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Story by Jeffrey Pickette. Dennis McCarthy, left, in a photo by Mark Snyder. I am in tears at the loss of my dear friend, Dennis McCarthy of Stoughton. After a long battle with cancer, Dennis passed away Sunday, July He and his lovely wife Lorraine were founders, and past leaders, of the Friends for Seniors, a group which runs bingo, and low-priced holiday dinners for the seniors of Stoughton. I was happy to work alongside them, promoting their wonderful work. They coordinated the annual golf tournament, for many years, which funded the organization.

Th ey had stepped down a few years ago, but the organization lives on. They were doing God's work here on Earth. One has been called Home. I write this feeling such compassion for Lorraine, as she says goodbye to her spouse of so many years.

To all of us who knew him, we have a giant hole in our chests. We offer our deepest condolences to Lorraine and the family, and all of his friends, as well. The Funeral will be at Farley Monday, July 20, at 9: The Funeral Mass is at St. Kelley was Acting Town Manager, at a time when Town Manager Michael Hartman was on vacation, and Police allege that Kelley ordered them to stop an investigation into the Cedar Hill licensee, ordered people not to release documents in the case, and to only go through the Town Manager.

Snyder's Stoughton was also told, through reliable sources, that allegedly Kelley threatened to make a narrative of a "racist police department investigation. Police say the owner was not in possession of her liquor license, and claimed she had a 2 a. The only 2 a. Police maintain they were required to do a thorough, unbiased investigation, and they were not required to listen to "illegal orders" from Kelley.

Chief Shastany assigned Sgt. Paul Williams to conduct a "compliance investigation" on the 29th. Williams had written in a police report the night before that Clerger was "non-compliant. Shastany would not comment on "an open investigation. A call to Kelley on Thursday was not returned. One selectman who was contacted Thursday said he'd have "no comment while the investigation takes place.

Williams wrote in his complaint that Kelley told him to leave the golf course, and added, "I didn't think he was being completely honest with me. Both have been issued summonses to appear in court on August 7th, on charges of "obstructing a liquor inspector.

Concessionaire Natacha Clerger wrote a letter to the Stoughton Board of Selectmen, in which she said the entire episode is race-based and nothing more. The Previous License holder at Cedar Hill didn't last long.

Here's the story on the last liquor license holder at Cedar Hill: Edited at 7 p. Updated on July 16 6 p. There was a shooting last night in Stoughton. The shooting took place in the parking lot of Presidential Court apartments, which are located across the street from Stoughton High.

The victim arrived, onn his own, at Norwood Hospital, with non life-threatening injuries. He wasn't transported there by Stoughton Fire. He was heavily sedated, and wasn't able to give much information to the investigators.

As of now , it hasn't been determined if he was a resident or not. Blount added that State Police are assisting Stoughton Police in the investigation.

From Police Chief Paul Shastany: The public is safe. We can't release information that would jeopardize this case. The crime scene was thoroughly examined and a shell located.

That's all I can release. Stoughton Housing Director Gregory Bartlett has resigned, months after he was caught on a nanny cam allegedly stealing medication from an elderly resident of the Housing Authority. The alleged victim in the case was a 90 year old woman who lived in the Housing Authority's 4 Capen Street Elderly Housing.

All residents of the building must give a list to the Authority of all their prescription medications. Bartlett, as Executive Director, had that list. A spokesperson for the woman's family told Snyder's Stoughton that they noticed that her Vicodin pain medication was going awfully fast, since she took only one daily to get to sleep. They had noticed over 50 missing and decided to put in a nanny cam. The nanny cam allegedly caught Bartlett stealing Vicodins from the victim.

The tape was turned over to Stoughton Police. We're working closely with the District Attorney's office. This was a public figure we were talking about. Any further inquiries will have to be made through the DA's office. The victim's family says this has been going on at least a year.

One said, "He Bartlett was mean and abusive to the family. This man walked around her place and stole her medicine. She's worried he'll come back and hurt her. Bartlett, who was hired by the State, is not an employee of the Town of Stoughton. The department is funded by the State and Federal government. Bartlett, who was released on bail, is scheduled to be arraigned in Stoughton District Court on Monday morning, according to Shastany. As far as we could see, he did a great job.

I'm just in shock. I guess you never really know people. No one will be disrupted. He's saved us a lot of money with his knowledge of buildings. The morale is high. I am stunned by this news. It's a sudden blow. There's nothing I can say. Congratulations go out to Stoughton's newest police officers.

It will knock your socks off! The brothers won't be able to show their faces in Stoughton--or anywhere else-- after the truth gets out! You might remember the above from a couple of weeks ago. The president of that company promised his sister that the brothers would do the right thing, and asked the sister to tell the press to kill the story. This member of the press agreed--after all, it wasn't a story if the brothers did the right thing.

So, I'll have this story in a few weeks, if one of the other media outlets doesn't beat me to it. It's more than shameful. The details will floor you! This is the kind of story that TV will run with. So, I may be collaborating on it. Snyder's Stoughton has learned that the Stoughton Police Department just arrested Jules Tucker, 26, of 92 Blackstone Street for drug and weapons charges.

Bob Welch tells me that they had been getting reports of Tucker selling heroin around town. Welch credited all the Detectives on the Stoughton Police force with the bust. Police Chief Paul Shastany was mighty proud of his department. He said, "Everyone did their job and we got a dangerous man off the street. We bring the federal government into a lot of our cases, it results in more effective prosecution and harsher sentences. When the bevy of cruisers arrived at the scene, there was no shooting.

Easton Police Chief Allen Krajcik confirmed that there was a self inflicted gunshot wound to the foot at the location, and the party was taken to Boston Medical Center. The Stoughton Coalition was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to present their case nationally.

It's nice to get the recognition. We have put Stoughton on the map as a progressive department. We've had very positive responses to the presentation. From left to right: So, they say that small turnouts favor the incumbent, but Stoughton voters turned that theory upside down today. Newcomer Bob Cohn, a longtime town meeting member, finished second, and bounced Cynthia Walsh, the Vice Chair of the Selectmen, out of her seat.

Town Meeting member Peter Brown finished fourth. In the School Committee race, incumbent Chairman Dr. Erdem Ural lost by nearly a margin to newcomer Molly Cochran, an attorney. March 31, ,at approximately 3: One of the vehicles involved was a school bus with children on board. Thankfully, there were no injuries to anyone involved in the crash. The school bus was hit head on by Joseph Robles of Weymouth.

Robles, pictured above, was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation. Thank the Lord that the kids are all alright. Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey has completed a 6-week review of the February 5, , non-fatal shooting of Cannon Dawson in the town of Stoughton. That review and investigation revealed that the Stoughton Officer acted reasonably and lawfully in discharging his weapon.

The available evidence, including bystander video and witness interviews, reveals the following: On the afternoon of January 5, , Cannon Dawson was involved in a two-car motor vehicle collision at Brook and Central Streets in Stoughton. The operator of the Mercedes contacted the Stoughton Police Department to report the collision when Dawson refused to provide any insurance or other information except his name.

