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Westfield Bridge Club Results 2/22/18

N/S 1st, Mary Wolff – Andrea Laplace

2nd, Candy Pennington – Eileen Doherty

3rd, Dorothy Kowaleski  – Judy Fiore

E/W 1st, Cindy Healey – Janet O’Brien2nd, Beth Cutting – Pat Krauss

3rd, Ellie Siska – Betty Clare

Duplicate bridge is played every Thursday afternoon from 12:45 to 4:15 at The  American Inn in Southwick. All players are welcome. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO BRIDGE 3/8/18.

Southwick Annual Census & Dog License Due

The annual census were mailed out last week to Southwick residents. If you have not received your census please help with cost savings and print the form @ under the Town Clerk’s page. The census we do not get back, the town has to mail a second time. Failure to sign the census will also require us to send back. Please note, failure to fill out a census will put you on an inactive voting list if you are registered to vote.

As a reminder, you can renew your 2018 dog license through the census forms by sending a self-address stamped envelope and all required information stated on the back of the census form.

The Town Clerk’s Office is available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.


Armbrook Village Uses Music to Bring Awareness to Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

A growing body of research connects music therapy to improved social, cognitive, and emotional health. Armbrook Village is bringing an opportunity to experience the power of music to the people of Westfield in the form of a Memory Chorus, offered the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm. A memory chorus is a chance for people of all ages, especially seniors and their caregivers, to experience the therapeutic benefits of singing in a no-pressure group environment. This comes as the newest addition to the senior community’s Dementia Friendly Westfield Initiative.



The YMCA of Greater Westfield is committed to serving individuals and their families living with, through and beyond cancer. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week exercise program for adult cancer survivors who are currently in or have completed treatment and are physically deconditioned. Developed by Stanford University, this specially designed program has proven to help survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks. Beginning January 22nd, the class will meet twice a week, for 12 weeks on Monday & Wednesday; 1:00PM-2:30PM to strength train and improve cardiovascular function. Must register by January 12. Space is limited. For more information, visit or contact: Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, at the YMCA of Greater Westfield 1.413.568.8631 or


‘Male Call!’ Fitness Class at Westfield Senior Center

Greg Hannum, a senior Movement Science major at Westfield State University, facilitates ‘Male Call!,’ an all-male fitness class at the Westfield Senior Center on Monday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.  The cost is $5 per class on a pay-as-you-go basis.  This is a general fitness class designed specifically for older men with a variety of fitness abilities.  Please remember that participants utilizing the Fitness Room for classes and dance sessions are required to change their footwear before walking on the hardwood floor and also sign a Release of Liability and Usage Agreement.  For more information, contact the Westfield Senior Center at 562-6435.


Application for Books on the Go Service

The Southwick Public Library offers a home delivery service for Southwick residents that are unable to visit the library because of a short-term disability lasting 3 weeks or more, or because of a permanent disability. Books, Books on CDs and music CDs owned by the Southwick Public Library are delivered and picked-up by our volunteer drivers. Applications are available at the library’s Reference Desk or you may call 569-1221 ext. 3 and an application will be mailed to you.


William R. Rooney Scholarships Available for Special Needs Students

The Horace Smith Fund has $10,000 scholarships available to graduating high school seniors with special needs.  These scholarships are offered to graduating seniors who have been on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan for a minimum of two years.

Applicants must be Hampden County residents, attending public or private secondary schools in Hampden County.  Scholarships awards of $10,000 are distributed as $2,500 annually and renewable each year until graduation.  Recipients must enroll as full-time students at either a two-year or four-year college.

Recipients are selected on a variety of criteria, including academic performance, demonstrated financial need, and extraordinary contribution to their high school and community.

The Horace Smith Fund was established in 1899 by the successful and generous philanthropist named Horace Smith, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, located in Springfield.  The William R. Rooney Scholarship is named for the long-time educator and former Executive Secretary of The Horace Smith Fund, who advocated for assistance to special needs students.

Completed scholarship applications must be received either electronically or be mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, no later than March 1st.  The student must identify their application as specifically for the William R. Rooney Scholarship.  Applications are available at local high school guidance offices, on-line at or by phoning (413) 739-4222.


Westfield Homeless Cat Project Winter Tag Sale

The Westfield Homeless Cat Project is seeking donations for their Winter Tag Sale.  Gently used household items, clothing, books, small furniture and toys as well as monetary donations are always welcome, as are volunteers for these events.  As you can imagine, the Winter months can be especially draining on WHCP’s resources and any and all donations are most appreciated.  A future announcement will be made once the tag sale is scheduled.

WHCP is filled to the brim with cats and kittens in search of loving forever homes for the holidays. At this time we especially need the following items:  Flat bottom ceramic bowls; Towels and blankets of any size; Shoe and boot boxes used for litter boxes; Laundry detergent;  Dryer sheets; Lysol spray; Empty spray bottles; Hand sanitizer; Lysol wipes; Dish detergent;  33 gallon and 13 gallon trash bags; Copy paper – any color;  Cat carriers; and Large dog crates and cages.  We are always in need of canned Friskies cat food as well.  Donated items can be dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA at any time.  We’re always looking for loving families to open their hearts and homes to cats in need of fostering, as well.  If interested, please contact Denise at


Learning through Play

Are you looking for a playgroup? If so, join us at “Learning through Play”: a free, drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and children ages 5 and under presented by the Westfield CFCE grant in collaboration with the Fort Meadow Early Childhood Center. Friday Mornings 10:00-11:00 am at Fort Meadow ECC 35 White St. Westfield, MA 01085

Some areas of development to be explored include: Early Literacy, Beginning Math, Science, Art, Small and Large      Motor Development.  For more information, please call the CFCE office at 568-5242


Grandparents & Kin Raising Grandchildren, the Grandfamilies: support groups in Hampshire County 

You may ask, just what are Grandfamilies? Grandfamilies is the name used to describe families that are created when a relative or friend rises to care for another relative’s children. This happens for a multitude of reasons, with the occurrence on the rise. There are even great grandparents parenting again!  Along with the satisfaction of helping and the joy, there are many difficulties that also surface.  To help alleviate your difficulties and added stress we offer support groups where you are welcome to come, to learn about resources, to share and be heard.  Our groups are relaxed, friendly and supportive.  We invite you to join us at any one or all of the groups listed below.  If you are unable to attend a group but would like someone to talk to or for more information, call/text the Kinship Care Resource Coordinator at 413-834-4073.

Worthington– 1st Tuesday, 5:30 -7:00 PM, R.H. Conwell Elementary School library, 147 Huntington Rd, Worthington- Light dinner is served and childcare is available.

Huntington– 4th Wednesday, 10 AM-12 PM, Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Rd. Refreshments are served. Childcare is available.


