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Monday, April 18, 2011

Boston Marathon CT and Greater New Haven top finishers


Top state finisher

Timothy Perry, Norwalk, 27, 2:30.57, 104

Top area finishers

Brendan Callahan, New Haven, 29, 2:31.18 110

John Minervino, Higganum, 47, 2:53:19 780

Nicholas Marais, New Haven, 30, 2:53:4, 797

Fred Willis Jr., Shelton, 26, 2:56:42, 1080


Top state finisher

Shannon McHale, West Simsbury, 40, 2:43:46, 308

Top area finishers

Amy Steffen, Killingworth, 35, 3:07:19, 2476

Karen Salerno, Stratford, 38, 3:24:17, 6023

Kimberly Battipaglia, New Haven, 39, 3:25:22, 6308

Sherry Duff, Stratford, 43, 3:33:35, 8677
You can search winners as well with this link. Can break it down several ways, including state and town.


Paying tribute to Mandi Schwartz

Sam Rubin of Yale wrote a truly moving piece about the Yale women's hockey team's journey to pay tribute to their teammate Mandi Schwartz this past week.

You can read it here

You can learn more about Mandi here and how to help in the fight against acute myeloid leukemia here

A bone marrow drive named in Mandi's honor will be held Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

Read more about the drive here

Bluefish announce spring training schedule

From the Bluefish today ...

The Bridgeport Bluefish announced dates and starting times for their 2011 Spring Training schedule. The Bluefish will hold Spring Training in Bridgeport at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard during 2011.

The Spring Training schedule will include two exhibition games against the cross-sound rival Long Island Ducks, with one contest at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The first exhibition will take place at home on Friday, April 22 and the second and final spring training game is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at Long Island. All spring training games begin at 10:30 a.m.

The Bluefish will also look to play a couple intra-squad games next week. To find out those game times, check

Any Bluefish fan who would like to get a sneak peak of their hometown team before the regular season begins is welcome to attend. General admission tickets will be issued for FREE for the home spring training game on April 22. The Bluefish Gear Shop will also be open for fans looking to get a hold of the new merchandise for 2011.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Race for a good cause: Matt's Mission 5K May 22

Over 1,200 runners are expected at the 2nd Annual Matt’s Mission 5K takes place on May 22nd at 9:30 a.m. and benefits Matt’s Mission Fund. Participants can run or walk the certified 5K (3.1. miles) that starts and ends at North Branford High School. The rolling course passes residential neighborhoods, farmlands and fields before finishing on the track at North Branford High School. After the race, participants are invited to a post race party featuring food, beverages, and entertainment.

The race is in honor of Matt Picciuto of North Branford, who died in a car accident on May 23rd, 2009. The proceeds of the race will benefit Matt’s Mission Fund. The goal of the fund is to help North Branford students in need. From winter coats to school supplies, the fund will provide relief to students and families in the community. Last year’s event raised $33,000 for the fund. There was an outpouring of support from sponsors, participants and the local media.

“Matt wanted to make a difference with his life, hopefully the Matt’s Mission Fund will do just that,” states Matt’s mother Lynn Riordan. “Our goal for this event is to honor Matt’s memory, encourage people to drive safely and to support Matt’s Mission Fund.”

"In today’s economy, many families cannot afford basic necessities that students need to prosper at school," states Scott Schoonmaker, North Branford Superintendent. "At this time there is an urgent need within North Branford school system, each runner, walker and sponsor can make a real difference in a student’s life.”

JB Sports LLC, coordinator of the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race and Branford Road Race, coordinates the event with Lynn Riordan. Participants can register now at or call (203) 481-5933 for information. All pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the first 100 raceday entrants receive t-shirts. Awards are given to the fastest runners in numerous age categories.

The race is supported by large contributions from Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center, Lisa & Gene Goodmaster, Pam Seastrand, Mansir Printing, LLC, North Branford Police Union, North Branford Fire Department, Precision Computer Services, 99.1 PLR, Totoket Times, Stephen Whalen and Walt’s Auto Body. Also supporting the event is Rae’s Driving School, Frank Forgione, Esq., Earth Technology, Inc., North Branford Youth Football, Planet Fitness, Keenan Funeral Home, Fusco Corporation Builders, J. Roos Restaurant & Delivery, Humphrey’s Branford Wallingford, Totoket Valley Elementary School, New Haven County Firefighters Emerald Society, Calamita Family and Olive Garden.


High School football officials needed

The New Haven Football Officials Association is registering candidates for the upcoming season. Classes begin in July with both on-field and rulebook sessions. New officials are trained to begin working youth and sub-varsity games. No experience is required. Those wanting more information should contact Michael Barbaro at


Friday, April 8, 2011


TOPSoccer will be back this spring with another program designed for kids looking to play soccer at a non-competitive level. We emphasize fun through a variety of soccer and non-soccer activities designed to increase socialization and exercise.

Program is six weeks on Mondays starting 4/18/11 6:15-7:15 pm at Murphy School either in the gym or outside on Patty's Field. Register at  or  Cost is $30 and includes a TOPSoccer T shirt and a trophy. Any ?s please contact Sam Rosen   or 203-481-3489.

Volunteers and assistant coaches always need.

For a complete list of camps and clinics check here

Julia's Run at Yale Sunday

A crowd of 400 runners and walkers are expected at the 12th Annual Julia’s Run for Children held at Yale University, April 10th at 9:30 a.m. This year’s 4-mile run will start and end on Yale University’s Cross Campus. Serious racers, recreational joggers, and walkers are expected to participate. (The course is slightly altered from previous years due to construction on Prospect St.) Registration fees are: $20 during pre-registration, $25 on day of the race. The price includes a T-shirt for the first 250 registrants, a raffle ticket, and post-race refreshments. There will also be a half-mile “Fun Run” for kids: $6 pre-registration, $9 on the day of race.

The annual run is the primary fundraiser for The Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund, a not-for-profit organization. The previous Julia’s Runs have attracted on average 250 experienced and beginner runners each and resulted in over $80,000 in contributions to Leadership Education Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). LEAP provides year-round academic and social enrichment programs for children and youth from high poverty neighborhoods in New Haven.

Julia Rusinek was a rising senior at Yale University at the time of her death. She died of an undetected heart condition on July 15, 1999 at the age of 21. Julia was a gifted writer, an avid runner, and a humanitarian strongly devoted to helping underprivileged children. This event celebrates Julia’s life by combining Julia’s passion for running with her commitment to making a difference in the lives of children.

The Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund was started by her family and friends to ensure that Julia’s commitment to children and love of sport lives on. With this year’s funds, the organization will continue its support of LEAP.

To register for this year’s run, volunteer, or make a tax-deductible donation, please call Roza Rusinek at (516) 487-9502. To learn more about Julia, the Run, or the Fund, visit or e-mail The Julia’s Run is sponsored by Jonathan Edwards College of Yale University.

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Sound Tigers Auction

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will be holding a silent auction of 2010-11 Sound Tigers road jerseys during their 3 p.m. game against the Albany Devils this Sunday.

Fans will have the opportunity to bid on nearly 40 game worn and game issued jerseys from this season. Jerseys up for bid this Sunday will include current Islanders Micheal Haley, Jesse Joensuu, Travis Hamonic and Josh Bailey, as well jerseys worn by Sound Tigers team captain Mark Wotton and rookie sensation Rhett Rakhshani. All proceeds from Sunday's silent auction will go towards the Islanders Children's Foundation.