When Stoughton Police arrived on scene, the first officer determined it was appropriate to prepare an accident report on the collision.

Dawson refused to provide his license and registration to police. After being warned that failure to do so could result in arrest, Dawson continued to refuse. The officer attempted to place Dawson under arrest, but the defendant physically resisted.

The officer initially took his chemical spray in hand and warned Dawson that he would use it. Because of their positioning, the officer recognized that he could not spray the subject without the spray coming into contact with his own face.

Dawson continued to struggle with the officer, who then un-holstered his department-issued Taser and provided a verbal warning. As a second officer arrived and joined the physical struggle, Dawson spun away and punched the first officer in the face. The officer then fired the Taser. Dawson spun around and fled across the road, barely avoiding collision with a passing vehicle.

The officer pursued Dawson and discharged the Taser a second time, missing him. The foot pursuit continued toward a dead end. Dawson reached into his pocket and retrieved an object. He turned toward the officer but fell to the ground. He regained his feet, flipped open a knife held in his right hand, and stepped toward the officer. It was at this time that the officer drew his weapon and fired a single round. Dawson threw the knife as he fell.

It was retrieved in a nearby snowbank. Lifesaving medical treatment was immediately and successfully rendered. In addition to being justified as a matter of law discharging his weapon in the face of immediate deadly threat, the officer acted properly throughout the incident employing an appropriate escalating use of force from initial verbal commands to physical contact to non-lethal means before eventually being confronted by an imminent deadly threat.

This inquiry is closed with no expectation of further activity. Today the gym at the Gibbons School and nearby classrooms were evacuated when a PE teacher and a class of students heard what sounded like cracking noises in the gym. The principal called the facilities director, the police, and fire departments and the building inspector who responded immediately. The school day continued in other parts of the building for the rest of the day. The gym has a separate roof from the rest of the buil ding.

The roof is being completely cleared of snow for the second time, and a team of engineers from Russo-Barr Associates, an engineering firm, came in to evaluate the roof. They have recommended that we not use the gym until a certified structural engineer can assess its roof. We plan to open tomorrow as usual, but not use the gym.

The staff will arrange plans to bypass the gym for the time being. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi said, "The deputy fire chief, police detective and I visited all of the classrooms, and explained to the students that everyone was safe and that the gym was being examined by experts.

We wish to deeply thank our public safety officials who always work so closely with us in all circumstances. They were amazing as usual, as were the teachers and students at the Gibbons school. They always have such great questions. But, we assured them they were in no danger. Tomorrow, it is expected that all of the school, except the gymnasium, will be utilized by students.

Kudos go to the school administrators, teachers, students and public safety officials who were on top of the situation. Four plead not guilty in Millis Kidnapping, Assault, attempted murder--including two Stoughton men:. Three men and a woman in their 20's pled not guilty to kidnapping and a variety of other charges in Wrentham District Court this morning March 3, stemming from an alleged armed robbery and attempted murder overnight in Millis, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W.

Twenty-four year old Stoughton men Xavier Frederick, of Summer Ave, and Leonard Ward, of Wheeler Circle, pled not guilty to attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and armed robbery. Ephraim Hunter, 20, of Adams Street in Millis pled not guilty to attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, possession of a class A drug heroin and armed robbery.

A female, Devin Connolly, 24, of Mechanic Street in Canton pled not guilty to kidnapping and accessory after the fact to armed robbery. The weapons alleged to have been used in the assault against a single individual were a hammer and a snow brush. A caller alerted police to an assault in progress in the parking lot area of an apartment complex on Stony Brook Driver in Millis shortly before 1 a.

The victim was unconscious in the back seat of the individual who had contacted police when they arrived at the parking lot. The victim was transported to a Boston trauma center via medical evacuation helicopter; he has recovered consciousness and is expected to survive his injuries. The arrangements are as follows: Wake - Monday, March 2, from 4: Funeral - Tuesday, March 3, at Burial with military honors will follow at All are welcome to attend.

Trailers were called in to relocate the horses. Stoughton Fire Department responded to the collapse. They lost their house to a fire during the Blizzard of ' In addition to the 43 stalls, Dry Water Farm also included: Hopefully, the McNamara family will be able to rebuild this first class facility. Top photo courtesy Dry Water Farm.

Just spoke to Massachusetts State Police. They got a report of a shooting, involving an officer for the Stoughton Police Department. Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany tells Snyder's Stoughton that "an officer involved shooting of a man with a knife" just occurred in Stoughton.

He was involved in a crash, there was a foot chase down Central Street near Buckley , he drew knife on officer, and the officer was forced to shot.

The Offic er is at Norwood Hospital with chest pains. His condition is unknown. Investigators are currently on Buckley Road, according to residents of the area. Wind gusts were hitting 40 mph, and one knocked down a tree on Record Road. The tree smash a car in the adjacent driveway. Luckily, no one was hurt. Photos by Henry P. Police Chief Paul Shastany told me that "it's an active investigation.. Housing Authority member Rich Jasmin said he was in shock.

Housing Authority Chairman Kevin Wilder assures "that all the seniors and disabled residents who are served by the Authority their day to day operations will be taken care of.

Posted on January 2, at 6: A reminder that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Bartlett pled not guilty to the following: All four charges are felonies. In requesting bail, Assistant District Attorney Peter Kelly told Judge Stevens that the victim had filled a prescription for opiate pain pills on Dec.

Although the prescription allowed for a dosage of as many as 3 pills a day, the victim normally took only one before bedtime. After taking two nightly doses, a relative of the victim counted the remaining pills and reported finding only 61, rather than the anticipated Following the prayer meeting, there were only 46 pills remaining.

This prompted the family to review the video surveillance, which led to their contacting the Stoughton Police Department. Bartlett Friday evening, Jan. Judge Thomas ordered Bartlett to return to court Feb.

He is represented by Stoughton defense attorney Paul M. Attorney Freitas indicated that he expected Bartlett to post bail today Jan. It will be Goulston vs. Goulston in a convenience store battle, as one of Stoughton's most famous families is having an angry split. Steve and Emily Goulston , children of the late Paul Goulston , will be facing off against their uncle, Gerry Goulston. According to Steve, Gerry fired Emily suddenly and without warning.

Steve told me that "Emily has an eight year old daughter. Gerry canceled their health insurance with no notice. She had to find out from her daughter's doctor. I never want to speak with him again. He's planning on opening Pinecrest Convenience Store there, in part of the space currently occupied in his building by an auto parts store. Four years ago, Gerry threw the MA lottery out of the store, which cost nine people their jobs. I had a really hard time with that. I'm always looking to help people improve their lot in life.

My uncle is missing that human aspect. How can you do something like that to your own niece? Steve owns the business and liquor license. The liquor license at the original Pearl Street location is owned by Gerry. As far as the lottery, Gerry Goulston said after having the lottery for 37 years, the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission added to their policy a new requirement that included a personal signature for any and all debts whether by store break-ins, fire, or any other loss.