Knit & Crochet Drop-In

On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 2-4:30pmWhether you are just getting started, are working on an advanced technique, or are just looking for a bit of conversation while you are stitching away… stop by West Springfield Public Library for Drop-in with Steven. These sessions are free and open to the public.

Gateway Full Day PreK Survey

A survey has been mailed to all known families living in a Gateway member town (Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery or Russell) to see if there is interest in a tuition-based, full day Preschool program. All known families of children aged 3 and 4 were mailed a survey, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

An online version of the survey is also available on the Gateway website ( Please look for “PreK Survey” in the yellow buttons marked “quicklinks”. If you have not returned the written survey, or if you did not receive a paper survey in the mail, please take the online survey (one per family, please).


Upcoming Events – CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars 

Month of Feb. – Donation boxes at all Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Westfield

April 21 –  Paper Shred Day at Westfield Senior Center, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

April 28 –  2nd Golf Tournament at Tekoa Country Club, 1:00 p.m.

May 17 –  Scholarship Awards Night at South Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

Please support our efforts with proceeds from all events benefitting CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars General Scholarships to help Westfield students with further education costs.   


Westfield Woman’s Club Offer’s Beginners Bridge Lessons

On Thursdays, through March 22, 2018 the ladies of the Westfield Woman’s Club will be hosting a beginners Bridge lessons at the Clubhouse, (28 Court St) from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The classes are open to all.  The fee for all eight lessons is $50.00.  Myrna Butler, ACBL certified instructor and Silver Life Master will instruct the class.  For more information and to register for the classes please call (413) 998-3739. The Westfield Woman’s Club was founded in Westfield in 1914. Through the years the club has broaden and strengthened the moral, social, and intellectual life of its members and its community.


Baby Sign at the Westfield Athenaeum

Give your child the ability to express themselves before they can speak. Sheryl White from Baby Kneads begins the class with instruction on how to teach your baby sign language.  Afterwards, Sheryl brings out a bag filled with props, toys, puppets, etc. and signs with the babies. Caregivers then get a turn learning signs while interacting and engaging with their children. Everyone will go home ready for a nap!  This program is a 4-week series of classes sponsored by the CFCE and the Friends of the Athenaeum. The program is free, but we are limited to 12 families, so sign up today online at or call 562-6158 x5. Friday, Feb. 23rd at 11am-12pm in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum. Recommended for children ages 6 months to preverbal.


Humason Announces February Office Hours

State Senator Don Humason announced today that he will be holding public office hours during February in cities and towns throughout the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District. Senator Humason or his staff will be available at public office hours on the following dates:

Monday, February 26 – Westfield Athenaeum 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Whitney Study 6 Elm Street Westfield, MA

Monday, February 26 – Russel Council on Aging 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 65 Main Street Russell, MA

Tuesday, February 27 – Southwick Council on Aging 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 454 College Highway Southwick, MA

Tuesday, February 27 – Montgomery Town Hall 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 161 Main Road Montgomery, MA

All are welcome to visit and share their thoughts or concerns about state matters with Senator Humason and his staff. In addition to office hours throughout the district, Senator Humason and staff are also available to meet with constituents at the Senator’s district office, located at 64 Noble Street in Westfield. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended. Senator Humason’s District Office staff can be reached at (413) 568-1366. Staff in his Boston Office can be reached at (617) 722-1415 for legislative matters. Senator Humason’s email address is

Outdoor family adventures continue

Woronoco Heights Outdoor Adventures (WHOA!)  is building on last month’s successful launch of seasonal activities for families with even more to do on Saturday February 17 from 9am to 3pm. Each month from January to June WHOA! opens for a Saturday of activities to bring families outdoors at the 1300 acre Horace Moses Scout Reservation in Russell MA, just 20 minutes from I-90 Exit 3.

Over 30 participants ice fished, snow-shoed, tried blacksmithing, and reached out to the world by amateur radio which were among the activities in January. The upcoming WHOA! Saturday adds making fire without matches and maple sugaring. Frank Grindrod will share a number of ways you can start a fire without matches.  Grindrod is the Director of Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School in Williamsburg and instructs the school’s “The Art of Fire” seminar that offers 30 ways to start a fire without matches.

Maple trees are being tapped, and the sap is running when the nights are cold and the days are warm.  Families will have the opportunity to snow shoe or hike as weather permits an old road through Woronoco Heights to a sugar shack, about a 2 mile round trip. Participation is open to all families and activities for children as young as 5 years old are offered as well as activities for older youth and adults. Membership in Scouting is not required.

A low introductory price of $5 is being charged to encourage families to experience outdoor adventures together. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated and can be made on the web at Equipment will be provided and activities will be supervised by experienced camp staff. Each program is available from 9 am until 3 pm and subject to change, especially due to weather conditions.  Participants may arrive/leave at any time. Check-in is at the camp’s Trading Post where a menu of hot food and snacks will also be for sale.

As warm weather arrives winter activities will be replaced with exciting options, including the camp’s renowned climbing tower and bouldering wall, ATV’s, and archery in the months ahead. The other dates WHOA! is open are March 17, April 21, May 19, and June 9.  Details are at

Donors urged to help the Red Cross maintain blood supply

Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them. Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Westfield

2/24: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament, 127 Holyoke Road


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Friends of Agawam Senior Center Trips for 2018

Feb. 26 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

March 26 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

April 23 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25


May 21 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25




June 25 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25


July 23 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Aug. 27 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25


Sept. 4-7 NIAGARA FALLS $798

Sept. 24 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25


Sept 28-Oct 9 10-NIGHT QUEBEC, CANADA CRUISE from $1499


Oct. 22 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25


Nov. 26 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Dec. 11 BRING IT, SWING IT $55

Non-refundable $10 deposit due with sign up. Final payment due 45 days prior to trip. Please include phone number and date of trip on checks. For more information contact: Penny at (413) 519-7223. Saratoga trip coming soon.


Granville Tolland Lions Club Ed Gogal spaghetti dinner

The Granville Tolland Lions Club will be holding it’s 18th annual Ed Gogal spaghetti dinner on February 24th from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Granville Federated Church Granby Rd Granville, MA. Adults $9.00, Seniors $7.00, Kids $5.00, and children under 5 free.


Irish Gala Feb. 25 to Benefit Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will sponsor an Irish Gala on Sunday, February 25, from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. The fundraiser will include dancing, raffles, food (warm corned beef sandwiches), cash bar and music by the Andy Healy Band with Mary Ward. Irish Soda Bread made by Sisters and friends will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregational Offices at 577 Carew St., Springfield during business hours. Contact Sr. Eleanor Harrington at (413) 536-0853 or email: or Marty Kearney (413) 522-0569 for more information.


