMMER JOBS. The Wilbraham
Parks and Recreation Department
is looking for applicants for
temporary summer Camp Counselors, Jr. Counselors, Lifeguards,
Sport-O-Rama Director, Sport-ORama Counselors, and Admission/Concession Workers. More
information and an application are
available on our website at
www.wilbraham-ma.gov
(Go to Parks and Rec.) Please
apply to: Bryan Litz, Parks &
Recreation Director, 45 C Post
Office Park, Wilbraham, MA 01095.
[email protected]
Applications accepted until March
27, 2015. EOE
PART-TIMERN,
HHA’S,
CNA’s Positions available at
Professional Medical Services,
Inc. Highest competitive rates &
mileage.
EOE.
Call
Jan.
(413)289-9018
THE BOARD OF Public Works is
accepting
applications
for
temporary, seasonal, maintenance
positions in the Dept. of Public
Works. Hours may vary from
week to week. The rate of pay is
$10.00 per hour. Applications are
available from 9:00am to 4:00pm
at the DPW office at 198
Sportsmen’s Road. Applications
will be accepted until April 17th,
2015. Applicants must possess a
valid Mass. drivers license.
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HARDWICK: 2 units, 2 BR 1.5 BA,
1 car garage, on each side,
propane gas, nice lot close to Ware
center. $189,900
ELMS COLLEGE/ DANA PARK
AREA 5 RMS, 2nd floor, garage.
$725/ mo. 1st, last, security.
Available April 1 (413)533-4639.
Evenings call:
NORTH
BROOKFIELD:
Four
bedroom colonial on beautifully
landscaped corner lot, recent
updates, updated Electric to 200
amps.
lower
level
inlaw
possibilities. Move in ready.
$158,000
413-695-2319
413-627-2700
617-620-0027
413-813-8257
413-668-8190
413-477-6624
413-364-7353
LUDLOW- CONDO FOR sale. 2
beds, 2 baths 1,645 sq.ft. Great
Meadow
Crest
Townhouse
Condominium with Hardwood
floors, white kitchen cabinetry, and
spacious rooms with a covered
back deck off the dining area for
maximum sun exposure and
peaceful enjoyment. Finished
Family Room in basement, with
attached 1 car garage. Close to
Mass Pike and walking distance to
Randall’s
Farm!
For
more
information or to view this condo
call Chris Bloom 413-687-5743,
Gallagher Real Estate.
WESTFIELD, 1 BEDROOM, a/c,
laminate floors, aluminum roof,
appliances, laundry room, carport.
Route 202, 10 minutes from Pike
$39,900.
413-593-9961
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NEW BRAINTREE: Country raised
ranch on four plus acres, 3
bedroom, finished lower level,
many updates, great fishing near
by. $184,000
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LORI FISHER
CLAUDIO SANTORO
MERRIE BROWN
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limitation or discrimination based on
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familial status (number of children and
or pregnancy), national origin, ancestry,
age, marital status, or any intention to
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This newspaper will not knowingly accept
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PALMER: 2 BR condo needs TLC.
Great downtown location and
minutes to major highways. Master
BR w/sliders to deck. $47,900
WARE: Quality craftsmanship,
updated spacious 3 BD. Lg. cabinet
packed KT, plenty of counter
space, island. 2.5 BA, 1st flr
laundry, hardwoods, freshly painted
walls $189,900
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Commercial Rentals
PALMER 1BR - Quiet Secure
Country Location. Locked Storage
& Laundry in Basement. K/DR
Combo - LR-Full Bath. Nice
Layout.
No
Smoke/Pets.
1st/last/sec. $700.00. Breton Est.
413-283-6940
317 MEADOW STREET: 4,000 10,000 sq. ft. of industrial flex
space
available
for
lease.
Features
private
offices,
manufacturing
warehousing
workspace, as well as dock &
drive-in access. Centrally located
to serve the region with easy
access to I-90, I-391 and I-291.
For
more
information
call
Development Associates at 413789-3720
or
visit
us
at
www.devassociates.com
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REAL ESTATE
ASSOCIATES
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Sa
UNITED
PERSONNEL
IS
currently seeking experienced
Machine
Operators/Slitter
Operators for the Ludlow area.
Second shift (4pm-midnight), temp
to hire, must be able to train on
first shift for the first few weeks.
The
ideal
candidate
is
mechanically
inclined,
has
machine/slitter
operation
experience and has worked with
film and paper converting. Drug
free work area. Please apply at
www.unitedpersonnel.com
and
call
413-527-7494
for
an
appointment.
Real Estate
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For
THE GRANBY HOUSING AUTHORITY is accepting resumés for
an 18 hour part-time maintenance
position. Job requires that you are
able to understand and follow
instructions, have the ability to
work independently with little
supervision and be self motivated.
Skills
required:
General
knowledge
of
building
maintenance, carpentry, painting,
plumbing, electrical, use of hand
tools and the operation of
snowblowers and lawn mowers.