We were agents since the beginning of the Lottery--and signed a contract where no personal signature was required.

After 37 years of partnership with the lottery, they decided to changed the rules and require everyone to sign regardless of the contracts that were currently in place. That is why the lottery is no longer at Page's. Asked if there's any way to come to an amicable solution, Steve said "We can't agree on anything.

I really can't understand why any of this occurred. Business was doing great. We were having a fantastic year. According to Building Inspector Tom McGrath , there's "no zoning issue" with Steve opening up a convenience store in his plaza, next door to Page's.

But, of course, he had no comment on the family situation. Steve said he'll be moving out, and losing money, but "I really have no choice in the matter. It will divide the loyalty of all our employees, as well, putting them in a difficult position. Pages II has been open for about ten years. Total Auto Parts will have to make adjustments. Gerry doesn't think about people, and how this affects them all. I think more about the people, and what it is doing to them. I feel really bad, but I have to move forward.

We'll have a nice clean operation. My sister and I care about people. We'll make the neighbors happy, by bringing back the lottery, and the caring attitude that they expect from their local convenience store.

I think people will really enjoy it. About five years later, he starting doing roofs with another guy.

Then, he decided to do vinyl siding, and other construction projects. Page's was being neglected. I've been doing this for 64 years. I told him to make up his mind, does he want to do construction or the stores? He's all over the place.

He operates a store in Bridgewater. I spoke with him and asked him to quit. I fired him and his sister on November 16th. I love them both. He's a wonderful guy. But, my business comes first. I have employees to care for. I hired a store manager and new office crew. I had reached out to Emily. I really wanted her to come back.

I only fired her to get rid of Steve. I needed to get Steve out, and wasn't willing to call the police to do it. Pages II has been very successful.

I own the building and haven't been collecting rent. It's an excellent business serving that area. So, instead of keeping it, or selling it, he's moving the license right next door to me. He's advertising lottery, beer wine and deli. I hope the selectmen see through that. The Page Street store services an area where there's no other beer and wine available. We don't own these licenses. They are given out by area.

I don't think they should allow the transfer. Steve replied that Gerry couldn't "fire him" because he was a part owner of the business. Steve says, "I wanted to grow this business. I'd like to have seen at least ten Page's stores. Gerry was comfortable with two.

I spent maybe 20 hours a week working for Mario's. The store in Bridgewater Gerry fully participated in securing. He was at all the meetings. I worked plenty of hours making Pages a success.

And, it was doing just great. As for him not charging me rent at Page's II, have him put that in writing, and I'll be happy to stay there. I had no choice. He was not doing the job. I gave Emily ample opportunity to come back. I sent her a text that my firing her had nothing to do with her work or her loyalty to me. I really was hoping she'd call me and come back.

And, we did send notice of her insurance being canceled. Steve refused the certified mail. It was sent back. Steve said that was a lie. She never got notice about her insurance being canceled until a doctor told her. Bottom line is I am moving forward. Consumers will have some competition, and that is always good for the residents.

The elder Goulston told me he's embarrassed by the entire episode. But, he doesn't understand why Steve would take a very successful store Pages II and move everything to a s. Anything he does, including lottery, we'll do the same at Page's. Competition can be good. But, I've read about these family breakups in newspaper stories. I just never thought my family would end up in one. He's soiled the family name. Steve and Emily also insist they never received their final two weeks of pay or two weeks of holiday pay.

Steve says he's filed a complaint with the Attorney General's office. And so it goes. I've known the Goulston family for many years and always got along with all of them.

That's why this is such an ugly and sad story. I'm sorry I had to write it. Amanda Stephanie Koker , a graduate of Stoughton High School, is on her way to success in the field of fashion. She taught herself how to sew at a young age, telling Snyder's Stoughton, "I always knew I'd be in the business of fashion one day, whether it was on my own or working for someone else.

There was a method to my madness. I knew that I needed to know the business inside and out if I were to be serious about it. So, that is why I got my degree in fashion design and fashion merchandising and marketing" from Mt.

Ida College in She was offered a full time job within weeks of graduating college, telling me, "It was the perfect place to hone my business skills. I try to be like a sponge wherever I go, learning from everyone I can.

But, as much as I loved my job, I realized my creative spark would never truly be fulfilled unless I ventured out on my own--starting my own fashion company and brand. Her company, ASK Fashion made from her initials , is looking to be a leader in the plus-size fashion community. For those who remember the drab fashions at places like Lane Bryant, and the lack of fun, exciting clothing for those that aren't a size 0, Amanda's efforts are much appreciated. We make no apologies.

This is who we are. Take it or leave it. My mother once told me 'you don't get what you don't ask for,' and that is our motto to our customers. All they need to do is ASK. I asked Amanda where she developed her sense of design, and she had a great answer: Others can remember names or food.

My memories have always been tied to clothing. How I felt, how it made me feel, how I felt about those around me, how they felt about themselves.

They are all apparent by the way they choose to dress. It's not so much about the dress, but the woman wearing the dress. If the woman in my dress feels like a rock star, that's what everyone is going to see. Koker adds, "Design has always been in my nature. Whenever I could pick up something and turn it into a design utensil, I did. Permanent markers on the roof of my mother's car. Crayons on coloring paper. Gel pens on my arms. I have always felt the need to express myself through artistic means.

Koker took art classes at Stoughton High, and even went to an art sleep away camp in Maine, called Med-O-Lark, where she first learned to use a sewing machine. She got her first sewing machine at 13, a gift from her grandmother. Prior to that, she used to hand sew items in Girl Scouts. She also made pottery, paintings, and just created. The SHS grad, who is a Size 20, said that her standard-sized counterparts have a much easier time in the fashion world. But, she says, "Things are changing.

The scales are equalizing. Plus sizes are no longer black tents hidden in the corner of a department store. There are more options. Companies are now hopping on the bandwagon of plus sizes. But, this should have happened years ago. The average American woman is a Size That is considered a plus size for most companies. She smiles and says, "Every customer deserves to feel and look beautiful.

We are here to offer just that--with a little attitude, of course! I design for women who are exactly like me. More and more designers should be thinking with the plus-size woman in mind--not just her Size 0 model counterpart.

Koker, unlike those who own sweat-shops to make their clothes overseas, has morals: We see the horrors of underpaid workers, with terrible living and working conditions. We want to continue to create and sustain American jobs, and pay livable wages. We believe in keeping a close eye on our supply chain. We want to be fashionable--but in the right and moral way. On her site, the Stoughton woman writes, "We believe every body is beautiful. You are not a work in progress.

You are perfect as you are. Be proud, stand tall, and fight for what you believe in! Don't be afraid to ASK for what you want, and deserve. This would help fund her Spring and Fall campaigns. To visit her page, and donate and get something back in return go to: Stoughton should be very proud of this young lady! See if you can help her out, and take some swag home in return.