Huntington Public Library adult hands-on workshop

The Huntington Public Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory Maichack to present an adult hands-on workshop, “Monet’s Magic : Pastel Paint Monet’s Wondrous Water Lilies,” on Monday, February 26th from 6-8 P.M. Imagine using the actual imagery that inspired Monet to paint his “Water Lily” paintings. In this new, highly researched two – hour workshop, participants create their own pastel painting, freely experimenting with hundreds of the artist’s professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop. Space is limited so please contact the Huntington Public Library at 512-5206.


Huntington Council on Aging Bus Trip

The Huntington Council on Aging is planning a trip to the 2018 Boston Flower Show on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  We will depart from the Huntington Town Hall at 8 am and from Westfield at 8:30 am.  To celebrate the change of seasons from winter to spring, Boston annually hosts a magnificent horticultural exhibition.  The 2018 Flower Show’s special theme will be “Savoring Spring” which will be a veritable horticultural event, promoting the crusaders, innovative tools and lengendary plants helping to make us all champions in the battle for garden supremacy in the spring time!  After the show we will stop at Vinezia Restaurant with a choice of Chicken Parmesan, Steak Tips or Baked Haddock menu.  We will arrive back about 5 pm.  Travel will be provided by Fox Tours Luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach.  Cost of the trip is $64 for Huntington residents and $84 all others.  Payment due date is February 26th, 2018.  To reserve a seat, please call Helen at 413.512.5200 or Jen at 413.512.5205.


Coloring and Cookies for Teens at the Southwick Public Library

Grades 7-12 can come in to the Southwick Public Library on February 27th from 2:30-4:00 to color, chat, and have some cookies! We will have all the coloring sheets, gel pens, and colored pencils that you’ll need to take part in this relaxing activity. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.

Big Red: An AuthorTalk with Ellie Dias

Tuesday, February 27 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Join Ellie Dias for an interactive talk with photographs and video clips about her debut novel inspired by a solo journey to Himalayan villages, farms and jungles of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet. Her story combines personal lessons, adventure, travel, growth, and humor. Seeking to experience simplicity and contentment in the “Happiest Place on Earth”, Dias struggles to jettison her Western ways while lugging a 95-pound suitcase of bare necessities. Everything that could go wrong on her spiritual journey did. It was a fiasco that left her wondering whether the Universe – via her Big Red suitcase – was trying to teach her something, and was she ready to learn…

This program is free and open to the public. The West Springfield Public Library is located at 200 Park Street. For more information on these programs call: 413-736-4561 ext. 3, or stop by the Library’s Adult Services Desk.

Memory Chorus at Armbrook Village

February 28, 2018, 2:00 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Our Memory Chorus takes advantage of the therapeutic benefits of singing and socializing and wraps it up into a fun and inviting afternoon! RSVP to (413) 568-0000.


Alzheimer’s Support Group at Armbrook Village

February 28, 2018, 6:00 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Enjoy a light dinner and a chance to share your personal experiences and strategies for communicating with your loved one! For more information, call (413) 568-0000.

Westfield Community Education Program

Do you need help developing a cover letter and resume? Do you know the best online job sites to search for employment? Do you know how to attach your documents to online job sites?

If you need help with any of these, please join us at 128 East Mountain Rd. in Westfield, Clark Tech Lab on the campus of Western Ma Hospital March 1, 2018 – March 22, 2018 from 5-7pm on Thursdays. Classes are free and open to the public. You must be at least 18 years old OR a current student of Westfield Community Education Program. Please call Westfield Community Education Program at (413) 336-3100 to sign up.

Town Report Cover Contest

The Huntington Board of Selectmen is seeking images to be considered for the cover of the 2017 Huntington Annual Town Report.  The subject matter should be an identifiable Huntington site or landmark.

Photos, paintings or sketches must be digitally scanned and submitted to by March 1, 2018.  Images should be at least 8.5” x 11” and 300dpi/ppi and saved as a .jpeg file.   The picture should be clearly marked with the name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the image, and the location of the subject matter.

Photos featuring people should include photo release permissions, and all depictions must include a caption with information about the picture. Submissions must not infringe on copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity.  Contest is open to residents of Huntington.  Selectmen families are ineligible.  If selected, the first prize winner will receive $100. For more information, please contact the Huntington Selectboard Office at (413)512-5200.


Sarah Gillett Services Accepting Grant Requests

Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, Inc. is currently accepting preliminary Grant Requests from non-profit organizations providing services to the elderly residents of the greater Westfield area. The filing deadline is March 1, 2018. 

Since the Sarah Gillett Trust was established in 1971, thousands of dollars have been awarded each year to those non-profit organizations in the greater Westfield area that are serving the elderly populations within this location.

Preliminary applications should include the specific amount desired, with a brief, one page explanation of the services the organization would provide. No brochures or lengthy descriptions of the organization should be provided at this time.

Shortly after the filing date of March 1st, qualifying applicants will be contacted and an appointment for an interview with the trustees will be established. Interviews are generally set for Thursday afternoons between 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM.

Preliminary Grant Requests are to be mailed to: The Sarah Gillett Services For The Elderly, Inc., P.O. Box 1871, Westfield, MA   01086


UMass Fine Arts Center Hosts Venice Baroque Orchestra

In the realm of baroque music, there are few ensembles that are more exciting than Venice Baroque Orchestra. While on its North American tour this spring, the orchestra will make a stop in Amherst at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Their performance will showcase some of Baroque music’s finest works, including pieces by Vivaldi, Corelli, Cavalli and Falconieri. Featured soloist on the sopranino recorder will be Anna Fusek for Vivaldi’s “Concerto in C Major.” Adding to the evening is a pre-concert talk in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. with several members from the orchestra moderated by Center Series programming director, Dr. Aaron Shackelford. Additionally, the University Club will be offering an Italian prix fixe dinner before the concert with seating starting at 5 p.m. Details at Tickets for Venice Baroque Orchestra are $45, $35 and $20; Five College students and youth 17 and under are $15, $12 and $10. For tickets call the Box Office at 413-545-2511, toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, or purchase online at Venice Baroque Orchestra is sponsored by Applewood and Loomis Retirement Communities and NEPR 88.5FM with generous support from the Vidda Foundation.


Scholarship and Fellowship Funds Available

The Horace Smith Fund, now in its 119th year, has scholarship and fellowship money available for graduates of Hampden County public and private high schools.  Scholarship awards of $10,000 are distributed as $2,500 annually and renewable each year until graduation.  Fellowship awards of $12,000 are distributed as $4,000 annually and renewable for two additional years.  Students must maintain at least a B average in college.

Recipients are selected on a variety of criteria, including their college entrance exam scores, class rank, extra-curricular activities, financial need, recommendations, and a personal written account of why the student feels deserving of financial assistance.  Fellowship applicants must also submit their transcripts and, if applicable, GRE or degree-specific test scores.  All recipients must be full-time students and residents of Hampden County.

