Arlington Public News invited Tim and Kellie Guerriero into the studio to talk about their foundation, The Makayla Fund. After losing their fifteen-year-old daughter Makayla to suicide in 2012, the Guerrieros established the fund with two main goals in mind: to increase suicide awareness and to provide scholarships to high school athletes. To increase suicide awareness, The Makayla Fund works with Screening for Mental Health to provide Signs of Suicide (SOS) training in middle and high schools. This training includes a screening process to assess students for signs of depression and creates an open forum with students about mental health. The fund also sponsors scholarships for high school athletes, recognizing that participation in team sports can help build self-esteem in young adults. Scholarships are available to anyone who needs help paying for sports, and can include tuition as well as additional fees or equipment. Kellie, who grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School, invites Arlington residents and other members of the local community to apply for scholarships through the Makayla Fund, and to turn to its website for resources for suicide prevention and awareness. For more information, visit...Read More
Arlington Public News recently caught up with Arlington High School senior and standout athlete Frank Roche. Roche was selected as the recipient of the “MIAA Student Athlete of the Month Award” for May 2015. The award is given monthly to a male and female student-athlete who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Roche is not only a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams, but serves as team captain in all three sports. As a member of the Arlington High School Captains Council, Roche contributes to many school pride and spirit-building initiatives. Arlington High School Athletic Director Melissa Dlugolecki says, “Frank sets the standard for high school athletes through his commitment to all three of his varsity sports.” However, Roche’s activities extend far beyond sports. Roche serves as President of the Arlington High School Student Council, and is also a member of the National Honor Society, Peer Leaders, and the 84 Club, a group committed to ending smoking and tobacco use. On top of his athletic and academic accomplishments, Roche was the recipient of the Arlington High School Citizenship Award and SILS Award for his outstanding commitment to community service. After a sterling four years at Arlington High School, Roche will attend Tufts University in the fall, where he will play football for the...Read More
I will begin with sad news. This will be the last installment, whether written or visual, of Sports From A to B. Both Tyler Trudeau and I enjoyed the show, and we hope that somebody else will latch on to this idea and expand it, while retaining our enthusiasm and passion for sports journalism. A good lead-in for a sad ending is a sad beginning, so I will begin with the Boston Red Sox. The other night’s loss marked the first time since 2006 that the Red Sox have been swept in a series by the New York Yankees. With that loss, the Red Sox fell to under .500 (12-13) for the first time this season. It was Boston’s 7th loss in its last 10 games, and dropped the Red Sox four games behind New York in the AL East. The future of this team looks more and more uncertain, given the poor performance of the pitching staff to this point. This uncertainty was evidenced by two Pawtucket Red Sox being called up this past weekend – reliever Dalier Hinojosa and catcher Blake Swihart both made their debuts at Fenway. Swihart, the top-rated prospect in the Red Sox’ system, struggled in his first two games, going 1-for-7 and striking out four times. Hinojosa struggled as well in last night’s 8-5 loss, entering the game in a jam in the eighth...Read More
AHS BASEBALL, SOFTBALL WIN OPENERS The Spy Ponders teams started the 2015 season on the right foot, each emerging victorious in its first regular season action. The baseball team has evaded the unplayable conditions that have hindered many high school fields around the state, and has already played two games. Arlington won both of those games, defeating Watertown 7-3 in its opener and topping Melrose, 5-2. Softball took care of business in its season opener as well. The team also played Melrose, but won much more comfortably behind the arm of Melanie DeAlmeida. The Ponders shut out the Red Raiders, 12-0. Both teams are in action today against Winchester High School. NFL: AARON HERNANDEZ GUILTY OF MURDER On Monday morning, the jury found former New England Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder. As a result, Hernandez will now spend the rest of his life behind bars with no possibility of parole for his actions in the 2013 shooting of his former friend, Odin Lloyd. The trial began over three months ago and the jury deliberated for over 30 hours before reaching a verdict. A murder weapon was never found, but surveillance video from Hernandez’ home showed what appeared to be a gun in his hands. As it is, the former tight end is unlikely to ever walk free again, but his legal situation is far...Read More
Coverage of this year’s classic Arlington football match-up, Arlington High School vs. Arlington Catholic High School, starts at 10am, Thursday November 22, on the Education Channel. You can watch the game live both on cable (Comcast 9, RCN 13, Verizon 24) or streaming online at ACMi.tv Happy Thanksgiving...Read More
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