We're off grid, killing ourselves, and building a tiny house from the ground up in only 4 days. Deek is internationally known for the cool little houses he builds. He has a popular You Tube Channel and has written a book on the subject.

Deek tells Snyder's Stoughton, "They're airing two episodes for now, and then going to see how people respond. We got official word from the Scripps network and my production company Gurney Productions- the one's who created Duck Dynasty and others.

Preventing targeted violence, responding to dangerous behaviors, safely re-integrating students following mental or behavioral health treatment, visitor threat assessment and securing large spaces during crisis were all explored by local and national experts at Norfolk County District Attorney Michael W. There was something here for every level of these organizations. Three members of the Secret Service addressed research-based strategies for preventing targeted violence in grades Kindergarten through Director of School Health Services for the state Dept.

DA Morrissey partnered with the Mass Teachers Association to provide continuing education credits to teachers. My old friend Steve Costello and the Bank of Canton sponsored this event. The officer tried to make the stop and the guy ran. There was short chase up Route north. He tried to make a right onto Lincoln Street at a high rate of speed and lost control and hit Rockland Trust Savings Bank.

The last charge came when Thompson jacked on his brakes in an attempt to have officers crash into the rear of his car. He did that several times during the chase.

Striking, killing pregnant woman. A Norfolk Superior Court jury has found a year-old Sharon woman guilty of motor vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated for striking and killing a pregnant woman on a Stoughton Street in July of , according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. She faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years. One of her last acts was calling out to her son to run to safety. The District Attorney praised the investigation by Stoughton and Massachusetts State Police, assisted by members of his motor vehicle homicide unit.

We depend on our police partners to put strong cases together. We will send a Christmas Care package ton them on behalf of all Stoughton residents thanking them for their service and sacrifice. The service person does not have to be overseas to receive a package, just away from home. They arrested two people, and confiscated two guns in the home. One was stolen out of CT. They also found 11 grams of heroin, enough for trafficking charges.

State Police are at the Stoughton Police Station right now, helping with the paperwork. Both suspects were arrested and are in the Stoughton Police lockup, and will soon go into Stoughton District Court. Arrested were Isaiah Teixiera, 29, of 97 Pratt's Court, who was charged with two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, possession with intent to distribute class a drugs, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm in commission of felony, possession of ammunition, and possession of drugs within a school zone.

Shastany said, "The detective bureau, led by Det-Sgt. Welch and the detectives, have been working diligently to rid our community of these dealers. I'm very proud of our efforts and our partnerships. Brandao, left, and Teixiera, right. Courtesy of Stoughton Police Department. The 70 year old owner, Tony Mariano , was repeatedly hit in the head and face with a stapler and other items taken off his desk. Police arrested a 16 year old punk from Stoughton on Wednesday, charging him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault to rob a person over 60, assault and battery of a person over 60, armed robbery and conspiracy, according to Deputy Chief Robert Devine.

Mariano was being nice to the kids, as he was ready to close and opened his door because the kids said they needed something. Stoughton Police arrested a second teen on Thursday night in the brutal robbery. Devine told Snyder's Stoughton a year old Brockton youth was arrested and was charged with the same as the sixteen year-old. Kudos to the police department for quickly solving this crime.

And, wishes for a quick recovery to Mariano, a legendary figure around Stoughton, and a very nice guy. The only free speech embraced by progressive socialists and cultural jihadists is that which they accept and approve.

This is despicable but one can expect this abhorrent behavior from the enemies of Liberty. The show -- and the fight -- goes on chuckleheads! Yesterday, August 24, , Stoughton Police received witness calls that a white male was being beaten in the middle of Porter St by four or more black males. The alleged assailants then fled into an address on Porter St.

McGowan attempted to talk to one of the suspects through an open window to end the conflict peaceably, but the suspect refused to come out or let officers in.

In a sudden movement, the suspec The victim was located and it was found that he had been robbed of his Nike Air Jordan sneakers and his cell phone. Both were recovered in the house and several other suspects were identified: Deputy Chief Robert Devine recognized the good work of Lt. Bob says the Class of is very proud of Mike. According to Wikipedia, Michael "Mike" Viola born September 26, is an American singer-songwriter best known as singer, songwriter and "musical architect" of a team he called the "Candy Butchers", a pop-rock band from New York City that recorded three critically-acclaimed albums for Sony.

Viola simultaneously began a career in film work as the co-producer and lead singer of the Oscar-nominated title track from Tom Hanks 's That Thing You Do! Reilly as Dewey Cox, featuring nearly a dozen songs written by Viola.

Recorded live at Largo in L. Once made available on his official website, the album, released as a long-playing vinyl album with a CD copy included, sold out in three months.

In , he joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers. He has taken part in a compilation album released on November 15, by Engine Room Recordings.

On the album Mike covers Round and Round by Ratt. The rumors have been flying around for awhile about a large company coming to Stoughton.

Because of a number of state Mass Office of Business Development and local tax breaks one of which, a TIF--needs to be ratified at an upcoming town meeting , the national company will be investing three million dollars in improvements on the site, and bringing in 17 million dollars in personal property!

Capitol investment in the facility will total over 20 million dollars including 3 million in real estate improvements and 17 million in machinery and equipment. The year with the largest exemption has already passed. The town will benefit from real estate growth in FY or Personal Property growth will not be lost, only deferred.

Amazon plans to lease , square feet for a package handling facility in Stoughton. They anticipate it being operational in Q4 of I just wish the two downtown articles had passed at Town Meeting.

They responded to fear and hysteria. The location of such a prominent national company should have a ripple effect on the community, bringing in high paid employees, who may look for higher-priced homes in the town. C by PMPNetwork.

Hung Jury Declared in Stoughton murder. Brassard has declared a mis-trial in the trial of John M. Rooney for the Feb. Kontsas was 78 when he was stabbed to death in his home on Mara Circle in Stoughton. He had come to the defense of his wife, who was being assaulted by a man who had forced his way into the home, and gave his life to save hers.

She testified at trial. Morrissey said after the jury was released. Rooney, age 50, remains held without bail. The jury heard six weeks of testimony and deliberated for seven days but was not able to come to a unanimous verdict.

They were released from service at approximately noon, Friday, July 3, The Stoughton School Committee and the Stoughton Teachers Association are pleased to announce that the School Committee voted to ratify the teachers' contract at a special school committee meeting held on Thursday, June 26th.

Carol Brown joined Dr. Erdem Ural, Joaquin Soares and Katy Pina-Enokian to ratify the same contract that had been deadlocked at at the last vote on May The joint announcement came after the suit was officially dropped on July 1st.

The bond between teachers, students and parents is strong. We cannot overstate how meaningful the outpouring of parent support has been during these negotiations. Carol Brown for voting to ratify this settlement and move our schools forward," said Pires.