Completed applications must be received either electronically or be mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, no later than March 1st.  Applications are available at local high school guidance offices, college financial aid offices, on-line at or by phoning (413) 739-4222.


Pope Francis High School, a faith-based college preparatory school serving grades 9-12, announced the Student Council will host its spring blood drive Thursday, March 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Church at Assumption Parish Hall on Chapman Street.

There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from one blood donation: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a pint of donated whole blood, which means that each donation can help save up to three lives. Blood donors must be in general good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds.

The actual blood donation is a four-step process: Registration – Sign in and review basic eligibility and donation information; Mini-physical – Answer questions about health history, check temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood; Donation – Takes about 8-10 minutes during which the donor is seated comfortably; Refreshment – Before a donor can return to normal daily activities, he or she should have a snack and something to drink.

To schedule an appointment, call (413) 331-2480. For more information about Pope Francis High School, please visit

Gateway MS Talent Show Coming Up

The Gateway Class of 2020 is organizing a Talent Show for students at Gateway Regional Middle School. Auditions have been held and performers selected for the event, which takes place on Friday, March 2 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

Admission will be $2 per student and $4 per adult. Come see middle school students sing, dance and perform a comedy act at Gateway on March 2!

YMCA of Greater Westfield “Chocolate, Chowder, & Chili Cook Off” fundraiser

It’s time once again to partake in the YMCA of Greater Westfield “Chocolate, Chowder, & Chili Cook Off” fundraiser. The “Cook Off” date is Saturday; March 3, 2018, 11:30AM-1:30PM. It will be hosted at the Westfield YMCA GYM room.

Come and sample  a variety of chili, chowder and chocolate from fourteen of our local businesses and civic organizations. Chefs will be showcasing their cooking skills to delight your taste buds and  garnish your vote for  the “Best Dish”. Each individual purchasing a ticket will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish in each category. Tickets in advance $8.00 per person or four tickets for $30.00. Tickets will be available the day of the event for $10.00. The voting process is in the spirit of fun with the main goal of fundraising.

This year fundraiser will support the LiveStrong at the Y. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week exercise program for cancer survivors who are currently in or have completed treatment and are physically deconditioned. Developed by Stanford University, this specially designed program has proven to help survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks. Our Y is committed to serving individuals and their families living with, through and beyond cancer.

If you are interested in promoting your business, and cooking for a good cause, contact, Cindy Agan at 568-8631 x323

Troop 109 Annual Bottle and Can Drive

St.Mary’s Boy Scout Troop 109 is holding it’s  Annual Bottle and Can Drive Fundraiser. Saturday, March 3, 2018 9 AM to 2 PM Super Phipps parking lot. Proceeds help the scouts buy troop camping gear and pay for other expenses related to their activities, events and service projects. Come on down March 3 and drop off your recyclable bottles and cans. Tax deductible donation receipts will be provided. Contact Jacky for can and bottle pick up or more details: 413-531-8249/


Hampton Ponds Association Corned Beef And Cabbage Dinner

Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at the Hampton Ponds Association Hall Corner Of North Road And Old Stage Road Westfield, MA. For Tickets And More Information Call 413-2656-6648


YMCA of Greater Westfield “Chocolate, Chowder, & Chili Cook Off

It’s time once again to participate in the annual YMCA of Greater Westfield “Chocolate, Chowder, & Chili Cook Off” fundraiser. The “Cook Off” date is Saturday March 3, 2018, 11:30AM-1:30PM. Tickets will be sold at the Westfield YMCA in advance, in February, for $8.00; four for $30.00 or $10.00 at the door. This year’s fundraiser will support the LiveStrong program. LiveStrongat the YMCA is a free 12-week exercise program for cancer survivors who are currently in or have completed treatment and are physically deconditioned. Developed by Stanford University, this specially designed program has proven to help survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks. We’re welcoming chefs and owners who might be interested in promoting their business and cooking for a good cause. Chefs will have the opportunity to showcase their cooking skills by cooking either a chili, chowder or a sweet chocolate delight. The chili and chowder have to be cooked in a Board of Health approved kitchen. When registering, specify the exact name of each dish in order for it to be printed in the right ballot category. Votes will be tallied by 1PM.  The voting process is in the spirit of fun with the main goal of fundraising. The YMCA will provide the room, tables, and the paper goods. You may decorate your table with any business paraphernalia to help promote your business. Please reply as soon as possible to reserve a table at no cost, and have your name or restaurant’s name promoted. For more information, contact, Cindy Agan at 568-8631 x323


The Big Broadcast!” Returns To Mount Holyoke College’s Chapin Auditorium

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College present the 13th edition of The Big Broadcast! on Saturday, March 3 at 2PM & 7:30PM at Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA. Created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, who is also onstage as “Matt Morgan”, The Big Broadcast!  is a re-creation of a live 1940’s radio show featuring the Mount Holyoke College Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles performing well-known tunes from the swing era and the American songbook. WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis is emcee “Fred Kelley” for his 11th consecutive season. By popular request, The Big Broadcast! is now scheduled for the first time on a Saturday. Snow date is Sunday, March 4Mount Holyoke College music faculty member Mark Gionfriddo originally created The Big Broadcast! for a small cabaret group he directed, and incorporated it into the concert season at Mount Holyoke College. It has since been designated as a Signature Event at the college.

Tickets (general admission): $25.00 premium front and center seating.$20.00 regular seating. Senior Discounts: $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Students: $10.00. Tickets are on sale at The Odyssey Book Shop, Village Commons, South Hadley; the UMass Fine Arts Center Box Office; and at the door (subject to availability). For advance phone orders, call 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS. For online tickets, visit Doors open one hour prior to each performance. For information on The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College:

HCC Medical Interpreting Certification Classes Begin March 3

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College is offering classes for individuals interested in training and certification to be medical interpreters.

The 10-week, 60-hour course meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 3 through May 5, at the HCC Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development on the main campus, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke.

Students must be bilingual and fluent in English and at least one other language. The Medical Interpreting Certificag program, offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, is designed for those preparing for entry-level careers as medical interpreters as well as for working interpreters preparing for the National Board Certificate exam.

The course provides students with the working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary.

The course cost is $1,070, which includes all materials and texts. For more information or to register, contact Community Services at 413.552.2324 or visit



Dog Show & Obedience Trial on March 3-4, 2018 in Mallary East at the Eastern States Exposition. 8am – 5pm. Admission is free.



Dog show for working breeds on March 3-4, 2018 in Mallary West at the Eastern States Exposition. 8am – 5pm. Admission is free.



