Sports 07-21-2011

Help keep me in the loop

If a parent has any info/photo of their child participating in a sports or recreational activity (elementary school, high school, college, or otherwise), please E-Mail me at [email protected] and I will be sure to include the info/photo in a column.  I’d also love to hear about any honor roll students or scholar athletes, or just about any story which would recognize the accomplishments of past and present “Townies.”

Honor Roll call

Caitlin Walsh graduated from Hofstra University with High Honors…Hector Kilgoe was named to the honor roll at Phillips Academy…Graduating from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions were Jillian Downey and Mary-Ann Getchell, who each received a Master of Science degree in Nursing…At Bentley University, Sze Nga Or was named to the President’s List and Hanna Wolsfelt was named to the Dean’s List…Myriam Anderson received an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Dean College.

Little League news

The Charlestown Little League All Star team captured the District 9 title with a grueling 7-3 victory over two-time defending champion South Boston.  It is only the sixth time the “Townies” have accomplished this feat (1967, 1979, 1997, 2004, 2007, and 2011) and they are now one of 16 teams remaining in the quest to represent Massachusetts in the New England Little League championship.  Charlestown is currently embroiled in a Section 3 round-robin tournament with South Wellesley (District 10), Medfield (District 11), and North Medford (District 12).

Congratulations to manager Tom Ward, coaches Dave Cahill and Paul Wrenn, and All Stars Chris Tucker, Israel Vega, Jake Scanlon, Cameron DelValle, Sahdat Arroyo, Sean Wrenn, Michael Ward, Nolan Doherty, Daniel Settipani, Colin Sullivan, Nolan McLaughlin and Hughie O’Donnell.

Check out the Charlestown Little League website at for a schedule of all of the program’s tournament games.

Patty Kelly Kelley

My cousin Patty has always been “way cool.”  Like her mother Rita, she is a singer-extraordinaire who has the gift of immediate intimacy, like talking to an old friend.  If you’re doing something wrong she’ll tell you; but she’ll also be your biggest supporter.  Patty is a staunch advocate of all things Irish and there is no prouder “Townie;” she also carries herself with a stoic confidence despite being burdened, like the rest of us, with life’s travails.

In our early teenage years, we used to hang out at the abandoned truck trailers located across from the “5 & 10” store on Main Street (the present site of Mishawum housing).  The group of us would smoke cigarettes (I preferred the True brand because of the plastic “peace sign” filter), and like President Clinton, we never inhaled.  As the awakening “winos” emerged from the empty trailers, we inevitably gave them most of our cigarettes.

Years later, having returned from active duty in the Marine Corps, I would occasionally stop by to have a cup of tea with Patty, looking to catch up on the latest family and “Townie” news.  I was amazed at the number of neighbors and friends who would visit, or call on the telephone, seeking Patty’s advice and counsel.  Her “ward boss” stature and proclivity to solve problems was a source of comfort to many.

Through the years, Patty has wooed us at family gatherings with inspiring renditions of “Danny Boy,” “Chinese Movies” and most any Patsy Cline song.  Her priorities of faith and family have also kept her feet firmly on the ground as she, and her husband Joe, put one foot in front of the other.  Currently, Patty is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, an insidious condition that affects the lives of far too many people.  While the prognosis is positive, I ask that you keep all breast cancer patients and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

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