As part of the deal, the STA agreed to withdraw the pending lawsuit that was filed in Superior Court over the Town and School Committee's unlawful withholding of step increases. School Committee Chair Dr. This contract is a great deal for Stoughton. I am looking forward to a productive relationship between the School Committee and its employees. I know the teachers love their students and their jobs and would never compromise the children no matter what the reason. It is now time to make Stoughton schools better than they ever were.

We're pleased to move forward and return in September with the negotiations resolved. He got together an amazing array of talent, and rented the auditorium of Stoughton High School for June 21 st, with the blessing of the Stoughton School Committee, who waved the rental fee, and charged him only the custodian fees.

He got one of the top singers in the country, Portuguese singing sensation Michelle Romeiro. The 70 or so people who sat and watched the show were loud and appreciative. As the emcee, I could feel the energy from the crowd, and it was the energy of a crowd ten times.

No one from the administration attended. No teachers, from special education, or any other subject, attended. No member of the school committee attended. Growing up with a disability is not an easy thing for anyone.

We both had to deal with the bullying, name calling, and getting pushed around through childhood. Sometimes kids can be cruel. We had to stand up for ourselves and accept the fact we were a little different than most kids. Once you do that, things get better and easier. You learn that giving up is not an option. Tommy and I both survived a tough road earlier in our lives, and we now walk with our heads held high. We are both proud men who have earned every bit of respect and integrity we have today.

We want to thank all of you that came out Saturday night. Romeiro and Rock Steady worked for no charge. Ed McGee Audio got paid for sound and lights. SMAC recorded the festivities and will be replaying it on cable, and their internet on demand.

He also sent her emails, reminding her of the night, and updating her. When he went to get the envelope on Friday, it was still sealed! Miller opened it up, removed two tickets, and put in 40 dollars. That was the total donated by any school-related parties. However, I'm not certain the community knew they could buy tickets at the high school office. What a shame to let an opportunity go by.

If just a couple of hundred people came, a substantial donation could have been made. We got there early thinking the show would be sold out. Steve Sweeney was fun, as usual, and the band was greatlots of energy.

Ederm Ural , Chairman of the School Committee, said that the Superintendent should have sent reminders to the Committee. I had promised to stop by the Portuguese club after that. I wanted to go to that too, but it slipped my mind. I wish I got a reminder. Not blaming anyone but myself. It has become a hate filled society and I cannot participate in that without sinking to the level of those spewing the hate. I owe no one an explanation of my whereabouts as long as I am doing my job.

There is always more than one side to a story. There are really no excuses. If you approve an event to benefit your school system, you should be there, or at least be represented. Superintendent Rizzi or Assistant Superintendent Ford should have been there. Principal Miller should have been there. The special education administrator Heather Tucker and her staff should have been there. School Committee members should have been there. It would have helped if even just a representative from each showed up.

They are at every school committee meeting, including the one that approved the event. They are constantly looking for more money. Being self reliant is a foreign language to those people. With his touch and hand-eye a footer would be a gimme. That blur at mph was the poor tennis ball crying for mercy. Maybe Eldrick and Killer Koepke and The Assassin would be athletic and strong enough to make the top Federer and Nadal would be finalists in the Sheboygan Invitational.

Which seems to suit a lot of white folks. Jeez, Dave let us keep something. Augusta, where men are white and women are in the kitchen where they belong, dammit.

Back to the Future and three cheers for Here are a few of the highlights from Augusta. That was a rule within the club. Open but was never invited to the Masters. Fearing for his life, Elder rented two apartments and traveled back and forth. And this was almost 30 years after the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Elder shot 74 and 78 and missed the cut. Did he take a dive to get the hell out of Dodge? Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds they never acknowledged it.

That was a doubleheader for Rice, who was not only feminine but black. Holy emancipation, Batman, a black women in our midst. Both are well known and respected by our membership. It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their Green Jackets. It would be mighty interesting, indeed, to ask them why. Broadcaster, executive, somebody should say, This is not Nightline or Meet the Press, we understand that.

But this is an issue. And it's the elephant in the room. We're going to address it as concisely as we can so our heads are not in the collective sand trap.

African and American are nationalities, not races. If a white professor born in Pretoria moves to Toledo is he an African American? All I care about is whether you have compassion and integrity and enough intelligence to keep your mind as open as the Grand Canyon.

One hit, one out. Then he's thrown out trying to steal second. Two hits, two out. Three hits, two out. Four hits, two out.

Five hits, two out. So how do we get the sixth hit without scoring a run? And the runner on first runs right into the ball. When it hits him, he's the third out and no one can score.

But the hitter is credited with a base hit. Six hits, three outs. And closers like Andrew Miller and Fernando Rodney have no knee raise. A high, exaggerated knee raise often creates a balance problem. You can't throw strikes if you're wobbly at the top of your delivery. It's like walking on a tightrope across the Grand Canyon in a hurricane. Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard and Price only knee raise to their belt.

And they all throw bullets. Clay Buchholz changed from a knee raise to a simple inward coil and slide step. This gave him solid command with no loss of velocity. Okay, so that takes care of Knee Raise. But why are so many starting pitchers discarding their wind-up? It's easier to repeat your mechanics throwing from the set. Nothing to throw you off balance. And that's even more important for a high school pitcher who doesn't have the luxury of a pro mound, which is manicured to perfection using beam clay.

On an amateur hill you battle uneven ground that's a distraction at best and a land mine at worst. Luis Severino's simplified knee raise. Why don't closers wind-up? Some TV analysts will tell you the wind-up increases velocity. So why do virtually all closers--the hardest throwers in the game--start from the set?

The answer seems obvious. Otherwise, there is no advantage. The wind-up adds nothing. He simply coils a bit and slide steps. For openers, Command means throwing strikes. And then throwing to spots. But never get ahead of yourself. Just pounding the zone like a piledriver works. Command is generated from two omnipotent words. Often they lack stability. Y ou see it all the time. Major league pitchers throwing off balance and off line.

As we talked about in Simplify, Simplify, Simplify, almost all Balance problems start with your knee raise. Knee raise can be good. It establishes your rhythm and timing and may even add deception. Get into a solid rhythm that gives you momentum. Keep your foot comfortably under your knee. Some pitchers bring their knee up to their letters, some to their waist or lower. My personal preference is to coil to the middle of your body to store energy, help your hips explode, and add deception.

Here's a good shadow boxing drill. Stand in front of a mirror. Do reps to find out how high you can knee raise and still keep perfect balance. When Knee Raise works against Command So far, so good. But now the flip side of the coin. Knee raise can also be bad. If it rocks you off balance, then knee raise is a negative. Wobbling at the top of your delivery is like pitching in a tornado. I often see young pitchers jerking their foot up in the air as high as they can and rocking themselves totally off balance.

They'd be far better off bringing their knee up to their waist, and then driving and finishing with power. Coaches should tamp clay in the front of the rubber to eliminate holes. You are delivering energy to the plate. Opening up or Throwing Against Your Body create more problems than a fart in a crowded elevator. Reps are the workhorses of Command. He must have amazing balance.