The fair features 150 juried artisans in all crafts media, including woodworking, pottery, glass, jewelry, plus garden and Easter-themed items. There will be free demonstrations by crafters, live music, and multiple chances to win $50 shopping certificates. Discount coupons for admission are available on website. March 3-4, 2018 in Young Building at the Eastern States Exposition. Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday, 10am – 4pm. General Admission: $6 Children: 12 & under, Free.

St. Stanislaus School Annual Silent/Live Auction

St. Stanislaus School located at 534 Front St. Chicopee, will be having their Annual Silent/Live Auction on Saturday, March 3rd from 5pm to 8 pm. Ray Hershel from Western Mass News will be the Auctioneer for the evening. There will be many Silent Auction items, Live Auction items and raffles. Admission is $ 5.00 which includes tickets to the Tea Cup Raffles. There will be Pierogi, Golumbki, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Hamburgers, and Hot Dogs for purchase. Please join us for this fundraiser to support the Education Fund at St. Stanislaus School.

 Identity Theft Workshop

On Monday, March 5th – from 6:30-8pmIdentity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting millions of people each year. Johnson, the Director of the (Springfield) Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information, will explain what identity theft is and how to deter, detect, and defend against this costly crime. Space is limited, registration is required.

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – March Mayor’s Coffee Hour

March 5, 2018 (8 – 9 am). Please join us for our monthly Mayor’s Coffee Hour with Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan hosted by Mercy Continuing Care Network located at Westfield Adult Day Health, 24 Clifton Street, Westfield, MA.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please call the Chamber office at 413.568.1618 to register for this event so we may give our host a head count.

Huntington Council on Aging Day Trip to Boston Flower Show

There are still about 20 open seats that must be filled for the day trip to the Boston Flower show on March 15, 2018, otherwise the trip may be cancelled.  The trip is being sponsored by the Huntington Council on Aging and is open to everyone, not only senior citizens.  The Council on Aging is extending the deadline for reservations and payments to March 5th.

The Luxury Silver Fox bus will be picking up passengers at the Huntington Town Hall at 8 am and at St. John Lutheran’s Church, 60 Broad Street, Westfield, at 8:30 am. To celebrate the change in seasons from winter to spring, Boston annually hosts a magnificent horticultural exhibit. The 2018 Flower Show’s special theme “Savoring Spring” will be a veritable horticultural event, promoting the crusaders, innovative tools and lengendary plants helping to make us all champions in the battle for garden supremacy in the spring!  After the show we will stop at the Vinezia Restaurant with a choice of Chicken Parmesan, Steak Tips or Baked Haddock menu.  The bus will arrive back about 5 pm.  Travel will be provided by Fox Tours Luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach.  Cost of the trip is $84 pp for most. To reserve a seat, please call Helen at 413.512.5200 or Jen at 413.512.5205 by March 5th.

Gateway Budget Hearing

Students, staff, parents, community members and town officials are all invited to a Public Hearing on the 2018-2019 school year budget, on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center.

This hearing is sponsored annually by the Gateway Regional School Committee, to offer an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposed budget. By law, the school committee must adopt a budget 45 days before the first town meeting date, and input from the public hearing will be considered before the March 14 vote.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion on piloting a new town assessment process that would avoid big changes in assessments to the towns from year to year. Budget information is located on the Gateway website ( under the “information” drop-down menu.

The Gateway Performing Arts Center is located in the Middle/High School building on Littleville Road in Huntington. The doors to the auditorium are just inside the main entrance of the building. Parking is available in the front parking lot. All are welcome to attend.

Improve your golf game off the field!

Beyond the golf lessons, practices and golf equipment, there are specific skills that need to be honed to play a proficient game of golf. Good golfers develop flexibility, strength, power, body awareness and core stability. This golf exercise program will work on developing stronger muscles and bones for the entire body with additional focus on the core. A simple, safe, and short routine will accomplish this task. This strength training program will be taught by Karen Saczawa a certified personal trainer. This is a small group personal training class for golfers, offered at the Westfield Y’s Functional training room. Don’t neglect one important aspect of your game: your physical abilities. The class will meet Tues. & Thurs., 10:30AM-11:15AM for the Month of March. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, at the Westfield YMCA, P. 413.568.8631 E.

Greater Westfield Community Band Rehersals

The Greater Westfield Community Band will begin rehearsals for its spring concert and we invite all local musicians over the age of 18 to join us, whether you have played with us previously or are looking to dust off those instruments for the first time in many years. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays at the North Middle School on Southampton Road in Westfield, just north of the Mass Turnpike exit, starting March 5, 2018, and continuing March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 culminating with our concert on Wednesday April 11, 2018.  All rehearsals and the concert start at 7:30. Previous experience is not necessary but you must be able to read music. The band is under the direction of Jim O’Connor and plays a wide variety of music. For further information, contact us through our website:  New members are always welcome — a good time is always had!

Teen Volunteer Training at the Southwick Public Library

The Southwick Public Library’s Teen Volunteer Training for anyone in grades 7-12 will be here before you know it! Teen volunteers commit to volunteering one hour a week for a few months (longer if you would like). Volunteers help with shelving, organizing, preparing book and bulletin board displays for the young adult area, and other activities as needed. There will be an interview session for new applicants on Tuesday, March 6th at 3:00pm. Anyone chosen for a volunteer position will need to attend the training session on Wednesday, March 7th at 3:00pm. You may pick up an application at the reference desk or at the office and library at Southwick Regional School. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.

Westfield State University to host Spring Job & Internship Fair March 7

Westfield State University will host its annual Spring Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall. The University enrolls more than 4,700 undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines including business, psychology, communications, and criminal justice.

More than 90 organizations will be on hand to offer full-time, part-time and internship opportunities. These organizations represent the fields of business, criminal justice, human services and others.

The fair is free and open to the public. For a list of attending agencies and career fair map, create a free account with Know.Careers. For more information, contact the Career Center at Westfield State University, 413-572-5206.

Teen Advisory Board at the Southwick Public Library

Join us for a Teen Advisory Board meeting at the Southwick Public Library on Thursday, March 8th from 2:30-3:20pm. At the TAB, we will brainstorm events to put on at the library for teens, create themed book displays, and discuss ways to make the library better for you! The TAB is a great activity you can add to your resume or college application!For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3

2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Westfield State University will host the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, celebrating environmental activism, during the festival’s cross-country tour on Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall.

The Film Festival, free and open to the public, is a part of a wider celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic designation of the Westfield River and the river’s unique qualities. Viewers can expect 13 short nature films, ranging from four to 20 minutes, with a brief intermission.

The event is sponsored by Westfield State University, in collaboration with the Westfield River Watershed Association and the Westfield River Wild and Scenic Committee.

Created by the South Yuba River Citizens League, an environmental organization of northeastern California, the 16th annual Film Festival will inspire and motivate attendees through thrilling adventures and activities portrayed in the films, while exploring environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change, and the protection and respiration of wild lands and wild waters. This year’s theme, Groundswell, aims to motivate and unite communities with the goal to restore the earth.

