#Bridgeport, Connecticut – The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced that a post-draft open tryout for the team will be held at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Monday, June 13th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a live on field scrimmage following the tryout.
“This is a great opportunity for current free agents and players who were not selected in the Major League draft to come to the ballpark and show off their skills in hopes to play in the Atlantic League,” said Bluefish Senior Director of Baseball Operations & Public Relations, Paul Herrmann. “We’re looking forward to hopefully finding players from the tryout to invite to join our roster. Carlos Sosa, Yefry Castillo, and Joseph Kuzia were participants of our first tryout in April and made our roster this season. We are hoping to mirror that success.”
There will be an administration fee of $85 to tryout, with select participants (elected by the coaches) having the great experience of being able to participate in a live game on the field at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard following the tryout.
Position players are to report to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard at 9:30 am for registration, while pitchers report at 11:00 am for registration. Participants must be at least eighteen years of age. All participants must wear proper baseball attire to be eligible to tryout. All those present should provide their career statistics and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. All participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team.
Coaches and representatives from the Bluefish will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including Manager Luis Rodriguez and Pitching Coach Jesse Litsch.
The Pro-Tryout Specifications will include:
-60 yard dash
-Pop Time (Catchers)
-Infielders/Outfielders – Defensive Drills
-Position Players Hit in Cage, Pitchers light bullpen (pre-scrimmage)
-Scrimmages begin at 1:00 pm
8:49am–#Bridgeport Connecticut–Police were dispatched to The University School at 160 Holland Avenue for what the radio said was a fight/riot on the second floor. Three police cars remained on sc ene after I left the scene around 9:20am. Parents were seen running into the school with great concern on their face. An officer returned to his patrol car and just said kids will be kids.
#Westport Connecticut– Three students—one each from Choate Rosemary Hall, Staples High School, and Green Farms Academy—have won TEAM Westport’s Teen Diversity Essay Contest, which is co-sponsored with the Westport Library. The annual contest is open to high school students who reside in Westport or who attend school in Westport. In light of the many recent demonstrations in cities and on college campuses, this year’s contest asked students to consider the state of race relations in our country, “both the nature of the problem and the appropriate way to address divisions and inequities in our society.”
First prize winner for the second year in a row is Jacob Klegar, now a senior at Choate Rosemary Hall. In his essay “The Black Lives Matter Movement: Past, Present, and Future” Jacob advocated focusing on our nation’s youth, particularly on putting them in “actual diverse environments from a young age.” He noted that “one of the biggest obstacles to solving our America’s race problem is the segregation of black and white communities…” Jacob also advocated promoting open dialogue among high school and college students as a way to help students understand each other’s opinions—provided all opinions were welcome and listened to. Jacob’s prize is $1,000.
Second prize winner is Ellie Shapiro, a student at Staples high School. Ellie’s essay is a personal reflection on her own journey as she has faced the privileges afforded her as a white person living in an affluent community, struggled to understand the realities of African American lives, and continually works to acknowledge and combat her own racism. Ellie’s prize is $750.
Third prize winner is Ali Tritschler, a student at Greens Farms Academy. She, too, described her personal journey toward understand her own position of privilege, the discrimination experienced by African Americans, and the causes of the many demonstrations that have occurred recently protesting police actions as well other forms of discrimination. Ali’s prize is $500.
The prize winners read their essays on Monday, May 16, at the Awards Ceremony in the Westport Library McManus room. Jim Marpe, Westport’s First Selectman, and William Harmer, Director of the Westport Library, were present to honor the winners. Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport’s Chair since its Bailey says, “TEAM Westport and the Library co-sponsor this annual contest in order to help focus Westport teenagers on the challenges facing our increasingly diverse society and to encourage them to think seriously about their own potential role in making our society both welcome and value the diversity First Selectman Jim Marpe noted, “TEAM Westport continues to play a critical role in reminding all Westporters that we live in a world that is increasingly diverse and where our individual actions can make an important difference in improving the quality of our local community as well as the world at large.
The winning essays do an excellent job of making the case for individual action in addressing the ongoing challenges of achieving true diversity in a world that often seems polarized and unchanging. All the students who entered the essay contest are to be congratulated for their thoughtful perspectives on Copies of the winning essays will be posted to the TEAM Westport website at www.teamwestport.org.
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This time of year is marked by many happy occasions, prom and graduation celebrations, as well as impending summer break. Some parents will be faced with the decision of whether to host a teen party where alcohol may be involved. We want to remind parents of the potential pitfalls of these gatherings, as well as the resources and supports available. Times have changed and the risks of hosting a party are now greater for both youth and homeowners. With social media, parties can get out of control quickly, making it impossible to manage the number of guests. The drinks have changed, as have the way our kids drink. Parties with alcohol also often include marijuana, prescription medications, as well as other illicit drugs. Drinking can result in property damage and theft, fights, accidents, alcohol poisoning, and sexual assault. We also know more now about how alcohol damages the developing teenage brain, which can have long-lasting effects.
Parents need to know that Connecticut’s Social Host Law holds anyone in control of a property responsible for any underage drinking that occurs there; penalties include fines up to $2,000 per minor and potential jail time. Hosting parties of this nature can also result in civil lawsuits for injury or damages, and increased homeowner premiums. We ask Trumbull parents to resist the urge to host a party where teens can drink. The Trumbull Police Department operates an anonymous TipsLine where residents can report underage drinking and drug use by texting “TRPD” and the details to 274637 (CRIMES) or by using the TipSubmit app. With funding from TPAUD, the police department also operates additional patrols throughout town and has trained our officers in party dispersal techniques to ensure the safety of our teens.
We also understand that sometimes even with the best planning and intentions, parents and teens find themselves in a situation where a party is out of control. We urge you to reach out to the police – the decision to not ask for help can have tragic consequences. Call the Trumbull Police at 911 or at the main dispatch number (203)261-3665 and ask for help. The police have the training in dealing with crowds of kids and can help you ensure that guests get home safely. If you suspect anyone is too inebriated or incapacitated, please call 911 immediately. Ultimately, the health and safety of Trumbull’s kids is paramount. One thing is clear – parents have the power to help our teens stay safe and free of alcohol and drugs. You are the greatest influence on your kids and their decisions. Help us stand the line against underage drinking and drug use.
We wish you and your families a safe and happy summer.
Chief Michael Lombardo
Trumbull Police Department
Melissa McGarry & Vicki Tesoro
Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking & Drugs (TPAUD)
(Trumbull Police Release)
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#Bridgeport Connecticut– After 44 years of service on the Bridgeport Fire Department today will be Chief Brian Rooney’s last day. Rooney became the city’s chief in 2005. Assistant Fire Chief Dominick Carfi defied orders and held this small gathering at City Hall on Friday to celebrate his years of service.