But I certainly wouldn't recommend it. You d rive down the hill and then shift your weight from back leg to front leg. Then you rotate your hips and shoulders and crack the whip for arm speed. Rotation is the key to Explosion. Throw the ball through the catcher. The Rawlings bursts out of their paw like a nuclear missile. But it seems almost effortless. How can that be? All those big words. Well, actually, I do.

But I'd rather listen to Curly, Moe and Larry. As you may have noticed by now, my basic coaching philosophy is to Simplify. Or struggle to throw harder. But the ball ignites out of their hand as if it has a life of its own. It starts with athleticism. And that old standby coordination. Athletes make complex movements look far easier than they really are.

They are like magicians pulling fastballs out of a hat. And athletic pitchers mobilize their whole body. It all starts from the ground up. This is as crucial as oxygen. If you want to be a power pitcher or hitter concentrate on squats, lunges, and running stairs, which is my favorite.

Strong abs, obliques, lower back and glutes explode the hips. Without hip rotation you are throwing 75 mph batting practice. Syndergaard uses his body like a master. Add this one to your gig. Billboard here we come. The Legs deliver the hips. The Hips propel the shoulders. The Shoulders whip the arm. The Arm unleashes the ball. The actions are pure biology. And the energy is pure physics. Think about this simple, basic truth. The faster your shoulders rotate the faster you throw the ball.

Record Kopech or Hicks and put them on stop action or slow-mo. You will see an epiphany. As their stride foot lands their shoulders hold the fort, staying closed, but their hips begin to pop. This creates a separation, like cocking a pistol or loading a sling shot. This is the knockout punch, a Mike Tyson right cross to the jaw. Their shoulder rotation is a blur. Their arm is suddenly engulfed by a hurricane, breathless, along for the roller coaster ride.

Yes, it is violent. And as powerful as a rocket launch. But it is also wonderfully smooth, somehow relaxed, as if all their being has gathered for an oldtime revival in the Cathedral of the Heater. No Tommy John surgery. That full throttle blitz of shoulder rotation is the difference between 88 and I can't emphasize this enough. Is this rotation locked into your genes or can it be developed? But you certainly can work on drills to develop quicker, more aggressive, more dynamic rotation.

I love that analogy. The faster your shoulders rotate the faster you throw the baseball. Google him and zero in on a video.

His delivery was as ineffable as Brando in The Godfather and Mariano repeated it over and over, unleashing biting 95 mph cutters that broke more wood than a logger.

Don't get this wrong. Rivera made it look easy but he was throwing hard, his arm speed broke the sound barrier, and he did it with zero strain, without muscling up. The ball leaped out of his hand like a blast from a light saber. Power is Strength plus Speed. It's the offspring of rhythm and timing.

Or is it a metaphor? The arm is the All-American running back who gets five crushing blocks, runs to daylight, notches the game winning TD, and leaves with the most beautiful cheerleader. The arm is the star. But, without those killer blocks from his linemen, the RB is a dirt stain on the turf. And, without the legs, the core, and the shoulders, the arm is about as useless as a director without a script. A live arm starts from the bottom up.

Medicine ball rotations are as productive as protein. So are bands and lunges with a twist and crunches. Hold a bar or a bat on your shoulders and rotate back and forth, nice and easy, to strengthen your core. Do whatever you can to increase your rotational power. Each exercise adds a touch more velocity, a tenth of an mph today, another tenth tomorrow.

After a few months those tenths start to add up and you are throwing two, three, four, five miles an hour harder. Rome was built in tenths of a second. And very few players ever pay the price. Would you like to look back in 10 years and wonder how good you could have been? Or would you like to be the Best You Can Be starting right now? No coach can motivate you.

Passan says nearly 60 per cent of Tommy John surgeries are done on teenagers, a staggering truth. He singles out showcases and the incessant desire for velocity. Radar guns trained on infielders throwing across the diamond. Out-of-control pitch counts for arms simply too young to handle the workload.

Passan saw boys diagnosed with arm injuries who were so young their adult teeth still weren't fully grown. You name it, these kids had it. And it made me wonder how the Japanese baseball culture can live with itself choosing blind tradition over something as fundamental as the health of children.

Pitch limits to stop overuse. And emphasize command rather than maximum velocity. He's undoubtedly right but pitch counts are common place. I never allowed a Jugs or Stalker at practices because there's no way I wanted pitchers ever thinking about their velocity. Let it happen gradually and never struggle to overthrow.

Quite frankly, there is only one way to protect arms. By better I mean coaches who care more about their players than winning a baseball game. A lot of big league pitching coaches don't have a clue Let's move on to the major leagues where the pitching coaches obviously have it all figured out.

They pocket lucrative salaries to keep their guys healthy and they've absorbed more expertise on The Arm than Michael Phelps knows about the breaststroke. We know they spend days, weeks, months, studying the rotator cuff and the ulnar collateral ligament. They have a Ph. D on stress, recovery and healing. I'm sure they do. If you believe that give me a call. I've got a Ponzi Scheme with your name on it.

Is that a dinosaur or the brand name of a new Honda? Tell me why there are so many Tommy John surgeries and so many pitchers hurt so often their middle initials are DL. If you were an engineer for Ford and the new models kept stalling every 30 seconds do you think the CEO would pat you on the back and say, "No problem.

Just keep designing them exactly the same. I'm sure they'll run fine some day. But not until we take a look at the Mariners rotation in But, as Jeff Passan so passionately points out, baseball doesn't seem to give a damn.

Never the slightest discomfort. Not a trace of an arm problem. It took the Florida Marlins to send him to surgery when they pitched Ryan innings in his first three and a half years in the big leagues. What the hell, he was a strong year-old who loved to pitch. Saddle up and ride him.

By contrast, we took care of our guys. We never, and I mean never, had a pitcher get sore. In fact, we had kids come to us with elbow damage and we healed them.

Sometimes it took a week, sometimes a couple of months, but we got it right. Apparently, we must have known what we were doing. Never throw two days in a row With the Twins our pitchers tossed two bull pens a week, 40, 60, 80 pitches. Dempster often threw a century and it made him stronger with supreme command. Throwing bull pens is a superb way to protect the arm.

Never threw two days in a row. Tendons and ligaments and muscles all need at least 48 hours to recover. Would you bench press for your chest two days in a row? Rest is crucial because your muscles and joints need to repair so they can grow and heal. Throwing a baseball with intensity is weight training. So what do MLB teams do? They throw every day.

I have no idea why. It's like NHL teams who go for a morning skate when they're playing that night. If you can figure out why you're a genius.

After you pitch or throw a bull pen let your arm HEAL. If you throw with any intensity when the joints and muscles are still crying out for rest and recovery you will do damage. Micro tears and frayed UCL's that may not show up right away but you can bet your Rawlings they will accumulate. And then say hello to Tommy John surgery. This is not to say you shouldn't throw. It develops endurance and strength. It's a day off. A day to HEAL. He used them to rehab the elbow. Use Jobe's at home and every day as a warm-up before throwing.