For more information about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, visit

American Legion Post 124 To Hold 71st March Of Dimes Benefit Dinner

The American Legion Post 124, 38 Broad Street will hold its 71st consecutive benefit dinner for the March of Dimes Foundation. The March of Dimes is celebrating their 80th anniversary of helping parents of children afflicted with life threatening illnesses. The dinner will be held Friday March 9, 2018 and Saturday March 10, 2018 at the Post Home from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Special guests from the Massachusetts March of Dimes will be present at the Friday night dinner. Donations are $8:00 for adults and $4.00 for children. A complete dinner of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, dessert and coffee prepared by Post 124 members, volunteers and our special sauce will be served by Westfield High School and St Mary’s High School National Honor Society Honor Students. Our special meatball grinders will be available each day from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, donation of $5.00. Take-out will be available for dinners and grinders.


Antique and collectable firearms, custom and utility knives, militaria, ammunition and related items. March 10-11, 2018 in Young Building at the Eastern States Exposition. Saturday, 9am – 5pm, Sunday, 9am – 3pm. General Admission: $ 12, $1 off coupon in newspapers and online at Children: Under 12, Free with parent/guardian.



March 11, 2018. Storrowton Village Museum & Storrowton Tavern. Learn about the history and folklore of one of New England’s earliest harvests from former Storrowton Village Museum Director Dennis Picard. At the Gilbert Farmstead, see a demonstration of a sugar camp and sap boiling, fireplace cooking demonstration, and crafts. Select maple products and memorabilia will also be available for sale.

Treat yourself and your family to a scrumptious sit-down breakfast prepared by the West Springfield Lions Club from 10am-Noon. Pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausages, coffee, and juice will be served in the Red Barn for $5 per person – all proceeds will be donated to Storrowton Village Museum’s educational programs.

Breakfast: 10am – Noon. Program: 10am – 3pm. Admission is free.

Volunteers wanted for Scholarship Mail-a-thon

Southwick Dollars for Scholars will hold its annual Mail-a-thon from 5:30pm-7:30 pm on Monday, March 12 at Southwick Regional School library. Everyone is invited to join the fun to prepare for this year’s mailing. Volunteers will enjoy snacks and good company to help make the time go by quickly. Students earn 2-4 hours of volunteer time.  Proceeds go to the Southwick Dollars for Scholars Scholarship for distribution to this year’s scholars.  For more information, email

Are Thoughts of Going to West Point in Your Future?

If you have ever thought about attending West Point, you’ll want to meet Cadet Harry Reed. Cadet Reed, a Southwick resident and current West Point Cadet, will be at the Southwick Public Library on Tuesday, March 13th at 2:30 p.m. to speak about continuing your education at West Point. Learn about admissions, academics, extracurricular activities, opportunities following graduation, and benefits. Cadet Reed will also answer any questions the audience has in general about the U.S. Army. This program is for students in 7th– thru 11th graders. Parents are also invited to attend.

Mario Day at the Southwick Public Library

National Mario Day is in March! Celebrate with us at the Southwick Public Library by playing Smash Brothers and other Mario games on the Wii and learn step by step how to draw Yoshi, no drawing experience required. Wednesday, March 14th from 2:30-3:30.For grades 7-12.For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3

Free Parent Training on Positive Discipline

Are you the parent of a toddler, teen or “in-between” who is feeling overwhelmed with morning hassles, bedtime hassles, homework hassles, foul language, fighting or whining? You’re not alone!

Join other area parents for a free workshop series on March 14, 21 and 28 at Chester Elementary School to learn “positive discipline”.

Research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline also teaches.

Free childcare and dinner will be provided to those who attend. For more information, or to register, contact Kim Savery at 667-2203 ext. 310 or

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 13 Years

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival announces its 13th season, featuring nearly two weeks of inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking films that explore the best of independent cinema through a distinctly Jewish lens.

Presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the film festival takes place March 15-27, with screenings and special events at 18 community venues throughout Western Massachusetts. The PVJFF continues to be a centerpiece of the Springfield JCC’s cultural programming.

Showcasing both emerging and established filmmakers, this year’s robust line-up features 20 award-winning films from 9 countries, providing a global perspective on the Jewish experience. Many of the screenings are regional or Massachusetts premieres, bringing the best of Jewish film to the Pioneer Valley.

Save the date: Red Cross Blood Drive

According to the American Red Cross, every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Make a difference and contribute to the effort to help millions of those in need by joining Gateway’s Red Cross Club on March 16, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium for a blood drive. Donors should be in general good health and feel well; must be at least 16-years-old (if under 18, donor must have parental consent); and weigh at least 110 lbs. Sign-ups are available online at, but walk-ins are welcome too.

2018 AMMO FIGHT LEAGUE 1: “House of Pain”

March 17, 2018. Mallary Arena at the Eastern States Exposition. This will be an amateur and professional mixed martial arts fight card with some of the best MMA fighters that New England can offer.  We are here to provide a platform for the fighters to shine and showcase their skills and to provide the best possible combat show to all the MMA fans in New England and beyond. Doors open at 5pm; Fight at 6pm. General Admission – $35, Preferred Seating – $45, VIP Seating – $75.


Southwick Cultural Council (SCC) now accepting applications for its 19th juried Art Exhibition

The Southwick Cultural Council (SCC) is now accepting applications from all regional artists for consideration at its 19th annual juried Art Exhibition.  The Exhibition will be held at the Southwick Town Hall on April 28 and 29, 2018.

The exhibit is open to fine arts, fine art crafts (sculpture, pottery), and photography on all subject matter and media.  Originals, limited editions and open editions are allowed.

Interested artisans may pick up an application and guideline at the Southwick Town Hall or, download from the town website, Applications are also available at the Southwick Public Library.  All applications must be received no later than March 8.

Any questions regarding the application or guideline may be directed to Susan Kochanski at 413 569 0946 or email

First Congregational Church to Offer Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

The First Congregational Church, 18 Broad Street, Westfield will once again offer their famous Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, Saturday March 10th at 5:30 PM. First Church dinners have become a favorite to area residents and this dinner is always a sell-out. Tickets are now on sale from the church office. They are $12.50 for adult’s children 10 and under are free. The menu will consist of corned beef, cabbage, Irish potatoes, boiled potatoes, carrots, rolls, butter, dessert and beverage. Come and join everyone for a grand night out.  Call the Church Office at 568-2833 for reservations.

FREE Hearing clinic

The Southwick Senior Center will be holding a FREE Hearing clinic by Avada, Wednesday, March 14thAppointments start at 9:30, please call the center at 569-5498 to make one. Free screenings may be done and Hearing Aides cleaned.