Duties will include lifting heavy
objects from time to time, cleaning
and painting associated with
vacant apartments, community
building, lavatories, stairwells,
hallways, windows, etc. Working
under extreme conditions such as
rain, wind, snow and ice storms,
will be expected. Wages based on
the Labor and industry rates. One
and half years’ experience in field
is required. Resumés will be
accepted at the Granby Housing
Authority, 50 Phins Hill Manor,
Granby, MA 01033 until March 26,
2015 by 12:00 pm. The Granby
Housing Authority is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.
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MONSON.
3
BEDROOM.
Completely renovated, propane
heat, lower than oil, $100 toward
first fill-up. NO PETS!!! $900/ mo.
F/L/S (413)783-0192. Mr. Allen.
PALMER 2 BR. $925/ mo. 1 mi to
Pike. Beautifully renovated. Offstreet
parking.
Utilities
not
included. Available March 1.
(413)427-2706.
PALMER. LG. STUDIO. Laundry
on premises, off-street parking,
w/w carpeting, quiet, convenient
location. (413)454-1201.
SOUTH HADLEY, 3 Taylor St., 5
room attached Ranch, deck, large
backyard, off-street parking for 2
cars, stove, refrig.. microwave,
D/W, laundry connection. $1,150/
mo plus utilities. Heat is gas
forced hot air. 1st, last, sec. No
pets/ no smokers. Cal Michael
(413)348-4832.
WARE- 2 TOWNHOUSE APTS.SPACIOUS, SUNNY 3 BR $800
& $850 plus utilities, w/d hook-up,
storage. Also Beautiful 2 BR apt.
$700. No smoking, no pets. Credit
check/references (413)320-5784.
WARE- LARGE 2 bedroom, 1st
floor apt. All new kitchen, floors &
paint. Updated bath. Water &
sewer included. Off-street parking,
oil heat. First & security $750/ mo
(413)967-7772
WARELARGE
STUDIO
apartment. Close to downtown.
Electric/ propane heat. Water &
sewer included. Good area. First &
Security $475/ mo (413)967-7772.
Commercial Rentals
200 SILVER STREET: 3,150 sq.
ft. of medical/professional space
for lease in a Class A building in
Agawam. Join Baystate, Mercy
Medical and other quality tenants.
Highly visible on Route 75 and
easy access to Rte. 57 and I-91.
For
more
information
call
Development Associates at 413789-3720
or
visit
us
at
www.devassociates.com
630 SILVER STREET: 2,000 4,550 sq. ft. flex space in multitenant building located in Agawam
industrial park setting. Two spaces
leased together or separately. For
more
information
call
Development Associates at 413789-3720
or
visit
us
at
www.devassociates.com
HAMPTON PONDS PLAZA (Rte
202) Westfield, offices 6,000 sf
and retail store 6,500 sf, dock.
A/C. Reasonable rent. (508)3587812.
INDUSTRIAL ZONED. FOUR
buildings available, 500 to 5,000
sq.ft. Breckenridge St., Palmer.
Also entertain offers for sale 10
acres (413)231-3131.
Vacation Rentals
WARM WEATHER IS year round
in Aruba. The water is safe, and
the dining is fantastic. Walk out to
the beach. 3-bedroom weeks
available. Sleeps 8. $3500. Email:
[email protected] for more
information.
Autos Wanted
$$$ AUTOS WANTED TOP Dollar
paid for your unwanted cars,
trucks, vans, big and small,
running or not. Call 413-534-5400.
CASH FOR CARS: Any
model or year. We pay
Running or not. Sell your
truck today. Free towing!
offer: 1-800-871-0654.
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more!
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Barre, MA 01005
(978) 355-4000
Fax: (978) 355-6274
◗ QUABOAG CURRENT
80 Main Street
Ware, MA 01082
(413) 967-3505
Fax: (413) 967-6009
◗ THE CHICOPEE
REGISTER
(413) 592-3599
Fax: (413) 592-3568
◗ COUNTRY JOURNAL ◗ THE REGISTER
P.O. Box 429, 5 Main Street
Huntington, MA 01050
(413) 667-3211
Fax: (413) 667-3011
◗ THE SUN
(413) 612-2310
Fax: (413) 592-3568
◗ THE JOURNAL
REGISTER
24 Water Street
Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 283-8393
Fax: (413) 289-1977
◗ THE SHOPPING
GUIDE
24 Water Street
Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 283-8393
Fax: (413) 289-1977
24 Water Street
Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 283-8393
Fax: (413) 289-1977
◗ THE SENTINEL
P. O. Box 601
10 South Main Street
Belchertown, MA 01007
(413) 323-5999
Fax: (413)323-9424
◗ SOUTHWICK
SUFFIELD NEWS
23 Southwick Street
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
(413) 786-7747
Fax: (413) 786-8457
◗ THE TOWN
REMINDER
138 College Street, Suite 2
So. Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 536-5333
Fax: (413) 536-5334
◗ WILBRAHAM
HAMPDEN TIMES
2341 Boston Rd.
Wilbraham, MA 01095
(413) 682-0007
Fax: (413) 682-0013
◗ THE TOWN
COMMON
24 Water Street
Palmer, MA 01069
(413) 283-8393
Fax: (413) 289-1977
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