Not just for pitchers. We had pro players teaching teammates how to do Jobe's. This even happened with the Good Doctor's own team, the Dodgers. It has great exercises to keep your arm healthy. Smart pro and college players use them all the time. Just go through your arm action with the exact amount of tension that feels good.

And always use tubing to warm up. With the Twins we raked. We scored more runs than the Boston Marathon.

And our pitchers spent a lot of time watching from the dugout. Which meant their arms began to seize up. A tight arm is an injury waiting to happen. So we hooked tubing on the fence next to the dugout. Any time our guys were at the plate for more than five or six minutes our pitcher would get up and use the tubing to keep his arm loose. Tubing became their saviour. When have you ever seen a big league pitcher do that?

Maybe they go into the clubhouse to have the trainer give them an arm rubdown. But mostly I see them in the dugout. Never Throw to Warm-up. Always Warm-up to Throw Before you start playing catch to warm-up you should protect your arm by using Tubing and Jobe's exercises to get loose.

This is as important as strapping on your backpack. Do a series of tubing drills, including internal and external rotation and arm action. Add several Jobe's exercises like front and side laterals, supraspinatus and reverse elbow curls. Don't pick up a baseball until you feel loose and warm. Some teams still have their pitchers running Old School endless poles when they should be concentrating on 40 and 50 yard sprints to increase their Fast Twitch muscle response.

Distance running develops slow twitch, just the opposite of what we want. Fergie Jenkins threw 30 complete games in And they developed the arm strength to fire times without a problem.

Developing arm strength with solid bull pens followed by rest is crucial. Or no thinking at all. They hear about pitchers coming back from TJ and throwing harder than they did before the operation. And they believe the surgery increased velocity. Tommy John surgery does not make you throw harder.

Surgery on your arm, which means more than a year off the mound while you rehab. Or doing Jobe's and tubing right now to strengthen your arm and keep it healthy. Doesn't seem like a tough call to me. You balance throughout your whole delivery. Keep your rhythm and momentum.

At the top of your knee raise your foot immediately descends and you begin to move forward. Essentially, your leg moves up and down like a piston. Lunging is not good. Extend your stride fully , without straining. It gives you momentum down the hill and a wide base that eliminates lunging. Get down the hill with your lower body leading the charge.

The upper body is just along for the ride. Your front hip is the point man, the trailblazer. When the hip leads, the gun stays loaded until you pull the trigger and explode.

Your weight shift is gone. And arm throwing is the fast lane to arm trouble. I have no idea why the Tigers didn't correct this obvious problem. The mantra for a lot of pitching coaches is striding 90 per cent of your height. The stride foot glides forward as far as you can without straining. Keep your Stride Consistent. I've also heard coaches tell pitchers to shorten their stride when they throw a curveball so they can get on top better.

You can't be tentative about where your foot is landing--three inches further here, six inches shorter there. Stride the same on every pitch. Consistency is the mother of control. Tim Lincecum, who's stride was about a foot longer than his height.

When you're throwing a bullpen draw a line from your post foot straight toward the plate. Throw a pitch and then check where your front foot lands. If it's right down the middle, then great. If it's slightly closed an inch or two or slightly open, that's fine.

But, i f you're six inches or more closed you've got a serious problem. Jake Arrieta gets a great load and tilt but he's also eight inches against his body and that has made him erratic this season.

On the flip side is the RHP who falls off toward first base and opens up way too soon. Dellin Betances is a classic example. Dellin fights an endless battle with control.

Those are a given. Pitchers also load but it's a bit more complicated. You Load as you stride. Here's the Etched in Stone Golden Rule. If you lunge with your head and shoulders your weight shift is long gone and your explosion is a misfire. And arm throwing is a blueprint for Tommy John surgery. Rivera's Perfect Delivery Mariano Rivera gets down the hill with his lower body showing the way. Leading with your hip is the key to staying loaded.

I have no problem with that. When you load with your front shoulder raised a bit and your back shoulder down six to eight inches I think it adds velocity. Most power pitchers tilt. All of pitching involves precise movements either in synch or out of synch. At this crucial moment you must stay loaded until you pull the trigger and explode. But, when a pitcher can feel that elusive moment—in synch, loaded, ready to explode—he can understand power. This stops you from rushing.

Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco will understand. Your feet are the base and your head is at the top. Now your weight is balanced There is no hesitation in any of this. Keep your rhythm and FLOW. The pitcher has to feel this. He can't rush but he also can't hesitate.

His weight shifts from back to front in rhythm, in synch, in time. He stays loaded, maintaining balance as he glides forward, holding his center of gravity back slightly, and then, a moment before his stride is complete, he triggers his hips and shoulders and drives to the plate. You don't really think about this-- you feel it. Start with your arm in throwing position--elbow up and bent at 90 degrees, fingers on top. Rock forward toward the plate and then back to LOAD on your post leg.

As you rock back pick up your front foot just a few inches. Then complete your stride, pop your hips and shoulders, and throw about 30 or 40 feet. We're not throwing hard here, just getting the feeling of loading and exploding with rotation and weight shift. You can also shadow box this without throwing. Pedro Martinez, Billy Wagner were both about So how did shrimps like that get so much velocity?

They used an explosive body in synch with an explosive arm. Your legs generate power, your core transmits the message, and your shoulders e-mail your arm. All power starts from the bottom up. It's hard to think about it when you're actually pitching. So you do conditioning drills like medicine ball exercises to make it reflexive. These aggressive acts trigger your hip rotation. Put a bar on your shoulders and rotate.

But most people never come close to reaching their full potential. Billy Wagner was amazing. He was only but I have him on video throwing mph and more at least times. He used his tremendous leg and core strength to pop his hips. Yes, his motion is perfect. Yes, there is little strain in his delivery. No, he doesn't over-throw. But his arm is swift and aggressive--there's no other way to throw hard.

As Rivera demonstrates so well, the genesis of arm speed is the rhythm and timing of a delivery that is in synch and using the whole body to throw the ball. You pop your hips to increase velocity. Then rotate the bar to simulate your shoulders opening. You can gradually lengthen your stride but be conservative. For younger players use a bat on your shoulders. Finish When you finish, do it with the total commitment of a German Shepherd chewing on a sirloin steak. When a black belt blasts through a board with a karate chop he drives his hand to an imaginary spot six inches below the wood.

Throw the ball through the catcher, through the umpire, through the backstop. Put that image in your mind and you'll commit per cent of your energy into your fastball. Don't be short with your follow through. Drive it through and point it at the catcher.

Parallel to the ground. Most big league pitchers follow through with their back foot head high. Put your nose in the catcher's glove. Pedro Martinez would wrap his hand around the knee. Is it any wonder Pedro was so effective? Don't yank your arm back after you finish.