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce –March After 5 Connection

March 14, 2018 (5 – 7 pm) Join us for our March After 5 Connection hosted by Spotlight Graphics, 9B Whalley Way, Southwick, MA. FREE for Chamber members, $10 General Public (cash/credit paid at the door). Refreshments will be served. 50/50 Raffle to benefit our Chamber Scholarship fund! Bring your business cards and make connections! On-line registration available @ For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.


Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Join us as for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast hosted by Westfield State University March 16, 2018 (7:00 – 9:00 am).  Thank you to our sponsors: Event Sponsor: Westfield State University; Bronze Sponsor: Republic Services; In-Kind Flower Sponsor: Flowers by Webster.Keynote Speaker: Bo Sullivan, Executive Director of The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. 50/50 Raffle to support the Chamber Scholarship Fund. Breakfast tickets:  $25 for Chamber Members, $30 for General Public. Registration is available on our website at For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or additional information, please contact: Pam Bussell at The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce: 413.568.1618 or


Awareness, Safety and Protect,  Self-Defense Series at the YMCA of Greater Westfield will consist of three Sunday afternoon’s for woman only. Each Sunday you will get workouts that will maximum physical efficiency and self-confidence to help deal with a variety of situations. You will learn how to quickly disable an attacker and learn how to take advantage of time and space. You will learn various stances, striking motions, kicks, choke holds, and other defense techniques to help protect yourself. Learn to prepare for the unexpected! The instructor, Catlin McCue, is a certified R.A.D., rape aggression defense, instructor. This program is based on realistic self-defense tactics taught for woman only. The Sunday dates are March 18th, 25, and April 8th from 1:00PM to 2:15PM. Girls 14 and 15 of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more info, contact  Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, P. 413. 568.8631 or Email:


CSF Scholarship Application Deadline March 18th

The CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors announces that beginning February 1st  high school seniors and college students in undergraduate studies residing in  Westfield may apply for college scholarships online through the website, http: //  Students will have the ability to create online profiles, which allow them to apply for and be matched to multiple scholarships on both the local & national level for the 2018-2019 school year.  We encourage prospective college students to begin developing online profiles now to assure that you are alerted of scholarship opportunities in advance of deadlines.   CSF awards are need  and merit based.   Applications must be completed, the 2018-2019 SAR report from the FAFSA and most recent academic transcript uploaded into the Additional Documents section,  and submitted by March 18, 2018.



 THE DAN KANE SINGERS will perform a concert of popular songs to benefit MUSIC AT THE WESTFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET  Sunday, March 18, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 36 Court St., Westfield, MA.  $10 at the door. All proceeds support local musicians who perform weekly at the Westfield Farmers’ Market beginning  May 31. For more information contact Westfield Farmers’ Market  413 562-5461 x 101 or email

‘Fast track’ Customer Service Essentials Certificate Training program starts March 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Are you looking to get on the “fast track” to a career in customer service? Springfield Technical Community College will offer its popular fast track Customer Service Essentials Certificate training program starting March 21. The accelerated 14-week program prepares students to become employable, strong candidates for advanced customer service and sales support positions. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a Customer Service Essentials Certificate.

Requested by area industry partners, the customer service fast track program reduces the time it takes to earn a certificate from 30 weeks to 14 weeks. Fast track customer service classes run Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing intense focus for faster completion. Four classes are offered for each seven-week semester.

Customer service requires a solid foundation in many areas to support the needs of both the customer and the organization. While employers welcome entry-level candidates for their customer service positions, a need exists for more prepared candidates who can achieve at higher levels. Courses in the fast track program will provide a broad range of knowledge that will assist customer service professionals in many aspects of theirfuture positions.

English courses focus on written and verbal communication—the cornerstone of the customer service professional. Math and computer applications courses will help provide the tools needed to evaluate data and execute reports. Psychology, management, and marketing courses will provide foundational information to understand the people, organizations and functions that surround the customer service professional.  The customer service and sales course, designed specifically for the certificate, will teach the craft of supporting customers and organizations, using customer-centric service techniques and trust-based selling techniques.

A Customer Service Essentials Certificate allows students to become eligible for jobs in a number of different industries, including call center operations, financial services, sales, hospitality, customer service for manufacturing operations and retail and other organizations. The program will include speed interview networking sessions and job placement assistance. Students will hear from guest speakers and go on company tours.

To enroll in the program, visit the STCC Admissions Office in Garvey Hall, Room 121. For more information, contact Atwater: (413) 755-4062 or Space is limited. Requirements to enroll in this program include having a high school diploma/GED/HiSET and a commitment to attend the program. Students enrolled in the fast track option will earn 24 college credits over two seven-week sessions starting March 21.

Fields of Flowers: The Annual Spring Bulb Show

Northampton, MA—It may still be winter outside, a landscape of bare trees and gray skies, but Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory will soon be in ablaze with the colors of spring. A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies, tulips, and more will be in full bloom at the annual Bulb Show.

Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson will give the opening lecture for the Bulb Show in the Campus Center Carroll Room on Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm. His topic is Stories About Seeds. This lecture will be a journey through time, starting with the emergence flowering plant lineage 125 million years ago. Learn about how the humble skill of seed saving altered the course of human history and the crucial work being done today to preserve biodiversity and cultural identities in seed banks. Following his lecture there will be a reception at the illuminated Lyman Plant House to celebrate the opening of the Spring Bulb Show.

The display runs Saturday, March 3 through Sunday, March 18, and is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the show is open until 8:00 pm. The suggested donation is $5.00. Special members-only hours, daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 am (please bring your membership card or you may join when you get here), provide a less crowded experience of the show.

Also opening March 3 in the Church Exhibition Gallery is Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat a new exhibit that explores endangered trees from all over the world. Discover trees that are over 4,000 years old, and trees that produce life-saving cancer drugs. Learn about the threats to these trees, how human impacts have shaped their environment and habitat, and finally how we can all help prevent the loss of these remarkable organisms through simple steps with major impacts.

The weekend following the Bulb Show, Friends of the Botanic Garden and the general public are invited to purchase many of the hardy bulbs from the show. Inexpensively priced, these crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, narcissus, and tulip bulbs, as well as some other plants, can later be planted outdoors or displayed indoors in pots. The general public can purchase bulbs on Saturday March 24, 12:00pm to 3:00pm and Sunday, March 25, 9:00am to 3:00pm. Members (please bring your membership card) can purchases bulbs on Saturday morning March 28, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Please bring your own flats or cardboard trays.

The Botanic Garden is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on College Lane for the two weeks of the Bulb Show. For more information, contact the Botanic Garden of Smith College at (413) 585-2740 or visit the web site at


March 22-25, 2018. Better Living Center, young Building & Outdoor Area. Home & garden show – everything for the home and garden; cooking shows; children’s area. Thursday-Friday 1– 9pm, Saturday, 10am – 9pm, Sunday, 10am – 5pm. $10; Children under 12-Free; Thursday Only: Free admission for Military/Veterans, Coupon available online: $6 off Thursday; $4 off Friday; $2 off Saturday & Sunday.

Teen Lounge at the Southwick Public Library

Snack and relax! Make your own candy sushi in the community room at the Southwick Public Library. Enjoy your snack while you watch the smash hit anime film “Your Name.” Thursday, March 22nd from 2:30-4:15.For grades 7-12.For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3


March 23-24, 2018 in Mallary West at the Eastern States Exposition. Annual Dairy Calf sale put on by the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Committee to support Mass. 4-H dairy programming. 9am – 4pm. Admission is free.



March 24-25, 2018 in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. The culmination of the IEA Zone 1’s finest competitors, horses and officials competing for a seat at IEA National finals. Classes start at 8:30am. Admission is free.


Pioneer Valley Rabbit & Cavy Convention Rabbit Show. Sunday, March 25, 2018. Mallary Arena at the Eastern States Exposition. 7am – 5pm. Admission is free.


Coloring and Cookies for Teens at the Southwick Public Library

Grades 7-12 can come in on Wednesday, March 28th from 2:30-3:30 to color and have some cookies! We will have all the coloring sheets, gel pens, and colored pencils that you’ll need to take part in this relaxing activity.  This event will take place at the Southwick Public Library. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3


Storrowton Village Museum introduces a new spring school vacation program – Pioneer Kids Week – April 16-20, 8:30am – 4:30pm, on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. The week-long program is open to children ages 7 – 12.

The program will feature themed days full of fun, educational activities. Science will come alive in the Blacksmith Shop. Math skills will be emphasized on a “Geometry walk” through the Village and while doing some 19th century shopping in the Potter General Store. Children will be able to use their imaginations during activities such as working with clay, printmaking and creative writing.

Special homesteading activities will teach about the lives of pioneer children in the 1800s, including cooking, butter churning, candle dipping, seed planting, spinning, weaving and soap making.

During the week, visitors include the goats from Sweet Pea Farm, Native American expert Gail White, and the young musicians of Tree-O Fiddlers. Cactushead Puppets will join the program at the end of the week for an entertaining performance and a make-your-own puppet workshop.

Pioneer Kids Week has a parent-friendly schedule, running from 8:30am to 4:30pm with an extended day option from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for the five-day school vacation program is $200 with a $20 add-on for the late pick-up option.

Pre-registration is required by April 6. To register or find out more about this unique historic program, visit or call theStorrowton Village Museum office at 413-205-5051.

It’s also time to plan for summer vacation activities. Storrowton Village Museum’s Early American Summer Days is the perfect opportunity to enroll your child in a fun, educational experience. This year’s dates are: July 30 to Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10. Visit for details.

YMCA of Greater Westfield Couch to 5K Class

Ever wonder if you can complete a 5k race? You can! Get off the couch and join us for the Couch to 5k program, a fun and social way to get in shape and accomplish your exercise goals.  To participate, you must be able to walk 30 minutes and be willing to do additional workouts during the week. Our end goal will be to run 3.1 miles at the end of 10 weeks with an optional walk/run race to finish. This program is geared towards the beginner who would benefit from a training program full of group support. Come join us starting April 7th with the optional race on June 23th. The first class will be a half hour longer to allow everyone to do the first workout together. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, at the Westfield YMCA, P. 413.568.8631 E.


Kindergarten Screening for Southwick-Tolland-Granville Children

The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District Kindergarten Screening for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th, 2018 at Woodland School for Southwick, Tolland and Granville residents. All parents may register your children at woodland school. In order to be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.  As required by Special Education Law, Chapter 766, screenings will be conducted in the areas of hearing, vision, speech/language, cognitive and motor skills.  All parents having an eligible child should come to the Woodland School office at 80 Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA to pick up an enrollment packet between now and April 27th.  Open enrollment hours are 9:15 am to 2:45 pm. A check off list for required items is included in the packet for your convenience.  Once you’ve filled out your paperwork and have the necessary documents (proofs of residency, birth certificate, immunization record and physical) as noted on the check off list, return ALL information to the Woodland School Office.  An appointment will be made for you at that time to attend the screening (May 10th or May 11th) to complete the registration process. Please Call Woodland School 569-6598 With questions.

“Look Back” & “Little Red Schoolhouse” at Storrowton Village

Children in grades 1-5 dress in period clothing and experience what life was like for children in the 1800s. Each program offers a different experience through a variety of 19th century activities. One class daily; by appointment only. Throughout the school year (through June 8, 2018).  9:30am – 1:30pm Tuesdays & Wednesdays ONLY. Grades 1-5: $10 per student. Contact: Jackie Sullivan   413.205.5051.

Storrowton Sampler

Storrowton Sampler allows students to participate in 4 dynamic activities designed to stimulate their senses, and focuses on presenting them with a comprehensive view of the chores and activities experienced in the daily life of an average child in the 1800s. Learning is encouraged & enhanced through creative thinking, problem solving, visual, verbal & tactile skills, and folklore and oral history. Activities vary by season and may include any of the following: making a copybook & writing in it with a quill pen; dipping candles; cooking over an open hearth; exploring the Village during a scavenger hunt; and doing the laundry! Throughout the school year (through June 13, 2018). 9:30am – 12pm. $ 9 – By Appointment Only. Jackie Sullivan: 413.205.5051.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

St. John’s Lutheran Church Men’s group has organized a trip to see the Red Sox vs. the World Reigning Champion Huston Astros on Saturday September 8 for a 4:00PM game. The bus will leave St. John’s parking lot 60 Broad Street, Westfield at 11:45a.m. Cost person is $119.00. If you are interested please contact Gary Wolfe at 568-0325. If leaving a message on his answering machine, please give name, phone number and the number of tickets requested. Payment must be given at time of reservation. Seats fill up fast and they are first come first served call for more Information.

Fall Boating Course Offerings

The Springfield Power Squadron has announced the Fall 2018 schedule of courses, which are available to both the public and USPS members. Classes begin on 7 October, at the West Springfield Middle School located at 31 Middle School Drive. Courses will be held on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM for approximately eight to ten weeks and are tuition free. Students pay for text books, materials, and a national fee, if applicable. Registration can be made at the door, with payment at that time. The three scheduled courses are the ABC basic boating course, Seamanship (normal follow-on course to ABC), and Basic Navigation (for inland and coastal boaters). All classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors with no required prerequisite classes. The United States Power Squadron (USPS) is a non-profit, boating educational and social organization dedicated to making the water safer, more enjoyable for recreational boaters, and the public at large. For additional information on these classes please contact Kevin Abbey at 413-636-4804 (leave message) or via email:


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