Recoil often means a sore back or shoulder. Let your arm decelerate smoothly, without recoil. Dempster throwing through the catcher. The Cincinnati Reds playing at home against the Cubs. He lives in an apartment near the park but he should still be in the clubhouse. We talk for a few minutes. Then he asks what I see. Not through the catcher. When we finish I ask him how he feels. The next day Ryan is brilliant, his best start of the year.

His velocity is up two or three mph. His fastball is down, his slider is tight and nasty. He has late life. He wins big, striking out 10 and giving up only three hits in seven innings as the Reds top the Cubs Ryan makes two more starts in September—both as strong as this one.

And throwing through the catcher. So for awhile the Uncle Charley curveball was in danger of becoming Uncle Dinosaur. Clayton Kershaw throws a nose to toes breaking ball that's not just his bread and butter--it's a gourmet meal of steak and lobster. The mystery of the Curveball I've had pitchers tell me they can't throw a curveball but I don't believe it. It's not some mystical enigma wrapped in a conundrum. It's really pretty simple to learn.

When kids start throwing curves they think you spin it with the index finger--but it's the middle finger that applies the action. The knuckle-curve, for instance, is really an effort to get the index finger out of the way. Place your middle finger parallel with the seam in the horseshoe.

You can angle the ball a bit to hook your finger. Experiment--what feels right is right. The classic curveball grip with the middle finger pulling on the seam. The curveball is thrown with the palm facing in as your hand comes past your head. The ball comes out over the index finger as the wrist pulls down. The middle finger applies the spin. Don't come around the ball and twist your wrist.

This is elbow agony. Simply get on top, pull down out front, and follow through. You want the four seams to catch the air. But this is not the only grip you can try.

Make sure you keep your elbow up. When you get on top and pull down you avoid hanging your breaking ball in the eyes of the hitter. Hanging a curveball is like giving a hitter a free pass to his own Home Run Derby. In fact, some pitchers throw their curveball by lifting their index finger off the ball. You want your curveball to break down--not just sideways. The wrist pulls forward without twisting. That protects the elbow and shoulder. It reduces velocity but it can also induce a bigger break.

Big league hitters often swing at pitches in the dirt. Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven in his early days withe the Pirates. Of course, Blyleven must have learned it from us. There are many age old controversies in baseball. Should Pete Rose be in the Hall of Fame?

How many hot dogs could Babe Ruth eat in one sitting? Was Ted Williams really a better hitter than Joe Pepitone? And, of course, the classic enigma. S hould a year-old throw curveballs? There have been endless studies on this and most of them are negative. Curveballs ARE hard on the arm. But so are fastballs. In fact, if you really want to protect your son's arm don't let him throw curves. But also don't let him throw fastballs. In fact, don't let him throw at all. Maybe you should just keep him in a bubble with John Travolta.

I don't mean to be cavalier about this. I'm paranoid about a pitcher's arm no matter what his age. I think it should be taken care of at all times but I'm not convinced that curveballs are the main culprit. Still, if you are a coach or a parent and you're not sure, then concentrate on change-ups as a second pitch.

A good change-up is invaluable. Weight-training without knowing what you're doing. Throwing too many pitches. Pitching two days in a row when your arm is totally vulnerable. They're like lighting a match in a hydrogen factory. They learned this on their own or from an older pitcher. You can stop them from throwing curves in games but, if they're going to fool around with them on their own, it's much better to teach them proper technique to protect their arm.

Pitchers want to have a full arsenal of pitches, including curveballs. They are obviously very effective at any level--and I've seen year-olds with some beauties. Just make sure the kid is throwing them right and don't let him overdo it.

Kershaw loads his breaking ball. Note his middle finger on the seam. I've taught kids 11 and 12 to throw curves and none of them had sorearms. And how do I know there wasn't damage that showed up later in their life? And therein lies the heart of the problem. We can never be absolutely sure about these things--and anyone who says he's sure is a fool. But life is full of calculated gambles. And, as a coach or a parent, how much risk the pitcher takes is up to you.

If you want to eliminate curves from his diet--then feel free. You may be absolutely right. But… Good mechanics, intelligent warm-up and proper rest will eliminate most of the problems in throwing breaking balls. Bad mechanics are the grand daddy of all arm damage. Nothing will lead to shoulder or elbow damage faster than throwing off balance or off line.

There are definite risks in throwing curveballs--but good mechanics reduce them considerably. Teaching the Curveball Baseballs curve because they spin. That's obvious, of course, but understanding spin is what it's all about. Take a step, pull down with the middle finger, and spin the ball out over the index finger. Spin it to a receiver 20 to 30 feet away--or into a fence or a sofa in the living room.

Spin with Proper Arm Action Gradually lengthen this out and spin it with full arm action, just taking a step. Make sure those mechanics are right--elbow up, fingers on top--and spin the ball 30 to 40 feet, maybe 10 to 15 times. Check and make sure there's no elbow soreness. Flat Ground Curveballs Next step. Throw curveballs on flat ground, nice and easy from your full delivery. Same arm action, pulling down with the middle finger. Emphasize a smooth follow through, pouring your shoulder to the plate.

Take it to the Mound Throwing off the mound adds stress to the arm for two reasons: Now he's a pitcher and he's competing. This puts tremendous strain on the elbow and leads to damage.

Keep your fingers on top, palm turned in, elbow up, and pull the ball down out front. It spins out over your index finger like a karate chop or pulling down a window shade. Rowan Wick Joins the Padres category: Balanced, controlled, leading with his hip, getting down the hill There are two very antagonistic camps when it comes to your knee raise. The Hatfields and the McCoys. The Packers and the Bears. Don't get bored by baseball. Develop the whole athlete.

Take a look at "March Madness and You" for the wisdom of the best trainers on this planet. He took shelter under a tree when he was hit by a bolt of lightning. He was a crucial part of our team. One in a billion? One in a trillion? It seems impossible but it happened 20 years ago in the Congo. All 11 of the Bena Tshadi players tragically died during an electrical storm while the visiting Basanga squad was unscathed. Apparently African teams were infamous for employing witchdoctors to put a curse on their opponents and many thought this was the reason.

The score was so most likely the lightning struck as the players huddled together before the second half began. But none of the newspaper reports made this clear, citing the Congo civil war for the lack of information. So much for investigative journalism. Woodward and Bernstein, where are you when we need you? This is the UA of sports. Speed like a flash drive. The skill of a diamond cutter. The power of Kong. The endurance of a marathon runner.

The courage of a boxer. Here is the offense you see too often in the NBA until the playoffs begin. One guy with the ball driving one-on-one. The other four sort of stand around…watching.

Are they tired or did they pay to get in? So maybe they get really adventurous and run a pick and roll. A pick and roll. That was old news when Leonardo da Vinci, the Father of Everything, shot jumpers as a point guard against Michelangelo in the Florence Basketball Association. On the other end of the spectrum is college hoop.

Lots of movement on offense and multiple defences. They play man, two or three different zones, a half court trap, a zone press, and they often change them up to force the other team to adapt. Basketball is an extremely physical game but it also has as much mental gymnastics as a physics class at Stanford.

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